Jorginho Knew Euro 2020 Final Vs England Was 'Done' When Bukayo Saka Stepped Up For Penalty
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Jorginho has brutally revealed he knew Italy had won Euro 2020 when he saw Bukayo Saka step up and take a penalty.
Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties in the final at Wembley to win the final, with Gianluigi Donnarumma saving two penalties in the shoot-out.
To many's surprise, Jorginho, Italy's first-choice penalty taker, was denied by Jordan Pickford when the England shot-stopper waited for him to make the move.
He spurned the chance to win the final but then the pressure passed over to Bukayo Saka, who missed the decisive spot-kick.
Looking back, Jorginho claims he knew the Arsenal wonderkid wouldn't score.
He told The Telegraph: "I walked back (after missing his penalty) and it was a long, long walk. I looked and saw it was Saka and Gigio [Donnarumma] and I was pretty sure he was going to save it. I was like "it’s ok, it’s done"'.
Even though Italy won and Jorginho got his hands on the Henri Delaunay Trophy just over a month after winning the Champions League, his missed penalty still irritates him.
Excluding shoot-outs, the former Napoli man has scored 30 out of 35 penalties after crafting a successful technique.
"I still think about the final, especially the penalty," he admitted.
"People might say it doesn’t matter, but it does for me. It hurts. It still hurts now, even though we won.
"Whoever says it doesn’t because it doesn’t matter is a liar. I couldn’t believe it, Pickford did very well.
"I just thought ‘f***, I disappointed my team-mates’ because they trusted me so much in that moment."
Jorginho, who is a candidate for the 2021 Ballon d'Or award, netted two penalties in the same game in the 4-0 win over Malmo on Wednesday.
Jorginho the penalty king. pic.twitter.com/dtXkW1gEMb— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) October 21, 2021