Euro 2020 Final Live Updates: England Leads Italy, 1-0

The UEFA Euro 2020 tournament has come to a close as the hosts, England, defeated Italy in the final. The match was a thriller, with both teams creating chances at will and both teams scoring. The England team took the lead in the first half, but their lead was short lived as they conceded in the 60th minute to hand Italian team, Italy, a 1-0 lead. England pushed the Italians all the way, but despite having a chance to win in extra time, the match ended in a final score of 1-0 to Italy as the final whistle blew.

As expected, the English team has won the Euro 2020 championship….


DOOR! Italy is equal! !!


Italy is leading the race as we enter the final 30 minutes and England is coming into a caution, caution, caution situation.

But they will have to be more careful than they were a moment ago: Chiesa worked down the field until he found enough space for a shot that forced Pickford to save the ball. This is Pickford’s best moment and the perfect moment for him.

Police and the stadium guarded the England national team bus as it arrived at Wembley.Credit…Lee Smith/Reuters

LONDON – Wembley Stadium was briefly closed on Sunday two hours before the start of the 2020 European Football Championship final after fans pushed security staff out of the stadium and tried to enter the arena.

Fans seemed to be overwhelmed by the abundance of security forces, with some climbing stairs or running through the stadium’s hallways to get to the game.

Attempts are being made to rebuild the destroyed fences. However, security officials expect this to continue throughout the evening

– tariq panja (@tariqpanja) July 11, 2021

Police on horseback quickly invaded the area and security guards reinforced the broken barriers.

Police were concerned at the prospect of thousands of ticketless fans at Wembley Stadium after hundreds turned up for England’s semi-final match against Denmark on Wednesday. The stadium’s capacity, which is normally 90,000, was reduced to about 66,000 on Sunday as part of a pandemic adjustment with Britain’s health authorities.

Dan Tyler, an English fan from Romford, East London, said he saw the stadium barrier broken three times. His son Oliver, 10, described himself as petrified while police and stadium security worked to restore order and repair destroyed fences.

Commissioners were crushed, Dan Tyler said. They just got run over.

Some staff and volunteers, including the group who assisted disabled supporters and wheelchair users, were ordered to lock themselves in and not to leave the stadium hall. Stewards at the stadium described how some of those involved in the break-in managed to sneak into the stadium and make their way behind ticketed fans.

Elsewhere in London, tens of thousands of fans spent Sunday warming up for the final in pubs and bars that either sold out in advance or were full as soon as they opened.

At the Crooked Billet pub in East London, football fans were already queuing at 6.30am when innkeeper Michael Boorman arrived to prepare for a busy day. By mid-morning, he said, thousands of people were lining up to get in. It was crazy, and the game is still hours away, he said Sunday afternoon. At the time, more than 6,000 pints of beer were sold.

Even at the start of the day, there was a festive atmosphere on the streets of London, cars honking and fans singing, but as the alcohol flowed and the day progressed, the atmosphere deteriorated in some places. But in Leicester Square and elsewhere in central London, the streets where fans gathered before making their way to Wembley were littered with trash, and the sound of cheering and chanting mixed with the sound of glass being broken by bottles and other objects thrown into the air.

Fans at Piccadilly Circus in central London.

Clashes broke out between drunken fans in Trafalgar Square and other parts of the city as police outnumbered and tried to prevent the situation from escalating, despite massive patrols. And the situation at Wembley Stadium was tense after a security breach.

The Metropolitan Police urged people to stay safe and reminded them that London is still in the grip of a public health crisis and the terror threat remains high and an attack likely, it said.

If you don’t have a match ticket, a fan zone or an official reservation for a pub, bar or club, my message is clear: Please don’t come to London, Deputy Commissioner Lawrence Taylor said in a statement.

Sunday’s final will draw the largest crowd of this year’s European Championships. Dozens of supporters, many of whom were not wearing masks, also filled trains to London on Sunday to gather at the city’s most central locations, such as London Bridge and Leicester Square.

According to a study published this week, men in England are now 30% more likely to be infected with the coronavirus than women. A co-author of the report suggested that the higher infection rates in men are likely due to changes in social behavior, such as. For example, the reputation of football.

On Sunday, the UK reported another 31,772 cases of coronavirus and 26 deaths.

Mats Hummels was responsible for one of his 11 own goals in the tournament…Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

The battle for the Golden Shoe, which will be awarded to the tournament’s top scorer, will be played today. England strikers Harry Kane (four goals) and Raheem Sterling (three) appear to be the only two players who still have a realistic chance of catching up with current leaders Patrick Schick and Cristiano Ronaldo, who scored five goals each before leaving Euro 2020.

