Italian joy, English grief after the final drama of Euro 2020 | Italy News
Italy inflicted heartbreak on England to win the Euro 2020 final after a penalty shootout at Wembley Stadium in London on Sunday, with pundits and former players then paying tribute to both teams.
Luke Shaw gave England an early lead and Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the second half to send the game into extra time, but neither team was able to add to their scoreline and Gianluigi Donnarumma made the crucial stop for Bukayo Saka to win the title. for Italy.
“Football is sometimes a cruel and cruel game. These boys played heroically for a month, it’s such a shame it has to come down to a situation like this, ”former England striker Alan Shearer told the BBC.
Former Italian full-back Gianluca Zambrotta was delighted.
“An unforgettable night for our Azzurri! What a fantastic achievement for Roberto Mancini and his team. They deserved to win this second Euro title, and their performance since the opening match in Rome a month ago has been perfect! he said.
“You added more history to our national team and you should all be very proud! Congratulations to the champions, now is the time to celebrate together! “
Rio Ferdinand, who has played 81 times for England and scored three times, thanked Gareth Southgate’s side for their efforts.
“Obviously, a huge disappointment. But as you can see the fans are applauding the players. They brought us a joy that my generation and below have never felt watching an England team, ”he said.
“They raised the country when we needed it. It’s a tough game, tough when it gets to this point. It’s a painful way to lose him… Italy will benefit and honor them.
Former England midfielder Frank Lampard has praised both sides.
“We have seen individuals and the (England) team grow. We have seen the nation grow behind the team. Italy controlled the elements of the game. We have to give them credit. They deserve their victory, ”he said.
“The effort put in by this England team, we felt it so dear to our hearts and we wanted them to cross the line. The finals are won at times. It can go anywhere. The penalties are so hard.That’s the nature of the game.