Italy players celebrate after clinching win against England in the Euro 2020 final at Wembley in London on Sunday. (Photo: AFP)
LONDON: There have been scenes of jubilation across Italy after their football team defeated England 3-2 on nail-biting penalties in the Euro 2020 final in London.
At a fan zone in Rome, thousands of fans started jumping in pure elation, shouting and hugging each other.
The victory at Wembley stadium brought Italy its first European title since 1968.
England remains without a major trophy since 1966, when they beat West Germany in the World Cup final 4-2.
Ecstatic Italy fans started street parties across the country immediately after the penalty shootout.
“I am so happy! We are Euro champions, I am going to celebrate all night, I am going to celebrate all night!” Beatrice Mattioli in Rome told Reuters news agency.
Flares and fireworks blasted out, Italian flags filled the skies and utter joy has returned to a country that needed it desperately. After the hell of the pandemic, football heaven has brought the smiles back to this nation.
(With inputs from BBC)