'It's coming Rome': Italy clinches first European Championship since 1968 after win over England

Euro 2020 champions.

Nyi Nyi Thet | July 12, 2021, 09:19 AM

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Italy secured their first European title since 1968 in Wembley against England.

England started proceedings with a Luke Shaw goal in just the second minute.

Shaw had started the play that would lead to the goal, passing it to Harry Kane deep inside his own half before rushing forward to volley it in at the end.

Sparking mad celebrations from all involved.

Italy would however equalise in the 67th minute through a Leonardo Bonucci tap in during a mad scramble in front of the England goal.

Bonucci would end the night with this declaration:

But we'll get to that later.

Italy would dominate both possession and opportunities on the night, but ultimately could not find a way to break the deadlock.

A pitch invader stopped play right before the final whistle, and neither side could engineer a breakthrough in either regulation, nor extra time.

There were a number of substitutions in extra time, including Andrea Belotti for Italy, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho for England.

All three would end up missing their penalties in the shootout.

England's Jordan Pickford saved penalty attempts from Belotti and Jorginho, but Gianluigi Donnarumma, who would go on to be named the player of the tournament, managed to keep out Rashford (who hit the bar), Sancho, and Bukayo Saka.

Italy players, including man of the match Leonardo Bonucci, also took a playful dig at what had been England's rallying call "It's coming home" with an improvised "It's coming Rome" version.

Questions were raised post-match about why Saka, who is just 19 and had never taken a senior-level penalty for Arsenal before, was chosen to be the decisive 5th penalty taker for England.

England's manager, Gareth Southgate, said after the match that penalties were his call.

Some England players were also subjected to racial abuse following the match, prompting England's football association to come out and condemn this online racism.

Photo by Michael Regan/UEFA via Getty Images