London.The European Championship final on Sunday pits England and Italy against each other. England took the lead with a Luke Shaw strike in the 2nd minute, the quickest ever goal in an Euro final.
Leonardo Bonucci scored the equaliser for Italy in the 67th minute. The score remained 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes as well as after Extra-Time. Italy won 3-2 on penalties.
Italy, one of the most decorated teams in the world, have ended a few years of trophy drought. England, on the other hand, were in uncharted territory. They haven’t even reached a final since 1966.
The last of Italy’s four World Cup victories came in 2006, when Chiellini had already made his international debut but didn’t play at the tournament. But the team is a comparative underachiever in the Euros with its only title in 1968.
Italy, however, has already reached the final twice in recent years — in 2000 and 2012 — whereas England hasn’t got close until now.
With the pandemic restricting travel to London, the permitted crowd of 66,000 at Wembley Stadium will be largely packed with England fans.