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FINAL MEETING vs. ITALY
  Sunday, 11 July 2021
2020 UEFA European Championship FINAL

Italy 1 England 1 [0-1]ᴭᵀ
1-1 after ninety minutes
Italy won 3-2 on penalties
 



Players lost since last match
Paul Mariner (9 July 2021), 68

The National Stadium connected by EE, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Kick-off (BST): 8.00pm
Attendance: 67,173

Ciro Immobile kicked off
after both teams 'took the knee'
Harry Kane won the toss
Mason Mount kicked off Extra Time
135½ mins 49:09 & 51:24; 16:55 & 18:06
The earliester EC Final goal
Hundredth competitive goal under Southgate
[0-1] Luke Shaw 2 1:57
left-footed half volley from 6 yds following a sublime Kieran Trippier cross
[1-1] Leonardo Bonucci 67 66:19
 clawed in from 3yds following a corner after a Verratti header hit the post

The oldest EC Final goalscorer
42nd Euro 2020 goal - the most at any Finals
   
Nicola Barella 47 46:40
Leonardo Bonucci 55 54:36
Lorenzo Insigne 84 83:45
Giorgi Chiellini 90+6 95:46
 
   
   
Jorginho
113 112:18
Harry Maguire 106 105:32
Commentator: Guy Mowbray with Jermaine Jenas
Commentator: Sam Matterface with Lee Dixon (combined viewing figures peak 30.95million)
 

Domenico Berardi 1-0

Andrea Belotti saved 1-1

Leonardo Bonucci
2-2

Federico Bernardeschi 3-2

Jorginho saved 3-2


1-1 Harry Kane
    
1-2 Harry Maguire
    
2-2 Marcus Rashford hit post
    
3-2 Jadon Sancho saved

3-2 Bukayo Saka saved (left)
  (penalties took another seven minutes 45 seconds to complete)
 

"OH NO! NOT AGAIN" Daily Mirror

Officials (neon pink) from Netherlands Italy Squad

Type

England Squad
Referee
Björn Kuipers
48 (28 March 1973)
, Oldenzaal, FIFA listed 2006.
20 Goal Attempts 6
6 Attempts on Target 1
Assistant Referees 1 Hit Bar/Post 0
Sander van Roekel
47 (28 March 1974), Nijmegen
Erwin E.J. Zeinstra
44 (31 January 1977)
3 Corner Kicks Won 5
Fourth official
  Carlos del Cerro Grande 45 (13 March 1976) Alcala de Henares, Spain
 
Fifth Official - Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez, Spain
UEFA Referee Obsever - Hugh Dallas, Scotland
UEFA Delegate -
5 Offside Calls Against 1
21 Fouls Conceded 13
62% Possession 38%
 
Video Assistant Officials from Germany Assistant one - Pol Van Boekel, 45, Vierlingsbeek, Netherlands
Bastian Dankert
41 (9 June 1980), Schwerin, FIFA-listed 2014
Assistant two - Christian Gittelmann, 38
Assistant three - Marco Fritz, 43
  

Italy Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (23rd May 2021) 7th
EFO ranking
Group 4
ELO rating 3rd
Colours: Made by Puma - Azure blue v-necked collared jerseys with navy blue collar/cuffs and Renaissance graphics on shirt, navy blue shorts, and blue socks.
Capt: Giorgio Chiellini Head Coach: Roberto Mancini, 56 (27 November 1964), appointed 14 May 2018.
39th match, W 28 - D 9 - L 2 - F 92 - A 18.
The oldest EC Final winning captain
Italy Lineup
21 Donnarumma, Gianluigi 22
136 days
25 February 1999 G AC Milan 33 0
2 Di Lorenzo, Giovanni 27
341 days
4 August 1993 RB SSC Napoli 13 0
19
Bonucci, Leonardo 34
71 days
1 May 1987 RCD
 
Juventus FC
 
109
 
8
 
55th min. for kicking at Raheem Sterling on the touchline
     
3 Chiellini, Giorgio 36
331 days
14 August 1984 LCD
 
Juventus FC
 
112
 
8
 
90th+6th min. for dragging back Bukayo Saka as he tried to sprint away
     
13 Palmieri dos Santos, Emerson 26
342 days
3 August 1994
in Santos, Brazil
LB Chelsea FC, England 19 0
18 Barella, Nicolò, off 54th min. 24
144 days
17 February 1997 RM
 
