Italy vs. England: Scoring the Key Battles in Euro 2012 Quarterfinal

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Italy vs. England: Scoring the Key Battles in Euro 2012 Quarterfinal
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"England loses on penalties again" is the likely oversized headline that will dominate newspaper racks in cities all over the United Kingdom tomorrow morning. In fact, it will probably be something a bit more clever, like "Euro penalized again" or "Hart-Break for England."

In truth, Italy dominated this game for most of the 120 minutes of action.

Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi reigned in the middle of the park all night long. Meanwhile, Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli were on the end of—but couldn't finish off—a bevy of goal-scoring chances.

The English head home, and should be satisfied with the performance of an injury-riddled, hastily-assembled squad.

The Italians move on to face a formidable and favored foe in Germany in the second semifinal on Thursday.

The tactical battles were ultimately rendered moot by the penalty shootout, but let's take a look back anyway on what was a riveting, albeit goalless, international contest in Kiev.  

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