The Eurocup ends for a surprising Italy when nobody expected a great tournament from them. The azzurra He showed a great associative and courageous game from the first game and easily surpassed his group with goals included.
Already in the knockout rounds they had to learn to suffer and compete, as an honorable Austria forced them to go to extra time and suffer until the end. With the duties learned, they managed to overcome a Belgium in which its stars could not shine, in part thanks to the fact that Bonucci and Chiellini seemed to have taken 10 years off their shoulders. The Italian centrals made life impossible for Lukaku who could only score a penalty, while the Italians managed to score two goals.
With this result they arrived as favorites against a Spain that had not faced an important rival, but the truth is that the Spanish were better and only a greater success in the penalty shoot-out allowed them to reach the final 9 years later.
The final was put uphill with an early goal from Shaw only in the area. From there, England gave them the alternative, but Italy did not know what to do with the ball and practically did not reach Pickford’s goal with danger. But so long passively allowed Mancini, the Italian coach, to interpret the few defensive holes in which to attack the solid English defense. For this reason, it switched to Immobile and left a more mobile and faster front to take advantage of the spaces. From there, Italy warned much more and in 67 managed to tie with a good goal from a rehearsed play.
From there the game was balanced, anyone could win, but everything would be decided in the penalty shootout. There England would take the lead with a great stop by Pickford against Bellotti, but with Rashford’s failure everything would be equalized again. After two stops in a row by Donnarumma, the Italian goalkeeper gave Italy their second European Championship.
Italy says goodbye to the tournament as champions and with very good feelings and with a spinal column on which to grow in the face of the 2022 World Cup. Insigne, Verratti, Jorginho, Spinazzola, the central couple, and especially Donnarumma in the last two rounds of penalties, they have been decisive players, capable of beating anyone with the Italian team, in a tournament that has been decided by details.