FC Internazionale Milano
 
29
 
6
 
47th min. for kicking at the back of Harry Kane's legs
     
8 Jorginho 29
203 days
20 December 1991
in Imbituba, Brazil
DM
 
Chelsea FC, England
 
35
 
5
 
Frello Filho, Jorge Luiz
113th min. for a studs up challenge on Jack Grealish
     
6 Verratti, Marco, off 96th min. 28
248 days
5 November 1992 LM Paris Saint-Germain FC, France 45 3
14 Chiesa, Federico, off 86th min. 23
259 days
25 October 1997 RF Juventus FC, on loan from ACF Fiorentina 32 3
17 Immobile, Ciro, off 55th min. 31
141 days
20 February 1990 CF SS Lazio 52 15
10 Insigne, Lorenzo, off 90th min. 30
37 days
4 June 1991 LF
 
SSC Napoli
 
47
 
10
 
84th min. for a late challenge and bringing down Kalvin Phillips
     
Italy Substitutes
scoreline: Italy 0 England 1
16 Cristante, Bryan, on 54th min. (53:53) for Barella 26
130 days
3 March 1995 RM AS Roma 17 1
11 Berardi, Domenico, on 55th min. (54:09) for Immobile 26
344 days
1 August 1994 RF US Sassuolo Calcio 17 5
scoreline: Italy 1 England 1
20 Bernardeschi, Federico, on 86th min. (85:27) for Chiesa 27
145 days
16 February 1994 LF Juventus FC 34 6
9 Belotti, Andrea, on 90th min. for Insigne 27
203 days
20 December 1993 CF Torino FC 39 12
5 Locatelli, Manuel, on 96th min. (95:50) for Verratti 23
184 days
8 January 1998 LM US Sassuolo Calcio 15 3
scoreline: Italy 1 England 1 (AET sub)
24 Florenzi, Alessandro, on 118th min. (117:25) for Emerson 30
122 days
11 March 1991 RB AS Roma 45 2
result: Italy 1 England 1

unused substitutes:

1.Salvatore Sirigu, 12-Mateo Pessina, 15-Francesco Acerbi, 23-Alessandro Bastoni, 25-Rafael Tolói, 26-Alex Meret

team notes:

Federico Chiesa is the son of Enrico, who was an unused substitute for Italy against England in February 1997 and again in Le Tournoi four months later. He was however, a half-time substitute in October 1997.
Giorgio Chiellini played in the first ever official match at the new National Stadium, for Italy U21 against England U21, 24 March 2007 - ending 3-3.

records:

Italy's second European Championship title, 53 years after their first (a record-breaking gap).
Chiellini and Bonucci are 39th/40th players to have played in two European Championship Finals.
This is Italy's 34match unbeaten - lasting back to 10 September 2018 against Portugal.

Head Coach Robert Mancini was an unused substitute for Italy in their November 1989 friendly meeting against England.

 
4-3-3 Donnarumma
Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Emerson
(Florenzi) -
Barella
(Cristante), Jorginho, Verrati (Locatelli) -
Chiesa
(Bernardeschi), Immobile (Berardi), Insigne (Belotti)

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 28 years 274 days Appearances/Goals 47.8 5.2
 

England Team

 

Rank:

FIFA (27th May 2021) 4th
EFO ranking Group One (3rd)
ELO rating 6th
Colours: The Nike 2020 home shirt - White crew-necked jerseys with navy blue collar and side trim, white shorts with pale blue side stripe, white socks.
Capt: Harry Kane ³¹
39th, W 25 - D 7 - L 7 - F 84 - A 30
Manager: Gareth Southgate, 50 (3 September 1970), appointed caretaker manager on 27 September 2016, appointed as permanent manager on 30 November 2016.
61st match, W 39 - D 12 - L 10 - F 122 - A 40
now fifth in the most-captains list
England Lineup
1 Pickford, Jordan L. 27
126 days
7 March 1994 G Everton FC 38 29ᵍᵃ
2 Walker, Kyle A., off 120th min. 31
44 days
28 May 1990 RD
/RB
Manchester City FC 61 0
5 Stones, John 27
44 days
28 May 1994 CD/
RCD
Manchester City FC 49 2
6 Maguire, J. Harry 28
128 days
5 March 1993 LD/
LCD
Manchester United FC 37 4
106th min. for kicking the back of Andrea Belotti as he tried to turn past him
     
