Italy has become the champion by defeating hosts England in the great match of UEFA Euro Cup. In the match that lasted till the penalty shootout, Italy defeated England to win the Euro Cup title. This is Italy’s first title win in the Euro Cup since 1968. England reached the final after 55 years, the dream of winning their first Euro Cup title was shattered.
Earlier, in the 90-minute game, both the teams were tied at 1-1, after which 6 minutes of injury time was taken. Neither team could score in injury time, after which 30 minutes of extra time was played. Neither team could score in the extra time game. After the match was tied in extra time also, penalty shoot-out was resorted to for the result.
Italy defeated England in the penalty shoot-out. In the penalty shoot-out, Italy put the ball into the goal post three times out of five, while England players could do so only twice. Earlier, the beginning of the title match was exciting. After the start of the match at the historic Wembley Stadium, Luke Shaw scored a brilliant goal in the second minute to give England the lead. England, despite leading 1-0, did not lax throughout the match and praised the attacking game. By the end of the first half, England maintained their 1-0 lead over Italy.
In the first half, the Italian players also played aggressive football and put full emphasis to bring the match on par. From Tully’s side, Federico Keeza made a quick attack, also created some chances but missed the goal. At the start of the second half, experienced Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci scored in the 67th minute of the match to level the match at 1-1.
Incinia took the strike on the corner given to Italy and Veerapatti tried to score by collecting a header. England’s goalkeeper Pickford stopped the ball from going into the goal post but the ball splintered and Bonucci took the opportunity to put the ball into the goal and leveled his team in the match. Bonucci, at 34 years 71 days, also became the oldest player to score in the final match in Euro Cup history.