England v Italy: Match in pictures
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Leonardo Bonucci brutally mocked England supporters after Italy defeated the Three Lions in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley Stadium.
England led in their first major tournament showdown since 1966 through Luke Shaw’s early goal but Bonucci equalised in the second half.
Shaw stormed into the penalty area to convert Kieran Trippier’s cross in the second minute of the game.
The goal, just the fourth of Shaw’s career and the first for his country, sent the country into raptures.
Italy struggled to test England goalkeeper Jordan Pickford in the first half but grew in confidence at the start of the second period.
Bonucci levelled the scoreline by tapping home after Pickford had turned an effort onto the post.
A goalless period of extra-time led to a penalty shootout.
Pickford saved from Andrea Belotti to hand England the advantage.
Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho both missed to present Jorginho the chance to score the winning penalty.
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Goalkeeper Pickford saved from the Chelsea midfielder, but Bukayo Saka then missed the decisive.
It was Italy’s first European Championship win since 1968.
Defender Bonucci stepped up the Azzurri’s celebrations by grabbing a camera and shouting: “It’s coming Rome!”
The phrase is a reference to the England song ‘It’s coming home’, first sung before Euro ’96.
It’s Coming Home was recorded by comedians Frank Skinner and David Baddiel with band The Lightning Seeds ahead of the home tournament, in which England coincindentally exited via a penalty shootout.
A second edition of the song was produced ahead of the World Cup in 1998.
The themes of the tune are of self-deprecation and hope, but it is often confused with arrogance and continues to be sung frequently among English football crowds at major tournaments.
In the build-up to the final many of England’s detractors started rhyming ‘home’ with ‘Rome’, the capital of Italy.
Bonucci’s words were viewed on televisions across the country, with the final being broadcast by both BBC and ITV.
England had an excellent tournament and were unfortunate to lose the final.
They defeated Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Ukraine and Denmark to reach the showdown event.
The Three Lions will hope to go one better at next year’s World Cup, which will be held in Qatar during the winter.
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