It’s coming ROME! Italian capital explodes as team triumphs in tense penalty shootout with England

Rome has exploded in red, white and green after Italy defeated England on penalties to become Europe’s champions on Sunday.  

Thousands of fans split across Rome’s two fan zones erupted into cheers when England’s Bukayo Saka missed his penalty, making Italy the winners of the Euro 2020.

The win dashes the hopes of England fans wishing to claim their first major final in 55 years.

Italians were left stunned early in the match after Luke Shaw scored a half-volley to give England a 1-0 advantage just minutes after Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. kick off at Wembley Stadium.   

But supporters at Wembley and in Rome’s fan zones erupted with joy when Leonardo Bonucci scored, reinvigorating hopes of a victory. 

The score remained 1-1 into added time, leading to a nail-biting penalty shoot out. 

Italian fans danced in the rain outside Wembley Way after being held back for almost an hour by police to allow the England fans to disperse.

They sang ‘We are the Champions’ in their native tongue.

Nicola Genovese, 27, a chef from Brighton, said: ‘It was such an unbelievable match.

‘There were only maybe 1,000 or 2,000 of us, but we sang throughout the match because our Italian players are our heroes.

‘Now they will be taking the trophy back to Rome and I wish I could go there. But I have to to work tomorrow. But it is an incredible night for us.’

Peter Varraradi, 37, a hospital technician from London, said: ‘Our players are our Gods. Tonight they blesses us Italians.

‘I do feel sorry for the England team now. They played really well in this tournament.

‘But ultimately there can only be one winner. It’s not coming home for England. All roads lead to Rome!’ 

Rome has exploded in red, white and green after Italy defeated England on penalties to become Europe's champions on Sunday

Rome has exploded in red, white and green after Italy defeated England on penalties to become Europe's champions on Sunday

Rome has exploded in red, white and green after Italy defeated England on penalties to become Europe’s champions on Sunday

Thousands of fans split across Rome's two fan zones erupted into cheers when England's Bukayo Saka missed his penalty, making Italy the winners of the Euro 2020

Thousands of fans split across Rome's two fan zones erupted into cheers when England's Bukayo Saka missed his penalty, making Italy the winners of the Euro 2020

Thousands of fans split across Rome’s two fan zones erupted into cheers when England’s Bukayo Saka missed his penalty, making Italy the winners of the Euro 2020

Italy fans go wild after the team beat England on penalties on Sunday night

Italy fans go wild after the team beat England on penalties on Sunday night

Italy fans go wild after the team beat England on penalties on Sunday night

Italy fans are rejoicing after their team equalised against England in the second half of the Euros final

Italy fans are rejoicing after their team equalised against England in the second half of the Euros final

Italy fans are rejoicing after their team equalised against England in the second half of the Euros final

Pictured: Fans at the Fori Imperiali fan zone celebrate Italy's goal on Sunday

Pictured: Fans at the Fori Imperiali fan zone celebrate Italy's goal on Sunday

Pictured: Fans at the Fori Imperiali fan zone celebrate Italy’s goal on Sunday

Supporters at Wembley and in Rome's fan zones erupted with joy when Leonardo Bonucci scored, reinvigorating hopes of a victory

Supporters at Wembley and in Rome's fan zones erupted with joy when Leonardo Bonucci scored, reinvigorating hopes of a victory

Supporters at Wembley and in Rome’s fan zones erupted with joy when Leonardo Bonucci scored, reinvigorating hopes of a victory

Pictured: Bonucci (second from right) celebrated with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (right) after scoring on Sunday

Pictured: Bonucci (second from right) celebrated with Italy's Giorgio Chiellini (right) after scoring on Sunday

Pictured: Bonucci (second from right) celebrated with Italy’s Giorgio Chiellini (right) after scoring on Sunday

Fans in Rome let off a flare to celebrate Italy's goal in the Euros final on Sunday

Fans in Rome let off a flare to celebrate Italy's goal in the Euros final on Sunday

Fans in Rome let off a flare to celebrate Italy’s goal in the Euros final on Sunday

The Italian flag is unfurled at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome

The Italian flag is unfurled at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome

The Italian flag is unfurled at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome

Fans in Rome react as Italy equalises with England in the Euros 2020 final on Sunday

