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  • Date:24 Jun 2012
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Olympic Stadium - Kyiv
Italy win 2-4 on penalties
Goal!

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212mins

Italy are through to meet Germany in the semi-final.

211mins

It's penalty heartache for England once again.

210mins

4-2 Italy. Diamanti sends Italy into the semi-finals.

209mins

3-2 Italy. Ashley Cole sees his pen saved.

208mins

3-2 to Italy. Nocerino scores.

207mins

2-2. Young misses. He hit the crossbar.

206mins

2-2. Pirlo scores with a 'Panenka'

205mins

2-1 England. Rooney blasts home sending Buffon the wrong way.

204mins

Rooney steps up to try to to put England 2-1 up

203mins

1-1. Montolivo misses.

202mins

1-1. Gerrard scores low past Buffon.

201mins

1-0 Italy. Balotelli scores.

120mins

Full-Time. 0-0. It's penalties.

119mins

England are content to hack the ball clear. Rooney does well to win a free and relieve the pressure.

115mins

Nocerino is denied by the linesman's flag.

114mins

ITALY HAVE THE BALL IN THE NET....BUT IT'S OFFSIDE!

112mins

Diamanti fires a first-time shot wide under pressure from Gerrard.

109mins

You can admire the invention of the Italians, but you have to say that England have defended superbly tonight.

105mins

A good England move ends with Walcott dinking a cross to the back post in search of Carroll. The ball goes out of play before the big Liverpool striker can get to it.

100mins

England breathe a huge sigh of relief as Hart loses the flight of a Diamanti cross. The ball hits the post and goes out for a goal-kick. England's goal has led a charmed existence tonight.

100mins

ITALY HIT THE WOODWORK!

98mins

Balotelli makes room for a shot. Hart collects with the minimum of fuss.

95mins

Walcott to Rooney, but the Man United striker is crowded out by three blue shirts.

93mins

Great delivery into the box from Gerrard. England's most likely route to goal looks like being one of his set pieces.

92mins

England change. Scott Parker makes way for Liverpool's Jordan Henderson.

92mins

Well, that would have been the winner, and how ironic it would have been as the magestic Pirlo gave away the ball on the edge of his own box.

91mins

ROONEY WITH AN OVER-HEAD KICK OVER THE BAR!

90mins

Third and final change for the Italians. Abate is off, Napoli's Christian Maggio is on.

88mins

Nocerino was denied by a fine block from the Liverpool full-back.

88mins

GLEN JOHNSON WITH A GREAT BLOCK!

81mins

Free-kick to England 40 yards from Buffon's goal, Gerrard takes but play is stopped after Balzaretti goes down in the box.

80mins

Diamanti works Hart with a powerful shot. That's Italy's 23rd attempt of the match.

79mins

Another Italy change. Di Rossi is off, Antonio Nocerino takes to the field. 10 minutes to go.

77mins

Former West Ham striker Alessandro Diamanti is on for Cassano.

76mins

Gerrard floats a free into the box that just needed a touch, any touch from Rooney - but he couldn't quite get his head on the ball.

74mins

It's been a gutsy display from the England defenders. Another Italian long range-shot is charged down.

72mins

A break in the play for treatment to Gerrard allowes Hodgson to impart some advice to his strikers, but it's looking increasingly unlikely we'll see a goal in the regulation 90.

69mins

20 minutes left in Kyiv. England can't seem to find a way to unlock the Italian defence.

66mins

Rooney is cutting an increasingly frustrated figure. He's being well marked at the moment.

64mins

Out of nothing England threaten. The ball drops to Young but his goal-bound shot hits Carroll's back and bounces wide.

62mins

England have created precious little in the second half, but with Italy so wasteful they may only need one good chance to win.

60mins

Here come the England changes. Theo Walcott and Andy Carroll on for Welbeck and Milner.

57mins

Great strength and close control from Balotelli to hold off Terry and get an acrobatic shot in on goal.

57mins

There are changes coming for England.

55mins

England's defence is on red alert now. Cole at full stretch to concede another corner as Pirlo almost picks the perfect pass.

52mins

The England keeper fumbles the ball but somehow the Azzurri fail to score. How many chances will Italy's forwards need tonight?

51mins

OH MY! JOE HART!

47mins

INCREDIBLE MISS! Hart punches the corner out but it's returned into the box to Di Rossi who wastes a golden opportunity to give Italy the lead.

46mins

Dangerous cross by Abate - corner to Italy.

45mins

Half-time in Kyiv. 0-0.

41mins

Balotelli is denied at the death by Lescott after great work from Pirlo and Cassano.

40mins

ITALY INCHES AWAY FROM THE OPENER!

37mins

The warning signs are there for England. Cassano is given space once more and forces a good save from the Man City keeper.

36mins

Rooney is dropping deep to try to influence the play. The Man United striker looks on his game tonight.

34mins

After a shaky start, Italy are now seeing much more of the ball than England.

31mins

Rooney and Welbeck combine to create a chance for England, but the young Man United striker side-foots over the bar from the edge of the area. Decent chance.

31mins

The Man City striker takes his shot early and puts it straight down Hart's throat. He should have done better.

29mins

BALOTELLI WITH A GREAT CHANCE!

27mins

Cries of 'Italia, Italia' from the Azzurri fans as they try to inspire their team.

24mins

Great vision by Pirlo to release Balotelli over the middle, but a fine block by John Terry denies the Man City striker just as he shoots.

21mins

Cassano blasts well over Hart's bar after good build up by Italy.

15mins

We've seen little of Juventus' Andrea Pirlo so far, a troubling sign for the 2006 World Cup winners. He gets his first chance with the dead ball but the free into the England box is over-hit.

13mins

Wonderful interception by Ignazio Abate to deny Rooney. Italy look far from comfortable at the back.

12mins

Scott Parker fizzes a shot wide after a less than convincing Buffon punch.

10mins

England are looking really dangerous. Rooney broke free on the left and tried to find Man United team-mate Danny Welbeck. The ball was put behind for a corner.

7mins

England have shown plenty of attacking intent in the first 5 minutes.

5mins

Glen Johnson with a great chance from close range, but the shot is tame and Gianluigi Buffon claims.

4mins

ENGLAND SO CLOSE TO AN OPENER!

2mins

HART BEATEN ALL ENDS UP! but Daniele Di Rossi' hits the England goalkeeper's right hand post.

1mins

Mario Balotelli tries an ambitious shot to open the match. Hart is untroubled.

After last night's disappointing spectacle in Donetsk, here's hoping tonight's match lives up to billing. Here we go...

England will play in their all-white home strip. Italy are in all-blue tonight.

The players are on the pitch in Kyiv, the national anthems are being played.

The Azzurri were five games without a win before beating the Republic of Ireland last time out.

10 minutes to go until kick-off. Roy Hodgson's boys came into the tournament with low expectations, but after topping their group are England starting to expect once more?

Italy have the better of the meetings between the sides, winning four of their six competitive clashes. England have won just one of these.

The winners will face Germany in the semi-finals in Warsaw on the 28th of June.

This will be the first time in ten years that these sides have met. Only once have England faced Italy at the European Championship finals, Italy winning 1-0 in 1980 to eliminate the Three Lions.

The man in the middle for this one is Pedro Proenca of Portugal.

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (capt); Ignazio Abate, Andrea Barzagli, Leonadro Bonucci, Federico Balzaretti; Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio, Daniele De Rossi; Riccardo Montolivo; Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano.

Motta and Chiellini had both been suffering from hamstring problems while Balotelli impressed after coming on as a substitute in the 2-0 win over Ireland.

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli meanwhile has made three changes to his side with Riccardo Montolivo replacing Thiago Motta, Leonardo Bonucci coming in for Giorgio Chiellini and Mario Balotelli starting in place of Antonio Di Natale.

England: Joe Hart; Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole; James Milner, Scott Parker, Steven Gerrard (capt), Ashley Young; Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck.

England captain Steven Gerrard resumes his partnership with Scott Parker in central midfield while Hodgson has once again opted for James Milner and Ashley Young on the flanks. Wayne Rooney will be paired with Danny Welbeck in attack.

England manager Roy Hodgson has named an unchanged side, keeping faith with the starting line-up from last Tuesday's 1-0 win over Ukraine as England aim to reach the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time in 16 years.

Hello and welcome to AFP's coverage of England vs Italy, the last of the EURO 2012 quarter-finals. Kick off at the Olympic Stadium in Kyiv is a little over 35 minutes away.

That's the end of the first period of extra-time.

Italy get the second half of extra-time underway. Can the Three Lions hold on for penalties or will the Azzurri finally convert one of their chances?

Kick-off to start extra-time. From Manchester and Milan, this match has had football fans on the edge of their sofas. With so many tired legs out on the pitch, it's about which side has the greater will to win now.

Full-time. 0-0. It's extra-time in Kyiv. Stay with AFP for the exciting conclusion to this tense quarter-final.

Gianluigi Buffon and Joe Hart take centre stage now.

Italy win the toss. Hart goes into the goal. It's Balotelli to take the first.

Few would deny that Italy deserve to go through, but boy did they make hard work of beating a determined but limited England side.

That about wraps it up. Thanks for following Italy vs England with AFP.

Great start to the second half by England, but the final ball has lacked quality.

The teams are making their way onto the pitch for the second half.

Italian left-back Federico Balzaretti has been a constant threat for the Azzurri going forward. Cesare Prandelli will want his side to be tighter at the back however. We've seen some slack Italian marking at times in the first half.