12
Trippier, Kieran J., off 70th min. 30
295 days
19 September 1990 RWB Club Atlético de Madrid, Spain 33 1
14 Phillips, Kalvin M. 25
221 days
2 December 1995 RDM Leeds United AFC 15 0
4 Rice, Declan, off 74th min. 22
178 days
14 January 1999 LDM West Ham United FC 24 1
3
Shaw, Luke P.H. 25
364 days
12 July 1995 LWB
/LB
Manchester United FC 16 1
10 Sterling, Raheem S. 26
215 days
8 December 1994
in Kingston, Jamaica
RF Manchester City FC 68 17
9 Kane, Harry E. 27
348 days
28 July 1993 CF Tottenham Hotspur FC 61 38
19 Mount, Mason T., off 99th min. 22
182 days
10 January 1999 LF Chelsea FC 21 4
England Substitutes
scoreline: Italy 1 England 1
25 Saka, Bukayo A.T.M., on 70th min. (69:54) for Trippier 19
309 days
5 September 2001 RAM Arsenal FC 9 8 1
2
8 Henderson, Jordan B., on 74th min. (73:24) for Rice, off 120th min. 31
24 days
17 June 1990 RDM Liverpool FC 64 43 1
21
7 Grealish, Jack P., on 99th min. (98:50) for Mount 25
304 days
10 September 1995 LAM Aston Villa FC 12 7 0
5
11 Rashford, Marcus, on 120th min. (119:31) for Henderson 23
253 days
31 October 1997 RB Manchester United FC 46 21 11
25
final app 2016-21
17 Sancho, Jadon M., on 120th min. (119:44) for Walker 21
108 days
25 March 2000 RM BSV Borussia 09 Dortmund, Germany 22 11 3
11
result: Italy 1 England 1

unused substitutes:

13-Aaron Ramsdale, 15-Tyrone Mings, 16-Conor Coady, 18-Dominic Calvert-Lewin, 23-Sam Johnstone, 24-Reece James, 26-Jude Bellingham.

team notes:

Referee Kuipers was referee between the two countries at the 2014 World Cup Finals. He was also in charge during the 2018 World Cup Finals, overseeing England's victory over Sweden, and the World Cup qualifying match earlier this year when England beat Poland.
This is England's eleventh ECF match at Wembley, they remain unbeaten (W 6 D 5), seventeenth in Major Tournament Finals.
Jack Grealish's great great grandfather, Billy Garraty, also played for England in 1903.

records:

England are the thirteenth different country to reach a European Championship Final.
Luke Shaw scored England's eleventh Tournament goal, going one better than the ten scored in 2000.
Shaw is also the fiftieth different England goalscorer at the National Stadium since 2007, and the 29th different England player to score against Italy (34 scored). He is also the 33rd different Manchester United FC player to score, a record now equalled with Tottenham Hotspur FC.
This is the first time England have played twenty matches in a single season.
This is the 200th match drawn under Queen Elizabeth II's reign.
This is the 100th time England have conceded just the one goal at Wembley Stadium.

captain records:

Harry Kane equals David Beckham's record of most Tournament matches as Captain (seven in EC, six WC, one NL).
This is also his sixteenth outing as captain at this stadium, a record shared with Steven Gerrard.

manager records:

It is Southgate's 29th match at the National Stadium, seven more than Roy Hodgson managed.
This is the 18th England match to go into Extra-Time, Southgate has now overseen the most with four, ahead of Bobby Robson's three.
Manager Gareth Southgate played for England against Italy in the Le Tournoi victory in June 1997 (he had been an unused substitute in the friendly four months earlier). He also played in the friendly defeats in November 2000 and March 2002.
 
