England vs Italy Euro 2020 final briefly halted by pitch invader

England’s Euro 2020 final against Italy was briefly bought to a stop by a pitch invader on Sunday night.

The cameras failed to pan round to the individual, who attempted to evade stewards in the half where England were attacking in the second-half.

His efforts lasted no more than 30 seconds before he was stopped and play resumed.

Fan trouble also marred the build up to the contest with footage showing police having to control ill-tempered scenes throughout the capital.

Venues such as Leicester Square and Kings’ Cross were affected as were other places across London.

On the pitch it was not to be for the hosts as Italy triumphed on penalties.

A pitch invader temporarily halted the final

It is only their second European Championship victory and leaves England still seeking to end 55 years of hurt.

Luke Shaw had given the Three Lions an early lead when he fired home Kieran Trippier’s cross.

Italy though grew into the game and Leonardo Bonucci equalised from a second-half corner.

The contest eventually went to penalties, much to the fear of many inside the stadium.

Andrea Belotti missed Italy’s second spot kick and when Harry Maguire converted his England had a 2-1 lead.

The individual was eventually caught
The individual was eventually caught

Consecutive misses from Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho looked to have ended all hopes, before Jordan Pickford sensationally denied Jorginho his moment of glory.

Bukayo Saka though, needing to score to force sudden death, saw his penalty saved by Gianluigi Donnarumma.

“We should be extremely proud as a group of what we have achieved,” said England captain Harry Kane.

“I couldn’t have given more, the boys couldn’t have given more.

“Penalties is the worst feeling in the world when you lose. It wasn’t our night but it’s been a fantastic tournament and we should hold our heads high.

“It’s going to hurt for a while, but we’re on the right track and we’re building and hopefully we can progress from this next year.”

Gareth Southgate echoed those thoughts, saying: “Tonight is going to be extremely difficult for all of us, of course. You have to feel that disappointment because the opportunities to win trophies like this are so rare in your life.

“But when they reflect on what they have done, they should be incredibly proud of themselves.

“The players have been an absolute credit. They have given everything they possibly could.

“They have been an absolute joy to work with and they have gone further than we’ve gone for so long. But it is incredibly painful in that dressing room.”

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