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England Pay The Penalty

England va Italy
Olympiyskiy Stadium, Kiev.

This was the start of the big games for England and the big players needed to stand up. Would we see a show or showmanship? Who would get the first red card – Wayne Rooney or Mario Balotelli.

With everyone looking flat-footed in the third minute, Daniele De Rossi sliced a swirling shot high on Joe Hart’s post.

Two minutes later, Glen Johnson’s stab at the ball was comfortably palmed to a stop by Gianluigi Buffon.

A good early start to the game, but nil-nil looked on the cards.

Danny Welbeck had a nice chance after a neat one-two with Wayne Rooney but when Andrea Pirlo was allowed a little time and space, Mario Balotell was always a threat; and not just to himself.

Half-time: England 0 – Italy 0

For long periods of the second-half there only seemed to be one team in the game; Italy.

They were frustratingly stopped time and again by various body parts of John Terry though.

Ashley Young looked a liability on the left but managed to hang on for ninety minutes; having avoided being replaced during the double substitution on the hour.

And so it was; the last of the quarter-finals became the first game of the tournament without a goal scored in ninety minutes.

England 0 – Italy 0 aet

England were lucky to be still in the tournament after ninety minutes against Italy and somehow held out for another thirty.

Two hours without a goal meant just one thing; penalties.

And as in the game, so it was in the spot kicks; Ashley Young the deadweight hit the crossbar and Ashley Cole took too long then hit the ball too soft.

Deservedly, Italy meet the Germans.

Teams

Travel to England
1-Joe Hart; 2-Glen Johnson, 3-Ashley Cole, 6-John Terry, 15-Joleon Lescott; 4-Steven Gerrard, 11-Ashley Young, 16-James Milner, 17-Scott Parker; 10-Wayne Rooney, 22-Danny Welbeck.

Travel to Italy
1-Gianluigi Buffon; 6-Federico Balzaretti,7-Ignazio Abate, 15-Andrea Barzagli; 19-Leonardo Bonucci, 8-Claudio Marchisio, 16-Daniele De Rossi, 18-Riccardo Montolivo, 21-Andrea Pirlo; 9-Mario Balotelli, 10-Antonio Cassano.

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June 24, 2012 - Posted by | England, Euro 2012, Italy, Match Reports | , , ,

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