The penalty shootout did not work out England’s way.

But before the Three Lions’ three penalty misses, Harry Maguire took the best penalty of the lot.

Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final
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Maguire’s penalty went straight into the top corner and broke the TV camera, which cut to grey after the ball smashed into it.

Gianluigi Donnarumma had no chance.

It was a little surprising to see Maguire step up and take the penalty second. He does not have a track record from penalties and was injured in Gdansk.

The starting accuracy and confidence shown by Maguire demonstrated why he was chosen to take the second spot kick.


Unfortunately those following Maguire could not show the same accuracy.

Marcus Rashford hit the post, while Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka both saw their penalties saved.

Jordan Pickford saved two himself and after Maguire followed up Harry Kane’s penalty it seemed England were on their way to a memorable win. Instead it was a familiar and painful penalty heartbreak we know too well.

Italy won the game, having drawn 1-1 in normal time. Luke Shaw had scored for England after just two minutes before the Azzurri equalised in the second half.

Italy v England - UEFA Euro 2020: Final
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