Germany end Italy hoodoo in shootout



Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 pens)
Jonas Hector fired Germany into the Euro 2016 semifinals at Italy's expense after an epic round of 18 penalty kicks that saw players from both sides produce stunning misses in Bordeaux on Saturday.


Manuel Neuer
Bastian Schweinsteiger
World Cup holders Germany won the shoot-out 6-5 after a tense match finished 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes and extra time, beating old foes Italy at a major tournament for the first time in nine attempts.
Joachim Loew's side had appeared to be heading for the win after Mesut Ozil gave them a 65th-minute lead, but Italy equalised through a Leonardo Bonucci penalty 12 minutes from the end of normal time after a Jerome Boateng handball.
With no goals in extra time, Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger all failed from the spot for Germany, usually so reliable from 12 yards.
But after Simone Zaza and Graziano Pelle missed for Italy and Bonucci was denied by Manuel Neuer, Matteo Darmian's failure to convert the Azzurri's ninth kick allowed Hector to become Germany's hero.
Thanks for everything boss! #ITA go home with their pride intact. #EURO2016 #GermanyItaly 1-1 (6-5 on penalties)
Italy manager Antonio Conte: "I want to thank the boys. They were extraordinary for two years for me. They topped it off with this special experience. I'm sorry because they deserved to go though.
Italy's campaign had shown promise with wins against Belgium and over Spain in the last 16, and coach Antonio Conte said: "I'm very proud of what the team achieved here.
"The only regret is the penalty kicks. But for commitment to the shirt, I can't fault them."
"We made the fans proud of us. And we made the players truly aware that it's a privilege to wear the shirt."  
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