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EURO 2020 Final: Italy Beat England on Penalties to Lift 2nd European Championship

London: It’s not coming home as it’s going to Rome! Italy crushed hosts England’s hope to win the Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday (local time) after securing the title after a thrilling penalty shootout in the final.

Italy team celebrating EURO 2020 final win over England on Sunday (Photo Credit: Twitter/EURO 2020)

London: It’s not coming home as it’s going to Rome! Italy crushed hosts England’s hope to win the Euro 2020 at the Wembley Stadium on Sunday (local time) as they secured the European Championship title after a thrilling penalty shootout in the final.

Earlier, Italy had won the EUROS way back in 1968 and are now it is for the second time that the national side has managed to win the top-flight European competition.

In the much-awaited summit clash, Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties. This was also the first time ever that England had made it to the finals of a European Championship. After normal time, the action had finished at 1-1 and even extra time it was impossible to separate the two sides, sending the match into a penalty shootout.

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With this victory, Italy are now unbeaten in the last 34 matches.

The Three Lions got off to a flyer after left-back Luke Shaw found the back of the net in just the second minute of the match. The exact timing of Shaw’s goal was 1 minute, 57 seconds, as per the official social media handles of UEFA Euro 2020.

The left-back ignited a counter down the wing. The ball made its way through Harry Kane to right-back Kieran Trippier, who drilled in a long cross. Shaw met it on the volley perfectly and netted the ball into the goalpost, giving England a 1-0 lead on the night.

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In the second half, centre-back Leonardo Bonucci equalised for the Azzurri as he fought his way with the ball into the goalpost in the 67th minute, bringing the scoreline level at 1-1. With this goal, Bonucci also became the oldest goal-scorer in the history of the Euro finals.

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No more goals were scored in the match, and hence the game had to progress to extra time. The extra time was also not able to separate the two teams, and hence the game progressed to the much-dreaded penalty shootout.

In the penalty shootout, Italy edged out England 3-2 and as a result, Italy won their second Euro title.

(With ANI Inputs)

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