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The Italian national team won the 2020 European Men’s Football Championship against England, finishing a high season and prevent England from a supposed historic international victory for the first time in over half a century.
Italy took the win in a penalty shootout, scoring three goals against two for England. The match took place on the English pitch at Wembley Stadium in London, a year after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the tournament to be postponed.
The extended penalty shootout came after 30 minutes of already extended time and a 90-minute game that left the game tied 1-1.
England led throughout the first half of the game, following an early goal from Luke Shaw, although the team lost their lead in the 67th minute after a crucial goal from Italy’s Leonardo Bonucci.
Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, 22, was notably awarded the Player of the Tournament award, marking the first time a goalie got the title. Donnarumma’s final save against 19-year-old England rising star Bukayo Saka led to the victory for Italy.
Italy’s performance on Sunday highlighted the team’s strong real-time record, having avoided just one loss for 34 straight games.
The victory also marks the first time Italy has won the Euro since 1968. That said, the team reached the final. thrice over the past two decades and has four World Cup championships.
For England, Sunday’s game had much higher stakes; their advancement to the final sent shockwaves across the country as the first qualifying in team history.
After decades of defeats and an inability to win an international championship since the 1966 World Cup, the country rallied to its team’s closest victory.
The song both celebrates England while blatantly poking fun at their repeated losses, co-writer David Baddiel told NPR. All things Considered.
“It’s a song about breaking your feeling of disappointment with the prayer that all sports fans have right now. You know, we’re going to do it,” Baddiel said, “And so I think that’s it. is why this really rings with sports fans. “
The cultural movement sparked a response from some Italian fans before Sunday’s game and after Italy’s victory, many reworking the phrase to “football is coming to Rome”.