Italy’s Euro 2020 final shootout hero Gianluigi Donnarumma reveals he didn’t celebrate match-winning penalty save from Bukayo Saka because ‘I didn’t realise we had won’… and admits he thought they’d LOST after Jorginho’s miss
- Gianluigi Donnarumma said why he didn’t celebrate after his final penalty save
- Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka’s spot kick to beat England 3-2 on penalties
- However, he did not celebrate after earning the Azzurri the European trophy
- He said that he didn’t realise that they had won after his all-important save
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Gianluigi Donnarumma has explained why he didn’t celebrate after saving Bukayo Saka’s penalty in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Donnarumma saved Jadon Sancho’s effort before denying Saka to see Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties and win the European Championship on Sunday night.
However, the 22-year-old goalkeeper – who says he ‘didn’t realise Italy had won’ – did not celebrate until he was swarmed by his jubilant team-mates.
Gianluigi Donnarumma explained why he didn’t celebrate after saving Bukayo Saka’s penalty
Donnarumma explained how he had lost track of the scoreline following Jorginho’s failed attempt and admitted to waiting for any VAR checks to be completed after saving Saka’s effort.
Speaking to Sky Sports Italia, Donnarumma said: ‘I didn’t celebrate on the penalty because I didn’t realise we had won.
‘I was already down after Jorginho’s missed penalty and I thought we had lost, but instead I had to continue.
Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka’s spot kick (above) to beat England 3-2 on penalties
However, he did not celebrate after earning the Azzurri the European trophy on Sunday night
‘Now, with VAR, they always look at your feet because you can’t be in front of the line, so I turned to the referee to see if everything was okay.
‘Then I saw my team-mates coming towards me and everything started from there. I didn’t understand anything!’
Donnarumma – who was always named as ‘the heir of Buffon’ – has become an Italian hero after his performances at Wembley.
His heroics saw Italy win both their semi-final and final on penalties – taking his record to five consecutive shoot-out victories.
It wasn’t until he was swarmed by his jubilant team-mates that he realised they had won
Donnarumma said that once his team-mates ran over to him, the celebration go underway
As a result of his impressive performances at Euro 2020, Donnarumma was named as the player of the tournament.
He has become just the second goalkeeper to win the award after Peter Schmeichel’s instrumental role in guiding Denmark to glory in 1992.
The award adds to Donnarumma individual accolades the season – having been named as Serie A’s Best Goalkeeper after helping AC Milan secure a place in the Champions League following an eight-season hiatus.
However, Donnarumma is set for a new challenge next season after joining Paris Saint-Germain on a deal worth a reported £200,000-a-week.
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