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Italy wins the 2020 Euros against England

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Italy wins the 2020 Euros against England

England’s half-century wait for a major title continues as last night Italy emerged as the Euro 2020 champions. Italy won the Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties, as the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

The final was England’s first major championship game in 55 years, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012. Moreover, the match was the first European Championship final to be decided on penalties since 1976. In Italy’s case, the team failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, yet are now unbeaten in 34 games and European champions.

The three England players who missed penalties during the finals, Bukayo Saka (19), Marcus Rashford (23), and Jadon Sancho (21), have been subject to racial abuse online. The abuse was called out by, England manager, Gareth Southgate. 

19-year-old Saka has never taken a penalty for his club team, Arsenal. Nonetheless, was given the responsibility of taking the fifth kick in the shootout.