Germany have confirmed their place in the semifinal of Euro 2016 after they narrowly defeated Italy on penalties after drawing 1-1 after 120 minutes.
It was a tactical master class with both teams taking part in some amazing duals, but unfortunately for Italy and incoming Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, Jonas Hector scored the winning penalty after Matteo Darmian missed the penalty previous to the winner.
The first half was incredibly tight, with neither side opening up too much in way of attacking chances, but giving the neutrals a fantastic display of defensive skill and strategically pushing the attack away from their respective goals.
After the second half, the game started to open up a bit more, and allowed a few chances for Germany to potentially take the lead, and they did just that through Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil, who followed up from a great run and cross from Cologne’s Jonas Hector.
It was exactly what the game needed, and Italy started to show some signs of attacking intent finally, and they got a huge lifeline in the form of a penalty, where Jerome Boateng flopped in midair to give away a silly handball. Juventus defender Leonardo Bonnuci stepped up and thundered his spot kick home to equalize for the Azzuri. What makes it even more impressive is that penalty was Bonnuci’s first of his professional career.
The game then slowly petered away, and it went to extra time and keeping up the trend at Euro 2016, the extra time period brought absolutely nothing in way of chances, only tired players trying to preserve energy for the penalty shootout.
The Germans eventually did what they do best, and Hector wrapped up the win for Die Mannschaft, winning 6-5 to send them through to face either France or Iceland, who play each other tomorrow evening.