EM happiness is when you first find out through your teammates that you are European champion …
Don’t you think so?
Just ask Italy’s goalkeeper giant Gianluigi Donnarumma (22), who among other things parried the decisive penalty against England-Bubi Bukayo Saka (19).
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Donnarumma after the saved penalty against England miss Saka (r.)Foto: CARL RECINE/REUTERS
Right off the track! Therefore, the Italy goalkeeper did not cheer
After his final parade, Donnarumma left his six-meter space with tunnel vision and remained focused. True to the Kahn principle, “Go on, go on!” No sign of jubilation. But suddenly the party wave of his celebrating teammates spills over him from behind.
The goalkeeper hero confesses to the “Gazzetta dello Sport” his party faux pas: “I didn’t cheer immediately because I didn’t realize it.”
And further: “I looked at the referee to see if everything was okay. Then I saw my team-mates come up to me and understood nothing at all. “
The dropout when counting must have happened to Donnarumma beforehand.
When England goalkeeper Pickford saved Jorginho’s penalty, which would have meant Italy’s triumph, Donnarumma thought England would be the winner. The goalkeeper: “I was already down because I thought we lost.”
A little later, however, Donnarumma could no longer notice this shock. After its parade against Saka, Italy was again European champion after 53 years.
And the second goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu (34), who was only allowed to play for one minute at this EM, was perhaps the all-important man in the background. As captain Giorgio Chiellini (36) and Alessandro Florenzi (30) revealed, Sirigu provided extra motivation.
Florencei. “He was one of the key players in the dressing room. Before the game he gave us his notes, which he wrote about each of us. He showed us a video of our families before the game and made us cry. “
Before the two penalty shootouts against Spain (5: 3 ae) and England (4: 3 ae) Sirigu gave his colleague Donnarumma tips and added self-confidence.