Ger­many beat Italy in shootout

Fiji Sun - - Sport -

Bordeaux: Ger­many de­feated old ri­vals Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout at Euro 2016 with a win­ning spot kick from Jonas Hec­tor af­ter the game fin­ished 1-1 fol­low­ing ex­tra time yes­ter­day to reach the semi­fi­nals. They will now face the win­ners of the other quar­ter-fi­nal be­tween hosts France and Ice­land, who play to­day. Ger­many mid­fielder Me­sut Ozil, who had ex­pe­ri­enced a quiet tour­na­ment so far, was in the right place to open the scor­ing in the 65th minute when he turned in Jonas Hec­tor’s cut­back af­ter good work from Mario Gomez down the left.

The Ital­ians, how­ever, lev­elled with a 78th minute penalty from Leonardo Bonucci af­ter Jerome Boateng han­dled the ball. Ger­many, who had not con­ceded a goal in their pre­vi­ous four tour­na­ment matches here, took their time to get go­ing against a well-oiled de­fence with Thomas Mueller hav­ing their best chance be­fore Ozil broke the dead­lock af­ter more than an hour. Bonucci gave Ger­many goal­keeper Manuel Neuer no chance 13 min­utes later with a well-placed penalty as Italy, who elim­i­nated hold­ers Spain in the last 16, re­fused to buckle and sent the game into ex­tra-time and a penalty shootout. Reuters

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