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UEFA Euro 2020

How Roberto Mancini & Italy's players reacted to winning Euro 2020

Max Parsons
Italy lifting the Euro 2020 trophy at Wembley
Italy lifting the Euro 2020 trophy at Wembley / Michael Regan/Getty Images
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Italy secured their second European Championship crown on Sunday night as they beat England 3-2 in a dramatic penalty shootout at Wembley, after 120 minutes of action had seen the sides deadlocked at 1-1.

The Azzurri got off to a nightmare start as Luke Shaw put the Three Lions ahead - scoring the fastest goal ever scored in a European Championship final in the process - to send the vast majority of the 60,000 Wembley crowd wild.

But Italy gained control of the game as time wore on and Leonardo Bonucci's scruffy equaliser midway through the second half was more than deserved after a sustained period of pressure. For all of their possession, though, Roberto Mancini's side were unable to breakthrough again - meaning the dreaded penalty shootout would decide the destiny of Euro 2020.

Ultimately, it was soon-to-be PSG goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma who was the hero, saving both Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka's penalties after Marcus Rashford had blown England's early advantage by striking the foot of the post with the Three Lions' third spot kick.

There was understandable ecstasy and joy after Donnarumma's heroics, with Italy winning their sixth major international tournament overall - and first since their World Cup triumph in 2006 - and second Euros, some 53 years after their previous triumph.

Here's how a number of their key personnel reacted to bringing the trophy back to Rome.


Roberto Mancini

Roberto Mancini
Mancini was overwhelmed with emotion in the immediate aftermath / Claudio Villa/Getty Images

"I was very fortunate to play in a great side in 1990 and a terrific Under-21 team," former Manchester City manager Mancini, who has now led Italy to 34 games unbeaten, told the BBC. "Despite the fact we were the best team, we didn't win it and lost both times on penalties.

"It was the emotion which happens after achieving something incredible. It was the emotion of seeing the guys celebrate and the fans in the stands," he said. "Seeing everything we have managed to create, all of the hard work we have put in over the last three years, but specifically the last 50 days which have been very hard.

"It's the fact we have been able to forge this team spirit over the last 50 days, they have really created something which can never be separated going forward. They will always be synonymous with this triumph."


Giorgio Chiellini & Leonardo Bonucci

Leonardo Bonucci
Leonardo Bonucci wheels away in celebration / Paul Ellis - Pool/Getty Images

"A few tears fell. We all deserved it, at this age we realise even more what it means to win such a trophy," veteran Chiellini confessed to the BBC. "We have been saying that something magical is in the air since the end of May, day after day."

"A historic goal is a dream come true and the credit goes to the coach, the whole squad," Bonucci added. "When we got together in Sardinia, there was something different compared to the past. "We slowly gained confidence, certainty, unity. This was the icing on the cake that makes us legends.

"It's a unique feeling and we are relishing it. Seeing 65,000 people leave before the trophy was handed out is something to relish, now the cup is coming to Rome.

"They thought it was staying in London, sorry for them, but Italy once again taught a lesson. We said during the warm-up, what was happening in the stands was purely just background noise. We had 34 games unbeaten, all we needed to do was exactly what we'd done so far to get here, not one bit more, not one bit less."


Gianluigi Donnarumma

Gianluigi Donnarumma
Donnarumma kept out Saka's spot kick to win it for Italy / PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images

"We were amazing. We didn't give up an inch," Donnarumma remarked (via Sky Sports), having been named the Euro 2020 player of the tournament.

"We have done something extraordinary. We are happy. We didn't give up a millimetre. You all know where we started from. We are a fantastic team and we deserve it.

"The goal we conceded at the very start could have done for us, but we are not a team that gives up. It wasn't easy but we were spectacular, great. We dominated for a large part of the game. We deserve all this."

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