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Italy erupts as Europe's soccer champions come home to Rome

Jul. 12, 2021 15:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Thousands of fans packed Rome's sidewalks to wildly cheer Europe’s new soccer champions as Italy toured the city in an open-topped bus on Monday evening, crowning a day that saw them honored at the presidential palace and premier's office and cited by the Pope. ...

Italy wins Euro 2020, beats England in penalty shootout

Jul. 11, 2021 20:47 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Italian soccer’s redemption story is complete. England’s painful half-century wait for a major title goes on. And it just had to be because of a penalty shootout. Italy won the European Championship for the second time by beating...

To home or Rome? England takes on Italy to end title drought

Jul. 10, 2021 07:37 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — To hear the England players giddily singing along with the Wembley Stadium crowd to "Sweet Caroline" — “so good, so good” — encapsulates the youthful exuberance and carefree spirit of a group unburdened by trying to end the team's 55-year trophy drought on Sunday. ...

Euro 2020 final: Where Italy and England can win or lose

Jul. 09, 2021 10:31 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — It's being billed as the best team of the tournament against, in effect, the host nation. The European Championship final between Italy and England at Wembley Stadium on Sunday has all the makings of a tight and tense title match. ...

Italy beats Spain on penalties, reaches Euro 2020 final

Jul. 06, 2021 21:29 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facing a wall of nervous blue-and-white clad Italy fans behind the goal, Jorginho took his trademark hop and skip before calmly stroking in the winning penalty. So much for the pressure of a shootout in the European Championship semifinals. ...

Spain, Italy take unbeaten runs into Euro 2020 semifinals

Jul. 05, 2021 15:23 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Luis Enrique thought for a couple of seconds, looked straight back at the questioner, and gave the curtest of replies. “No,” said the Spain coach, with the blankest of looks on his face, after being asked if he had seen a better team than his at the...

Subs give Italy 2-1 win over Austria, spot in Euro 2020 QFs

Jun. 26, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — With three exquisite touches of control, technique and finishing, Federico Chiesa ended 95 minutes of Italian frustration. This record-breaking team is off to the quarterfinals of the European Championship with a defense that finally allowed a goal after...

Atalanta and Sassuolo inspired Italy's transformation

Jun. 21, 2021 15:10 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — It’s been five years since Italy played at a major tournament, so it’s come as a surprise to many to see the Azzurri completely transformed into an attack-minded juggernaut resembling the elite of modern soccer. Where did the old “catenaccio” system...

Italy's reserves beat Wales 1-0 at Euro 2020

Jun. 20, 2021 14:33 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italy’s reserves really do play as well as its starters. Or just about. Roberto Mancini has been saying for weeks that all 26 members of his squad are starters. And after beating Wales 1-0 on Sunday despite making eight changes to his starting lineup at...

'A complete midfielder': Locatelli does it all for Italy

Jun. 17, 2021 09:33 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — An 18-year-old Manuel Locatelli announced himself to followers of Italian soccer by absolutely smashing a shot past Gianluigi Buffon to give AC Milan a 1-0 win over rival Juventus five years ago. It was just the second shot on target of his Serie A career,...