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Sunday, 2 July, 2000, 22:24 GMT 23:24 UK
Double delight for France

'Golden' goalscorer Trezeguet is mobbed by his team
While 200,000 ecstatic fans flocked to the Champs-Elysees in Paris to celebrate France's dramatic 2-1 win over Italy in the final of Euro 2000, the victorious French side started a party of their own at the De Kuip stadium in Rotterdam.

After becoming the first team to follow a World Cup triumph with a European Championship, France's stars revelled in their last-gasp victory.

"Everybody thought we were dead, but with the French team it is never over," said striker Thierry Henry.

"I was pretty annoyed the Italians were already thinking of victory. They were clapping hands and high-fiving. It was bothering me so I was really happy when the ball went in."


Didier Deschamps
Deschamps: Sealed with a kiss
With the match deep in injury-time and a goal to the good, Italy looked certain to upset the form book and win a second European Championship.

Willpower

France, however, claimed an incredible last-minute equaliser through substitute Sylvain Wiltord, and fellow substitute David Trezeguet completed the comeback in the 13th minute of sudden death extra-time with a clinical left-foot finish.

"It is the willpower of the team that did it," said French coach Roger Lemerre.

"The team wanted this trophy since the day it won the World Cup.

"We said that, if there was a second left, we had to go all out for it. The miracle happened and we caused it."



It's historic, we did the double

Didier Deschamps
A jubilant French captain Didier Deschamps said: "It's historic, we did the double."

Watching the game in Rotterdam were French President Jacques Chirac and Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, and neither wasted any time in heralding the victory.

"Tonight, I am proud for France and I am proud for the French," Chirac told France's TF1 channel after the game.

"The French team has kept its genius."

Jospin called the victory a great "joy" especially as it followed 1998's World Cup victory.

"This team deserved to win," he said.

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