Germany vs. Italy

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They are the biggest penalty-taking nation in the history of the game, and this Germany team did not unsuccessful as they send Italy from Euro 2016 after an in-out that finished at ten minutes to midnight. A place in the semi-final in Marseille on Thursday for Joachim Loew’s team when ultimately Jonas Hector dispatched the 18th penalty of the shoot-out past Gianluigi Buffon after Manchester United’s Matteo Darmian had his previous one saved. Three Germans had missed before then – including their goal scorer on the night Mesut Ozil but Manuel Neuer saved twice over the course of the penalties to rescue them.

Germany vs. Italy

After Germany’s victory on penalties against Italy in the quarter-finals, Ben Lyttleton investigates where the shoot-out was won and lost.

Germany:

Manuel Neuer-7

 Sweeper keeper starts move for Ozil opener but beaten for the first time at the competition. Nearly penalize for fault in extra-time after strong save from Insigne. Rescued from Bonucci and Damian in the shoot-out.

Benedikt Höwedes-6

 Remains undefeated in competitive matches for his country. Fight with the aerial challenge presented by Pelle but calm on the ground.

Jérôme Boateng-6

 Brainless handball allowed Italy to level from the spot. Move close with a couple of shots from outside the area.

Mats Hummels-7

Reserve for bringing down Eder. Delightful pass into the path of Gomez, who unsuccessful to make contact. Will miss semi-final through suspension.

Jonas Hector-7

Stable at the back and got forward well to assist Ozil opener. Kept engaged by the motion of Florenzi. Scored winning a penalty in the shoot-out.

Joshua Kimmich-8

Persuading his magnificent form at the tournament and disclose his inexperience. Got forward well and calm in defense.

Toni Kroos-8

So calm and confident on the ball and rarely gave it away. Dominated proceedings for world champions at times.

 Bastian Schweinsteiger-6

Manchester United man came on early in place of wounded Khedira. Had goal fastly ruled out for pushing but used his experience to keep Italy at bay. Missed penalty but rescued.

Italy:

Gianluigi Buffon-8

Stupendous save from Gomez close range effort and was the most splendid of the two legendary stoppers on the show. Never ruffled, however, tense proceedings became. Saved from Muller but let Hector’s winning spot-kick under his body.

Andrea Barzagli-7

 Elegant on the ball and enjoyed his evening amongst Old Lady associates. Helped shackle threat of Muller.

Leonardo Bonucci-7

 Nerveless penalty to force extra time and that came on top of his fine show in the match, but could not convert in the shoot-out.

Giorgio Chiellini-8

 Committed to the cause as ever and also displayed fine passing range. Relished running battle with Muller.

Marco Parolo-7

Very strong in the tackle and helped out well with defensive effort. Found the net in the shoot-out, but was the last Italian to do so.

Stefano Sturaro-7

 Passionate showing after replacing the injured Daniele De Rossi. Had shot diverted wide but stood up well to German attacks.

Alessandro Florenzi-8

 Superb going forward and at the back adding one acrobatic effort to deny Muller. Unlucky to end up on losing side.

Mattia De Sciglio-6

Booked for a strong challenge on Kimmich and hit the side netting with a shot from the edge of the box. Spot-kick cannoned off the crossbar.

Emanuele Giaccherini-8

 Ran and ran all night. Quick feet creating openings but sometimes allowed emotions to get better of his play. optimistic with his spot-kick at the end.

Graziano Pellè-6

 Struggled to get much change from the German backline and rolled miserable penalty wide of Neuer’s post.

Éder-7

 The more creative of Italy’s forward players, every time on the move and with an eye for an opening. Taken off in extra-time for Insigne.

 Matteo Darmian-6

 Another Manchester United substitute, come at end of normal time but had his penalty saved by Neuer to give Germany match point.

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