Mancini Does An Italian Job On England At Wembley

Italy won the see-saw penalty shootout Sunday night at Wembley to win the EURO2020 Cup final 3-2 after England missed three times from the spot.

England substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka all missed their penalties.

It was unlucky 13 for England after a winning streak of 12 games unbeaten.

It started well and ended badly.

Luke Shaw put England ahead in the second minute with a first-time shot that gave giant Gianluigi Donnarumma in goal for Italy no chance.

About 60 000 England fans at the Wembley Stadium marveled as Shaw hit a beautiful half-volley off a Kieran Trippier cross.

Italy’s Lorenzo Insigne had a chance to trouble Jordan Pickford but fired his free-kick high above the post.

Italians Emerson Palmieri, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, and Lorenzo Insigne were threatening, but England soaked up the pressure to go to the break leading 1-0.

Even though Italy had come to the final with a record of 33 straight wins, England was hungrier in the second half.  

The Three Lions last won a major tournament in 1966, when they won the World Cup. 

Chasing their first Euro title in history, England played like men possessed.

Sterling came in with a robust challenge on Insigne in a dangerous position. 

Luckily the diminutive Azzurri forward missed the target from the resultant free-kick.

The pressure was relentless.

In the 60th minute, Chiesa found space and unleashed a shot aimed for the bottom corner. 

Pickford dived full length to make a spectacular save.  

However, the pressure paid off in the 66th minute when Itay’s veteran defender Leonardo Bonucci pounced on a loose ball and toe-poked it over the goal line.

England manager, Gareth Southgate, responded by bringing on wonder Kid Saka for Trippier.

A few minutes later Declan Rice came off for Jordan Henderson.

Chiesa went off injured and Italy seemed to lose steam. 

Italian coach Roberto Mancini was expressionless on the touch line. He was plotting.

With both sides unable to break the deadlock the game went into extra time tied at 1-1.

Extra-time came and went without much to talk about, except the introduction of fan favourite Jack Grealish.

Anticipating penalties Southgate brought on Rashford and Jadon Sancho with a few minutes left in the second half of extra time.

Italy

Gianluigi Donnarumma, Giovanni Di Lorenzo, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini (captain), Emerson Palmieri, Nicolo Barella, Jorginho, Marco Verratti; Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne

England 

Jordan Pickford, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Kieran Trippier, Declan Rice, Kalvin Phillips, Mason Mount, Harry Kane (captain), Raheem Sterling