Italy advanced to the semi-finals of the Euro 2012 with a 4-2 win over England on penalties after their edgy and on-the-edge quarter-final encounter ended goalless after regulation time, on Sunday.
Both teams played out an even first half, but it was Italy who attacked more and came out and dominated the second half. Italy finished the game on 64 percent possession and 35 shots, with 20 on target. They had a goal disallowed late on in extra-time when Antonio Nocerino saw his close-range header chalked off for offside.
England, in contrast, had only nine attempts, with only four on target.
Substitute Alessandro Diamanti scored the winning penalty to give Italy a 4-2 shootout victory last night after both teams played a goalless draw, setting up a semifinal meeting against three-time champion Germany on Thursday in Warsaw, Poland.
Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo and Antonio Nocerino also scored for Italy.
Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney scored England’s penalties, briefly giving their team a 2-1 lead in the shootout. But Ashley Young hit the crossbar with England’s third, and Ashley Cole’s attempt was then saved by Buffon diving to his left.