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You Wouldn’t Believe It But They’ve Done it: Poland Defeat Italy 4-3 to Become the New FIFA 96 European Champions!

***I DON’T HAVE UEFA’S PRIOR WRITTEN CONSENT TO USE, TALK OR EVEN THINK ABOUT ANY NAMES, IMAGES OR VIDEOS PUBLISHED IN MY EURO 2020 COVERAGE, SO FOR COPYRIGHT REASONS, THE TOURNAMENT WILL BE REFERRED TO AS EURLO 2020***

UEFA Eurlo 2020 and my FIFA 96 EURO 2020 Tournament have both finished now, so what better time than the present to top yourself or jump under a train like Anna Karenina? But brace yourself, because I’m here in the dying embers of the magical European summer of football that was, to share the match report from Sunday’s FIFA96 EURO2020 final between Poland and Italy. 

Who would win it? Who would lose it? Who would draw it? Would Italy make up for their semi-final loss to eventual champions The Netherlands in the last edition? Would Poland, losing finalists last time do it this time? Wouldn’t they do it again? Would they half-do it again? Let all your concerns be allayed as we show you words and dates signifying when a team plays sport against another team, on FIFA 96.  You’re welcome.

THE FINAL

Sunday 11 July

Blue Team That Should Be Green, White and/or Red Team 🇮🇹  3 -4 🇵🇱  Team GLARGLOMORK (21:00, Wembley Stadium, London)

🇮🇹 R. Baggio 6′,  🇮🇹  Casiraghi 19′, 🇮🇹  R. Baggio 22′, 🇵🇱  Juskowiak 26′, 🇵🇱  Juskowiak 42′, 🇵🇱  Kosecki 75′, 🇵🇱  Juskowiak 77′

Poland came into Sunday’s final as the underdog despite playing in their second consecutive final. And with the tournament’s leading scorer, Roby Baggio leading the Italian attack, hopes were slim for the Poles. As expected, early on in the first half, it was already a walk in the park for them.

Two goals from Baggio either side of Pierluigi Casiraghi strike put them up 3-0 within the first 25 minutes. The Italians were cruising, but it wasn’t too long before Poland slowed their roll. A pair of sensational headers from the previous edition’s Golden Boot winner, Andrzej Juskowiak had Poland right back within striking distance at 3-2 just before the break. And when Roman Kosecki then slammed in a ricocheted effort in the 75th minute to make it 3-3, the Poles were on the verge of the unthinkable.

And that’s what would actually occur, because as little as 2 minutes later, Juskowiak capitalised on a failed clearance, and with Pagliuca stranded and still reeling from saving the Polish striker’s previous attempt, Juskowiak stepped in on Italian defender’s attempted clearnace and deflected a weirdass loopy effort into the back of the Italian net.

This put the Poles up 4-3 and despite a couple of nervy clearances, the Italians were gassed and failed to even summon one decent attack in the final 13 minutes. Poland hung on and remarkably are the new FIFA96 European champions! Wow.  It’s all over. And what a tournament it was (for all the results, click here).

Wow. Poland. European Champions. You know? Exactly.

Full match highlights of the final here

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See you in Germany in 2024!