‘It’s like living in a dream’

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    The Italians poured into the streets and squares in huge numbers on Sunday as the national football team defeated England to win Euro 2020, celebrating a success widely regarded as a recovery from its failure to qualify for the last World Cup.

    Fireworks and music erupted across the country after a 3-2 victory, after a 1-1 draw after extra time, as flags fluttered and euphoric fans sang on a hot summer night after the final played at Wembley Stadium in London. .

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    Italy, where people suffered during the coronavirus crisis and the deep economic recession caused by restrictions, hailed success with hope and relief.

    “It’s like living in a dream you don’t want to wake up from. Italy has woken up from the nightmare of the pandemic,” said Gianluca Iannilli, a 25-year-old fan who is studying to be an interpreter in Rome.

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    “It’s unbelievable, it’s unbelievable, you can’t feel better than that, it’s amazing, we won the final,” said Stefano Gucci, a fan of the Piazza Del Popolo crowd in Rome.

    The Italians praised national team coach Roberto Mancini for leading the country from the depths of frustration when he lost the 2018 World Cup qualifier in Russia and for leading them to their first Euro title since 1968.

    “We are very grateful to Roberto Mancini and our players who have represented Italy well and honored the sport,” said President Sergio Matarella in a statement.

    “The kids were great. I have no words for them, they are a great group. There were no easy games and it became very difficult, but then we dominated,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini told Sky TV.

    “You need some luck with a penalty and I’m a little sorry for England. This team has grown so much, I think it can improve. We are so happy for everyone,” he added.

    Longtime Italian captain Giorgio Chiellini covered a great tournament with another demonstration of both the skills and the dark arts of Italian defense.

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    “I have shed some tears. We deserved it, but at this age we are even more aware of what it means to win a trophy like that. Since May we have been saying that something magical was in the air, day by day it was more like that,” said the 36-year-old. on Sky TV.

    Joy broke out in cities from the north to the south of the country after the final match by the Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma from Bukayo Saka. Fans filled Milan’s central Duomo and cars were blowing their horns in Naples.

    Supporters gathered to also celebrate in Jesi, the central Italian home of coach Mancini.

    “It’s very important for Italy, and especially for us,” a Jesi fan holding a huge Italian flag told SkyTg24.

    It is the first major international success for Italian football since winning the 2006 World Cup. The Azzurri have suffered repeated setbacks since then, including an overwhelming defeat to Spain in the Euro 2012 final.

    “You gave us a magical night,” said Giovanni Malago, head of the Italian Olympic Committee.

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