England vs. Italy: Euro 2012 Quarterfinal Live Score, Analysis, Recap
Euro 2012—quarterfinals, Olimpiyskiy, Kiev, Ukraine
England 0-0 Italy (after extra time); Italy win 4-2 on penalties
England: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole; James Milner (Theo Walcott 61'), Scott Parker (Jordan Henderson 94'), Steven Gerrard (c), Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck (Andy Carroll 60').
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (c); Ignazio Abate (Christian Maggio 90'), Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli, Federico Balzaretti; Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi (Antonio Nocerino 80'); Antonio Cassano (Alessandro Diamanti 78'), Mario Balotelli.
Italy wins the shootout 4-2 after trailing 2-1. More heartbreak for England, who have been eliminated on penalties in six international competitions.
The better team won, though. Italy deserved to go through.
Diamanti eliminates England with a shot to the left.
Defender Ashley Cole hesitates in his run-up and shoots low and right.
It's 3-2 Italy through four rounds.
Italy only need one more!
Nocerino sends Hart the wrong way and finishes low and left.
It's 3-2 Italy.
Ashley Young runs on rather quickly and slams a shot off the crossbar right down the middle.
Pirlo chips his shot right down the middle. Hart is already on the other side of the net by the time it goes in.
It's 2-1 England through two rounds.
England's No. 10 sends Buffon the wrong way and finishes high to the left.
Riccardo Montolivo goes left and misses the goal!
The England captain finishes low and left as well.
1-1 after one round.
Low and left. Hart guessed right.
Mario Balotelli steps up first for Italy. Joe Hart, his teammate at Man City, talks a bit of trash.
Gianluigi Buffon looks really, really loose as the captains meet at midfield. You've got to love that if you're an Italy supporter.
Both teams will choose five players to take penalty kicks. If the score is tied after five kicks, we go to sudden death.
And here we go again. Penalties. Italy so superior but credit England for durability, organisation and sheer defensive doggedness.— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) June 24, 2012
England and penalties in a quarterfinal. Who knew? #Euro2012— World Football Daily (@WFootballDaily) June 24, 2012
There's the whistle! We head to penalties!
120'—ENGLAND 0, ITALY 0
Only seconds left now.
117'—ENGLAND 0, ITALY 0
Corner for Italy. Diamanti takes it, and it's over everyone. Goal kick.
I bet the Germans are watching this in their individual ice baths (lined up in formation) & laughing a knowing laugh. Recovery time— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) June 24, 2012
115'—GOAL RULED OUT!
Nocerino heads the ball into the roof of the net from Diamanti's cross.
The linesman rules Nocerino offside, and it's a close, close call.
Balzaretti feeds Diamanti from the left. Diamanti gets to shoot with his preferred left foot, but he fires well wide of the near post.
Can England hold on for penalties?
Balotelli blasts a free kick 20 yards over the bar with an awful free kick from longs distance.
Replays show his face, and it's a priceless reaction.
110'—ENGLAND 0, ITALY
Lescott and then Carroll make fine defensive headers for England as Italy press for a dramatic late goal.
110'—ENGLAND 0, ITALY 0
England have completed 303 passes to Italy's 720+? Didn't realize it was that close.— Dan Renfro (@danrenfro) June 24, 2012
108'—ENGLAND 0, ITALY 0
Diamanti curls a cross/shot well wide from the right side.
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