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Italy Emerges Victorious in Euro 2020 by Overcoming England in Penalty Shootout

The anticipation for Euro 2020 lasted for a year before it finally commenced, but the delay was proven to be worthwhile. It turned out to be one of the highest-scoring European Championships in history. The grand finale unfolded on a Sunday at Wembley Stadium as Italy clashed against England. Luke Shaw astounded everyone by netting the fastest goal in a Euro final just two minutes into the game, granting an early lead to the unofficial hosts. Thereafter, England adopted a defensive stance for the majority of the match, daring Italy to make a move.

 

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The deadlock was eventually broken when Leonardo Bonucci tapped in a goal in the 67th minute. Subsequent to this, no further goals were scored leading to extra time. The extra time period witnessed minimal action from both sides, resulting in a nerve-wracking penalty shootout. England initially had a lead in the shootout, but they faltered towards the end. Gianluigi Donnarumma’s bravery came to the forefront as he managed to save two crucial penalties for Italy, securing victory despite the odds. This triumph marked Italy’s first Euro championship win since 1968, denying England their long-awaited major title since 1966. Donnarumma rightfully claimed the Golden Ball Award for being the standout player throughout the tournament, while Spain’s Pedri was bestowed with the Young Player of the Tournament accolade. Cristiano Ronaldo clinched the Golden Boot for scoring the most goals, narrowly edging out Patrick Schick due to his additional assist.

 

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