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Heartbreak for England as Italy claim Euro 2020 glory

The final of Euro 2020 saw England and Italy battle it out at Wembley Stadium in front of a raucous crowd of over 60,000 fans. England, buoyed by home advantage and their impressive run to the final, started brightly and took an early lead through a stunning goal from Luke Shaw, who volleyed home from close range after just two minutes.

Italy regrouped and slowly began to assert their dominance, with midfield maestro Jorginho pulling the strings in the centre of the park. Despite creating a number of chances, England were unable to add to their lead and the momentum began to shift as Italy grew in confidence.

Italy fight back to force extra time

The second half saw Italy pile on the pressure, with captain Giorgio Chiellini marshalling a resolute defence and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma making a number of crucial saves. England continued to create chances, but the Italian defence held firm and it was only a matter of time before Italy found the back of the net.

With just 20 minutes remaining, Italy finally scored through Leonardo Bonucci, who pounced on a loose ball in the box to restore parity. England were visibly deflated and Italy looked the more likely to score a winner in normal time, but the match remained deadlocked at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Heartbreak in extra time

Extra time saw both teams battle fatigue and the tension continued to mount as the match ticked towards penalties. Italy had the upper hand, but England still posed a threat on the counter-attack.

Unfortunately for England, it was Italy who found the winner in the 107th minute through a superb strike from Marco Verratti. England pushed forward in search of an equaliser, but Italy held firm and claimed their second European Championship trophy.

The aftermath

The result was a crushing blow for England, who had dared to dream of ending their 55-year wait for a major trophy. The team had captured the hearts of a nation and the tournament had brought a sense of pride and unity to a country still reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Many fans and pundits lamented England's lack of ambition in the later stages of the match, with manager Gareth Southgate opting for caution rather than playing to win. Despite this, the team received a hero's welcome upon their return to England and were hailed for their achievements throughout the tournament.

Ultimately, it was Italy who deservedly claimed the title of European champions. The Azzurri had proved to be a formidable force throughout the tournament, playing with a passion and flair that captured the hearts of football fans around the world.

For England, the wait for a major trophy goes on. However, the team and fans alike can take heart from the fact that they had come so close and had given their all throughout the tournament. The future looks bright for English football and the team will no doubt be back stronger and more determined than ever before.