3-4-3
4-3-3 after 70 minutes
Pickford -
Walker
(Sancho), Stones, Maguire -
Trippier
(Saka), Rice (Henderson (Rashford)), Phillips, Shaw -
Sterling, Kane, Mount
(Grealish),
notes: Shaw went back into a four man defence after 70 mins.

Averages (Starting XI):

Age 26 years 330 days Appearances/Goals 38.5 6.1
oldest starting XI in 2020-21 Southgate's most experienced starting XI
 

    Match Report by Mike Payne

So, that’s it then, another Euro Final decided, the first with England involved, and yet, still the trophy does not have our name on it. On a night full of anguish and heartache England failed at the final hurdle. It wasn’t for lack of trying, and it has to be said that Italy had much of the game, but to lose in yet another dreaded penalty shoot-out was the final nail in our coffin.

The hype before the match was at extraordinary levels, most of it saying how it would be if we won it. Not a great deal of the conversationser mentioned what it would be like if we lost in the final. Now we know, and the bitter disappointment ofery English fan was there for all to see.

The match was a strange one in many ways, and the announcement of the England team seemed to suggest at a rather safety-first approach rather than a much more proactive one. But Gareth Southgate had made nearly all the correct calls throughout the tournament so far, and within two minutes of the start, all his thoughts came to fruition. Harry Maguire started nervously, and gave away a needless corner in the first minute, but it was then he who cleared the ball to Luke Shaw who laid it inside to Harry Kane. The captain’s exquisite pass to Kieran Trippier out on the right ended with a fine cross to the far side by the man from Burnley. Shaw, following up, ran in and hit a superb volley which beat the goalkeeper all ends up! Dare we to dream? Was it all too early? At that moment England were on cloud nine.

Federico Chiesa, Italy’s danger man, was then fouled by Shaw on the edge of the England box and hearts were in the mouth for England fans. Thankfully, Lorenzi Insigne fired his shot well over the bar much toeryone’s relief. There were a lot of nerves in the early stages, on both sides, and there were several fouls. Italy were rattled though, as they have not been used to being behind in recent years, and it showed when Giorgio Chiellini brought down Raheem Sterling. That wouldn’t be his last foul of the evening. On ten minutes Jordan Pickford made a good catch, Kane was fouled by Marco Verratti and Shaw was warned for taking too long on throw-ins. Two minutes later another fine pass from Kane won a corner, and then Mason Mount won another. Italy cleared the danger from both though.

Chiellini again fouled Kane, and then on 20 minutes we had the first ‘injury’ of the evening, as Jorginho went down, which gave the Italians the chance to have a chat with their agitated manager Roberto Mancini. It was such a relief to see Jorginho up and about and well again soon after the ‘chat’.

Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips were doing a splendid job in stifling and frustrating the Italians, and the England defence stood firm as the possession was ominously starting to be dominated by Italy. On 28 minutes Insigne hit another shot well wide and England continued to repel any threat from Italy. Mount and Sterling almost broke through, but an Italian defender just managed to touch Mount’s pass away from his teammate. On 35 minutes a dangerous Italy attack ended with Chiesa shooting narrowly wide. That was a close call, but England came back through Shaw again, down the left, his cross was cleared, somewhat desperately by Italy’s defenders. Emerson fouled Rice as England worked so hard all over the pitch. Rice was doing some great work in the engine room and he lovedery minute of the challenge. The referee gave nothing when Sterling was clearly fouled by that man Chiellini again. The experienced Italian skipper is certainly a past-master at the dark arts of the game.

There were four minutes added at the end of the half and a great block by John Stones was followed by a good stop by Pickford from Ciro Immobile. There was another flurry of activity before the half-time whistle went with England still holding that precious lead. Italy possession had grown throughout the half, but they needed more from their manager. England just needed more oferything.

