Italy’s triumphant players arrive back in Rome in the early hours after dramatic penalty shoot-out victory against England… with captain Giorgio Chiellini holding the trophy aloft and leading the celebrations following historic victory at Wembley
- Italy beat England on penalties after a dramatic finish to the Euro 2020 final
- The Italians fought back from a goal down to triumph in the penalty shoot-out
- Celebrations were in full swing as the Azzurri arrived back in Rome on Monday
- The squad flew straight home and were screaming with joy on their arrival
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here
Italy’s players arrived home in the early hours on Monday after their dramatic victory over England in the Euro 2020 final with the squad in celebratory mood.
Luke Shaw’s early opener was cancelled out in the second-half by Leonardo Bonucci’s close-range finish, before the game went to penalties and the Italians held their nerve.
Three English players – Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka – missed spot-kicks as Italy triumphed at Wembley and the whole squad returned back to Rome immediately following their win – and celebrations were in full swing.
Roberto Mancini lifts the trophy alongside Giorgio Chiellini as Italy arrive back in Rome
Chiellini was in celebratory mood arriving back at the Parco dei Principi hotel on Monday
The whole Italy squad flew straight back to the capital after their triumph at Wembley
Manager Roberto Mancini and captain Giorgio Chiellini lifted the trophy aloft as the team left the plane, with Bonucci in party mood as the squad arrived back at the Parco dei Principi hotel in Rome.
Players were screaming with joy as they arrived back in the Italian capital, as the squad and staff flew straight home following their famous victory in London.
Centre back partners Bouncci and Chiellini also beamed with joy as they took a selfie inside the hotel, alongside the Henri Delaunay Trophy.
Mancini praised his Italy side for ‘dominating’ England in the final after falling behind early on.
The Italy boss was in tears after the shootout win and told RAI Sport: ‘They did well. We conceded the goal straight away and struggled, but then dominated from there on in.
Goalscorer and man of the match Leonardo Bonucci screamed with joy back at the hotel
Bouncci and Chiellini beamed with joy as they took a selfie with the Henri Delaunay Trophy
Mancini was emotional after the game but look composed again upon arrival in the capital
‘The lads are marvellous, I don’t know what more to say. It’s important for all the people and all the fans.
‘We are happy that we played well when winning the game. I hope the supporters are celebrating right now.’
The whole squad were greeted by hundreds of fans outside their hotel in the Italian capital following their first major tournament triumph since winning the World Cup in 2006.
Afterwards, goalscorer Bonucci sent a message back home in opposition to England’s famous ‘It’s coming home’ song by screaming into a TV camera: ‘It’s coming Rome!’ with the defender in triumphant mood following Sunday night’s victory.
The Juventus defender also said in the aftermath: ‘You all still have to eat a lot of pasta,’ referring to English fans.
He continued: ‘They wanted to bring the cup back to England but we are the ones who will take it to Rome by plane.’
The whole Italy squad were greeted by hundreds of supporters despite the early arrival time
Leonardo Spinazzola – who was injured but was with the team in London – arrives back in Rome
Bouncci made it known how irritated he was by the boos during the Italian national anthem before the game too, saying: ‘We were strong, louder than the noise of the whistles.
‘During the warm-up I said to all my team-mates: let’s plug our ears and play as we know how.
‘This team hasn’t lost in 34 games, we’re a fantastic team. It’s an absurd enjoyment… we are having fun with this ‘.
Italy celebrated after their first European triumph since 1968, while for England the wait for a victory in a major tournament goes on.
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