The GIST: After a match that at times looked more like a diving competition than a soccer game, the Academy Award UEFA European Championship goes to…Italy.
- England held up for a while, but in the end, it wasn’t meant to be. Italy came back strong, and forcing extra time. After a scoreless 30 minutes of overtime, it all came down to the absolute worst way to win a game: penalty kicks.
- tied a bow on Italy’s perfect redemption story. After failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, the “” are now undefeated through 34 matches, and their Euro win has propelled them back into soccer’s highest tier.
The aftermath: Back to those English fans. We previously talked about them for taking a knee before matches, but things got worse yesterday when Black players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were targeted in after they missed their penalty kicks. Disgusting.
- The English team quickly condemned the attacks, and Rashford’s home club Manchester United and Saka’s Arsenal sent out messages of support.