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FOOTBALL: ITALY IS THE EUROPEAN CHAMPION

FOOTBALL: ITALY IS THE EUROPEAN CHAMPION

By Vedan Choolun

Italy won the European Championship for the first time since 1968 as Gianluigi Donnarumma saved two England penalties en route to a 3-2 shootout win after the teams had fought out a 1-1 extra-time draw at a raucous Wembley Stadium, UK on Sunday during UEFA Euro 2020 Final.

The giant Italian goalkeeper saved from Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka after Marcus Rashford hit a post, as Federico Bernardeschi, Leonardo Bonucci and Domenico Berardi all scored for the Italians.

Luke Shaw, reports Daily News editor, Vedan Choolun, had given England a dream start with a superb goal after two minutes but Italy, who offered almost nothing in response in the first half, gradually took command on the second half as the hosts sat back and levelled through Bonucci after 67 minutes.

It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976 and will be wildly celebrated in Italy after they lost in the final in 2000 and 2012.

They made most of the running after halftime and in extra time and England can have few complaints after their early promise faded away.

While Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo won Golden Boot, It was nevertheless saddening for most of the 67,000 Wembley crowd as England came up short in their first major final since they won the World Cup in 1966, 55 years ago.

By Vedan Choolun, Editor of the Daily News, online newspaper, London, UK,