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A GOOD DAY TO CRY IN ROME

Associated Press

Meanwhile, in Italy . . .

“Penalty kicks are an invention of the devil,” Gazzetta dello Sport editor Candido Cannavo wrote in a front-page column, “but this time our right to detest them is very questionable.”

In a reference to the team’s defense-first tactics, the newspaper’s front page had the banner headline: “France is better . . . Adieu ‘Fort Italy.’ ”

Another of the sports dailies, Corriere dello Sport, blared on its front page, “Cursed penalties. But it also is our fault.”

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“We were very unlucky,” editor Mario Sconcerti wrote, “but not good.”


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