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Photos of the Chaos and Tension at the Euro 2020 Final

Football didn't come home.
July 12, 2021, 11:30am

It was tense. It was painful. And for one brief moment – Luke Shaw’s brilliant goal in the opening minutes – it looked as if England might finally bring it home. But on Sunday, Italy finally triumphed over England during penalties to become the new European champion. 

For Italy, it was a moment of vindication after the embarrassment of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. For England, it was a dramatic – and all too familiar – end to the mounting hopes that it would finally win its first title since the 1966 World Cup. 

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The defeat capped off a truly chaotic day of anticipation, with hundreds gathering in central London and at Wembley Stadium to party, drink and soak in the excitement. A small number of fans without tickets attempted to break in and pushed past the turnstiles, with riot police deployed to hold them back.  

Photographer Jake Lewis was outside Wembley to capture the chaos and anticipation of England at the Euro 2020 final.

Two England fans at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A man wearing an England flag at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A group of young England fans at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
An England fan climbing up a lamppost at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
England fans lifting up a barricade at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Two England fans sat down at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Three England fans pose at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Group of young England fans on top of phone booth at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A group of England fans wearing flags at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Three England fans at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Crowd of England fans chanting at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A man carrying a flare at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Two England fans standing on top of fallen barricades at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Riot police around Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
An England fan flexing his muscles wearing a flag at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A man wearing an England hat at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
England fans kicking a football around at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
A man slumped on the stairs at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final
Rubbish on the ground at Wembley Stadium during Euro 2020 Final