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Bonucci explains why he taunted English fans after winning EURO 2020

Juventus defender Leonardo Bonucci has said Italy gave England a lesson after their penalty shootout victory ensured that the hosts did not win the UEFA Euro 2020 final at Wembley on Sunday.

The veteran defender scored an equalizer in the second half to cancel out Luke Shaw's opener in the 1-1 draw. He put in a defensive masterclass during the game and extra time before converting a penalty during the shootout win that helped the Azzurri lift the trophy.

COVID-19 restrictions prevented several Italian fans from travelling to England from Italy and the hosts reaching their first major final since 1966 meant the crowd at Wembley was overwhelmingly in favour of Gareth Southgate's side.

The 34-year-old taunted England fans after Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma saved Bukayo Saka's penalty, which sealed the victory for the Italians. He grabbed a TV camera and shouted:

"It's coming to Rome, it's coming to Rome" -- a reference to England's "Football's Coming Home" anthem, which was played before the match and chanted by supporters throughout.

"We heard it day in and day out ever since Wednesday night, since the Denmark game, that the cup would be coming home to London," Bonucci said of the chant. "Sorry for them, but actually the cup will be taking a nice flight to Rome and that way Italians all over the world can savour this competition. It is for everyone, we said from day one it was for them and for us."

"We are just enjoying seeing 58,000 people leaving even before the trophy presentation, it was something which really delighted us," Bonucci said to reporters after the match. "The trophy now is coming to Rome.

"They thought it was staying here in London, and they're unhappy. I feel bad for them, but once again Italy has given them a lesson."

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