England met Italy in the final of euro 2020 on Sunday and unfortunately for Southgate’s side, it was penalty heartbreak once again, as the wait for a major trophy goes on!
Euro 2020 came to a close on Sunday as Wembley hosted the final between England and Italy. Not much separated the two sides in terms of the betting odds, with England the slight favorites.
This was a huge night for both sides. England were looking to end a 55-year wait for a trophy whilst Italy were looking to shock everyone and win the competition, having not been given much of a chance at the start.
Both sides were unbeaten in the competition, having finished top of their groups. It was set to be a very interesting game with two good sides, who had both performed very well defensively this summer.
Italy vs England
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England got off to the perfect start, with Luke Shaw scoring after just two minutes. Trippier found the left-back at the back post, with Shaw then smashing it home on the half volley to give Enaldn an early lead.
Despite the early setback, Italy grew into the game and starting to dominate the ball. Both sides pushed for chances in the first half but it was a very cagey 45 minutes. England went in 1-0 up at halftime, but Italy had shown that this game was far from over.
Italy started the second half well, with Chiesa and Insigne forcing Pickford into two good saves early on. They levelled the game on the 67th minute when England failed to clear a corner and Bonucci latched on to a Pickford save to tap the ball into an empty net.
The game went to extra time, with it being much the same in terms of Itay creating the best chances. As extra-time went on, both sides seemed to be happy to settle for penalties. Just before the final whistle, Southgate brought on both Sancho and Rashford to take penalties.
England were 2-1 up in the shootout with Kane and Maguire scoring theirs and Pickford saving one. However, it all changed after this with Rashford hitting the post and Donnarruma saving both Sancho and Saka’s penalties to win the penalty shootout 3-2.
Both sides now have just under 18 months to prepare for the World Cup in 2022. Both Italy and England are currently priced at 15/2 to win the World Cup, with the current holders France the favorites at 5/1.