Italy manages to win the European Championship 53 years later. The selection azzurra he had since lost two finals, both in this century, and the last one after receiving an absolute soccer lesson from one of the best national teams of all time. Vicente del Bosque’s Spanish team.
More than five decades have had to pass for the Italians to once again raise a Euro to the sky, in which they have undoubtedly been the best team from start to finish. They have only been overcome in the semifinal match against Spain, a match in which they also knew how to recover and hold out until the penalties to achieve the pass to the long-awaited final.
They were the most overwhelming team during the group stage, at which point everyone began to predict Italy as one of the main favorites to win the tournament. In the second round they knew how to suffer against Austria, and an imperial Federico Chiesa granted them a pass to the quarterfinals in extra time. There, Roberto Martínez’s Belgium awaited, who had just eliminated the current champion, Portugal. In the first half, Roberto Mancini’s team gave a spectacular football lesson to the Red Devils who were irretrievably eliminated.
In the semifinals they ran into an excellent version of a highly criticized Spain during the group stage, but in the round of 16 and quarter-finals they showed their character and way of playing. The Italians were outmatched but held out until extra time thanks to the lack of aim of the Spanish strikers (an attribute that already characterizes this Luis Enrique team). Already on penalties they managed to win as a result of a great performance by Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Today in the final they were inferior during the first half but the facelift at halftime allowed them to be superior to their rival during the rest of the match. With the exception of the first half hour, the England version has been quite poor, however they have managed to endure until a penalty shoot-out in which justice has been imposed in the sky of Wembley.
53 years have had to pass, but the account ends here. Italy is the champion of the Eurocup.