It just wasn’t to be and after extra time in the Euro 2020 Final, England lost to Italy by 3-2 on penalties. That came after deadlock on 1 all after 90 minutes of play plus extra time.
On a night when everyone seemed to be dreaming of a repeat of 1966, England looked on course for a brilliant result when Luke Shaw gave them the perfect start after two minutes.
Italy, unbeaten in 33 matches, slowly came back into the game and were level in the 67th minute. Later It was all over with the penalties.
YorkMix Radio’s Ben Fry was there and said: “What a night, brilliant atmosphere and once in a lifetime memories but sadly it ended with disappointment”
YorkMix went to the Artful Dodger on Micklegate in York to see the match and take in the reaction to defeat.
The fans there had made much noise earlier in support of the team but were stunned when they realised it was not going to their night.
There was much praise for the England team, one person said they “did their best” and a general feeling that we should now look ahead to the 2022 World Cup with confidence.
Marc Allinson, the Dodger’s owner, said it had been good to host a big screen event, especially after having to close for so long due to covid, but it was, he said, very sad to see the match end with England’s defeat.
Jordan Lennon Leetham, 21-years-old from York, described feeling gutted by the result but was upbeat about the whole experience.
“Honestly, I thought when Italy scored, we kind of sat back and we invited the pressure to come on. Absolutely heartbreaking.
“But, you know, the lads have done us proud and hopefully, next year, we’ve got Qatar and let’s bring it home then.
“I was there for the semi final and that was amazing. I’m here at Wembley for a European final. I’m 21 and it’s on home soil. What more could you want in life?
Well yes we’ve not won the match and that’s probably ‘what more’ I would have wanted but you know, I’m here and this is the moment!
“I’ve just left the stadium being one of the last people to leave and I soaked up EVERY bit of atmosphere I could.”
He also got a selfie with the Scottish singer-songwriter and musician Lewis Capaldi too