Monday, June 25, 2012


England's penalty curse struck again on Sunday as Italy advanced to the semifinals of Uefa Euro 2012™ with victory in a shoot-out after a tense quarterfinal duel finished 0-0 following extra-time. The Italians will face Germany in the semifinals in Warsaw on Thursday after England's campaign came to a bitterly familiar end with their sixth defeat in a penalty shoot-out in seven attempts since 1990. Italy clinched a 4-2 penalty shoot-out win after Ashley Young sent his spot-kick against the bar and Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon saved from Ashley Cole to seal England's fate. The winning penalty was struck by substitute Alessandro Diamanti to leave England desolate once more at Kiev's Olympic Stadium. England had taken a 2-1 lead in the shoot-out after Riccardo Montolivo hit his spot-kick wide but Young ceded England's advantage when he crashed his penalty off the bar.


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