Italy qualify for Euro 2012 semis, England suffer penalty heartbreak
Italy dominated the match during the 90 minutes and the extra time. They also proved to be the more mature team when it came to taking penalties.
The quarterfinal clash between England and Italy finished with a goalless draw at the end of the 90 minutes. The game went into extra time but the score board remained the same. Italy possessed the ball most of the time and came up with nearly all of the attacks in the game.
On the other hand, England once again parked the bus in front of their goal but they couldn’t stop substitute Alessandro Diamanti from scoring on the spot kick when it counted the most. Now, England are up against Germany in a mouthwatering semifinal clash.
Nonetheless, England deserve a standing ovation. The Three Lions have played well throughout the tournament. As a matter of fact their performance has exceeded all expectations. Considering the fact that this is a comparatively new England team which suffered from an injury crisis, the Three Lions did well to reach the quarterfinals.
Italy was given numerous chances to score in the game but they failed to take advantage of them. Daniel de Rossi whipped in a wickedly swinging volley but England goalkeeper Joe Hart made one of his brilliant saves in the night.
Liverpool player Glen Johnson came up with a rare chance of scoring following a cross from James Milner but Gianluigi Buffon made a brilliant save.
Italian striker Mario Balotelli was an inspiration in the Italian attack. The Manchester City forward troubled the English defense throughout the game even though he failed to score a goal.
During the 25th minute, Riccardo Montolivo struck the ball hard towards the goal but John Terry came in between its path in the nick of time to block another goal attempt. The former England captain John Terry threw his body on the ground whenever he was needed in defense.
Mario Balotelli nearly scored twice in the 41st minute but Joe Hart made two fantastic saves following a defensive lapse in England’s back line. The second half of the game remained the same with Italy trying to score through long-ranged attacks.
English bodies continued to block their attempts till the final whistle that ended extra time. In the penalty stage of the game, misses from Ashley Cole and Ashley Young cost England a spot in the Euro 2012 semifinals.