LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 9: A view of The Henri Delaunay Trophy is seen alongside the Adidas UNIFORIA FINALE match ball ahead of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on July 9, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Morton - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

A second European title for Italy

July 22, 2021Football Standard

The European championships are over, and it resulted in another successful night for Italy, who picked up the title, following a near faultless run through the tournament. It was far from a surprise for many fans, who had been supporting them in the run up to the event with odds listed on sites here and it proved to be money well placed, as Italy went through the entire tournament undefeated, which also extended their unbeaten run to three years. It means Italy are also now 34 games unbeaten and just one shy of the current record held, and they will now be long odds on to extend their run and long overtake the current record of 35 matches. Italy will also now be amongst the favourites for further success, with the World Cup taking place next year.

Looking back at the European championships and Italy had entered the tournament amongst the favourites and were fancied to be a major threat. This is following this extended unbeaten run, but they were of course coming off the back of failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia back in 2018. That was a major shock for the nation and changes clearly needed to made and they clearly were, with Italy pulling off this extended unbeaten run and the all-important second title in the history of the European championships.

Italy went through the group stages in faultless fashion at the recent European championships. This started with consecutive 3-0 victories over Turkey and Switzerland, before a further 1-0 victory over Wales. Into the round of 16 and Italy were able to battle through to the next round with a tough test. They appeared to be heading out, prior to Austria seeing a goal disallowed and Italy turning it on in extra-time to pick up a 2-1 victory. Belgium were next in the quarter finals and this was the real blockbuster clash of the draw. It also proved to be the case, with an incredible match and Italy showed why they are now one of the best in world football with a 2-1 victory over the number one ranked side.

The semi-finals then saw them taking on Spain and it was the first time they were clearly not the better side in the match. However, they again showed why they are so tough to beat and battled through to penalties and then took the victory and progressed through to the final. The final then saw them taking on England, with huge expectations and an incredible atmosphere inside Wembley. It was another close match that ended up going all the way. Italy again held their nerve and picked up the trophy and a second in their history. Also, in the process, further extending their remarkable unbeaten run. Incredible from Italy and they will now be hopeful of a victory at the World Cup next year.

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