England had to wait even longer after Italy won the 2020 European Cup. Harry Maguire revealed the gloomy atmosphere of England after the defeat.
The Euro 2020 final between England and Italy will be held at Wembley, London, Monday (12/7) WIB. The Three Lions finally fell via penalty shootout 2-3 after the two teams drew 1-1 until extra time.
England started the game well after scoring Luke Shaw’s quick goal in the second minute. However, Gli Azzurri dominated the second half so that they could create a counter-goal through Leonardo Bonucci’s shot from close range.
The position did not change until the end of extra time then the match went to a penalty shootout. Maguire managed to convert England’s penalty, but three of his teammates; Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bakayo Saka failed to ensure Italy won.
Thus the fast of the British title continues. The Three Lions last lifted the trophy when they won the 1966 World Cup or 55 years ago.
“We are heartbroken, disappointed, very sad, the players were devastated,” he said quoted by the Daily Mail. “We gave everything there, you saw for yourself the game was tough. We were ahead in the first half, they scored in the second half, extra time could have been different.”
“We were better in the second half of extra time and put pressure on them. Deciding on penalties was disappointing and losing the game was not what we wanted. We wanted to take the trophy home and it was a shame,” continued the England center-back.
“They are a great team, credit to Italy for having been fantastic throughout the tournament,” added Maguire after England were only runners-up at Euro 2020.
Three England Players Become Victims of Racism After Missing Penalties
England’s failure to win on penalties in the Euro 2020 final led to racial abuse of three of their players. Uh, anyone?
England faces Italy in the final match at Wembley, Monday (12/7/2021) early morning WIB. England took the lead in the second minute when Luke Shaw found the net for Gianluigi Donnarumma using Kieran Trippier’s cross.
Italy then equalized the score in the 62nd minute through Leonardo Bonucci. After a 1-1 draw for 120 minutes, the match finally had to be settled on penalties
The drama happened again in the high fives half when two Italian kickers failed, one of them was Jorginho. However, England could not maximize it even though the first two kickers were successful.
The successive failures of Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka finally made England lose 2-3 and Italy triumphed as European champions.
Especially for Sancho and Rashford, the two players only entered in the last minute of the second half of extra time. Meanwhile, Saka was entered in the 71st minute.
English fans who were annoyed at failing to see his team win took it out on the three players. Quoted by Time, Sancho, Rashford, and Saka, who are players of color, received racial harassment on social media.
The harassment was massive and made the London metro police have to intervene to investigate it. Meanwhile, the FA deplores the unsportsmanlike action of English fans amid an anti-racism campaign.
We will as much as possible support the players who are victims while asking for the perpetrators to be punished severely,” said an FA statement.
“We will do whatever it takes to get rid of discrimination from football. But, we also ask the government to act quickly and immediately make regulations so that the perpetrators of racial harassment can receive severe punishment.”