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Euro 2020, Final: Italy Beat England For Second European Championship Crown - Statistical Highlights

Euro 2020, Final: Italy Beat England For Second European Championship Crown - Statistical Highlights

England were playing in their first major final in 55 years. It's the latest heartache in shootouts at major tournaments, after defeats in 1990, 1996, 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2012

Front pages of national newspapers are displayed at a newsagent, in London, Monday, July 12, 2021, after Italy beat England to win the Euro 2020 soccer championship in a final played at Wembley stadium. AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali

Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating England 3-2 on penalties in London on Sunday. The match finished 1-1 after extra time. (More Football News)

Gianluigi Donnarumma dived to his left and saved the decisive spot kick by Bukayo Saka, England's third straight failure from the penalty spot in the shooutout in front of its own fans at Wembley Stadium.

England went ahead in the second minute when Luke Shaw scored the fastest goal in a European Championship final. Leonardo Bonucci equalized in the 67th.

Here are the key stats from the match:

Italy have won their second European Championship title, and first in 53 years (also 1968); it's the longest ever gap between championships in the tournament by a single nation, surpassing Spain's 44-year wait from 1964 to 2008.

Italy have won their sixth major tournament title (4 World Cup, 2 EUROs); among European nations, only Germany (7) have won more.

England have won just 22% (2/9) of their major tournament shootouts (World Cup/EUROs), the lowest ratio of any European nation to have been involved in three or more.

Italy found themselves trailing in a game for the first time at EURO 2020, while overall they spent 65 minutes behind against England in the final, 21 more than they had been behind in their 33-game unbeaten run (in all competitions) coming into the final (44).

England posted their lowest possession in a game at Wembley (34.4%) since November 2016 v Spain (34.3%).

Gareth Southgate has made at least one change to the England starting XI for 37 consecutive matches, making a total of 200 changes in that time and last staying with the same starting line-up in the 2018 World Cup semi-final.

At 1 minute 57 seconds, Luke Shaw's opener (his first ever goal for England) was the quickest-ever goal scored in the final of the European Championships, while it was also England’s quickest ever in the competition overall and the earliest Italy have ever conceded in the competition.

At 34 years and 71 days, Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci became the oldest player ever to score in a European Championship final, and second-oldest for a European side in any major tournament final (World Cup/EUROs), after Nils Liedholm for Sweden v Brazil at the 1958 World Cup (35y 264d).

Italy’s Marco Veratti created 14 goal-scoring chances at EURO 2020, the most of any player.

Among European players since the start of the 2018 World Cup, only Belgium’s Kevin De Bruyne (36) has created more goal-scoring chances at major tournaments (Euro/World Cup) than England’s Kieran Trippier (29).

Against Italy, Harry Kane failed to muster a shot or create a goal-scoring chance for only the second time in his 61 appearances for England, also doing so in a friendly against Switzerland in September 2018.

At 19 years 309 days old, Bukayo Saka became the fourth-youngest European Championship finalist, after Renato Sanches in 2016 (18y 327d), Cristiano Ronaldo in 2004 (19y 150d) and Anatoliy Baidachniy in 1972 (19y 261d).

Leonardo Bonucci became Italy’s outright top appearance maker at the European Championships, courtesy of his 18th game, moving one clear of Gianluigi Buffon (17), with Giorgio Chellini also notching his 17th game in the competition.

Only Ashley Cole (22), Peter Shilton (20) and David Beckham (19) have started more major tournament games (Euro/World Cup) for England than Raheem Sterling (18, level with Lineker, Rooney and Gerrard).

At the age of 36 years and 331 days, Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini is now the third-oldest player to appear in a European Championship final, after Jens Lehmann for Germany in 2008 (38y 232d) and Arnold Mühren for Netherlands in 1988 (37y 23d).

Courtesy: Stats Perform


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