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Italy become European champions after victory over England on penalties


Squadra Azzura won against the Three Lions in this final of Euro 2021, this Sunday, July 11 at Wembley Stadium in London (1-1, 3-2 at the tabs).

The first point was scored in the second minute of the match by Luke Shaw (his first since the start of the competition) thanks to a well addressed ball by Trippier. His goal is the fastest registered in the final of a Euro.

But in the 67 ‘, Leonardo Bonnuci equalized and restarted the match thanks to a cross from Chiese that Maguire deflected for a corner. The Italians surely came back in the second half and extra time. Substitutes entered the field just before the penalty shootout, Rashfort and Sancho missed their attempt as well as Saka. Italy thus wins the second Euro in its history.

Tensions before kick-off

In the streets of London, pubs or around Wembley, the temperature climbed several degrees this Sunday for the Euro final, between demonstrations of enthusiasm and the first outbursts of supporters before the burning clash between England and the ‘Italy.

Without great respect for barrier gestures, the atmosphere was overexcited in front of the mythical enclosure in the north-west of the British capital, with songs sung by fans dressed in jerseys, flags and hats in the colors of the selection of “Three Lions”.

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There was a lot of broken glass on the ground and supporters threw plastic bottles, stones, beer cans, backpacks and traffic cones into the air. A flag of Italy was even burned by supporters in central London, AFP found.

More than 60,000 spectators are present for the Italy-England match at Wembley Stadium near London, where the gauge was raised to 75% on an already historic day for the England team, in the final of a competition for the first time since 1966.

Concerns about the Delta variant

Shortly before, the surrounding streets were crowded, with thousands of supporters singing loudly, drinking beer and throwing cans and sometimes bottles. Some fired fireworks, others climbed the streetlights, noted an AFP journalist.

Others gathered elsewhere in the British capital and in England, singing and waving flags and banners, notably in Newcastle (north-east), Liverpool (north-west), Norwich (east) and Leicester (center).

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“People are worried because some of them do not wear a mask”worries Yvette Reinfor, a 49-year-old schoolteacher living near Wembley Stadium. “It’s embarrassing but there is also a nice atmosphere. “

In fact, almost no protective mask was visible around and it was impossible to respect the distance in such a small space, on the floor covered with cups, cans and empty alcohol bottles.



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