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Despite all the excitement building up over the past week, on Sunday, July 11, 2021, England lost the Euro 2020 final to Italy 3-2 on penalties.

England scored what was to be their only goal at 1:57 in, boosting their fans’ hope of bringing football home. Here are the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge with Prince George at Wembley Stadium:

Italy did not score their only goal until late in the second half.

Then came two 15-minute tranches of extra time followed by the dreaded penalty shoot-out, which unfolded like this:

The excitement was palpable:

Then, a feeling of doom set in:

And, finally, the youngest player, Bukayo Saka, saw his penalty saved:

Instead of football coming home, it was a case of coming Rome:

That answered L’Equipe‘s question of tea or coffee:

Goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the Player of the Tournament:

A fan of his saw stardom coming as early as 2017.

Meanwhile, back on the England side, manager Gareth Southgate hugged Bukayo Saka:

While Italy received the trophy and gold medals, England were given silver medals, which most of the players removed immediately, except for Saka:

Agreed. Accept the medal and keep it on.

An Italy player traditionally cut some of Wembley’s net to take back to Rome:

Meanwhile, England tweeted a message to fans:

Gareth Southgate deserves a big thank you. England held Italy back as long as they could and went to the bitter end:

There used to be a weekly hour-long sports roundup in the United States in the 1960s, which was introduced with these words, announced sombrely:

… the joy of victory and the agony of defeat.

Monday’s newspapers clearly reflected the agony of defeat:

That said, we can look forward to next year … maybe. The stakes will be much higher, as it’s the World Cup:

This was my favourite message. It is not unknown for a London Underground employee to use the service information board for something other than travel:

Lovely.

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Further reading: The Telegraph has a good post-mortem.

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