Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma said he did not understand that his team beat England when they saved the decisive penalty kick in the Euro 2020 final.
Donnarumma brilliantly blocked the decisive kick of the Englishman Bukayo Saka to give the Azzurri the second European title in its history after 1968. Donnarumma did not celebrate winning the continental title directly, and his features seemed cold and he walked silently and calmly before his colleagues gathered around him to celebrate the historic victory.
The 22-year-old Donnarumma also saved a penalty kick by Jadon Sancho, while Rashford’s attempt hit the post, as Italy beat England on penalties 3-2, after the end of the regular and extra time with a 1-1 draw.
Donnarumma told Sky Italia that he did not immediately realize what had happened: “I didn’t know we won, I looked at the referee and tried to understand that everything was fine.”
He added, “Then I turned to my colleagues and they were running towards me, and from here it all started. I did not understand what was going on.”
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Donnarumma was named Player of the Tournament, after his impressive performance against England, which came after he also excelled in the penalty shootout against Spain in the semi-finals.
Donnarumma is now expected to complete his free move to Paris Saint-Germain, after the end of his contract with Milan, with whom he spent his entire career.
Asked about his future, Donnarumma said: “I will always be associated with Milan, now I am enjoying the party and after that I will enjoy a holiday.”
“I will always be a fan of Milan and I wish them all the best,” he added.
Donnarumma won all five matches that ended in penalties with his club and national team during his career, three of which came with the Rossoneri.