European Championship - Quarter-final
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Germany win 6-5 on penalties

Germany 1-1 Italy (6-5 on pens)

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Euro 2016: Germany 1-1 Italy highlights (6-5 pens)

Germany reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals after winning a thrilling penalty shootout against Italy in Bordeaux.

Joachim Low's World Cup holders looked on course for victory in normal time - against a country they had never beaten at a major tournament - when Mesut Ozil rounded off a slick build-up with Mario Gomez and Jonas Hector to score at the near post in the 65th minute.

Italy did not flinch but were grateful for a moment of madness from Germany defender Jerome Boateng when he needlessly handled, allowing Leonardo Bonucci to score the first penalty of his career with 12 minutes left.

Germany missed more penalties in one shootout than in their history - three - but were once again the winners on penalties.

They have still never lost a shootout since the 1976 final of this competition when they lost to Czechoslovakia - some 40 years and 13 days ago.

It was settled when Hector drove low under Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon after Manchester United's Matteo Darmian saw his side's ninth penalty saved by Manuel Neuer.

Germany will now play either hosts France or England's conquerors Iceland in the last four.

Germany
Germany missed more penalties (3) in this shootout as in their previous major finals shootouts combined (2)
Who missed for Germany?And for Italy?
Thomas Muller - saved by BuffonSimone Zaza - comedy run-up, fired over the crossbar
Mesut Ozil - hit the postGraziano Pelle - dragged tamely wide
Bastian Schweinsteiger - blazed it overLeonardo Bonucci - could not beat Neuer for a second time
Matteo Darmian - soft kick saved by Neuer

Germany on course for glory

This was a meeting between two of European football's superpowers - a last-eight match-up that would have graced the final itself in Paris next weekend.

Instead it was a fight for a place in the last four and Low's Germany did what they do best. They found a way to win, however it was achieved.

Ozil's goal crowned a spell of second-half pressure which meant their lead was deserved, but they then creaked as two of the staples of Germany's football psyche folded under pressure.

With Italy struggling to get back on terms, they were guilty of desperate defending when Jerome Boateng's 'hands-up star jump' conceded the penalty that Bonucci put away with such assurance.

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Euro 2016: Germany 1-1 Italy - watch the epic shootout in full

And then in the shootout itself, a team renowned for cool heads in this situation suddenly seemed to find itself gripped by nerves.

When Thomas Muller saw his spot-kick saved by Buffon, it was the first time they had missed a spot-kick since Uli Stielike at the 1982 World Cup in Spain, and Ozil also hit the post.

Indeed, Germany had only missed two penalties - Uli Hoeness the other culprit in that 1976 final with Czechoslovakia - but it was catching, Bastian Schweinsteiger firing wildly over with a chance to clinch it.

However, this was all forgotten in the celebrations as Germany close in on another major title.

Buffon's tears

Gianluigi Buffon
Gianluigi Buffon has been involved in 10 major tournaments for Italy since the 1998 World Cup

The great goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon was winning his 161st cap for Italy here, putting him 10th on the international all-time list - but were we seeing the farewell to this 38-year-old legend of the game when Hector's penalty slipped under his body to give Germany victory?

Buffon's passion and ability still make him an outstanding keeper, as proved by a magnificent save from a close-range combination of Mario Gomez and Giorgio Chiellini in the second half.

He has no reason to step aside but this was a tearful, and perhaps significant, farewell on the big stage for this emotional, patriotic Italian as he congratulated his German opponents before breaking down as he walked off.

This is the man who has seen it all, from winning the World Cup against France in Berlin in 2006 to being a losing finalist to Spain in this competition in Kiev four years ago.

Buffon's status and standing will never diminish, but will he feel that this will be his final fling at a major tournament and it is time to make way for Italy's younger goalkeeping generation?

Conte's final ploy fails to pay off

Departing Italy coach Antonio Conte has been one of the most charismatic figures at Euro 2016, with his animated touchline demeanour a powerful ally to the team he set up so brilliantly to beat Belgium and then holders Spain in the last 16.

He has whetted the appetite of Chelsea's fans, who will now eagerly await his arrival at Stamford Bridge now Italy are out of the tournament, his reputation as one of Europe's premier coaches greatly enhanced.

Here in Bordeaux, however, his final ploy did not pay off.

With seconds left in extra time he decided to take off the experienced Chiellini to send on Zaza, who barely had time to get on before Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai blew the final whistle.

It was clearly a move to utilise Zaza's penalty expertise - and so it proved as he took Italy's second penalty, but it backfired horribly as he indulged in some form of Morris dance before blazing his spot-kick hopelessly off target.

This was a rare miss-step by Conte, who will bring real quality and excitement when he takes charge of Chelsea in the Premier League next season.

Man of the match - Manuel Neuer (Germany)

Manuel Neuer

The Germany goalkeeper was an assured presence throughout and was also superb on the ball, before saving twice in the decisive shootout.

What they said

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.

"We made the fans proud of us. And we made the players truly aware that it's a privilege to wear the shirt."

