Euro 2020: It’s Heading to Rome

With Euro 2020 now done and dusted, here’s a summary of how the final three games of the competition played out:

July 6th 2021 – Italy (Emerson, Jorginho) vs Spain (César Azpilicueta).

The first of the two highly anticipated semi-finals took place last Tuesday, with Italy meeting Spain at Wembley.

The game itself looked to be a clash of opposites on paper, with Italy’s stubborn defence set to lock horns with one of the most fluent attacks in the competition.

From a Chelsea perspective, Thomas Tuchel would have been glad to see that Emerson, Jorginho and César Azpilicueta had all started for their nations.

The game itself was close throughout. Luis Enrique’s side had a catalogue of chances to take the lead, but it was Roberto Mancini’s men who drew first blood through Federico Chiesa.

20 minutes later, former Chelsea striker Álvaro Morata responded for Spain – forcing the game into extra-time.

Despite there being a further 30 minutes of football played, neither side were able to capitalise. The match was then set to be decided through a penalty shoot-out – which was almost playing into the Italian’s hands.

Spain had struggled with their penalties throughout the competition, and continued to in the shoot-out. Italy won the tie 4-2, with Jorginho slotting away the decisive penalty in ice-cool fashion.

July 7th 2021 – England (Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount) vs Denmark (Andreas Christensen).

With Italy having secured a spot in the tournament’s final, it was now between England and Denmark to battle it out for the final place.

For England, reaching the final would be breaking a 55-year drought, whilst the Danes had previously won the competition in 1992.

Starting for the Three Lions was Chelsea’s Mason Mount, with Andreas Christensen once again cemented in the Danish backline.

Despite England’s phenomenal start to the competition, Jordan Pickford conceded his first goal as Mikkel Damsgaard converted a sublime free-kick to stun the hosts at Wembley.

Nine minutes later, England drew level as defender Simon Kjær scored an own-goal – gifting England a chance going into the break.

The game remained level until the full-time whistle, with the match needing extra-time to determine a winner.

Just before the half-time whistle in extra-time, England were awarded a penalty following a foul on Raheem Sterling. Harry Kane saw his spot kick denied by Kasper Schmeichel, but followed through on the rebound to fire England ahead.

The Three Lions managed to hang on to the result, securing a place in their first ever European Championship final.

July 11th 2021 – Italy (Emerson, Jorginho) vs England (Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount).

After 55 years of waiting, England were set to play their first final in a major competition.

However, in their way was a very well-drilled Italy team – which had avoided defat in their previous 33 games in all competitions.

Emerson, Jorginho and Mason Mount all represented their nations in the match, with all three of the players finding places in their countries’ starting eleven.

The game itself started with action from the opening whistle, as defender Luke Shaw found the back of the net on the second minute to bring the Wembley crowd into life.

Southgate’s side then sat back and weathered the Italian storm. On the 67th minute, Leonardo Bonucci equalised – which later saw the game roll on into extra-time and penalties.

In typical English fashion, the Three Lions bowed out after losing the shoot-out. Chelsea midfielder Jorginho stood up to take one, yet saw his potential match-winning penalty denied by Jordan Pickford.

After winning the Champions League in May, both Emerson and Jorginho have now been crowned European champions at both club and country level.

It was a respectable run from Southgate’s England, but in the end it was the Italian’s night in North London.


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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