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June 24, 2012
• NSK Olimpijs'kyj, Kyiv (Kiev)
Referee: Pedro Proença
• Attendance: 64340
Italy won 4 - 2 on penalties
Ash Sharma in Kiev: “The Italian players can barely contain themselves with that Cole miss and now it’s a complete pitch invasion by them as they win, players hugging each other in wild joy. England's beaten troops head off slowly towards their fans who are applauding them.”
Italy win the shoot-out after both Ashley Young and Ashley Cole miss spot kicks, while Dimanti fires home the winning kick to send his side into a semi-final clash with Germany.
120' + 9'
Pen SO Goal Alessandro Diamanti
120' + 8'
Pen SO Miss Ashley Cole
120' + 7'
Pen SO Goal Antonio Nocerino
120' + 6'
Pen SO Miss Ashley Young
120' + 5'
Pen SO Goal Andrea Pirlo
120' + 4'
Pen SO Goal Wayne Rooney
120' + 3'
Pen SO Miss Riccardo Montolivo
120' + 2'
Pen SO Goal Steven Gerrard
120' + 1'
Pen SO Goal Mario Balotelli
FULL TIME OF EXTRA TIME: England 0-0 Italy. We are going to penalties, who wins?
Montolivo, instead of passing to one of the four players in blue inside the England box, decides to take a strike at goal from outside the box, but the chance goes wide.
There's only one team who look like winning the game without penalties, as most of the England team look dead on their feet, can they muster one last chance to claim a semi-final berth?
OFFSIDE! Nocerino finally puts the ball into the net after a Diamanti cross, but he is flagged offside.
Now it's Diamanti's turn to miss a chance for Italy as he gets onto the end of a Federico Balzaretti cross from the left, but can't direct the ball towards goal.
Balotelli tries a free kick from 30 yards out, but the striker gets under the ball and it eventually land on the running track between the pitch and the fans.
Diamanti puts a free kick in from the right, that is only cleared to the feet of Pirlo, but his cross is once away cleared by the England defence.
England almost put themselves in trouble as Lescott slips on the turf as Christian Maggio crosses into the box, but Terry is there to clear the ball away.
Italy get the second half of extra time underway.
Walcott gets in behind the Italy defence after a pass from Johnson and the winger chips the ball in the direction of Carroll, but the ball goes out for a goal kick.
England are starting to look a tired side, as they remain camped in their own half as wave after wave of Italian attacks come at them.
Almost an opener from Italy, as Diamanti‘s cross turns into a shot and has Hart scrambling as the ball smacks off his post and out for a goal kick.
Once again Balotelli has a chance for Italy, as he unleashes a strike from the edge of the area, which his club teammate Hart gets down easily to smother.
Balotelli is getting frustrated, after falling over after breaking the offside trap; he now tries a shot from long range which hits off of Lescott and away from danger.
England break forward with Walcott, he then finds Rooney on the edge of the area, but he is crowded out by the Italian defence and ultimately loses the ball.
Almost another chance for England, as Gerrard whips in a free kick from the left wing, but Lescott is caught offside before they can make anything of the chance.
Yellow Card Christian Maggio
The Italians continue in the same vain as they played during normal time, attempting long range efforts which don't trouble Hart.
England get the first half of the extra time started.
90' + 2'
Pirlo almost hands England the game as he gives the ball away on the edge of his own area and the English turn it into a chance for Rooney, which he tries an overhead kick, but just like Balotelli, it goes over the bar.
90' + 1'
That's 90 minutes gone and still we don't have a goal, it looks like we'll be settling down for another half hour of football.
Antoher block by England, as Antonio Nocerino gets onto the end of a long ball inside the box, but as he tries to shoot Johnson gets a foot in the way to deflect the ball away for a corner.
England miss an opportunity to get in behind the Italy defence, as Parker gets the ball 25 yards out and tries to play a ball to Walcott in space, but his pass is over hit and the winger can't get onto it.
Although Italy have been in command in the second half, they haven't found Balotelli as much as they would have liked and ultimately that has stopped them taking the lead.
Yellow Card Andrea Barzagli
Mark Doyle: "Very strange lull in the game, Italy well on top but not playing with the same urgency and dynamism they displayed in the opening 15 minutes of the second half. We've seen this kind of slacking off/fatigue from the Azzurri twice before in the competition, against Spain and Croatia, but the crucial difference seems to be that England don't have the ability to capitalise. Extra time looks a certainty unless Pirlo can pick another pass, or the always inventive Diamanti makes something happen now that he has been thrown on in place of the ineffective Cassano."
