Triumphant Italy returns to Rome after Euro 2020 victory


This picture obtained from Italian information company Ansa reveals Italy’s captain Giorgio Chiellini (L) and Italy’s head coach Roberto Mancini maintain the UEFA EURO 2020 trophy after the aircraft transporting Italy’s nationwide soccer crew landed at Rome’s Fiumicino airport on July 12, 2021, a day after Italy gained the UEFA EURO 2020 ultimate soccer match between Italy and England. (Photograph by – / ANSA / AFP) / Italy OUT

Italy captain Giorgio Chiellini held aloft the gleaming trophy earlier than a crowd of joyful followers Monday as he and his triumphant crew returned house from their victory towards England in Euro 2020.

There have been euphoric scenes in a single day following Sunday’s victory at Wembley, as followers draped within the tricolor flag thronged streets throughout Italy and the sound of fireworks and beeping vehicles and scooters stuffed the air.

And there was elation amongst a bunch who acquired up early — or by no means went to mattress — to greet the Azzurri as they arrived again in Rome on Monday morning, fronted by Chiellini, the 36-year-old veteran on the coronary heart of Italy’s protection, carrying a crown.

A grinning Leonardo Spinazzola, who performed an excellent function within the crew’s progress earlier than injuring his Achilles tendon within the quarter-final towards Belgium, had earlier hopped down the steps of the aircraft at Rome’s Fiumicino and hobbled on crutches throughout the tarmac to cheers from media and airport employees snapping images.

The boys in blue chanted “We’re the champions of Europe!” as they piled out of the coach that whisked them from the airport to the lodge in Rome the place they had been headed for a relaxation — or to proceed the celebrations.

They had been invited to fulfill with Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Monday night and in addition with President Sergio Mattarella, who himself was in London to look at the match.

Roberto Mancini’s males recovered from the shock of a speedy early England objective to equalize after which declare a 3-2 victory on penalties.

“It’s too stunning!”, proclaimed the Gazzetta dello Sport newspaper, saying: “Italy is the queen of Europe.

“It knew the way to get better a match that appeared misplaced, as solely the best groups know the way.

“Lastly Wembley falls silent, after having whistled, shouted, howled. Each single Italian throughout these two hours felt like a large as soon as extra”.

An ideal emotion

Some Italian followers had been bleary-eyed Monday after late night time carousing, ordering double espressos to revive themselves.

“It was an actual satisfaction, an amazing emotion,” stated Mario Castellini, the supervisor of a bar within the capital’s historic middle.

“I used to be certain we’d make it within the penalty shoot out, as a result of we have now an amazing goalkeeper” in Gianluigi Donnarumma, who claimed the participant of the event award on Sunday, he added.

Greengrocer Matteo Falovo spoke for a lot of when he stated it had been “a pleasure to have the ability to take into consideration one thing else” than the pandemic, with Italy being the primary European nation to be hit arduous by the coronavirus.

Regardless of entreaties from the federal government to respect social distancing guidelines, the streets of central Rome had been filled with followers late Sunday and early Monday.

However even the road cleaners sweeping up damaged beer bottles and firework casings after the celebrations had been cheerful.

Rome butcher Mauro Antonucci summed it up in 5 easy phrases, telling AFP that “it was actually one thing fantastic”.


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