Italy deserved to beat England, says Pirlo

The Juventus midfielder believes the Azzurri were good value for their victory over the Three Lions on penalties in the quarter-finals on Sunday after a 0-0 draw
Italy midfielder Andrea Pirlo says his side fully deserved their Euro 2012 quarter-final triumph over England following a dramatic penalty shoot-out.

Pirlo was at the heart of a dominant Italian performance over 120 minutes and was named man of the match after his audacious chipped spot-kick helped Cesare Prandelli's men seal the win.

The 33-year-old expressed delight with the result and looked forward to a semi-final meeting with tournament favourites Germany.

"I'm very happy to get the man-of-the-match award, but the most important thing is the side have gone through to the semi-finals," Pirlo told Sky Sports. "We deserved to do so.

"Now we have a semi against Germany to come, and we're all hopeful of getting through right to the end of the tournament."

Italy will meet Joachim Low's men on Thursday in Warsaw.