Three years after failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, theItaly she graduated European champion, after having had the best of England in the final, after a very tight 120 minutes. A match that encompassed all the nuances of the Azzurri’s European Championship, who went 1-0 down in the 2nd minute and were able to keep calm and grind their game, up to react with Leonardo Bonucci’s equalizer in the 68th minute. . In extra time the pain came in the second half, with the English final forcing fiercely stopped by the Italian defense. Quality, quantity and the ability to suffer: Italy was a team at 360 degrees and deserved the final success.
Victory obtained away, in that Wembley stadium that was waiting for nothing but to bring “football” back home. Great merits go to Roberto Mancini, the coach of the national team, capable of building a top-level tactical architecture and compacting the group, which has been able to overcome adversity in every juncture of the competition. Italy has thus returned to the top of Europe, repeating the home success of 1968 and winning the cup once again on 11 July, as already happened in the 1982 World Cup. In the penalty roulette a special mention goes to Gigio Donnarumma, able to repel Sancho and Saka’s shots from the spot. The notes of “Notti Magiche” resounded in the celebrations at the end of the race: it’s all true, Italy is the champion of Europe.