Fans in Rome react as Italy equalises with England in the Euros 2020 final on Sunday

Fans in Rome react as Italy equalises with England in the Euros 2020 final on Sunday

Jubilation in Rome: Fans go berserk after Italy score, equalising with England in the Euros final

Jubilation in Rome: Fans go berserk after Italy score, equalising with England in the Euros final

Jubilation in Rome: Fans go berserk after Italy score, equalising with England in the Euros final

Pictured: An Italy fan reacts to the first goal

Pictured: An Italy fan reacts to the first goal

Pictured: An Italy fan reacts to the first goal

Italy fans were left stunned after their team conceded a goal two minutes into tonight's Euros final against England

Italy fans were left stunned after their team conceded a goal two minutes into tonight's Euros final against England

Italy fans were left stunned after their team conceded a goal two minutes into tonight’s Euros final against England

Pictured: A fan in Rome reacts after England’s goal 

Fans in Rome react to Luke Shaw's goal

Fans in Rome react to Luke Shaw's goal

Fans in Rome react to Luke Shaw’s goal

Luke Shaw scored a half-volley to give England a 1-0 advantage just minutes after Sunday's 8:00 p.m. kick off at Wembley Stadium

Luke Shaw scored a half-volley to give England a 1-0 advantage just minutes after Sunday's 8:00 p.m. kick off at Wembley Stadium

Luke Shaw scored a half-volley to give England a 1-0 advantage just minutes after Sunday’s 8:00 p.m. kick off at Wembley Stadium

Stony faced: Italian fans were disheartened almost immediately by the early goal

Stony faced: Italian fans were disheartened almost immediately by the early goal

Stony faced: Italian fans were disheartened almost immediately by the early goal

An Italy fan consoles a disappointed supporter following England's goal

An Italy fan consoles a disappointed supporter following England's goal

An Italy fan consoles a disappointed supporter following England’s goal

Prior to the game, confident Italian fans were chanting ‘It’s Coming Rome’.

Crowds gathered in central Rome on Sunday afternoon, hours ahead of the kick off at 8:00 p.m. BST. 

Supporters wearing Italy strips and face masks emblazoned with the country’s red white and green flag sang songs and waved flags in the streets.

Tickets for Rome’s two fan zones sold out in seconds after being made available at midnight. Around 3,000 spectators will be able to watch Roberto Mancini’s Azzurri in the zones.  

Cities elsewhere in Italy have banned public gatherings in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, while  Italy’s interior minister has also advised people to stay home to watch the game. 

In the absence of gatherings, buildings have been lit up in the tricolore and flags hung from balconies.

Italy fans cram into Rome's Piazza del Popolo fan zone ahead of Sunday's Euros final against England

Italy fans cram into Rome's Piazza del Popolo fan zone ahead of Sunday's Euros final against England

Italy fans cram into Rome’s Piazza del Popolo fan zone ahead of Sunday’s Euros final against England

As Italy prepares to face off against England in the final of the Euros tonight, confident Italian fans are chanting 'It's Coming Rome'

As Italy prepares to face off against England in the final of the Euros tonight, confident Italian fans are chanting 'It's Coming Rome'

As Italy prepares to face off against England in the final of the Euros tonight, confident Italian fans are chanting ‘It’s Coming Rome’

A fan at one of Rome's fan zones

A fan at one of Rome's fan zones

A fan at one of Rome's fan zones

A fan at one of Rome's fan zones

Fans in face paint pose at one of Rome’s fan zones on Sunday

Pictured: Italian fans cheer in a piazza in Rome

Pictured: Italian fans cheer in a piazza in Rome

Pictured: Italian fans cheer in a piazza in Rome

An aerial view shows the walls of Monteriggioni's castle lit up in the colour of the Italian flag during the match

An aerial view shows the walls of Monteriggioni's castle lit up in the colour of the Italian flag during the match

An aerial view shows the walls of Monteriggioni’s castle lit up in the colour of the Italian flag during the match

In the absence of gatherings, buildings have been lit up in the tricolore and flags hung from balconies

In the absence of gatherings, buildings have been lit up in the tricolore and flags hung from balconies

In the absence of gatherings, buildings have been lit up in the tricolore and flags hung from balconies 

Fans gather at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome, Italy, ahead of the match

