England lost in penalty shootout and Italy was crowned European champion
Italy 1-England 1 (after extra time)
Italy won 3-2 on penalties
Italy deserves it, even if the victory was achieved through a penalty kick, the monkey that has been on England’s back for decades.
In the away game of the European Cup final in 2020, the Azzurri defeated the England team and only conceded one goal (Luke Shaw’s goal). They are now unbeaten in 34 games, the longest winning streak in their history.
The size of this team is larger than the sum of its parts, but it contains several extraordinary characters: Juventus’s ancient centre-back duo Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci, twin midfielders Organizers Jorginho and Marco Villati and goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, apparently completed the game at the age of 22 and were named players.
Gareth Southgate’s England was surpassed, but Highly organized As always, they did a good job of maintaining a better side in the two-hour game, and they can be congratulated for their best performance in the championship since 1966.
England captain Harry Kane told the BBC: “As a team, we should be very proud of what we have achieved,” adding, “We have made good progress from Russia and we will continue to do so now.”
Southgate said to the players: “Working with them is definitely a pleasure. They have gone so far longer than us. But, of course, it is incredibly painful in the locker room tonight. You have to feel Disappointment, because the chance of winning a trophy like this is very rare in your life.”
This game follows the script of most of the major English games in recent decades: take the lead early, then defend with your back against the wall for the rest of the game, and finally succumb and lose in a penalty shootout.
Two minutes later, they counterattacked on the right and found Kieran Trippier who came off the bench in this game. As a Beckham-style forward, Trippier passed a precise cross to his full back, unmarked on the far post. Shaw shattered a great game with a half-volley.
Wembley waited 55 years for this moment. The stadium is ups and downs, but it is so dangerous. It seems to be much fuller than the official 60,000 people.Those who don’t have a ticket have Breach of securityIn some stands, every seat seems to be occupied, and then some: many people are standing. Others arrived before overtime, and some of the last gangways were already dangerously crowded with almost no intervention by the administrator.
In the beginning, Shaw’s goal seemed to have established the game England wanted: to sit down, rely on their tight defense that they conceded once in this game, let Italy enter their lineup, and then hope to pass the fast Raheem Sterling fought back.
Their center-back trio Harry Maguire, John Stones and Kyle Walker, as always, made almost no mistakes.Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford regained his nerves after losing the game Semifinals against Denmark.
Southgate always has a plan, and his players basically stick to it. When England got the ball, they tried to bypass Italy’s strongest midfielder, where the Azzurri had a numerical advantage and Jorginho Villati’s engine room.
The goal of the England team is to hit Shaw and Trippier on the flanks from behind, or pass the ball to Kane’s head. But Kane, especially Sterling, barely entered the game and was suppressed by Bonucci (the well-deserved “game star”) and Chiellini.
The England team is not an aggressive oppressive team. Sending three central defenders means giving up the midfield.
From the end of the first half, Italy’s passing action forced the British to defend around their penalty area. In this area, a mistake could mean disaster.
Italy’s passing skills are more proficient-90% of their passes are accurate, while England only has 78%-but they also believe that they pass more. If you give a team like Italy almost uninterrupted possession of the ball and allow them to advance almost unimpeded to within 20 yards of your goal, they will most likely take advantage at some point.
It wasn’t until the 61st minute that the Azzurri forced Pickford to make a decisive save, and his left dive prevented Federico Chiesa’s low shot. But the goal is to appear in six minutes, which is the logical result of the deeper penetration of Italian territory. The scorer, unbelievably, is the 34-year-old Bonucci. An Italian corner kick triggered a contention in the penalty area. Pickford pushed Veratti’s header to the goal post, but the Juventus big shot scored on the rebound.
Southgate should have intervened earlier to change England’s tactics, but only did so after causing damage, sending Sarkar to Trippier and changing from a five-man defense to a four-man defense.
Since then, England has indeed managed to keep the ball away from its danger zone more frequently.
In overtime, Italy’s threat diminished, and their main creators Verati and Chiesa were injured. Southgate sent out the wild card young dribble Jack Greerich, he danced around the Italian defender, Wembley serenade “Super, Super Jack”.
Nonetheless, the data tells who dominated the 120-minute game: Italy has 62% possession, completed 755 passes to England 341 times, and has 6 shots in one of England’s goals. This is a tribute to the English defensive organization, they managed to bring this game to a penalty shootout.
Compared to any other recent national team, Southgate’s England team has more confidence in the shootout. They defeated Colombia in a penalty shoot-out in the 2018 World Cup, breaking the country’s ancient penalty spell. Few teams practice penalty kicks more or perform more detailed data analysis on them.
Just before the end of overtime, Southgate sent Marcus Rashford and Jaden Sancho specifically because of their strong ability in penalty kicks.
They lined up bravely. In this game, after Kane and Maguire played unstoppable kicks, they were the first England players to miss. Perhaps it is too much to ask young people to coldly participate in such an important game and then almost immediately take the heaviest penalty in English football history.
When Donnarumma was rescued from Saka, it was all over.
Italy did not even qualify for the last World Cup, which is a low point in their modern football history. This victory crowned their exciting reinvention and became the offensive passer under the leadership of manager Roberto Mancini. Their 13 goals in the 2020 European Cup are the most goals scored by the Azzurri in major competitions.
Next year, Italy will go to Qatar with confidence to participate in the World Cup. But England-still a relatively young team with growth potential-also has outside shooting opportunities.