Kane was fouled early on after the restart, which resulted in a booking for Nicolo Barella, and then it looked as though England had a penalty as Sterling went down. It looked clearcut from my study, where I was sitting, but the referee saw otherwise. Sterling then became a villain as he gave away a free-kick right on the edge of the England box. The crowd held their breath, and Insigne duly obliged by shooting over, answering a few prayers at that moment. A superb piece of defending by Kyle Walker, nodding the ball back to Pickford, ended another of Italy’s increasing attacks. Just after, Insigne shot wide again, Italy started to make changes, with two subs coming on in the next few minutes. Leonardo Banucci was booked for another crude challenge on Sterling. From the free-kick Maguire’s header flies wide.

As the hour approached Italy were stepping up the pressure. Pickford saved well from Bryan Cristante, but England were sitting too deep, hanging on to what they had. On 62 minutes Chiesa again forced a fine save from Pickford. How ironic that 66 minutes had gone when England finally conceded an equaliser. England’s defending at corners has been exemplary throughout this tournament, but this time it let them down.

The corner was played to the near post, flicked on and both Stones and Mount were caught out of position. Verrati’s diving header was brilliantly tipped on to the post by Pickford but the rebound fell perfectly for the inrushing Bonucci to bundle the ball home. What a blow that was for England and their fans. It has to be said though that the goal had been coming and Italy deserved it. It was also difficult to see how England could score again such was their side so under pressure at the back. Bukayo Sako was brought on for Trippier, but the next attack was again from the Italians as from a blatant foul throw-in Domenico Berardi went very close with his shot. If that had gone in the referee would have been under severe pressure to consult the largely ignored VAR of this tournament.

England were chasing shadows at this time, and getting little possession. Southgate brought on Jordan Henderson for Rice, which many felt was a wrong move, as Rice had been magnificent, whereas Mount had faded out of the match after his bright start. Tackles were flying in and with ten minutes to go England’s heads were a bit down. They were glad to see the back of Chiesa, who was replaced, and Insigne earned himself a booking for a foul on Phillips. Six minutes were added on at the end of the half, time enough for a disgraceful foul by Chiellini. He grabbed Saka’s shirt as the Arsenal player broke away for a run at goal, and nearly throttled the youngster. It was a dreadful foul, cynical to the highest degree, and yet all the Italy captain received was a yellow card. He just had to go for that one.

The extra-time saw England attack a little more without unduly worrying the Italian defence. Jack Grealish was sent on for Mount with just 21 minutes to go, too little time to make an impact but time enough to receive another dreadful challenge, this time from Jorginho, who again was rewarded with just a yellow. In the Premier League, both those late challenges would have seen red in most people’s eyes.

As the game drew to the inevitable close, very late on, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were sent on, to give us a chance in the shoot-out if there was one. Italy seemed content to go for penalties whilst England still tried hard to find a winner. A couple of scrambles later and time was up. As soon as it was realised we had to have those dreaded penalties to decide this thing, I think millions of English hearts sank.

The Lottery began. Berardi and Kane made it one apiece, but then substitute Andrea Belotti’s shot was saved by Pickford. Maguire stepped up and confidently scored 2-1 and England in the lead for the second time in the match. Bonucci scored and up stepped Rashford. I don’t think I haveer seen such a stuttering run up as the Manchester United player managed. It was no surprise that his shot hit a post. My own opinion is, that was the turning point. If Rashford had scored I think we would have had the confidence to go on. Federico Bernardeschi then made it 3-2 before Sancho stepped up. His penalty was perfect…...but for the goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma to save, soft, right height, easy. All hope gone? No! Pickford had other ideas and he saved another weak penalty from Jorginho. Surely Sterling would be next up, but no, the task was entrusted to Sako, a 19-year-old, who had only been on for half the game. Sadly for him, and much to the dismay of all the millions of England fans watching, the goalkeeper dived to make another comfortable save.

So Italy win, and through gritted teeth I say well done to them. Meanwhile, the England team has certainly had a magnificent tournament, and all the players deserve nothing but praise for their efforts over the past month. We are so proud of them all, and we look forward to bigger and better things in the years to come. As for the penalty misses, would you liked to have taken one?

To finish, this result, and the way it ended, is best summed up by the two word message my grandson Matt sent me after the final whistle. It just said, "Absolutely Gutted!" I know how he feels.
   

Source Notes

TheFA.com
BBC Sport
FIGC
  UEFA.com
Mike Payne - football historian and contributor
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