Distraught England fans wake with puffy eyes (and sore heads) after it all ends in tears in Euro 2020 final
The Sun says: ENGLAND fans woke up with puffy eyes this morning after the Three Lions suffered a devastating penalty shootout defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.
The curse of penalties struck again as Gareth Southgate’s men suffered an agonising defeat to the Azzurri in the nail-biting showdown.
Penalty shootout misses from Bukayo Saka, Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho saw England fall at the last hurdle after an energetic, composed performance against the Italians.
Fans in the stadium and across the nation wept as Roberto Mancini’s men swarmed keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, who palmed away Saka’s penalty to win it for the Azzurri.
Gaffer Gareth Southgate consoled Saka and Sancho, who looked crestfallen after the final whistle. Tearful fans in the stadium embraced – continuing to cheer on the players despite the defeat.
And Southgate put on a brave face after the heartbreaking loss, saying: “They’ve given everything.”
Pictures showed sobbing supporters drowning their sorrows in fanzones across the country after a day of high emotions and nervous anticipation.
Penalties returned to haunt England again at a major tournament – with the Three Lions winning just 3 of their last 11.
England had got off to a dream start after left back Luke Shaw fizzed a shot into the Italian goal in the second minute – the fastest ever goal in a Euros final.
Harry Kane picked out a pinpoint pass to Kieran Trippier to fire an inch perfect cross into the path of the Manchester United defender to blast home.
Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford was hardly troubled in the first 45 minutes as the Italians struggled to gain a foothold in the game.
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