Now Diamanti tries his luck from long range, but Hart is able to cope with the strike from the substitute.
Daniele De Rossi
Italy decide to bring on Alessandro Diamanti instead of Antonio Di Natale, is that a mistake? Let me know in the chat box.
The English almost snatch a goal as Rooney gets his head onto a Steven Gerrard free kick, but the striker can't divert his chance on target and Buffon saves easily.
England have decided to camp on their 18 yard line, with six players standing in the way of the Italian attack, as Montolivo lets fly from outside the box, but they manage to block the chance.
Kris Voakes: “This is an abysmal England display if we're honest. They are living on their nerves and are only level due to Italy's profligacy as opposed to any kind of judgement. The Azzurri continue to boss the game, and the Three Lions can only hope that chances continue to be wasted by Prandelli's side and that something falls their way at the other end.”
20 minutes left and we have still yet to see the first goal of the game, but not from the lack of trying for either side, but they have both failed to find the target on enough occasions.
The chances have been less for the Italians in the last ten minutes, after having numerous opportunities to take the lead, will they rue those missed chances, tell me what you think in our chat box.
Italy are finding a lot more luck down the right hand side recently, with Ignazio Abate getting a lot of the ball and creating opportunities for the Italians.
The substitutes almost make a difference straight away, as Walcott crosses from the right onto Carroll, who's header lands at the feet of Young, but his chance is deflected for a corner.
Will the double change by Hodgson, bringing on Theo Walcott and Andy Carroll make a difference, tell me in the chat box on the right.
Balotelli tries the spectacular as he gets the ball inside the box and with three England defenders around him; the striker attempts an overhead kick, which goes well over the bar.
Kris Voakes: “England are absolutely all over the place defensively, and if they don't change things around it is surely only a matter of time before Italy score. The Azzurri have wasted a number of great chances now, but they just keep on coming at the moment. England can't hold up the ball in attack, and at the back they look third rate.”
Italy are continuing to dominant the game with their passing, currently having made over 170 more passes than the English so far in the game.
The England goal is leading a very charmed life, will that continue for the reminder of the game, let me know your thoughts in our chat box.
Another three chances within seconds for Italy, as Hart parries a long range effort into the path of Balotelli, who's strike hits off the keeper towards Riccardo Montolivo, but his chance goes over the bar.
As the whole of England breathed a sigh of relief, the Italians are getting even more of the ball, which will be of concern to Roy Hodgson.
WHAT A SITTER! De Rossi misses a golden opportunity to put Italy into the lead as he breaks the England offside trap to get on the end of Claudio Marchisio's chip, but his shot is woeful and goes wide of goal.
The English come out of the traps flying, with Rooney having an opportunity, before Milner got the ball on the right and crossed into the box, but unfortunately the ball was behind his strikers and eventually cleared by Italy.
England get the second half underway, with no changes made at the break.
Oliver Platt: "So far, not so bad for England, they have reverted to their more familiar counter-attacking style after a positive start but are still managing to create chances, with Glen Johnson impressive at right-back and Ashley Young much improved on the left. They did get a glimpse of what Andrea Pirlo is capable of when the Juventus star swung in a beautiful pass to Antonio Cassano, with Joleon Lescott doing superbly to intercept his header. Mario Balotelli's pace has probably been the biggest problem for England so far, with John Terry beaten on more than one occasion."
Ash Sharma in Kiev: “Ok Super Mario is beginning to lose it. There was a furious exchange with De Rossi on the stroke of half time. Very interesting Balotelli waited at the edge of the tunnel for de Rossi to come by and started to have a discussion with him as they both walked off.”
It's 13-4 in favour of Italy for shots on goal, but they have only managed to get three on target and have taken 11 from outside the box.
No goals so far in Kiev, who will come out on top in second half, or are we destined for extra time, let me know in the chat box.
HALF TIME! England 0-0 Italy
Italy are getting more and more confident going forward and Balotelli looks in the mood so far, which could spell trouble for England.
Rooney manages to create a breakaway for England after Italy mess up a free kick, but as the striker races down the left, his eventual cross into the box is poor and the Italians manage to clear.
Almost for Italy, as Andrea Pirlo plays a superb ball for Cassano in the box, he then heads the ball in the direction of Balotelli, but Joleon Lescott gets to the ball before his Manchester City teammate to clear for a corner.
Cassano once again tries his luck, this time from just outside the box, which Hart manages to grab onto at the second attempt.
