Germans claim 4th title after penalty shoot-out (Euro 2020)
Germany became the most successful side in the European Championships as they claimed their fourth title (some coming under the guise of West Germany) following an epic penalty shoot-out against Spain on Sunday evening. Both sides came into the encounter at Wembley having lifted the title 3 times, with Spain having overcome final hosts England at the semi-final stage to secure their spot in the final. The pair last met in the final in 2008, in a tight encounter which was ultimately decided by a solitary goal, and it was an equally tough encounter this time out, with chances limited and neither side able to break the deadlock in normal time.
Spain were handed a great chance just 2 minutes into extra time, as they were handed a penalty, but Leeds striker Rodrigo, who broke English hearts days ago at the same stadium, this time felt his own disappointment as the penalty was well saved. Both sides continued to neutralise each other, meaning the title would ultimately be decided by penalties, the first time since 1976 when West Germany lost out to Czechoslovakia in that shoot out. Both sides scored their opening two penalties before Valencia midfielder Carlos Soler saw his effort saved. De Gea then saved the fourth German penalty to take the shoot-out all the way into sudden death.
The first four takers for both countries again duly dispatched from the spot, before Bilbao defender Iñigo Martínez dragged his effort wide. His disappointment was short lived as Germany then fired their very next penalty over the bar, offering a respite for the Spaniards once more. De Gea, hero already in the shoot-out, then stepped up and scored, before Mayoral followed suit. The tie was eventually decided when former Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio, who had recently completed a switch to Germany to join German giants Bayern Munich, saw his effort saved before Germany scored to secure the victory, having last won the title in 1996 also in England at the former Wembley Stadium.Share this: