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June 24, 2012 2:45 PM EDT
NSK Olimpijs'kyj — Kyiv (Kiev)
Referee:‬ Pedro Proença‎
Attendance:‬ 64340‎
 
120+2′ (PSO) Steven Gerrard
Mario Balotelli 120+1′ (PSO)
120+4′ (PSO) Wayne Rooney
Andrea Pirlo 120+5′ (PSO)
 
Antonio Nocerino 120+7′ (PSO)
 
Alessandro Diamanti 120+9′ (PSO)
   
 
 

Euro 2012 Player Ratings: England 0-0 Italy (2-4 on penalties)

Goal.com rates the players on show as the Three Lions suffered penalty-shootout heartache once more with Alessandro Diamanti netting the winning penalty for the Azzurri

By Tom Webber

  • Joe Hart
    160
    51
    3.00

    Joe Hart

    Parried the ball straight into danger in the 52nd minute but reacted well to deny Balotelli from the rebound. He was very vocal towards his defenders and got down to Diamanti's powerful strike in the closing stages.

  • Glen Johnson
    114
    60
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Made a huge number of excellent attacking runs, but his touch let him down in the area after five minutes. Put in some great crosses but was soon penned back by Balzaretti. Was guilty of overdoing it at times but made some key blocks.

  • Ashley Cole
    48
    131
    2.50

    Ashley Cole

    Did not foray into the opposing half often enough and as he pulled in tightly due to the overrun midfield he left Young to fend off Abate. Finally charged forward in second-half stoppage time to cross but Rooney missed the target. Missed England's fourth and crucial penalty.

  • John Terry
    124
    78
    2.50

    John Terry

    Dealt with the long ball in the air on most occasions but struggled when it went in behind. Made a fantastic interception to stop Balotelli shooting in 25th and remained fairly solid from then on in.

  • Joleon Lescott
    109
    44
    3.00

    Joleon Lescott

    Coped with Balotelli well enough for most of the game and thwarted him in front of goal with a last-ditch clearance on the stroke of half time. Remained tight in defense, forcing Italy to play it over the top.

  • Steven Gerrard
    126
    82
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Performed excellently in the early stages with a great array of passing. Was forced to defend more as the game continued and while he made some strong challenges but was guilty of backing off too much. Scored England's first penalty in the shootout.

  • Ashley Young
    63
    226
    2.00

    Ashley Young Flop of the Match

    A hugely disappointing display. He never really ran at the defenders which is where he is most dangerous. His involvement was minimal and he only provided a narrow obstacle when tracking back. Lost England's advantage in the shootout by hitting the crossbar.

  • James Milner
    34
    141
    2.50

    James Milner

    Criticized for not offering enough adventure on the right but showed plenty in the early stages. Was always available to help Johnson in defense and worked hard throughout the match.

  • Scott Parker
    39
    140
    2.00

    Scott Parker

    A combative display as he hounded the Italian players regularly but as they began to enjoy more possession he was too wary of going in for a tackle. Could get nowhere near the ball as England struggled to influence proceedings.

  • Wayne Rooney
    51
    186
    2.00

    Wayne Rooney

    Got in to good positions and linked the play through midfield during England's good start but he soon became sloppy. As his side were forced to defend he saw little of the ball and became increasingly frustrated. Put England ahead in the shootout with their second penalty.

  • Danny Welbeck
    45
    143
    2.00

    Danny Welbeck

    Dropped back to add numbers in the middle but it was not where he wanted to be and it reduced the outlets available in attack. Linked well with Rooney in the 32nd minute but really should have tested Buffon.

Substitutions

  • Jordan Henderson
    31
    113
    2.00

    Jordan Henderson

    Came on for Parker in the first half of extra time to add some fresh legs to midfield but he failed to make an impact.

  • Theo Walcott
    76
    95
    2.50

    Theo Walcott

    Made an instant impact as his cross created a shooting opportunity for Young but the Aston Villa midfielder mishit his effort. Failed to stretch the Italians with his pace as much as Hodgson would surely have hoped.