England are starting to resort to the long ball, as the Italians continually push them back, with Rooney attempting a pass to Ashley Young from his own half, which the Italian defence snuff out.
Oliver Platt: "Hugely positive start from England, but Italy look to have settled now and are seeing a little more of the ball. The Three Lions have been solid at the back so far, though and Italy will need to do more than attempt to punch a hole through the middle. Most of their best play is coming when Riccardo Montolivo and Claudio Marchisio break out to the right wing. Credit to England for the confidence in their passing here - such a contrast to the nightmare of 2010."
England race down the other end of the pitch and also go close, as Rooney finds Welbeck just inside the box, but his strike sails well over Buffon's bar to keep the sides level.
Balotelli almost helps Italy claim the lead as he manages to get a strike on goal from six yards out, but Hart is able to claim the ball easily.
Half an hour gone and despite the game being attack minded, we have only seen one shot on target each, will we get goals tonight, let me know in the chat box.
After a spell of England pressure, it is now Italy who have the advantage, as they move the ball about at will, but still as yet have failed to really trouble Hart in the English goal.
John Terry to the rescue, as Balotelli beat the English offside trap, Terry dived in to make sure that the Italian striker didn't have a one-on-one with his keeper.
Halfway through the first half and Italy are dominating the possession, currently with just over 62% of the ball, but they have failed to translate that into goals.
Cassano tries his luck for Italy with a strike from well outside the box, but the chance goes well over the bar.
The England back four have done well so far, they are in a line and making sure no-one will pass and that is frustrating the Italians.
Hart does superb for England, as he races out to grab a Riccardo Montolivo chip into the box, which has Antonio Cassano running on to it, but the stopper grabs the ball comfortably.
Mark Doyle: “Intriguing opening 15 minutes. Italy began very confidently, dominating possession and very nearly taking the lead with a terrific curling effort from De Rossi. However, England are now on top, with their greater width causing Italy all sorts of problems, as feared. Indeed, Balzaretti is really struggling to contain Johnson, who has already nutmegged the Palermo left-back, gone very close to scoring and sent over a terrific cross for Rooney, ominous for the Azzurri.”
The English get yet another chance as Johnson crosses from the right wing for Rooney, who's diving header goes well over the bar.
Ash Sharma in Kiev: “De Rossi seems to be getting far too much room with Johnson bent on striding forward. Italy will likely look to exploit the right hand side of England here.”
Buffon almost gives an assist to Scott Parker after he punches the ball stright to the midfielder after a cross into the Italian box, but unlike Buffon's punch, Parker's strike is wayward.
Ten minutes gone and this game certainly hasn't been a borefest, as now Wayne Rooney cuts inside from the left and crosses for Danny Welbeck, but gets in the way to put the ball out for a corner.
Ash Sharma in Kiev: “England subs almost fell over each other as they all half ran out thinking that their team had just scored!”
Kris Voakes: "Straight from the kick-off it's Italy who are dictating the pace, and England's intent to remain deep allowed De Rossi the space to send in that effort off the post. Glen Johnson then should have scored, but it proved that Italy's left side is weak defensively."
Oliver Platt: "England are marking Andrea Pirlo very tightly, as expected - they'd do well not to forget about Daniele De Rossi. A minute before his volley hit the post; he came very close to firing a through ball into the path of Mario Balotelli."
Gianluigi Buffon should change his name to Superman, as he jumped while on the ground to save a header from Glen Johnson, who somehow found himself on the six yard, but the keeper managed to claw the ball away.
Italy almost take the lead as Daniele De Rossi rockets as curling strike from 25 yards out that has Joe Hart clutching at thin air as the ball passes him, but luckily for the England stopper it smacks off the post.
The Italians have started in confident mood, passing the ball about, trying to get as many players an early touch as possible, while England chase shadows.
Italy get the first half of the final Euro 2012 quarter final tie underway.
Italian expert Mark Doyle: “I’m by no means a gambling man (I have that in common with Gianluigi Buffon!) but having played a small wager on Italy today, I now feel obliged to put my mouth where my money is. Still don’t believe that 4-3-2-1 is the right formation for Cesare Prandelli's troops given their lack of a true trequartista and also have some concerns over Bonucci, but have faith in Italy’s dynamic and imaginative midfield to control the game, and their gloriously unpredictable front-line to decide it in their favour. It should be tight but the Azzurri should have just a little too much quality for what seems to me to be a pretty limited and one-dimensional England side. 1-0 to the more versatile and tecnhically gifted Italians.”