Fans gather at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome, Italy, ahead of the match

Fans gather at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome, Italy, ahead of the match

Italy's ambassador to Russia, Pasquale Terracciano, celebrates Italy's goal in Moscow, Russia

Italy's ambassador to Russia, Pasquale Terracciano, celebrates Italy's goal in Moscow, Russia

Italy’s ambassador to Russia, Pasquale Terracciano, celebrates Italy’s goal in Moscow, Russia

MOSCOW: An Italy fan watches a live broadcast of the UEFA Euro 2020 final match between Italy and England in Moscow, Russia

MOSCOW: An Italy fan watches a live broadcast of the UEFA Euro 2020 final match between Italy and England in Moscow, Russia

MOSCOW: An Italy fan watches a live broadcast of the UEFA Euro 2020 final match between Italy and England in Moscow, Russia

Supporter's wearing Italy strips and face masks emblazoned with the country's red white and green flag sang songs and waved flags in the streets

Supporter's wearing Italy strips and face masks emblazoned with the country's red white and green flag sang songs and waved flags in the streets

Supporter’s wearing Italy strips and face masks emblazoned with the country’s red white and green flag sang songs and waved flags in the streets

An Italy fan in Rome reacts to a tense moment in Sunday's match

An Italy fan in Rome reacts to a tense moment in Sunday's match

An Italy fan in Rome reacts to a tense moment in Sunday’s match

Crowds gathered in central Rome on Sunday afternoon, hours ahead of the kick off at 8:00 p.m. BST

Crowds gathered in central Rome on Sunday afternoon, hours ahead of the kick off at 8:00 p.m. BST

Crowds gathered in central Rome on Sunday afternoon, hours ahead of the kick off at 8:00 p.m. BST

A fan lights a flare as a crowd waits for the start of the England-Italy match in Campo de'Fiori, Rome

A fan lights a flare as a crowd waits for the start of the England-Italy match in Campo de'Fiori, Rome

A fan lights a flare as a crowd waits for the start of the England-Italy match in Campo de’Fiori, Rome 

Supporters await the kick off at Rome's iconic Piazza Venezia

Supporters await the kick off at Rome's iconic Piazza Venezia

Supporters await the kick off at Rome’s iconic Piazza Venezia 

Italy fans crammed into a fan zone at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome to watch the match on a big screen

Italy fans crammed into a fan zone at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome to watch the match on a big screen

Italy fans crammed into a fan zone at the Piazza del Popolo in Rome to watch the match on a big screen

A fan in one of Rome's fan zones

A fan in one of Rome's fan zones

A fan in one of Rome's fan zones

A fan in one of Rome's fan zones

Fans in face paint pose at one of Rome’s fan zones on Sunday

Pictured: Italian fans packed into the fan zone at Rome's Piazza del Popolo watch the match on giant screens

Pictured: Italian fans packed into the fan zone at Rome's Piazza del Popolo watch the match on giant screens

Pictured: Italian fans packed into the fan zone at Rome’s Piazza del Popolo watch the match on giant screens

Pictured: Fans in Rome react to England's goal

Pictured: Fans in Rome react to England's goal

Pictured: Fans in Rome react to England’s goal

Fans belt out the national anthem at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome on Sunday

Fans belt out the national anthem at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome on Sunday

Fans belt out the national anthem at the Piazza del Popolo fan zone in Rome

Meanwhile, in London, fans draped in Italian flags and face paint began trickling into Wembley Stadium, where 1,000 Italy fans have been allowed to attend the game.

Eugenio Copelli, 63, a railway worker from north London, was just one of the outnumbered Italian fans to make the pilgrimage to Wembley.

‘I’m not nervous today because I do believe we are going to win it. It is going back to Rome,’ he told AFP news agency.

Copelli had not bagged a ticket and would instead be watching with friends on a big screen elsewhere.

‘We will be drowning our sorrows in coffee or drinking champagne,’ he joked. 

At Wembley, fans held signs bearing the message: ‘It’s Coming Rome’ while one pair held a banner taunting that England had ‘More Variants than finals’. 

While most where decked out in Italy’s strip or the red, white and green, some fans opted for other iconic looks – a centurion, several Super Marios and even a Pope could be spotted in the stands. 

