You can have heard a pin drop in Rome’s fan zone as that final penalty was taken.
Italy’s goalkeeper saved it and never solely did the lots of staring on the massive display screen go wild however so did the remainder of the Italian capital and the nation.
Folks have been merely ecstatic, celebrating a win that they had hoped for however after England scored within the opening minutes, some started to doubt.
The singing began and a chorus we have heard since we arrived in Rome rang out. “Soccer’s coming Rome” – the Italian followers adopting however adapting what has lengthy been an England soccer anthem.
A person carrying a wig within the model of Italy’s Tricolore flag advised us: “That is the most effective day of my life.”
One other fan advised us, “It is completely wonderful, wonderful. We’re the champions.”
Shut by, a person merely stood and cried with reduction and pleasure.
As we filtered out onto the streets it was mayhem. Actually. 1000’s had turned out to rejoice. Vehicles clogged the roads, drivers beeping their horns, flags being waved, fireworks being let off.
A person in a fairly elaborate frock fashioned of the Italian colors stood on the roof of 1 car because it moved by the streets, his pals leaning precariously out the home windows and holding his ankles. He popped a champagne bottle, took a swig after which sprayed the group. And so they beloved it.
This can be a victory folks right here imagine is lengthy overdue. It could have taken greater than 50 years of ready however Italy are European Champions as soon as once more
And if the scenes post-match in Rome are something to go by, you simply marvel what the workforce’s return and victory parade promise.