12 Jul Euro 2020: Italy taught England ‘lesson’ in ultimate
Leonardo Bonucci has mentioned Italy gave England “a lesson” after their penalty shootout victory over the hosts at Wembley within the Euro 2020 ultimate on Sunday.
The veteran Juventus defender canceled out Luke Shaw’s opener within the 1-1 draw after which transformed a penalty throughout the 3-2 shootout win to assist the Azzurri raise the trophy for the primary time since 1968.
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A combination of COVID-19 restrictions stopping followers from travelling to England from Italy and the hosts reaching their first main ultimate since 1966 meant the group at Wembley was overwhelmingly in favour of Gareth Southgate’s aspect.
“We’re simply having fun with seeing 58,000 individuals leaving even earlier than the trophy presentation, it was one thing which actually delighted us,” Bonucci mentioned after the match. “The trophy now’s coming to Rome.
“They thought it was staying right here in London, and so they’re sad. I really feel unhealthy for them, however as soon as once more Italy has given them a lesson.”
Bonucci, 34, taunted England followers after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka’s penalty, which sealed the victory for the Italians.
He grabbed a TV digital camera and shouted: “It is coming to Rome, it is coming to Rome” — a reference to England’s “Football’s Coming House” anthem, which was performed earlier than the match and chanted by supporters all through.
“We heard it day in time out ever since Wednesday night time, for the reason that Denmark sport, that the cup can be coming residence to London,” Bonucci mentioned of the mantra. “Sorry for them, however truly the cup will probably be taking a pleasant flight to Rome and that method Italians everywhere in the world can savour this competitors. It’s for everybody, we mentioned from day one it was for them and for us.”
Donnarumma, who was the hero of the night time by saving two penalties within the shootout, was named Euro 2020 player of the tournament by UEFA.
“If I am one of the best participant of the match it’s due to Bonucci and [Italy captain Giorgio] Chiellini,” Donnarumma mentioned. “We’re a improbable squad and we deserve this. England’s objective may have killed us, however we’re a team that by no means offers up.”
Chiellini, 36, mentioned he was proud he and Bonucci, who’re the one two remaining gamers from the Azzurri aspect that misplaced the Euro 2012 ultimate to Spain, at the moment are part of Italy’s football historical past.
“We did shed a number of tears,” Chiellini mentioned. “We, the older, and the youthful ones, we deserved it.
“I believe at this age we’re realising much more what a victory like this implies. To stay within the historical past, having seen [photographs] of Fabio [Cannavaro] all these years at [Italy’s headquarters in] Coverciano lifting the  World Cup, and now we’re doing the identical.”