European Championship Final 2020
Krupesh Shah: Hello guys, I'm Krupesh Shah reporting for Eurosport, and with me here is my co-commentator Neal Hasan.
Neal Hasan: Suuup
Krupesh Shah: According to a recent poll done by Eurosport, Neal is one of our top reporters and his commentary is world class. I don't really think so though.
Neal Hasan: Shut up mate!
Krupesh Shah: We are here today to provide you with live coverage on-
Neal Hasan: The Euro 2020 Final! Booyah!
Krupesh Shah: Do keep an eye on our feed for live updates about the match.
Neal Hasan: And my awesome commentary!
Krupesh Shah: Here are the line-ups for today's big match.
England: Hart; Walker, Shawcross, Lenti, Baines; Chamberlain, Wilshere, Jones, Ince; Sturridge, Maddison
Spain: De Gea; Azpilicueta, Pique, San Jose, Alba; X. Pique, Thiago, Benat; Mata, Pedro; Rodrigo
Neal Hasan: Fedele Lenti is a youngin'! Why would you play a youngin' in a Final?!
Krupesh Shah: I believe you meant youngster...
Neal Hasan: Colin Maddison! Wow, seriously? Why not Wayne Rooney! Wazza can bang 'em in like how he bangs Coleen!
Krupesh Shah: Neal, don't be disgusting. Fedele Lenti can hold his own just fine, he's a quality young defender. Phil Jones and Jack Wilshere in midfield sounds like an awesome pairing as well.
Neal Hasan: Why's Leighton Baines playing? I know Kyle Naughton's shit, but at least he's better than some old bag of bones.
Krupesh Shah: Perhaps David Beckham just wants to give Baines a good, proper international send-off. Now, to Spain. What nonsense do you have to blabber about the Spain line-up, Neal?
Neal Hasan: Well, firstly, they have two Piques. I am not sure which one is the one that plays for Barcelona and which one is the youngin'!
Krupesh Shah: It's 'youngster', Neal! And you can obviously see that there is a 'Pique' and a 'X. Pique' on this list. Gerard Pique is the one from Barcelona, now see, does Gerard start with X?
Neal Hasan: I don't know... does it?
Krupesh Shah: ... Never mind. Anyway, back on topic, Spain have a great defense with Azpilicueta, Gerard Pique, Mikel San Jose and Jordi Alba. Xavier Pique has also won the opportunity to play in the Final. The 22-year-old will be very happy with that, Euro 2020 being his first major tournament with Spain, too. Appearing in the Final of your first tournament! That must be great.
Neal Hasan: No shit, Sherlock!
Krupesh Shah: Moving on, Spain have a midfield partnership of Thiago Alcantara and Benat, with Juan Mata and Pedro on the wings. Rodrigo will lead the attack. Well, it seems Spain's side is full of quality. Thiago, Benat, Mata, Pedro, Rodrigo... any of them would get into England's XI. It's going to be quite a tough task for England.
Neal Hasan: They'd better win! I'm bored of Spain winning the Euros all the time!
Krupesh Shah: With kickoff approaching, we'll be going right ahead to the match. Stick with us for our live commentary coming later on. First, we're going to hand this over to our reporter, Arvind Krishna, who's currently on the pitch with Phil Jones, who is going to captain the side.
Arvind Krishna: Hello, this is Arvind Krishna, here with Phil Jones. So tell me Phil, are you excited for today's match?
Phil Jones: But of course. We think we have a very good chance of winning this. We lost out in Euro 2016 but we are determined not to have a repeat. We are going to win it this year.
Arvind Krishna: This will be your 99th cap for England. Are you disappointed that an appearance in the Final won't be your 100th?
Phil Jones: To be honest, no, I'm not really that kinda guy who wants his landmarks in proper matches, stuff like that. I'm just happy enough I'm going to be on my way to 100 caps soon. To win 100 caps is evidence of your ability as a footballer.
Arvind Krishna: You are playing as a midfielder today, are you happy with that or would you much rather prefer playing as a defender? I mean, I know you're a very versatile player, but I've always thought of you as more of a defender.
Phil Jones: Actually, no, I actually relish the idea of playing as a midfielder. It's great to sometimes be in midfield - it is pretty boring sticking to one position all the time.
