Super Sunday: When the sporting world was thrilled by Copa, Euro and Wimbledon finals

July 11 was Super Sunday in which there was football, tennis and cricket action and this left sporting fans in shock and awe after all the results.

The Super Sunday sports spectacle saw India women's cricket team, Novak Djokovic, Italy and Argentina win titles on the grand stage. (Image credit: Sportslumo/Twitter)
By Siddharth vishwanathan | Jul 12, 2021 | 4 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

July 11 was Super Sunday for the billions of sports fans on the globe. From the midnight of July 11 to the early morning hours of July 12, the world witnessed 24 hours of high-octane sporting action. It all began with Copa America in Brazil in the wee hours of July 11. After that, there was the brilliant Wimbledon final which saw Novak Djokovic create history. The crescendo of the battle was the high-voltage Euro 2020 final between England and Italy in Wembley. It saw the Azzuri break decades of pain while England’s heartbreak was prolonged.

To add to the action, there was also the Women’s Twenty20 International between England and India. The India women’s cricket team managed to hold their nerve and keep the series alive. Here is a list of all the events that took place on Super Sunday and rewinding the results.

Copa America: Lionel Messi and Argentina end 28 years of heartbreak

The final whistle blew at the Maracana stadium. Lionel Messi sunk to his knees. The entire Argentina team was in tears and they converged on the greatest player of all time. The Argentine section of the stadium was in raptures. The world’s greatest player finally, finally had secured an international trophy. The heartaches of 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019 were all blown away in that one moment. Lionel Messi and Argentina finally ended their international jinx. Angel di Maria’s goal in the 22nd minute gave Argentina their first major trophy since 1993 as La Albiceleste won 1-0 in the final against Brazil.

This was Argentina’s 15th Copa America title and it put them level with Uruguay for the most titles. Even before the match, the contest was dubbed between the master and the emerging apprentice. Messi vs Neymar was going to be the show-stopper in the marquee event. More importantly, the match between Argentina and Brazil lived up to all the expectations. It was tense, unpredictable with many mistakes and one crucial off-side which denied Brazil.

Novak Djokovic scales the summit, wins 20th Grand Slam and sixth Wimbledon title

Novak Djokovic’s scintillating 2021 reached new heights, with the Serbian lifting his sixth Wimbledon trophy for a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title on Sunday. The World No.1 has matched the Grand Slam tally of his great rivals – Switzerland’s Roger Federer and Spain’s Rafael Nadal – on the back of a 6-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 final victory over seventh-seeded Italian Matteo Berrettini at The Championships. After winning his first major title at the 2008 Australian Open, Djokovic was expected to end Federer and Nadal’s duopoly in tennis. More than a decade after his first major victory, the Serbian has equalled the Grand Slam tally of his generation’s other two major rivals.

The Serbian, who has already clinched his ninth Australian Open crown in February and a second Roland Garros title last month, has a good chance of claiming the calendar-year Grand Slam, with only US Open left. “It was more than a battle,” said Novak Djokovic. “Winning Wimbledon was always the biggest dream of mine as a child. I know how special this is and I don’t want to take this for granted. I was a seven-year-old boy in Serbia, constructing a Wimbledon tennis trophy with improvised materials in my bedroom and now I am standing here with six titles. It’s incredible.”

India women hold their nerve to beat England in 2nd Twenty20 International

The India women’s cricket team secured a thrilling victory by a margin of eight runs over the English women’s cricket team on Sunday to level up the three-match T20I series 1-1. The third and final game of the series will be the decider as the Indian team looks to make history with an impressive overseas series victory. The visitors had posted a total of 148 in their 20 overs. Young talent Shafali Verma played a brilliant knock scoring 48 runs off 38 deliveries, which included five consecutive boundaries.

Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur also delivered an impressive showing as she made 31 runs off 25 deliveries. In reply, England batter Tamsin Beaumont scored the most runs as she made an impressive 59 runs off 50 deliveries. This is India women’s first T20I win against England in England since August 2006. In other words, the last time the Indian women’s team won an away T20I in England, the men’s team was yet to play a match in this format.

Italy get Euro 2020 back to Rome instead of England’s home

Italy came back from a goal down to defeat England in a nail-biting penalty shootout on Sunday night to win the Euro 2020 trophy. After the regulation time finished 1-1, three English players missed their penalties to hand the trophy to Roberto Mancini’s side. Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both missed penalty kicks, giving Jorginho the opportunity to win the trophy, but Jordan Pickford saved his kick, keeping the Three Lions in the game. But, Bukayo Saka, who had to score from his kick to take the match into sudden death, saw his effort parried away by Gianluigi Donnarumma to leave the Wembley crowd stunned. Saka covered his face in despair as Italian players jumped in joy on an eventful Sunday night.

The Euro 2020 title is Italy’s first major trophy since winning the 2006 World Cup against France in the final. Even back then, the Italians needed a shootout to edge past the French side. Earlier, Luke Shaw had given England a dream start, scoring his first goal for the country. He got on the end of a Kieran Trippier’s cross to hit a thumping half-volley just two minutes in. Buoyed by the early goal, England had the momentum on their side as they started to set the pace. Young English players started to stretch Italian defence and the Wembley crowd could not have hoped for a better start. But the joy did not last for long.

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