Gianluigi Donnarumma didn't celebrate after saving Bukayo Saka's penalty as he didn't know he had just won Euro 2020
13th July 2021

ITALY goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma has admitted he did not realise he had won his team the Euros by saving Bukayo Saka's penalty.

The Arsenal star's miss meant the Azzurri won the shoot-out 3-2, with Donnaruma the hero after also saving from Jadon Sancho.


But with the shot-stopper so focused on saving penalties he failed to keep track of the scoreline.

In fact, he even thought his side had lost Euro 2020 when Jorginho's penalty was saved by Jordan Pickford.

Donnarumma told Sky Italia: "I did not cheer on the penalty because I did not understand that we had won.

"I was already on the ground to Jorginho's penalty, I thought it was over and instead I had to continue.

"Now with the VAR they always look at your feet because you can't be ahead of the line, so I turned to the referee to see if everything was ok. Then I saw my teammates coming towards me and everything started from there, I didn't understand anything anymore."

Donnrumma, 22, remained ice cool throughout the shoot-out and did not celebrate either of his two saves.

Meanwhile, Robert Mancini was mobbed by his coaching staff and Jorginho was rolling around on the ground, hugging Barella.

And on Twitter Donnarumma was earning applause for his reaction, even though he didn't mean it.

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One Twitter user wrote: "Donnarumma not celebrating after that save might have been the coldest thing I’ve seen in a while. Dude just stood up and walked away.

And others shared that sentiment, with another adding: "Not gonna lie Donnarumma saving three pens and not even celebrating is so cold.

A third said: "Donnarumma not celebrating after saving the winning pen was ice cold! I'd love to see him at Chelsea."

Some fans thought the lack of celebration was a decision made out of respect to Saka: "The calmness of Donnarumma, not celebrating like a madman after saving Saka’s pen to win the final, is nothing but respect! It really takes the edge off!"

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