12 July 2021 By Eniola Olatunjihttp://Eniola Olatunji
Football on Sunday night refused to roll back home to England as the jinx of 55 years of not winning an International trophy remained unbroken , at the Wembly Stadium where Italy deflated England’s dream with a winning of 3-2 on penalties.
The match had ended 1-1 after extra time; the two teams had played 120 minutes so the match had to be decided through penalty shootouts.
England’s two late substitutes, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho were brought in because of their prowess in penalty kick but missed their shootouts.
After Jorginho wasted his kick that could have given Italy victory, Bukayo Saka needed to score to keep parity.
He shot to the right post, but Gianluigi Donnarumma leapt out to thwart his attempt and it was over for England after 55 years wait to reach final of a major tournament.
England could only convert two of their five penalties, while Italy scored three penalties to carry the day.
Earlier, Luke Shaw gave England the lead on two minutes into the first half with a super strike as a perfect cross came from Kieran Trippier deep inside the box, well controlled that ignited the stadium.
Leonardo Bonucci leveled for Italy on 67 minutes with an assist off Marco Verrati to Bonucci after a melee in the box, and he easily beat the keeper from close range and buried the ball inside the net to silence English fans.
It must have been a terribly disturbing night for England as the nation had been begging for the Euro Cup after the controversial dive from Sterling Raheem which gave England the penalty that put off Denmark in the Semifinal.
Her Majesty, The Queen of England, Elizabeth 11 led the begging of the Three Lions to give England the cup.
The Azzuris of Italy were more desperate as the team neglected fair play to bag five yellow cards standing for cautions as against England’s single yellow card that came through Harry Maguire who played the match throughout as if his life depended on it.
Security men had a job pursuing an overzealous British fan that got his way unto the pitch before the match started.
The Italians spoilt the party for Britain as the entire stadium looked like a grave yard from the unexpected result.