But in reality, the race for the tournament’s top scorer was decided weeks ago, and it was his own goal that was the deciding factor.

Eleven own goals were scored at Euro 2020, which is more than the total number of goals scored at the previous 15 European Championships.

Personal targets at #Euro2020: 11.

Personal goals at Euro 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 combined: 9.

– Nick Harris (@sportingintel) 7. July 2021

There were a couple of unfortunate goals. Unusual targets. Headed Goals. They were scored by midfielders, defenders and goalkeepers.

In retrospect, the first goal of the tournament – an Italian shot that was deflected into Turkey by one of their defenders, Merih Demiral – was an omen that we all should have taken more seriously.

It was the first time a player opened the tournament with a goal against his team, but in the following four weeks the goals kept coming. Spain scored two in their 5-0 win over Slovakia, while Portugal scored two in their 4-2 loss against Germany, four minutes apart.

Pedri’s goal, the first of Spain’s memorable Round of 16 victory over Croatia, was perhaps the worst of the lot…..

…but he had serious competition for the title:

The latter, placed 11th, even helped Denmark to the semi-finals:

Will the last four dozen be reached? I hope not. England, for example, will not survive.

Alfonso Bravoco, owner of the pizzeria Mamma Concetta in Bedford, England, kept his restaurant closed Sunday. My staff is made up of Italians; they won’t enjoy the game if they have to work, he said.Credit…Elian Peltier/The New York Times

BEDFORD, England – No matter who wins Sunday, one English city will be celebrating: Bedford, home to one of the largest Italian communities in England, is preparing for what will hopefully be a friendly match, with Italy emerging victorious.

Italy won the Eurovision, now it’s time to win the Euro, said Joseph Lionetti, 27, as he served coffee and Italian sandwiches at Piazza Cafe, a family-run business in downtown Bedford.

Lionetti, whose father, Liberato, is Italian and whose mother is English, said his attitude toward the match was 50/50: an Italy victory would be great, he said, and an England victory would be perfect.

About 14,000 residents of Bedford, or one-fifth of the city’s population, are Italian or of Italian descent. On Sunday morning there were as many Italian shirts as English shirts.

Tonight there can be some bickering and ha-ha, you lost! said Liberato Lionetti in the kitchen of the café La Piazza. But tomorrow we work together again.

Liberato Lionetti with his children Emilina (left) and Joseph at the family’s La Piazza café in downtown Bedford. After the victories over Italy and England, it was Christmas all week, Joseph says. Now we’re getting a little nervous. Credit…Eliane Peltier/The New York Times

England fan Stephen Brown, left, and Italy fan Pasquale Iantosca on the main square in Bedford predict an exciting final on Sunday. If England wins, I’ll go home and pay for all my eyes, said Mr. Jantoska, 74.Credit…Elian Peltier/The New York Times

The Italian community grew in Bedford in the 1950s, when workers from southern Italy came to fill the town’s brickyard. Today, pizzerias, gelata shops and Italian cafes fill the town centre and Bedford has earned the nickname Little Italy of England.

Alfonso Bravoco, owner of the pizzeria Mamma Concetta, said Sunday he had to turn away all customers looking for a free table: His restaurant will be closed.

My employees are all Italians, they won’t like the game if they have to work, he said. (Bravoco said he would watch the match at his cousin’s house in London, which will be full of Italian fans).

In Bedford, the tradition is to go to the river, honk, dance and wave Italian flags at every Italian victory. This has not been without problems in the past.

In 2012 there were clashes between English and Italian fans in Bedford when Italy beat England in the quarter-finals of the European Championship, and in 2014 English fans burned the Italian flag after Italy beat England in a match in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup. Local police urged residents to behave sensibly and responsibly on Sunday, regardless of the outcome of the match.

However, some Italian fans said they would stay home even if Italy won because of previous incidents. A minority always creates problems, but I can’t take any chances with the kids, so we’re celebrating at home, Massimo Ciampi said as he invited friends – Italian and English – to his home for a football party.

This week, Italian businessmen like Lionetti and Bravoco have urged fans of both sides to play fair on Sunday night. We can be happy to celebrate, we can be happy to have this tournament, Lionetti said. England and Italy have been going through bad times lately, he said, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.

In the town square on Sunday, nervous fans from both sides mingled one last time before the final. If England wins, I will go home and pay for all my eyes, said Pasquale Iantosca, 74, sitting on a bench around which friends had gathered to advise him on his predictions.

Come on, said Stephen Brown, a 53-year-old English fan, how long have you been here?

It’s been 65 years, Iantosca said, stroking the top of his Italian hat and unbuttoning his jacket to reveal a jersey from the last World Cup Italy won in 2006.

Forza Azzurri, he said with a smile.

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