The Italian goalkeeper admitted that he was waiting for the confirmation of the points list after holding England’s fifth goal.
Gianluigi Donnarumma explained why he did not celebrate after saving Bukayo Saka’s penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final.
Italy lifted the European Championship trophy for the second time in their history after beating England 3-2 on penalties at Wembley on Sunday night.
Donnarumma was the hero for the Azzurri as he denied Jadon Sancho and Saka from 12 yards out, but he seemed unhappy after the victory was confirmed before being tampered with by his teammates.
What was said?
The 22-year-old goalkeeper, who will join Paris Saint-Germain after leaving AC Milan, has now admitted that he was unaware of the points list in the shooting after retaining the Three Lions’ fifth kick.
Saka got the chance to take the match in a sudden death, after Jorginho saw Jordan Pickford save his attempt, but he could not beat the towering Donnarumma while extending a strong hand to get the ball away palm.
“I did not celebrate with the penalty kick because I did not realize we won,” Donnarumma said. Sky Sport Italy.
‘I was already down after Jorginho’s missed penalty kick and thought we lost, but instead I had to keep going.
“Now, with VAR, they always look at your feet because you can not be in front of the rope, so I turn to the referee to see if everything is right.
“Then I saw my teammates coming to me and everything started from there. I did not understand anything!”
What happened before the shooting?
Italy made the worst possible start to the match by conceding in the second minute, with Luke Shaw shooting behind Donnarumma in the back position after meeting a precise cross from Kieran Trippier.
However, Roberto Mancini made a spectacular save. Leonardo Bonucci received a yellow card after 84 minutes for unsportsmanlike behavior.
The match eventually extended with the score at 1-1, but penalties were needed after a goalless extra 30 minutes, and Italy handled the pressure best to deny England their first international trophy since the 1966 World Cup.
Donnarumma’s star Euro 2020
Donnarumma’s penalty heroes have limited an excellent all-round tournament for the PSG-bound star, who is now honored as one of the best holders in the business.
The Italian played 718 minutes during his country’s seven games, more than any other player, and scored three clean sheets on his way to becoming the first goalkeeper since Peter Schmeichel in 1992 to win the Player of the Tournament award.