Roberto Mancini was in tears after Italy beat England on penalties to lift the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy. ‘We conceded straight away, but then dominated.’
The game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes with Leonardo Bonucci cancelling out the Luke Shaw volley, and they could not be divided at Wembley even in extra time.
It went to a shoot-out, with Gianluigi Donnarumma making two decisive saves, as well as Marcus Rashford hitting the woodwork.
“They did well. We conceded the goal straight away and struggled, but then dominated from there on in,” Mancini told RAI Sport through tears.
“The lads are marvellous, I don’t know what more to say. It’s important for all the people and all the fans.”
Mancio had said he wanted Italy to stick with their identity and play possession football, which they certainly did even in a stadium packed with England fans.
“We are happy that we played well when winning the game. I hope the supporters are celebrating right now.”
This was the same team that failed to even qualify for the 2018 World Cup before Mancini totally transformed them.
“We’re happy now, that’s all that matters.”
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— Alberto Nardelli (@AlbertoNardelli) July 11, 2021