Italy wins the UEFA European Championship – level 3

16-07-2021 07:00

England’s bid to end their 55-year wait for a major trophy ended in the familiar agony of defeat in a penalty shootout as Italy claimed the Euro 2020 crown at Wembley, UK.

England looked on course for their most joyous day when Luke Shaw gave them the perfect start after just two minutes. Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches before the final, slowly edged their way back into the game, and they were level in the 67th minute when Leonardo Bonucci scored. After a tense period of extra time, it was on to penalties. England missed three of their five penalties; however, three players scored for Italy.

Italy has won their first European Championship title in 53 years, which is the longest gap between championships in the tournament by a single nation. At 3 years and 71 days, Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci became the oldest player ever to score in a European Championship final.

Difficult words: agony (extreme physical or mental suffering), shootout (a shooting competition that is used to determine the winner of a game which is tied at the end of regular play), on course (to go towards something), edge (to move gradually in a particular direction).

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