With a heroic feat, Italy conquered Wembley and won its second European title, 53 years after the first, won in 1968. The Azzurri crowned the dream on penalties, as against Spain, happily bringing to an end an evening match in climb.
After just two minutes from the start, Italy is already under. Trippier’s cross from the right for Shaw who, guilty left free by Di Lorenzo, beats on the fly by inserting the corner to the right of Donnarumma.
Italy is struggling to get the game back in hand, also because England does not leave any space and the maneuver is slow. In the only acceleration of the first half, Church crosses the pitch diagonally and ends with a low shot from distance that comes out a few centimeters from the left of Pickford.
In the second half, Italy changes its face, redesigned by Mancini with the false nueve, after the exit from the field of a building still in the negative evening. Chiesa engages Pickford with a diagonal on the far corner. At the 67th the equalizer of Bonucci, who hits the net with a ball hit by Verratti and deflected by Pickford on the post. On a long pass from Bonucci, Berardi tries the acrobatic play, but ends high.
In overtime, fatigue predominates, despite the use of numerous substitutions. Southgate sends out Rashford and Sancho only to take penalties, but both miss them, after Belotti’s mistake. Donnarumma’s parade on Saka signs the triumph, allowing Mancini and Vialli to hug each other crying with joy, finally avenging the Champions final lost in ’92 against Barcelona, right here at Wembley.