Ash Sharma in Kiev: “As both teams come out, you can still see pockets of empty seats all around the stadium But is mostly full and that is good because this is going to be a fascinating encounter and does deserve a good atmosphere.”
The anthems have started, last call for your score predictions in our chat box.
This will be the first time the two sides have faced off in ten years, since a Vincenzo Montella double helped cancel out Robbie Fowler’s strike and give the Italians a friendly victory at Elland Road.
Will tonight be another step towards England winning Euro 2012 and the Queen crowning Sir Roy, or will the Super Nintendo be on as Super Mario does it again and will he light up a few verbal fireworks at his critics in England, let me know your thoughts in our chat box.
Ash Sharma in Kiev gives us a favour of the atmosphere: “Having a look around this superb Olympic Stadium and I see lots of England flags hanging off the first tier of the stands. They really have come from everywhere. Littlehampton, York, Coventry, Nottingham and so it goes on, it’s very hard to see the presence of the Italians. But they are there because as the tannoy plays out the song "Hello" the stadium screens are showing us both sets of fans dancing and waving back at the cameras... especially the Italians ..."Doesn't really mean that I'm into you hello...." hmmm great song.”
Goal.com's Kris Voakes on the Italian line-up: “The Azzurri go with their tried and trusted 4-3-1-2, with the lack of a true trequartista still not putting Cesare Prandelli off the idea of Italy going with what they know. Riccardo Montolivo will have to turn in one of his best ever displays to help book a semi-final spot against his mother's Germany, but it will mainly come down to how much Andrea Pirlo can dictate the pace of the game and what Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli can do in terms of converting any chances they get.”
Will this game go to penalties and if so, will England banish the memories of Beckham and Vassell in 2004 and Southgate in 1996, or will the Italians be able to rid the ghosts of De Rossi and Di Natale in 2008, when they went out to eventual champion’s Spain in this stage of the tournament, tell us your thoughts in our chat box.
Doyle continues: “The first change was a no-brainer - even if there are some doubts over Bonucci’s defensive capabilities. However, relying on Balotelli is always a risk. One never quite knows what to expect from the Manchester City striker, but then, that is precisely what makes his so dangerous. And besides, this feels like it could be Super Mario’s night. He’s been in the headlines all week, he’s playing against the country in which he earns living and he’s going up against several club-mates. This could be the night that Balotelli finally comes of age.”
Italian expert Mark Doyle gives us his opinion on the starting line-up: “Well, no surprise as far as the Italy starting line-up is concerned, but a few gambles nonetheless. As expected, Leonardo Bonucci replaces the injured Chiellini alongside Andrea Barzagli at the back; Mario Balotelli is recalled up front at the expense of Antonio Di Natale, while Ricardo Montolivo is preferred to Thiago Motta in the trequartista role.”
Italy’s subs are: Sirigu, De Sanctis, Ogbonna, Maggio, Giaccherini, Giovinco, Nocerino, Borini, Diamanti, Di Natale, Motta.
The Italian starting line-up is as follows: (4-3-1-2) Buffon; Abate, Barzagli, Bonucci, Balzaretti; De Rossi, Pirlo, Marchisio; Montolivo; Cassano, Balotelli.
England subs are: Green, Butland, Kelly, Baines, Jones, Jagielka, Henderson, Downing, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Walcott, Carroll, Defoe.
The England line-up is as follows: (4-4-2) Hart; Johnson, Terry, Lescott, Cole; Milner, Parker, Gerrard, Young; Welbeck, Rooney.
THE TEAM NEWS IS IN!
Can England make it to the semi-final stage for the first time since 1996, or will it be another abject failure from the Three Lions at the Europeans Championships, let me know your thoughts in our chat box on the right of this page.
England expert Oliver Platt analyses the two teams for us: “Whether Italy played 3-5-2 or a 4-4-2 diamond, this match was always going to be about attacking the flanks from England's point of view. It looks as if Danny Welbeck will start but Roy Hodgson must have contemplated fielding Andy Carroll for his ability to get on the end of the crosses England should be able to fire in.”
As well as he, we will also have updates from Ash Sharma in Kiev, as well as expert opinion from Oliver Platt, Mark Doyle and Kris Voakes, to give you the ultimate experience during this Euro 2012 quarter final tie.
Hello and welcome to Goal.com’s live text commentary of the final Euro 2012 quarter final clash between England and Italy. My name’s Matthew Harold and I’ll be guiding you through the game to its conclusion, when Germany will know who they will face in the semi-final.
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