Crowds of Italian fans also gathered at Bar Italia in London’s Soho to cheer on their team. 

At Wembley, fans held signs bearing the message: 'It's Coming Rome'

At Wembley, fans held signs bearing the message: 'It's Coming Rome'

At Wembley, fans held signs bearing the message: ‘It’s Coming Rome’

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is seen on the pitch ahead at Wembley ahead of Sunday's kick off

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is seen on the pitch ahead at Wembley ahead of Sunday's kick off

Italy coach Roberto Mancini is seen on the pitch ahead at Wembley ahead of Sunday’s kick off

One pair of Italy supporters, held a banner taunting that England had 'More Variants than finals'

One pair of Italy supporters, held a banner taunting that England had 'More Variants than finals'

One pair of Italy supporters, held a banner taunting that England had ‘More Variants than finals’

Meanwhile, in London, fans draped in Italian flags and face paint began trickling into Wembley Stadium, where 1,000 Italy fans have been allowed to attend the game

Meanwhile, in London, fans draped in Italian flags and face paint began trickling into Wembley Stadium, where 1,000 Italy fans have been allowed to attend the game

Meanwhile, in London, fans draped in Italian flags and face paint began trickling into Wembley Stadium, where 1,000 Italy fans have been allowed to attend the game

Italy fans match their face paint to their face masks while attending Sunday's match at Wembley

Italy fans match their face paint to their face masks while attending Sunday's match at Wembley

Italy fans match their face paint to their face masks while attending Sunday’s match at Wembley

Italy fans gather at Club Italia in Bedford, England to watch the game

Italy fans gather at Club Italia in Bedford, England to watch the game

Italy fans gather at Club Italia in Bedford, England to watch the game

An Italy fan has her face painted at Bedford's Club Italia

An Italy fan has her face painted at Bedford's Club Italia

An Italy fan has her face painted at Bedford’s Club Italia 

An Italinan fan holds a placard as she watches the Wimbledon men's singles final between Italy's Matteo Berrettini and Serrbia's Novak Djokovic

An Italinan fan holds a placard as she watches the Wimbledon men's singles final between Italy's Matteo Berrettini and Serrbia's Novak Djokovic

An Italinan fan holds a placard as she watches the Wimbledon men’s singles final between Italy’s Matteo Berrettini and Serrbia’s Novak Djokovic

Italy's delegation chief Gianluca Vialli (centre), assistant coach Daniele De Rossi (right) and another coach share a moment ahead of the match

Italy's delegation chief Gianluca Vialli (centre), assistant coach Daniele De Rossi (right) and another coach share a moment ahead of the match

Italy’s delegation chief Gianluca Vialli (centre), assistant coach Daniele De Rossi (right) and another coach share a moment ahead of the match

All smiles: An England fan poses with two Italy supporters ahead of the match on Sunday

All smiles: An England fan poses with two Italy supporters ahead of the match on Sunday

All smiles: An England fan poses with two Italy supporters ahead of the match on Sunday

Pictured: Commemorative scarves on sale in London

Pictured: Commemorative scarves on sale in London

Pictured: Commemorative scarves on sale in London

While most where decked out in Italy's strip or the red, white and green, some fans opted for other iconic looks - a centurion, several Super Marios and even a Pope could be spotted in the crowd

While most where decked out in Italy's strip or the red, white and green, some fans opted for other iconic looks - a centurion, several Super Marios and even a Pope could be spotted in the crowd

While most where decked out in Italy’s strip or the red, white and green, some fans opted for other iconic looks – a centurion, several Super Marios and even a Pope could be spotted in the crowd

Jubilant Italy fans celebrate ahead of the game at Bar Italian in Soho, London

Jubilant Italy fans celebrate ahead of the game at Bar Italian in Soho, London

Jubilant Italy fans celebrate ahead of the game at Bar Italian in Soho, London

England and Italy fans outside Bar Italia in Soho, London during the match on Sunday

England and Italy fans outside Bar Italia in Soho, London during the match on Sunday

England and Italy fans outside Bar Italia in Soho, London during the match on Sunday

Despite a superior track record in tournament football, Italy’s match against England is suspected to be a nail biter, with the Three Lions playing on home turf surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering fans.

