Euro 2020 had to wait an extra year to finally be played, but it was worth the wait as far as the on-field product is concerned. It was the highest-scoring European Championship of all-time, and it came to a close on Sunday as England welcomed Italy to Wembley Stadium for the final. The unofficial hosts took an early lead in the second minute via Luke Shaw’s fastest-ever Euro final goal. England then sat back for much of the rest of the affair, daring Italy to come at them.
The Italians finally broke even when Leonardo Bonucci bundled home in the 67th minute. No further scoring took place, forcing extra time. And neither side did much in ET, sending the game to penalties. Despite an early lead in the shootout, England wilted down the stretch. Gianluigi Donnarumma made two saves, on the last two England penalties, and saw a further one hit the post, to ensure it was the ‘visiting’ side that won in London. The win denied England a first major title since 1966 and it was Italy’s first Euro victory since 1968. Donnarumma, unsurprisingly for his heroics in this encounter and the rest of the tourney, won the Golden Ball Award for best player while Pedri of Spain won Young Player of the Tournament. Cristiano Ronaldo won the Golden Boot for most goals scored, narrowly edging out Patrick Schick due to his one assist.