Published On: Mon, Jul 12th, 2021
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‘A Horrible Way To End It’: England Fans Despair After Crushing Penalties Losson July 12, 2021 at 11:38 am

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Fans embraced, collapsed, and cried as England’s Euro 2020 dreams came to a crushing end on penalties. Supporters across the country who had cheered and agonised through the 90 minutes and extra time were distraught after Italy claimed victory. In Trafalgar Square some fans began singing the national anthem, cheering the Three Lions’ accomplishments despite the defeat. In Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, Greater Manchester, Mary Thomas, 64, said: “To lose it at the last kick of the game, last kick of the tournament, is a sickener. That was a horrible way to end it.” Great-great grandmother Mary Hurst, 84, said: “That’s so disappointing. I feel for the players who missed the penalties. Football is only a game, but it’s also cruel.” Distraught fans at the Newcastle PaddyPark fans’ zone clapped the England players as they lost again on penalties. But some looked bereft and one shouted, “I cannot do this any …

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