England are desperate to cinch an historic win in the match – the first major final for the England men’s team since 1966 – but Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches, could dash their hopes.

Italians allowed to attend have to travel in and out of the UK on Sunday and remain in a bubble at all times with no contact with the general public.

They will also have to quarantine for five days upon returning home to Italy.  

Rules for VIP guests will be looser, with a number spending a week in London in designated hotels.

The VIPs are expected to be in isolation when not attending official Euro 2020 events, The Guardian reported.   

Social media users predicted an Italy win and blasted the behaviour of England fans ahead of the match.

‘I’ve changed my mind, I’m for Italy,’ one Twitter user wrote alongside a video of England fans throwing bottles and setting off flares in a litter-filled square hours ahead of the match.

‘This is why I root for Italy’ another commented.

Pictured: Italy fans at one of Rome's two fan zones smile ahead of the match on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at one of Rome's two fan zones smile ahead of the match on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at one of Rome’s two fan zones smile ahead of the match on Sunday

Despite a superior track record in tournament football, Italy's match against England is suspected to be a nail biter, with the Three Lions playing on home turf surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering fans. Pictured: Rome ahead of the match on Sunday

Despite a superior track record in tournament football, Italy's match against England is suspected to be a nail biter, with the Three Lions playing on home turf surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering fans. Pictured: Rome ahead of the match on Sunday

Despite a superior track record in tournament football, Italy’s match against England is suspected to be a nail biter, with the Three Lions playing on home turf surrounded by tens of thousands of cheering fans. Pictured: Rome ahead of the match on Sunday

Rome was decked out in Italy's red white and green tricolore flag ahead of the match on Sunday

Rome was decked out in Italy's red white and green tricolore flag ahead of the match on Sunday

Rome was decked out in Italy’s red white and green tricolore flag ahead of the match on Sunday

Two Italy fans share a kiss in Rome's Piazza del Popolo ahead of the match

Two Italy fans share a kiss in Rome's Piazza del Popolo ahead of the match

Two Italy fans share a kiss in Rome’s Piazza del Popolo ahead of the match

Italy fans show their support before watching the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final on Sunday

Italy fans show their support before watching the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final on Sunday

Italy fans show their support before watching the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Final on Sunday

Fans of Italy cheer ahead of the game on Sunday. Italian fans are vastly outnumbered at the stadium, with only 1,000 allowed to attend

Fans of Italy cheer ahead of the game on Sunday. Italian fans are vastly outnumbered at the stadium, with only 1,000 allowed to attend

Fans of Italy cheer ahead of the game on Sunday. Italian fans are vastly outnumbered at the stadium, with only 1,000 allowed to attend

Some England fans have since attempted to storm the ground, breaking through a security barrier at Wembley. In a statement, UEFA said the fans did not gain access to the stadium. 

Scottish fans, known to support whichever team is playing England, were firmly behind Italy, with social media users promising to ‘stop deep frying pizza’ if Italy lifts the cup. 

Mancini has made no changes to his team, keeping the same line up that claimed victory over Spain in the semi finals.

England’s Gareth Southgate had made one change, swapping Bukayo Saka out for Kieran Trippier.  

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Pictured: Italy fans at Wembley on Sunday

Fans of Italy pose as they cheer their team on outside Wembley Stadium

Fans of Italy pose as they cheer their team on outside Wembley Stadium

Fans of Italy pose as they cheer their team on outside Wembley Stadium 

Mancini has made no changes to his team, keeping the same line up that claimed victory over Spain in the semi finals. Pictured: Italy's dressing room on Sunday

Mancini has made no changes to his team, keeping the same line up that claimed victory over Spain in the semi finals. Pictured: Italy's dressing room on Sunday

Mancini has made no changes to his team, keeping the same line up that claimed victory over Spain in the semi finals. Pictured: Italy’s dressing room on Sunday

Scottish fans, known to support whichever team is playing England, were firmly behind Italy, with social media users promising to 'stop deep frying pizza' if Italy lifts the cup

Scottish fans, known to support whichever team is playing England, were firmly behind Italy, with social media users promising to 'stop deep frying pizza' if Italy lifts the cup

Scottish fans, known to support whichever team is playing England, were firmly behind Italy, with social media users promising to ‘stop deep frying pizza’ if Italy lifts the cup

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