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'Penalties are not good for the heart' - Buffon hoping to avoid shootout showdown with England

The Juventus goalkeeper does not want to see the game in Kiev decided by spot kicks, and is hoping that the Azzurri can get the job done in normal time

Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon is hoping his side's Euro 2012 quarterfinal clash with England does not get as far as a penalty shootout.

The Azzurri finished second in Group B, behind reigning champions Spain, and will face Roy Hodgson's Group D winners in their first knockout game on Sunday.

And, with the possibility of penalties now looming, the Juventus shot-stopper insisted he would like to see the game decided in normal time.

"Three times it has happened to me with the national team that a game has been decided on penalties," Buffon told reporters at a press conference on Friday. "Twice I won, and once I lost. However, for the sake of the coronary arteries, mine and everyone else's, it would be better to close out the game with England before then!"

While Buffon freely admits that nerves sometimes get the better of him, he claims that his happy-go-lucky teammate Antonio Cassano has no such problems.

"I like his healthy insanity," he enthused. "I think it is an added value for us. He is a leader and he often underestimates these gifts of his. I like his extravagant, at times even forceful, way of expressing himself."

Cesare Prandelli's men will meet the Three Lions in Kiev at 2:45 p.m. ET.

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