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13 Jul 2021 18:55 GMT

The ‘azzurra’ team became champion of the tournament for the second time in its history after the goalkeeper stopped two shots to the English during the penalty shootout.

The goalkeeper of the Italian soccer team, Gianluigi Donnarumma, explained why he did not celebrate after saving the decisive penalty in the victory against England in the final of Euro 2020.

After finishing 1-1 in the extra time of the game, which took place last Sunday at Wembley Stadium in London, both teams defined the title in the penalty series.

However, after stopping the last shot of the English – executed by Bukayo Saka – Donnarumma kept an impassive expression, just looking at the referee and moving away from the goal to the side.

In the words of the goalkeeper, at that moment he did not realize that his team had already become champion of the tournament.

“I didn’t celebrate because I had not realized that we had won“Donnarumma told Sky Sport Italia on Monday.

“I looked at the referee, tried to understand if the VAR had given the OK and I only realized we had won when I saw my teammates celebrating“he added.

  • Gianluigi Donnarumma, 22, was named ‘Player of the Tournament’, becoming the first goalkeeper to win that title in Eurocup history.
  • Italy had only won the European Championship once, in 1968, against the now defunct Yugoslavia team.
  • The ‘Squadra Azzurra’ was runner-up in the tournament twice, in 2000, when they fell to France, and in 2012, when they were beaten 4-0 by Spain.

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