Seven Key Moments Of Euro 2020

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Italy’s defender Leonardo Bonucci (C) poses with the European Championship trophy after Italy gained the UEFA EURO 2020 ultimate soccer match between Italy and England on the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021.
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Italy defeated England on penalties at Wembley on Sunday to win Euro 2020 and finish a 53-year await the title.

AFP Sport picks out a few of the key moments from the month-long match held throughout the continent:


Eriksen Suffers Cardiac Arrest

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Denmark gamers assist Denmark’s midfielder, Christian Eriksen, after he collapsed earlier than the medics arrive through the UEFA EURO 2020 Group B soccer match between Denmark and Finland on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen on June 12, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / numerous sources / AFP)


Danish Captain gave the footballing world a scare when he collapsed on the pitch in Saturday’s Euro 2020 sport in opposition to Finland in Copenhagen, inflicting the suspension of the match within the first half. Medical personnel administered CPR as he lay immobile on the sector for about quarter-hour earlier than being carried off the pitch and rushed to hospital. He was later confirmed to have suffered cardiac arrest.

Damsgaard Gets Denmark Up And Running

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Denmark’s ahead Mikkel Damsgaard celebrates after scoring the primary objective through the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final soccer match between England and Denmark at Wembley Stadium in London on July 7, 2021.


Brought into the workforce because the substitute for Christian Eriksen, who suffered a cardiac arrest throughout Denmark’s opening sport in opposition to Finland, Mikkel Damsgaard set the tone for the Danes’ run to the semi-finals. After beginning their marketing campaign with successive defeats and struggling the shock of seeing their star participant should be revived on the pitch, Damsgaard’s good long-range strike in opposition to Russia put Kasper Hjulmand’s males forward. They went on to win 4-1 to succeed in the knockout stage, solely exiting the match after an extra-time defeat by England within the semi-finals.

Mbappe’s Penalty Miss Knocks Out France

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TOPSHOT – France’s ahead Kylian Mbappe (L) reacts to his miss as Switzerland’s goalkeeper Yann Sommer celebrates his save through the UEFA EURO 2020 spherical of 16 soccer match between France and Switzerland on the National Arena in Bucharest on June 28, 2021. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / POOL / AFP)


The hero of France’s 2018 World Cup triumph, Kylian Mbappe turned the autumn man at Euro 2020 as they crashed out to Switzerland within the final 16 on penalties. The Paris Saint-Germain ahead failed to attain in 4 matches on the match, and was the one participant to overlook within the shootout as Yann Sommer repelled his effort. In fact, the loss was a collective failure as France allowed Switzerland to come back again from 3-1 down within the final 10 minutes. “I’m very sorry about the penalty. I wanted to help the team but I failed,” Mbappe wrote on Twitter, saying it was “very difficult to move on”.

Ronaldo Equals All-Time International Goals Record

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Portugal’s ahead Cristiano Ronaldo gestures through the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F soccer match between Portugal and France at Puskas Arena in Budapest on June 23, 2021. (Photo by BERNADETT SZABO / POOL / AFP


Seventeen years after his first Portugal objective within the opening sport of Euro 2004, Cristiano Ronaldo matched former Iran striker Ali Daei’s all-time worldwide scoring document with a pair of penalties in opposition to France. The 36-year-old Ronaldo, the main scorer in European Championship historical past, netted his 109th objective for his nation in his 178th worldwide look. Ronaldo is the primary participant to seem at 5 editions of the match scored 5 instances within the group stage earlier than Portugal misplaced to Belgium within the final 16. The Juventus striker has 14 European Championship targets, 5 greater than French nice Michel Platini, who struck 9 instances when he led France to glory in 1984. He additionally gained the Golden Boot for the primary time at a significant match.

Schick Wonder-Strike Stuns Scots

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Czech Republic’s ahead Patrik Schick (L) celebrates with Czech Republic’s midfielder Antonin Barak after scoring his workforce’s first objective through the UEFA EURO 2020 quarter-final soccer match between the Czech Republic and Denmark on the Olympic Stadium in Baku on July 3, 2021.


Scotland went into their opening sport in opposition to the Czech Republic at Hampden Park filled with optimism forward of their first main match match since 1998. But Patrik Schick, who had earlier headed within the opener, produced one of many European Championship’s all-time biggest targets to safe the Czechs a 2-0 win. The Bayer Leverkusen striker noticed Scotland goalkeeper David Marshall off his line and launched a curling lob from nearly 50 metres into the web. Schick went on to complete stage with Ronaldo because the match’s top-scorer with 5 targets.

Chiesa Rescues Italy

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Italy’s midfielder Federico Chiesa celebrates after scoring the primary objective through the UEFA EURO 2020 semi-final soccer match between Italy and Spain at Wembley Stadium in London on July 6, 2021.
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— Roberto Mancini’s males cruised via the group stage, profitable all three video games whereas scoring seven targets with out conceding. But the final 16 proved to be a a lot harder take a look at, with Austria pushing them into additional time at Wembley. The Azzurri had already survived a scare when Austria’s Marko Arnautovic noticed a objective dominated out by VAR for offside, earlier than Chiesa struck within the ninety fifth minute. An glorious piece of management on his chest was adopted by a intelligent contact to tee up a thumping left-footed strike from a good angle. Italy went on to win 2-1 en path to the title.

England Fall On penalties, Again

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England’s midfielder Bukayo Saka (third L) is consoled by teammates after failing to attain within the penalty shootout through the UEFA EURO 2020 ultimate soccer match between Italy and England on the Wembley Stadium in London on July 11, 2021.


Fifty-five years after their final main ultimate, England’s match led to all-too-familiar heartache as they had been overwhelmed on penalties at Wembley. Marcus Rashford hit the publish earlier than Jadon Sancho, who like Rashford was introduced on to take a spot-kick, noticed his try saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma. Jordan Pickford saved England’s hopes alive by denying Jorginho, however 19-year-old Bukayo Saka was left distraught as Donnarumma turned away his effort to safe victory for Italy. Despite their uncommon triumph in opposition to Colombia on the 2018 World Cup, England have now misplaced seven of 9 shoot-outs at main tournaments.

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