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Redeemed Italy extends England’s misery, wins shootout to claim Euro 2020 title

Fans celebrated across Rome after Italy beat England in a penalty shootout to win the Euro 2020 championship on July 11. (Video: Luis Velarde, Drea Cornejo/The Washington Post)

In the intoxicating buildup to the European Championship final Sunday, the soccer world was overrun by tales of England and Wembley Stadium, of the Three Lions, Harry Kane and 55 years of English heartache in major tournaments.

There was, however, a second team seeking redemption of very different kinds, a blue-clad Italian squad that happened to have played some of the finest soccer over the month-long spectacle.

The setting and the start swayed England’s way, but as a tense affair in northwest London uncoiled — from a 1-1 draw through 90 minutes of regulation and 30 of extra time to an extraordinary penalty-kick tiebreaker — Italy extended English misery and celebrated its first continental crown since 1968.