England have been very open. They will have to find a way of getting closer to Pirlo and Co. in the second half.

There have been plenty of chances in this match. It's hard to believe the game remains scoreless. Balotelli and Cassano have had several decent opportunities. Johnson and Welbeck have spurned good chances for Roy Hodgson's team.

**Provisional teams until kick-off

England

  • Roy Hodgson Coach
  • Joe Hart Goal
  • Glen Johnson Defender
  • John Terry Defender
  • Joleon Lescott Defender
  • Ashley Cole Defender
  • James Milner Midfielder
  • Steven Gerrard Midfielder
  • Wayne Rooney Midfielder
  • Scott Parker Midfielder
  • Ashley Young Midfielder
  • Daniel Welbeck Forward
  • Robert Green Substitute
  • Jack Butland Substitute
  • Martin Kelly Substitute
  • Leighton Baines Substitute
  • Phil Jones Substitute
  • Phil Jagielka Substitute
  • Stewart Downing Substitute
  • Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain Substitute
  • Jermain Defoe Substitute
  • Andrew Carroll
  • Theo Walcott
  • Jordan Henderson

Italy

  • Cesare Prandelli Coach
  • Gianluigi Buffon Goal
  • Ignazio Abate Defender
  • Andrea Barzagli Defender
  • Leonardo Bonucci Defender
  • Federico Balzaretti Defender
  • Claudio Marchisio Midfielder
  • Andrea Pirlo Midfielder
  • Riccardo Montolivo Midfielder
  • Daniele De Rossi Midfielder
  • Antonio Cassano Forward
  • Mario Balotelli Forward
  • Salvatore Sirigu Substitute
  • Morgan De Sanctis Substitute
  • Giorgio Chiellini Substitute
  • Angelo Ogbonna Substitute
  • Thiago Motta Substitute
  • Emanuele Giaccherini Substitute
  • Antonio Di Natale Substitute
  • Fabio Borini Substitute
  • Sebastian Giovinco Substitute
  • Alessandro Diamanti Substitute who played
  • Antonio Nocerino Substitute who played
  • Christian Maggio Substitute who played

Match Report

Italy advance as England pay penalty once more
England's penalty curse struck again here Sunday as Italy advanced to the semi-finals of Euro 2012 with victory in a shoot-out after a tense quarter-final duel finished 0-0 following extra-time.
The Italians will face Germany in the semi-finals in Warsaw on Thursday after England's campaign came to a bitterly familiar end with their sixth defeat in a penalty shoot-out in seven attempts since 1990.
Italy clinched a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win after Ashley Young sent his spot-kick against the bar and Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon saved from Ashley Cole to seal England's fate.
The winning penalty was struck by substitute Alessandro Diamanti to leave England desolate once more at Kiev's Olympic Stadium.
England had taken a 2-1 lead in the shoot-out after Riccardo Montolivo hit his spot-kick wide but Young ceded England's advantage when he crashed his penalty off the bar.
Antonio Nocerino scored to restore Italy's advantage and when Buffon saved from Cole, Diamanti stepped up to clinch victory.
The defeat extended England's poor record of never having won a knockout game on foreign soil against a top-level football nation.
But England could have few complaints after being comprehensively outplayed over the 120 minutes of normal and extra-time, Italy with 35 attempts to England's 9 while enjoying 64 percent of possession.
The tone for a surprisingly open first half had been set after only three minutes, when Daniele De Rossi rattled the woodwork with a thumping shot from 25 yards that had Joe Hart beaten.
England responded immediately and squandered a golden chance to take the lead when Glen Johnson's effort was superbly saved by Buffon.
With their confidence lifted England enjoyed their best spell of the match and a curling Johnson cross saw Wayne Rooney's diving header fly over with the Manchester United striker under pressure from Ignazio Abate.
De Rossi wasted a golden chance to put his side ahead when he hooked wide after Claudio Marchisio headed Hart's punched clearance into the box.
Hart then rescued England with a fine double double-save, parrying De Rossi's long-range effort before blocking Balotelli's follow-up. Montolivo shot over the bar but England breathed again.
Hodgson made a positive double substitution on the hour-mark, bringing on Andy Carroll for Danny Welbeck and replacing James Milner with Theo Walcott.
The changes had little effect, however, with England unable to exploit Walcott's pace, leaving the Arsenal winger a frustrated spectator.
Prandelli meanwhile rang the changes for Italy, bringing on Diamanti for Cassano and Nocerino for De Rossi.
Rooney sent a late overhead kick flying wide before the game went into extra-time.
Italy again dominated in extra-time, Diamanti's curling cross eluding the entire English defence and hitting the post.
Then with five minutes remaining Nocerino had the ball in the net from Diamanti's across only to be correctly ruled off-side.

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