How the Euro final ended for both sides
Italy came out on top of the Euro tourney as they beat England in an intense shootout win. The team had to win it with the foul shots as it went for extra time before that. Both sides gave it all they could to make sure that they would give a great game.
Italy has now won their second title in the contest - the first in 53 years. It is also the longest gap for a nation’s title wins as they beat Spain’s 44-year gap in its titles. This is also Italy’s sixth major win. They have won four titles in the World Cup, and now they have two on the Euro tourney.
For England, this was a very tough loss. The team had a great run of their own, and to come up short in front of their fans at Wembley was a tough note to end the contest with. It was almost a win for the Three Lions as well, had it not been for those missed shots in the penalty.
Skipper Harry Kane had some words after the loss. The Tottenham star could not hold back his thoughts when they gave up a huge chance to win the Euro tourney for the first time in their history.
‘The boys couldn't have given more. Penalties are the worst feeling in the world when you lose’, Kane said. ‘We should be proud, hold our heads up high. It's going to hurt now, it's going to hurt for a while’.
After hitting their first two shots, England missed its last three from Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka. Italy, on the other hand, made three of those five big shots.
Italy owned the game from start to finish. The side had 19 shots in the game and six of those were on target as well. They held the ball for 66% and had 822 passes to earn an 88% passing rate too. Even coach Roberto Mancini said that it was a hard one to win for them.
‘Nothing was easy, even in the group stage we did a good job to get over the line as quickly as possible after two matches’, the coach said. ‘But it has been a rocky road along the way, we have had to battle hard’.
England, on the other hand, had only six shots in the game. Two of those almost found the bottom of the net. One of those shots was made by Luke Shaw in the second minute of the game. They were held to just 34% on the ball and had 424 passes for 75% pass accuracy.
Italy has also gone unbeaten once more. This just proves how great the club is despite having a lot of doubts from many fans and analysts all over the world. Now they are the best team in Europe.
Words: Paul Daniel Flores