Highlights from the UEFA EURO 2020 Final between Italy and England: On Sunday, England and Italy will compete in the European Championship final. With a Luke Shaw goal in the second minute, England seized the lead for the first time in a Euro final. In the 67th minute, Leonardo Bonucci equalised for Italy. Both after 90 minutes and after Extra-Time, the score remained 1-1. On penalties, Italy won 3-2.
Italy, one of the most decorated teams in the world, has broken a trophy drought that had lasted several years. On the other hand, England was in unexplored terrain. Since 1966, they haven’t even made it to the final.
The most recent of Italy’s four World Cup triumphs was in 2006, when Chiellini had already made his international debut but did not participate in the tournament. The squad, however, is a relative underachiever at the Euros, having won only one title in 1968. Italy, on the other hand, has already advanced to the final twice in recent years — in 2000 and 2012 — while England has never come close. Because access to London has been restricted due to the epidemic, the allowed audience of 66,000 at Wembley Stadium will be primarily made up of England fans.
Many people believe the squad got too confident. The squad, on the other hand, is undeniably on the rise. They made it to the World Cup semi-finals in 2018, the Euro final this year, and another World Cup next year. The squad did not perform to its potential in the final, but it is full of youthful and dynamic players, many of whom have already shown themselves at the club level.
Although England may not win the World Cup this year, they should take lessons from their setback and begin planning for next year’s tournament.