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Chiellini reveals he cursed Bukayo Saka before he missed the penalty in Euro 2020 final

Chiellini reveals he cursed Bukayo Saka before he missed the penalty in Euro 2020 final

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Giorgio Chiellini has claimed he put a curse on Bukayo Saka before the England star missed the decisive penalty that saw Italy win Euro 2020. Saka was left heartbroken after seeing his penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma, ending their stellar campaign in a cruel fashion at Wembley. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); But Italy central defender Chiellini has now revealed that he uttered the word 'Kiricocho' just as Saka stepped up to take the decisive spot-kick. Slow motion footage of the Italian stars during the moment Donnarumma clinched them the trophy shows Chiellini mouthing the word, before racing away to celebrate their triumph. 'Kiricocho' is a term that originates from South America, and is believed to mean 'curse you' or 'jinx' in English. It...
England players ‘shocked’ by Gareth Southgate decision in Italy defeat

England players ‘shocked’ by Gareth Southgate decision in Italy defeat

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Some England players were shocked by Gareth Southgate’s decision to put Bukayo Saka in the first five penalty takers against Italy in the Euro 2020 final, according to reports. The 19-year-old’s penalty was saved by Donnarumma to hand Italy the win with some fans and pundits feeling more experienced players should have been taking a spot-kick in the shoot-out. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The final with Italy ended 1-1 after extra-time, with Mancini’s men triumphing 3-2 on penalties after Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Saka failed to score in the shoot-out. And to the Daily Mail, some of England’s players were surprised by Southgate’s decision to hand Saka the crucial fifth penalty. More experienced players like Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw and Gre...
Rashford speaks out on penalty miss & racist abuse after England’s Euro 2020 defeat

Rashford speaks out on penalty miss & racist abuse after England’s Euro 2020 defeat

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Marcus Rashford has vowed to come back stronger after missing his penalty in England’s Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy, also thanking the fans for their support. The Manchester United star was subbed on deep into extra-time to take a spot-kick, but he dragged his shot against the outside of the post. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Sancho and Bukayo Saka also saw their efforts saved and the trio were all subjected to racist abuse on social media after the game, while a mural of Rashford was defaced – though the abusive graffiti was covered with supportive messages and pictures afterwards. Rashford, who has been carrying an injury for much of the year, apologised for not scoring his penalty but stood defiant against the abuse he received from fans, speakin...
Furious Jack Grealish responds to Roy Keane penalty criticism

Furious Jack Grealish responds to Roy Keane penalty criticism

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Jack Grealish has hit back at Roy Keane after he accused the England midfielder of not wanting to take a penalty during the Euro 2020 final shootout. The Aston Villa star had been used sparingly by Southgate before the tournament, but was eligible to take a spot kick having been introduced as a substitute at Wembley against Italy. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Despite his seniority in terms of age, Grealish was not in England’s first five penalty takers and it was left to the likes of Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka to try and hold their nerves from the spot. Ultimately, that duo, along with Marcus Rashford, failed to score under the pressure and Keane accused Grealish and Raheem Sterling of shirking their responsibilities as a senior player. He said: ‘...
England players remove runners-up medals after Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

England players remove runners-up medals after Euro 2020 final defeat to Italy

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The majority of England’s players took off their runners-up medals after the defeat to Italy in the Euro 2020 final. The two sides could not be separated after 90 minutes or in extra time, and it needed penalty shootout to decide the winner of Euro 2020. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); And misses from Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka secured Italy’s win at Wembley. During the trophy presentation, England’s players were given a guard of honour by the winners Italy as they collected their runners-up medals. But many England’s players, which include Rashford, Sancho, Shaw, Jack Grealish, Mason Mount and Walker, immediately removed their medals after they were presented by UEFA president. Speaking after England’s defeat, the Three Lions ski...
Lampard criticises Rashford’s penalty style after Euro 2020 defeat

