Italy has won Euro 2020 after beating England 3-2 on penalties.
The Three Lions had a perfect start to the game after scoring in the first two minutes – the fastest goal ever scored at a European final.
Luke Shaw converted a stunning cross from Kieran Trippier to give England an early lead.
And Gareth Southgate’s side looked on course to win until Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci equalised in the second half.
After a tense period of extra time failed to decide a winner, it was on to penalties.
It’s only the second time and the first in 45 years that the European Championship has been decided this way.
England’s dreams of ending its 55-year wait were dashed as the team lost 3-2 in heartbreaking scenes.
Nothing but pure respect for Saka for being willing to take the biggest penalty in England’s footballing history. Anybody even considering blaming him for this has absolutely no right at all.
— Nieve Pegg (@StuntPegg) July 11, 2021
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford managed two saves while Harry Kane and Harry Maguire both scored for England.
Sadly Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka missed their attempts.
Domenico Berardi, Leonardo Bonucci and Federico Bernardeschi scored for Italy.
A tearful Bukayo Saka, who is only 19 years old, was seen being comforted by England boss Gareth Southgate.
Around 60,000 fans were at Wembley, while millions more watched in pubs, homes and fan zones across the country.
It was an eventful night at the stadium.
WHAT A FINISH! WHAT A MOMENT! WHAT A TIME TO SCORE YOUR FIRST @ENGLAND GOAL!
— ITV Football (@itvfootball) July 11, 2021
A “small” crowd of ticketless fans forced their way in after pushing through barriers.
They fought with stewards and police as they desperately tried to make it into the final.
Footage from inside Wembley also showed fans fighting, apparently after some had forced through a door.
While some supporters climbed on top of a bus outside the grounds.
A stadium spokesperson said: “There was a breach of security and a small group of people got into the stadium.
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) July 11, 2021
“We are now working closely with stadium stewards and security to remove these people. Anyone inside the stadium without a ticket will be instantly ejected.”
The Metropolitan Police said: “We have made 45 arrests while policing today’s Euro 2020 final.
“A number of officers remain on duty, helping fans leaving Wembley or central London. We are there to look out for your safety.”
Following the match, Gareth Southgate said: “Nobody is on their own in that situation. We win and lose together as a team.
“They’ve given everything. The players have been tight throughout, and that’s how it has to stay.”
England’s men were playing in their first major tournament since the 1966 World Cup.
It may not have come home, but we’re still so proud of what the Three Lions have achieved.
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