Arvind Krishna: Alright, I'll be off now, thanks for the interview, Phil, and good luck for the match!
Phil Jones: Thanks mate.
1' - We kick off here at Istanbul, the Ataturk Olympic Stadium. The Miracle of Istanbul happened here in 2005, with Liverpool coming back from 3-0 down to force a 3-3 draw against AC Milan, and then a win on penalties in the 2005 Champions League Final. This took a mixture of Lady Luck, as well as determination and a never-give-up attitude. Both sides obviously have the latter two but will Lady Luck lean towards Spain or England today?
24' - Benat's free kick flies into the stands. Haha, noob.
39' - Jack Wilshere's free kick isn't any better than Benat's earlier one and it sails wide of the net. Still a very uneventful 0-0 scoreline.
45' - Half-time here. England have Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain while Spain have Rodrigo, Juan Mata, and Thiago... and no goals yet. Come on...
HT: England 0-0 Spain
45' - We are back out for the second half of the Euro 2020 Final, and England have made a half-time change, introducing Wayne Rooney into the team for Daniel Sturridge to come off.
45' - YESSSAAAR! BRING THE WAZAAAA! SPAIN ARE DEAD!
56' - And Leighton Baines is off. The Bayern Munich left-back has gotten his second yellow card from the ref. Told ya he shouldn't have played, what a trigger-happy twat.
56' - Not how Leighton Baines would have liked to end his last international tournament appearance at all.
70' - Thiago swings his free kick in and Rodrigo gets his head to it. It's a goal! Oh wait, it's offside.
80' - Sergio Busquets is on for Xavier Pique and Pedro will make way for Suso.
85' - Jack Wilshere is forced off with an injury. Jonjo Shelvey will take his place.
85' - Poor Jack, the Arsenal captain looks devastated!
87' - Rodrigo is at an awesome position but his shot goes wide! Whew!
90' - And that's the end of 90 minutes. A really, really nerve-wracking Final for England, especially with them being 1 man down and Jack Wilshere being injured.
FT: England 0-0 Spain
90' - We kick off with extra time. England have made one change, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain who has been unfortunately ineffective so far going off for Will Hughes.
90' - David Beckham is crazy! Taking Chamberlain off for Will Hughes?!
96' - Wayne Rooney has a brilliant opportunity but he hits it right over the bar! Shame on you Wazza!
105' - Half-time in extra time. Come on, England, stop playing like shit!
HT in ET: England 0-0 Spain
105' - The remaining 15 minutes of the match starts... now. Can England or Spain prevent this from going to penalties?
118' - That's a second yellow card for Ryan Shawcross as he slides in hard on Sergio Busquets! England down to 9 men!
120' - But Spain's 2-man advantage won't bother England too much now, because the match is now going to penalties.
120' - The Euro 2016 Final also ended on penalties, but in Spain's favor. Can history be repeated, or will England finally triumph? We won't be around for the penalty shootouts unfortunately, but instead, our fellow colleague Louis Ostrowski will be commentating on the drama.
FT in ET: England 0-0 Spain
- The first man for England to take the penalty is Colin Maddison, and the Nottingham Forest striker does not disappoint with his perfect strike.
- Mikel San Jose scores the first penalty for Spain as well.
- Wayne Rooney had seemed massively confident but it seems the England captain will not sign off his international tournament history well, as his Manchester United teammate David De Gea saves his shot.
- Suso puts his penalty easily past Joe Hart.
- Jonjo Shelvey's penalty is saved by David De Gea! What a disaster!
- Thiago's shot is saved by Joe Hart as well. Can England bounce back?
- Will Hughes scores this one, but England will have to hope Spain messes up their next penalty!
- Jordi Alba strikes his penalty cleanly past Joe Hart, piling on the pressure for England.
- Tom Ince scores his penalty to keep England in the game.
- AND SPAIN HAVE SEALED IT! THEY'VE WON THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS! A RECORD FOURTH TIME IN A ROW! WHAT A FINISH FROM JUAN MATA, AND WHAT A FEAT SPAIN HAS ACCOMPLISHED! Absolutely terrible for England, though, as their penalty woes come back to haunt them again. A huge disappointment for the Three Lions players. They will have some explaining to do after this, as will David Beckham.