What a performance from the Azzurri in the end. Shocked by Luke Shaw’s opener, they reset their approach, twisted their tricks and battled back to be on top in a highly-charged Wembley atmosphere.
Roberto Mancini’s managerial reputation is already a fine one – but he has only enhanced it now, with a clutch of youth and experience. The superb reflexes of Gianluigi Donnarumma, still only a spring chicken in the grand scheme of things, came to their rescue again.
A tribute too to the wily old fox combo of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. These two may not be around for Qatar 2022 next year – but if this is to be their final bow, then they depart with the silverware they richly deserve. They look absolutely elated.
For just the second time in their history, Italy are European Championship winners! Roberto Mancini exorcises the ghosts of 2018’s failures – and marks new scars upon England in their quest to end 55 years of hurt.
It is a bridge too far for Gareth Southgate’s side on home soil on the way. They are silver medalists, but that will be of scant consolation to them. Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka are both consoled by their team-mates immediately as Leonardo Bonucci roars away down the sidelines at the Azzurri fans.