Italia supporters in the Italian capital celebrated the 2-1 victory over France, with fans pouring into the stadium and chanting ‘Todo quale la vita!’

(We’ve won!).

“There is an element of hope,” said Alessandro Ruggiero, a 20-year-old student who had been travelling from Rome.

“I hope it doesn’t end with this defeat.”

The defeat is the first in five games for the Giallorossi and it is the fourth straight defeat in Serie A. Ruggieros father had been due to take part in the match against Lyon.

The loss means that there is now just four points separating the bottom three places in the table and third-bottom Milan, who sit on 17 points.

“It’s a difficult game to lose,” said Francesco Capraro, a 21-year old student.

“The teams are not as strong, they are not playing the way we want to.”

We’re a bit unlucky, we didn’t score and we concede two goals in a row.

“Lyon are second from bottom in Serie B, two points behind Roma, who will play at Udinese on Sunday.

The victory was a bittersweet moment for the players and fans.”

When you lose your captain, you lose confidence,” said defender Leonardo Bonucci.”

In my opinion, this is the best moment in my career.

“Lazio lost captain Leonardo Bonciuolo to a knee injury.┬á

Bonucci had been in fine form this season, scoring 14 goals in 22 games.”

This loss hurts a lot for the team,” he said.”

After this loss, we’ll have to make sure we have a great performance against Udinese.

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