Lampard criticises Rashford’s penalty style after Euro 2020 defeat

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Frank Lampard believes Marcus Rashford made it hard for himself with his penalty technique in England’s defeat to Italy in the Euros final. England got off to a good start at Wembley with Luke Shaw’s early opener but Italy forced extra time and penalties with Bonucci’s equaliser in the second half of the game. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Rashford was the first England player to miss his penalty as his effort struck the post. Jadon Sancho also missed his spot kick, while Bukayo Saka’s penalty was saved by Donnarumma to give Italy the trophy. And former Chelsea midfielder Lampard believes Rashford’s penalty technique is difficult to use in a high-pressure situation. ‘I’ve never taken a penalty with that style. I always consider there’s a penalty [...
‘It’s coming to Rome!’ – Bonucci trolls England after Italy win Euro 2020

‘It’s coming to Rome!’ – Bonucci trolls England after Italy win Euro 2020

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Leonardo Bonucci couldn’t resist poking fun at England after Italy’s penalty shootout victory over Italy to win Euro 2020 as he screamed ‘it’s coming to Rome!’ into a nearby TV camera. Luke Shaw got England off to a good start at Wembley with the fastest ever goal at the Euros inside two minutes but it was Bonucci’s effort from close range which levelled up the score in the second half. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); The two teams could not be separated in extra time and Pickford looked to have brought England back into shootout as he saved Jorginho’s spot-kick after earlier stopping Belotti. But Bukayo Saka’s decisive effort was saved by Donnarumma which sent the visiting players into raptures as the Three Lions’ 55-year wait for major silverware contin...
Lampard praises ‘clever’ Gareth Southgate decision in England vs Italy clash

Lampard praises ‘clever’ Gareth Southgate decision in England vs Italy clash

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Chelsea legend Frank Lampard praised Gareth Southgate’s ‘clever’ decision to change to a five-man defence for Sunday’s Euro 2020 final against Italy. The England manager has tweaked his tactics depending on the opposition throughout the Euros. England last used the formation during their 2-0 victory over Germany at the last 16 stage. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Reacting to the change in tactics, Lampard told the BBC: ‘There will be times when you have to be a five. Gareth is looking at the Italian team and they want you to play centrally. ‘They want you to play through midfield where they have a lot of numbers. If we can stretch them with our width, if we can entice players out and have Sterling and Mount in and around their two centre backs. ...
John Stones names England star who deserves top Euro 2020 award

John Stones names England star who deserves top Euro 2020 award

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John Stones believes Manchester City and England teammate Raheem Sterling could win the player of the tournament award at Euro 2020. Sterling has been in good form all summer and key for Gareth Southgate’s side as England made it to their first major final in 55 years. The 26-year-old scored the winner in two Group D matches under the arch. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); He also broke the deadlock in the last-16 victory against Germany and laid on Harry Kane’s opening goal in the quarter-final win over Ukraine. Sterling has been a constant threat in the side of opposing defenders and drew the penalty which saw off Denmark in the semi-final. Kane saw the spot-kick saved before turning home the rebound. Now, ahead of the final against Italy on Sunday, S...
Mourinho criticises Southgate over Grealish substitution for England

Mourinho criticises Southgate over Grealish substitution for England

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Jose Mourinho says Gareth Southgate had no reason to substitute Jack Grealish during England’s Euro 2020 2-1 win over Denmark. Aston Villa’s playmaker started the game on the bench but was brought on in the 69th minute with the score still level at 1-1. (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Harry Kane put England in front in the first half of extra time and minutes later, Southgate replaced Grealish with Trippier in order to close out the match. After the game, Southgate said he was keen to bring on an extra defender to counter Denmark’s threat but Mourinho believes England’s opponents were ‘exhausted physically’. ‘I didn’t like it too,’ Mourinho told talkSPORT when quizzed about Southgate’s decision to substitute Grealish. ‘But I did, not very similar, b...
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