Germany manager Joachim Low: "It was a drama - extra time and with two sides on the highest tactical level. The penalties missed were even more dramatic. We were lucky.

"There is nothing I could blame the team for. We were the better team in the 120 minutes. We'll recover now and on Thursday we'll continue. The experienced players missed and the young players scored."

Line-ups

Germany

  • 1Neuer
  • 4Höwedes
  • 17Boateng
  • 5HummelsBooked at 90mins
  • 21Kimmich
  • 6KhediraSubstituted forSchweinsteigerat 16'minutesBooked at 112mins
  • 18Kroos
  • 3Hector
  • 13Müller
  • 8Özil
  • 23GomezSubstituted forDraxlerat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Mustafi
  • 7Schweinsteiger
  • 9Schürrle
  • 10Podolski
  • 11Draxler
  • 12Leno
  • 14Can
  • 15Weigl
  • 16Tah
  • 19Götze
  • 20Sané
  • 22ter Stegen

Italy

  • 1Buffon
  • 15Barzagli
  • 19Bonucci
  • 3ChielliniSubstituted forZazaat 120+1'minutes
  • 8FlorenziSubstituted forDarmianat 86'minutes
  • 14SturaroBooked at 56mins
  • 18ParoloBooked at 59mins
  • 23GiaccheriniBooked at 103mins
  • 2De SciglioBooked at 57mins
  • 9PellèBooked at 91mins
  • 17ÉderSubstituted forInsigneat 108'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4Darmian
  • 5Ogbonna
  • 6Candreva
  • 7Zaza
  • 11Immobile
  • 12Sirigu
  • 13Marchetti
  • 16De Rossi
  • 20Insigne
  • 21Bernardeschi
  • 22El Shaarawy
Referee:
Viktor Kassai
Attendance:
38,764

Match Stats

Home TeamGermanyAway TeamItaly
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home12
Away12
Shots on Target
Home3
Away3
Corners
Home7
Away5
Fouls
Home15
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Germany 1(6), Italy 1(5).

Penalties over

Penalty Shootout ends, Germany 1(6), Italy 1(5).

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(6), Italy 1(5). Jonas Hector (Germany) converts the penalty with a left footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty saved! Matteo Darmian (Italy) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(5), Italy 1(5). Jérôme Boateng (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(4), Italy 1(5). Mattia De Sciglio (Italy) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(4), Italy 1(4). Joshua Kimmich (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(3), Italy 1(4). Marco Parolo (Italy) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(3), Italy 1(3). Mats Hummels (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the top right corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(2), Italy 1(3). Emanuele Giaccherini (Italy) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the high centre of the goal.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) right footed shot is too high. Bastian Schweinsteiger should be disappointed.

Penalty saved! Leonardo Bonucci (Italy) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(2), Italy 1(2). Julian Draxler (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Graziano Pellè (Italy) right footed shot is close, but misses to the left. Graziano Pellè should be disappointed.

Penalty missed! Still Germany 1(1), Italy 1(2). Mesut Özil (Germany) hits the right post with a left footed shot.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(1), Italy 1(2). Andrea Barzagli (Italy) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the centre of the goal.

Penalty saved! Thomas Müller (Germany) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom right corner.

Penalty missed! Bad penalty by Simone Zaza (Italy) left footed shot is too high. Simone Zaza should be disappointed.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1(1), Italy 1(1). Toni Kroos (Germany) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

Goal!

Goal! Germany 1, Italy 1(1). Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

Penalties in progress

Penalty Shootout begins Germany 1, Italy 1.

Second Half Extra Time ends, Germany 1, Italy 1.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Simone Zaza replaces Giorgio Chiellini.

Attempt saved. Mesut Özil (Germany) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Bastian Schweinsteiger.

Benedikt Höwedes (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Thomas Müller (Germany) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Giorgio Chiellini (Italy).

Manuel Neuer (Germany) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Graziano Pellè (Italy).

Attempt saved. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Graziano Pellè.

Booking

Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany).

Stefano Sturaro (Italy) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Attempt missed. Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany) right footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Thomas Müller.

Attempt blocked. Lorenzo Insigne (Italy) right footed shot from long range on the left is blocked. Assisted by Emanuele Giaccherini.

Substitution

Substitution, Italy. Lorenzo Insigne replaces Éder because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Julian Draxler (Germany) right footed shot from very close range is just a bit too high.

Second Half Extra Time begins Germany 1, Italy 1.

First Half Extra Time ends, Germany 1, Italy 1.

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France32104137
2Switzerland31202115
3Albania310213-23
4Romania301224-21

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Wales32016336
2England31203215
3Slovakia31113304
4Russia301226-41

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany32103037
2Poland32102027
3Northern Ireland31022203
4Ukraine300305-50

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia32105327
2Spain32015236
3Turkey310224-23
4Czech Rep301225-31

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Italy32013126
2Belgium32014226
3R. of Ireland311124-24
4Sweden301213-21

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hungary31206425
2Iceland31204315
3Portugal30304403
4Austria301214-31
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