Italy has won the European Championship by beating England 3-2 in a penalty shootout after a 1-1 in 120 minutes.
Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy in the shootout and Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves at the end of the shootout.
Italy had a chance for a winner in the extra-time,however, England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford bobbled a free kick from substitute Federico Bernardeschi but he eventually stopped it.
England’s Luke Shaw opened the score sheet putting England football team ahead just inside 2 minutes.
Leonardo Bonucci got the equaliser for Italy.
Meanwhile, Italy’s Gianluigi Donnarumma has been named Player of the tournament. He became the first goalkeeper to win the title at the European Championship.
Donnarumma made two saves in the penalty shootout and he has been outstanding for Italy throughout Euro 2020.
Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer at the European Championship with five goals. The Portugal forward had the same number of goals as Czech Republic forward Schick but the Portuguese star got the award because he had an assist.
Portugal was eliminated from the tournament after losing to Belgium 1-0.
According to reports, Italy has earned 34 million euros ($40.4 million) in prize money from UEFA’s tournament record fund of 371 million euros ($440 million) for winning this year’s European Championship.
England will get 30.25 million euros ($36 million) after losing a penalty shootout to Italy following a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium.
Each of the 24 teams was guaranteed a basic 9.25 million euros ($11 million) with bonuses for wins and draws in the group stage and for advancing through each knockout round.
During the match fans without tickets stormed past security and gained access into the stadium. Wembley Stadium issued a statement saying, “There was a breach of security and a small group of people got into the stadium.” “…We are now working closely with stadium stewards and security to remove these people. Anyone inside the stadium without a ticket will be instantly ejected.”
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Wembley stadium which has a capacity of 90 000 seats, was restricted to a capacity of about 67,000.
Before the match kick-off, England and Italy players took a knee before the starting whistle to bring attention to racial injustice. The England players have done that at all of their matches at Euro2020.
England was trying to win its first major title since the 1966 World Cup.
Italy on the other hand won the European Championship in 1968 but also won four World Cup titles. The most recent was in 2006.
Congratulations to the champions