Italy Is Euro 2020 Football Champion

Italy beat England in a penalty shootout to win their second European Football Championship final.

The two teams played 30 minutes of extra time after a 1-1 tie at the final Euro 2020 match in London where more than 60,000 fans were gathered.

A goal scored in the second minute by English left-back Luke Shaw put England ahead early on until Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci scored the equaliser in the 67th minute of the game.

Shaw’s goal was the fastest scored in a European Championship final, according to Uefa, and the fifth fastest scored in the tournament’s history.

But the Italians looked more confident in the second half of the match, putting pressure on England.

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In the intoxicating buildup to the European Championship final Sunday, the soccer world was overrun by tales of England and Wembley Stadium, of the Three Lions, Harry Kane and 55 years of English heartache in major tournaments.

There was, however, a second team seeking redemption of very different kinds, a blue-clad Italian squad that happened to have played some of the finest soccer over the month-long spectacle.

The setting and the start swayed England’s way, but as a tense affair in northwest London uncoiled — from a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 of extra time to an extraordinary penalty-kick tiebreaker — Italy extended English misery and celebrated its first continental crown since 1968.

Compiled from Washington Post and Euronews

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