Emotions etched on the faces of fans watching England's Euros final defeat to Italy at Coyote's in Peterborough. Pictures: Chris Lowndes

Agony for Peterborough fans as England suffer Euros final defeat on penalties

It was agony for England fans across Peterborough as they watched their team lose the Euro 2020 final on penalties.

By Mark Edwards
Sunday, 11th July 2021, 11:49 pm
Updated Monday, 12th July 2021, 8:09 am

Fans packed pubs and bars across the city and went through a rollercoaster of emotions.

England’s long wait for a major trophy goes on after Gareth Southgate’s side saw their Euro 2020 dreams end in a heartbreaking penalty shoot-out defeat to Italy.

The nation was at a standstill for the Three Lions’ biggest match in 55 years and Luke Shaw’s early stunner at a rocking Wembley had fans dreaming that football would be coming home rather than going to Rome.

But Italy wrested control of Sunday’s final and deservedly levelled through Leonardo Bonucci, with the match going to extra-time and on to spot-kicks after it ended 1-1.

England boss Southgate failed with the key effort in the Euro 96 semi-final loss to Germany and Wembley witnessed another gutting shoot-out loss in the country’s first ever European Championship final.

Jordan Pickford denied Andrea Belotti and Jorginho, but Marcus Rashford hit the post before fellow substitutes Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were denied as Italy won the shoot-out 3-2.

It was a crushing end to a summer that will live long in the memory after Southgate’s side went agonisingly close to following in the footsteps of Sir Alf Ramsey’s 1966 World Cup heroes by triumphing on home soil.

Pre-match chaos made way for a perfect start as Shaw hammered home his first England goal after just 117 seconds – the quickest ever goal in a European Championship final.

But England’s intensity eventually tapered off and the Azzurri grew into proceedings, with Roberto Mancini’s men dictating the play in the second half and deservedly drew levelling through Bonucci.

The match went into extra-time and then goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma helped silence the partisan crowd of 67,173 at Wembley and seal Italy’s second Euro crown.

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