Italy was once the epicentre of the pandemic, and one of the first countries to lock down its residents. They needed this win.
Italy’s Euro 2020 victory over England will, sadly, not change the past but it does mean something.
“Considering everything that Italy has gone through the last 18 months. Stay at home orders, to lockdown, and hospitals, unable to travel. This means the world. But more importantly after missing the World Cup only two years ago. and to go 34 unbeaten. This is the best feeling in the world.”RICK D’ANDREA, TICKER NEWS
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Three players missed from the spot as England’s spot-kick curse reared its ugly head.
It’s been 55 years since England reached the major final of any tournament and it’s not coming home just yet.
Nathan Albon from the BBC couldn’t hide his disappointment.
“It’s just heartbreaking watching the replays. Bukayo Saka just 19-years of age, you’ve really got to feel for him. The weight of England’s expectations on his shoulders but he couldn’t deliver. But that’s football.”
It was the first Euro Championship hosted across six different nations, which drew criticism given the current climate.
Despite this, commentator Matt Iles said it was the best Euros he’s seen:
“To my memory it was the fifth tournament that I’ve watched. And it was certainly right up there with the best tournament I’ve seen. It was really exciting. Although it didn’t ‘come home’ as the song says.”MATT ILES, COMMENTATOR
Manager Roberto Mancini has now gone 34 matches unbeaten since taking over after the World Cup debacle where they failed to qualify.
Williams loses first round at Wimbledon
There’s been a bit of drama on the court as the most prestigious tennis Grand Slam gets underway
Spectators filled the All England Club on Monday to watch the biggest tennis stars hit the court at Wimbledon.
After coming back from a lengthy break, Serena Williams lost in three sets to 24-year-old, Harmony Tan.
“When I saw the draw, I was really scared. I don’t know what to say, I’m so emotional now because she’s a superstar,” Tan says.
Tan took the first set 7-5, before Williams took over 6-1. Tan fought back to win a thrilling third set tie-breaker.
Despite her dramatic loss, the former world number one is brushing off retirement rumours.
Kyrgios spits at crowd
Meanwhile, in men’s singles, Aussie tennis star, Nick Kyrgios, caused a bit of a stir calling the chair umpire a “snitch” after she supposedly complained to the court umpire about his behaviour.
The 27-year-old will likely be up for a fine for also spitting towards a fan during the match.
Kyrgios says there was a lot of disrespect from the crowd, which is why he admitted to spitting towards a fan.
“I’ve been dealing with hate and negativity for a long time, so I don’t feel like I owed that person anything,” he says.
Katerina Kostakos contributed to this report
Mike Riley steps down as referee chief
One of the biggest names in the referee world, Mike Riley, has confirmed he will be stepping down as head of the English League referees
After 13 years, Mike Riley has confirmed he will be stepping down from his role as managing director of Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL).
The iconic referee leader will finish his role at the end of the 2022-23 season. Riley says he has enjoyed working in such a ‘dedicated group’.
The Premier League formally thanked Riley for his contributions and commitment over the last 13 years.
The search is now on to replace the top spot with Riley collaborating with the new team before officially stepping down.
Hero coach rescues U.S. swimmer at Olympic event
U.S. Swimming coach, Andrea Fuentes, has saved the life of an American Swimmer, Anita Alvarez, at the FINA World Championships
Fuentes dived into the pool to rescue unconscious Alvarez from the bottom after her Olympic qualifying event.
In a nightmare moment, the 25-year-old didn’t return for breath after her synchronised swimming event and instead began to sink.
In a split-moment decision, Coach Fuentes jumped into the pool to rescue her, after the lifeguards failed to act.
The young Olympic medalist was unconscious and not breathing but quickly received medical attention on the edge of the pool.
She was taken to hospital and is now reportedly in ‘good health’.
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