Italy aims to win their first European Championship in 53 years and complete a perfect Euro 2020 campaign in the final against an inspired England side. They did so in thrilling fashion, defeating the Three Lions 1-1 (3-2) on penalties to clinch the Euro 2020 title!
The Italians had a horrific start to the game, conceding in the 2nd minute itself when Luke Shaw popped out of nowhere to score past Gianluigi Donnarumma. After that, Italy took control of the game and had 65% possession in the first half – but were unable to really trouble the Three Lions.
But the pressure finally paid off for Italy, who got the equalizer in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci finished a scrambled set-piece to make it 1-1! Roberto Mancini’s side wasn’t able to scrape a winner in normal time, forcing extra time for their second consecutive game!
Just like the previous game, Italy wasn’t able to find a winner and had to force a penalty shootout – for only the second time in Euros finals history! Despite the odds being against them, the Italians rode on the brilliance of young goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnaruma – who made 2 huge saves to help his side win their second Euros title and ending an amazing tournament on a high note.
Here are Italy player ratings vs England.
Italy Player Ratings vs England
Roberto Mancini (8.5) –
Unlike his opposition manager, Mancini went with a more attack-minded team on the day and played to win through the game. With some clever tactics, he ensured that Italy dominated the majority of possession through the game and didn’t allow England to create much at all. Made some brilliant timely substitutions and chose his penalty takers very well too.
While much of the credit goes to Donnarumma, Mancini’s brilliant in-game management, selection and tweaks to Italy’s game through the game was just as important to sealing the win. Definitely the best manager of the tournament after a flawless campaign.
Gianluigi Donnarumma (9.0) –
The young goalkeeper couldn’t really do much to save Shaw’s whipped shot go past his front post. Not tested much after that but comes up clutch in the 108th to clear away a dangerous cross to deny England a goal. But he came up clutch in the penalties, making 2 excellent saves to win his side the Euros.
Awarded the Player of the Tournament for his heroics through the Euros. PSG are getting an absolute gem in this amazing keeper.
Giovanni Di Lorenzo (7.0)-
Di Lorenzo really should’ve done better to stop Shaw from getting the shot away for the opener. Really energetic down the right flank after the early struggles, but his poor positioning helped England create quite a few chances down his wing. Created a few chances and used his pace to make some clutch recovery challenges in a pretty decent showing.
Leonardo Bonucci (8.0) –
Bonucci did really well to stop Kane from creating big chances or getting into goal-scoring areas in the first half with some clutch challenges. Struck a shot over in the 45th minute. Then gets the equalizer for his side with a poacher’s tap-in finish from close range. Also, the oldest player to ever score in a Euros final!
Defensively, Bonucci was a rock at the back – with his impressive positioning helping to neutralize many attacks. Took a really impressive penalty in the shoot out too.
Giorgio Chiellini (8.5) –.
The Italian captain was extremely proactive through the game, sniffing out and eliminating England’s attack in the first half. Very assertive & disciplined with his performance through the 90 mins before making a cynical foul on Saka in the 95th minute, getting himself booked.
Apart from that naughty challenge, Chiellini was an absolute beast defensively. He won 7 aerial duels, made 3 interceptions and 6 clearances as well as kept opposition captain Kane very quiet.
Emerson (6.0) –
Emerson still doesn’t seem comfortable in playing for the injured Leonardo Spinnazzola at left-back. Completely lost track of Trippier and couldn’t stop him from assisting the opener. Not being able to make an impact with his attacking work down the left-wing. But improved a lot defensively as the game moved on, winning 10 duels, 3 tackles in a pretty decent showing before being subbed.
Jorginho (7.5) –
The Chelsea midfielder is helping dictate much of Italy’s possession in this game, helping them control the majority of the possession in the first half with some smart distribution. Jorginho’s acting as Italy’s midfield general through the game, making clutch interceptions & moving the ball around swiftly.
Booked late into extra-time after a clumsy challenge on Grealish and a bit lucky not to get sent off. But apart from that, Jorginho controlled things in midfield through 120 minutes with 96% passing accuracy, 4 interceptions and 8 duels won!
Despite being a perfect penalty taker and having the chance to win Italy the Euros, he misses his penalty to completely ruin what would’ve been a perfect showing. Fortunate for Donnarumma to save his blushes and win his side the game instead minutes after that.
Nicolo Barella (5.0) –
Italy’s midfield diamond hopes to make a difference with a goal contribution today. However, he fell completely flat in that regard in the big game. Unable to create any big chances or get shots on target. Distributed the ball around well & active in midfield, but unable to make any sort of a real impact.
Marco Veratti (7.0) –
Veratti is getting more forward in this game to help create chances but has not been able to get his final third passes perfect yet. Grew into the game after the second half and became more influential, helping his side take total control of the game. Maintained a 94% passing accuracy from 114 passes, won 3 tackles, created a few chances and even got a fortunate assist from Bonucci’s strike in a compelling performance.
Federico Chiesa (7.0) –
The unpredictable Juventus star will be determined to get among the goals in this one. Went past multiple bodies with ease in the 35th minute but his ambitious shot goes wide. Tricked England’s defenders and got a whipped shot from outside the area in the 61st, forcing a brilliant save from Pickford to deny him a deserved goal.
Arguably Italy’s most dangerous attacker with his unpredictable running, dribbling & link-up play. Subbed late on after suffering an apparent injury, but put in a bright performance nonetheless.
Lorenzo Insigne (5.0) –
Insigne got Italy’s first real chance of the game, slotting a free-kick well over the post in the 12th. Then strikes another curling free-kick over the box in the 51st. Tries something spectacular with curling one into the top corner two minutes later, but his shot goes well wide.
Moved to a central position after Immobile’s substitution and almost immediately got a shot on goal in the 55th that was saved well. However, unable to make any real difference in a centre-forward role, because of which he was subbed before the start of extra time.
Ciro Immobile (3.5) –
The Lazio striker barely got a kick of the ball in the first half, being unable to create a goal or get a shot on target in the first half. Did nothing but stitch a few passes together all game long. Taken off before the hour-mark after a poor display.
Bryan Cristante (7.0) –
Cristante helped add more bite to Italy’s midfield after coming on, helping them gain more control of the game through the extra-time.
Domenico Berardi (6.5) –
Berardi cleverly managed to get behind the defence to go through on goal in the 73rd, but could only divert a shot over Pickford’s goal in a 1v1 chance. Scored his penalty past the goalkeeper really well in the shootout.
Andrea Belotti (4.0) –
Belotti was just as ineffective in the game after coming on as Immobile, not making any real plays in the final third. Missed his penalty as well in the shootout, to sum up a dismal outing.
Federico Bernardeschi (6.0) –
The Juventus man wasn’t able to create many chances after coming on, but at least scored his penalty really well.
Manuel Locatelli (N/R) –
The tenacious midfield helped Italy hold down the game until the penalties before winning it.
Alessandro Florenzi (N/R) –
Ensured that his side didn’t get any last-minute scare in extra time.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Donnarumma won his side the title with his heroics in the penalty shoot out – making some excellent saves under immense pressure. Definitely deserves the MOTM for this one.