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Gianluigi Donnarumma didn’t celebrate when he made the penalty save of a lifetime to win the Euros for Italy.
The 22-year-old stood a mountain of a man as England missed two consecutive penalties, first with Marcus Rashford’s nerves leading him to miss the target, and then saving Jadon Sancho’s attempt.
Next up was Bukayo Saka who stepped up and had his effort palmed away to the left by the player of the tournament, but there was not a flicker of emotion from him as Italy became European champions
Donnarumma’s ice cold reaction and deadpan expression was almost too calm to be real, and as it turns out, it was.
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The Paris Saint-Germain bound youngster has revealed since the iconic moment that he was, in fact, not aware he had just won the match and the Euros.
He told: “He told Sky Sport Italia: "I didn’t celebrate because I didn’t realise we had won!"
While Donnarumma was not aware of the magnitude of his save, his Azzurri teammates sprinted half the length of the pitch to celebrate with their hero.
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It was only when his colleagues mobbed him with jubilation that he realised he had made history, winning Italy’s first tournament since the 2006 World Cup.
England meanwhile suffered heartbreak for a 55th year as their three brave youngsters reeled from their misses.
Midfielder Kalvin Phillips was spotted running through a sea of opposition blue shirts to console his teammate Saka, who had been a standout attacker for the Three Lions all tournament.
Despite the upset, however, England won’t have to wait long for their next shot at a major competition with the Qatar World Cup set to take place in 2022.
Gareth Southgate made it clear in his post-match interview that he would keen on managing England beyond the tournament, where he hopes his side's experience in recent tournaments can end in silverware.
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