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Euro: Little Italy enjoying their team's victory

Euro: Little Italy enjoying their team’s victory

Italy fans cheered on the streets of Montreal on Sunday night as their team won the Euro after a game against England that kept spectators on the edge of their seats until the last minute.

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“We have been waiting for this victory for years. I am very happy. In addition, to be able to celebrate with my Italian colleagues in Montreal, it is magic”, exclaims Sofia Gianfrancesco.

Because he didn't want to listen to the final alone at home, Ferdinando Anchischi installed a TV in the trunk of his truck that he parked on rue Saint Laurent.

QMI photo, Thierry LaForce

Because he didn’t want to listen to the final alone at home, Ferdinando Anchischi installed a TV in the trunk of his truck that he parked on rue Saint Laurent.

The heart of Little Italy captured the allure of an outdoor nightclub for hours after Squadra Azzurra won the Euro 2020 final for the first time since 1968.

Revolutionaries immediately stormed the streets jumping, dancing, shouting “Italy” and waving green-white-red flags. Fireworks and blue smoke, a nod to the color of the Italian shirt, mingled with the party.

“Football all inclusive. Today all cultures come together to watch the game, says Thomas Licourse. And a final like this is very exciting. “

A firefighter celebrates in the Rivière-des-Prairies.

QMI’s photo by Mario Beauregard

A firefighter celebrates in the Rivière-des-Prairies.

As has become the tradition since the competition began in the Rivière-des-Prairies region, firefighters and police saluted the Italian victory by activating the flashing lights and sirens of their cars at the fire station on Rue Maurice Duplessis.

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Thus a march was held on the artery where many cars sounded their horns with green, white and red flags. Hundreds of people joined the big party at the corner of Rue Rita Levi-Montalcini until late in the evening, blocking traffic.

“It almost feels like a Saint-Jean-Baptiste party!” says Mathieu de Felice, 22, a resident of the area.

late from 2e A minute of play, the Italian fans had to wait 67e Minutes to see their favorite match tie.

Pouya Moretti remained optimistic until the last minute.

“It will be intense, but very exciting, from start to finish,” he says.

When the match came to penalty kicks, after extra time, the tension was at its peak at Café Gelato, who had installed a giant screen on the outside balcony to watch the final.

“More than a year after the pandemic, it is very good to see the locals gather to watch the final. It is special,” drops Daniel Defoe.