Italy reach semi-finals after penalty kicks drama

Italy's players celebrate their penalty shootout victory over England in their Euro 2012 quarterfinal in Kiev.

Story highlights

  • Italy beat England in a penalty shootout to reach Euro 2012 semifinals
  • Match ended 0-0 after regulation and extra time
  • Italy wasted a string of chances to seal victory
  • Italy to play Germany in Warsaw on Thursday in last four
Italy beat England 4-2 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of Euro 2012 after their match in Kiev Sunday ended goalless following extra time.
Alessandro Diamanti converted the deciding penalty to give Italy a deserved victory after they had dominated for prolonged periods.
They will play Germany for a place in the final in Warsaw Thursday. Portugal play defending champions Spain in the first semifinal in Donetsk Wednesday.
The Italians were first to miss in the shootout when Riccardo Montolivo shot wide, but England's delight was short-lived when Ashley Young's well-struck spot-kick rattled the crossbar.
Man of the match Andrea Pirlo then pulled Italy level at 2-2 with an impudent chip over Joe Hart, before Ashley Cole saw his effort saved by Gianluigi Buffon.
Diamanti supplied the winning touch, prompting his teammates to charge forward in celebration as England were once again left to rue their failure to win a penalty shootout at a major competition.
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