  • Andy Carroll
    113
    86
    2.50

    Andy Carroll

    Intimidated the Azzurri defenders as he used his strength well to muscle in on defenders. Gave England a focal point in attack and also aided the defense with some towering headers from set pieces.

  • Gianluigi Buffon
    312
    13
    3.00

    Gianluigi Buffon

    Stayed on his feet to deny Johnson early on but looked shaky with a needless punch soon after. He was faced with very little for the majority of the remainder in a fairly comfortable evening.

  • Federico Balzaretti
    197
    15
    3.00

    Federico Balzaretti

    Pushed forward continually throughout the first half and was used regularly. His presence on the left stretched the England defense and created extra space but he went quiet in the second half.

  • Ignazio Abate
    178
    31
    2.50

    Ignazio Abate

    Largely underused in the first half with his only contribution being an excellent recovery tackle on Rooney. Was far more influential after the break and got a number of dangerous crosses into the box.

  • Andrea Barzagli
    204
    10
    3.00

    Andrea Barzagli

    Provided excellent cover as the last man in defense for the Azzuri. His presence helped limit the counterattacking of England and showed a good turn of pace to deny Young from getting on the ball.

  • Leonardo Bonucci
    186
    15
    3.00

    Leonardo Bonucci

    Struggled to cope when he had players running at him but that only lasted until midway through the first half. For the rest of the game he was fairly comfortable as England rarely posed a threat in attack.

  • Claudio Marchisio
    165
    29
    3.00

    Claudio Marchisio

    Darted forward from midfield to create the first opportunity for Italy but his influence in the rest of the first period was minimal. Created two of his side's best chances in the second half but De Rossi and Nocerino failed to convert.

  • Daniele De Rossi
    246
    17
    3.50

    Daniele De Rossi

    Rattled the post with a sumptuous volley in the 4th minute and he continued to play a pivotal role in the game. Policed the middle of the park but wasted a golden opportunity as he shot wide from eight yards after the break.

  • Riccardo Montolivo
    157
    66
    2.50

    Riccardo Montolivo

    Displayed tremendous craft but it at times it seemed somewhat unnecessary, the simple pass may have been more effective. Blazed over early in the second half when he should have tested Hart. Stepped up second for Italy and missed the target.

  • Andrea Pirlo
    615
    23
    3.50

    Andrea Pirlo Top of the Match

    Played a few good passes as he was afforded to much space on the ball, creating a great opportunity with an exquisite pass before the break. He continued to dictate the game in the second half and pulled all the strings. Put his penalty down the middle with a classy Panenka.

  • Mario Balotelli
    270
    61
    2.50

    Mario Balotelli

    A typically fiery performance from the striker but he took a while to really get going. He had three great chances to find the net for his team but after being thwarted by both center backs he then saw an effort saved by Hart. Scored from the spot in the shootout.

  • Antonio Cassano
    165
    60
    2.00

    Antonio Cassano

    Looked dangerous when dropping of the defenders into pockets of space but he ran into dead ends more often than not. He struggled to cope with the physicality of the England defense.

Substitutions

  • Christian Maggio
    124
    43
    2.50

    Christian Maggio

    Replaced Ignazio Abate in second-half stoppage time and was booked for a late tackle on Young. Stayed back more than usual as Diamanti dominated the right side.

  • Antonio Nocerino
    201
    13
    3.00

    Antonio Nocerino

    Came on in the 80th minute for De Rossi. Did everything right when getting in behind in the 89th minute but Johnson blocked his effort. Continued to look very lively in midfield. Had a goal correctly ruled out in the 115th minute. Scored Italy's fourth penalty.

  • Alessandro Diamanti
    230
    16
    3.00

    Alessandro Diamanti

    Replaced Cassano in the 78th minute and tested Hart with a wicked strike three minutes later. He hit the outside of the post in extra time as his cross bent in dangerously and was unlucky that his side could not finish from his creative genius. Scored the winning penalty.

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