The regulations had been laid out clearly.
There is no overcrowding.
There will be no violence.
The Roman authorities had stopped public transportation at 9 p.m. and began cordoning off areas of the city center, fearing an nasty repercussions from the match, whichever way it went.
As it turned out, the worst that happened as supporters marched along Rome’s main boulevard, the Via del Corso, was a few bins and scooters being pushed down.
Nonetheless, fans in the capital, as well as throughout Italy, came to the streets to celebrate their country’s Euro victory over England.
Supporters waved flags and sang football anthems, notably Seven Nation Army, which has become the Italians’ unofficial anthem.
On top of trams, on scooters, and with flares, people rejoiced enthusiastically.
But, things had appeared to be drastically different throughout the first half of the contest.
As Luke Shaw scored for England, the 2,500-strong throng at Europe’s largest fan zone, Piazza del Popolo, fell silent.
Yet for the first half of the game, they were unusually quiet, making only frustrated hand motions in unison whenever the referee made a call for England.
“It’s not over yet,” the DJ in Piazza del Popolo warned the hushed audience at halftime.
(Later, he’d cry, “I told you we still had life in us.”) Even the pundits were complimentary of Gareth Southgate – “He might be a hero soon,” one observed, before declaring, “We have to keep pushing, we have to believe, right until the finish.” So they did, and after Leonardo Bonuccis equalize for Italy, the gloves were taken off.
Two flares were also set off, which were quickly put out by the organizers.
There were roars every time the ball came close to Jordan Pickford, and gasps anytime England appeared to be on the verge of scoring.
Once their hopes were aroused for the first time, fans went back and forth from the bar with large pizza boxes and beers.
After the hushed atmosphere of extra time, the supporter zone exploded when Domenico Berardi took his penalty, booing when Harry Kane stepped up.
The square became silent again when Andrea Belotti missed.
The noise, though, was irrepressible by the time Italy had taken a 3-2 lead.
Half of the males in the crowd pulled off their shirts in unison as Gianlugi Donnarumma parried Bukayo Sakas shot.
The DJ led the audience in Piazza del Popolo in a rendition of Seven Nation Army, fireworks were launched across the Tiber, and blue confetti rained down on the fans in the fan zone.
It was, however, a friendly one.
“We’re sorry, we’re truly sorry,” one supporter remarked, another face painted in tricolore colors, while his pal wore a t-shirt that read, “It’s coming to Rome – Italians do it better.”
“They were confident they’d won before the match, so it’s even more bello for us – but we’re sorry,” said another, wrapped in a flag, dismissing the English fans’ boos of the Italian national anthem at Wembley.
“England is a fantastic team that played exceptionally well,” he remarked.
“But, we’re a terrific group and work well together,” they said as they paraded down Via del Corso towards Piazza Venezia, Rome’s largest square and symbolic home.
Italy’s fans rejoice in Rome on July 12, 2021, after their country defeated England in the final of the Euro 2020 soccer championships, which was held at Wembley Stadium in London.
After a 1-1 tie, Italy won 3-2 in a penalty shootout.
(AP) They were joined by Romans in cars, scooters, and cabs screaming their horns and waving flags out the window, swinging flags, singing Seven Nation Army (again), and lighting the occasional flare.
Meanwhile, about 1 a.m., a group of two ladies began cleaning the confetti, pizza boxes, and vuvuzelas that had been strewn across the ground at Piazza del Popolo.
“Of course, we’re ecstatic,” one said.
“But now it’s time to get to work,” says the narrator.