Italy beat England, win Eurocup finals

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England beaten 3-2 in penalty shootout after 1-1 draw

LONDON, Jul 11 (AP): Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on. And it just had be via a penalty shootout. Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties on Sunday.

Italian players celebrate after the penalty shootout of the Euro 2020 soccer final match between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Laurence Griffiths/Pool via AP)

The match finished 1-1 after extra time. Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England’s third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium. It was less than four years ago that the Italians plunged to the lowest moment of its soccer history by failing to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades. Now, they are the best team in Europe and on a national-record 34-match unbeaten run under Roberto Mancini, their suave coach. England was playing in its first major final in 55 years. It’s the latest heartache in shootouts at major tournaments, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012. England went ahead in the second minute when Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in a European Championship final. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th.

Italy’s team celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the Euro 2020 soccer championship final between England and Italy at Wembley stadium in London, Sunday, July 11, 2021. (Michael Regan/Pool via AP)

European Championship Winners

1960 – Soviet Union
1964 – Spain
1968 – Italy
1972 – West Germany
1976 – Czechoslovakia
1980 – West Germany
1984 – France
1988 – Netherlands
1992 – Denmark
1996 – Germany
2000 – France
2004 – Greece
2008 – Spain
2012 – Spain
2016 – Portugal
2021 – Italy

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