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Germany defeats Italy on penalty kicks in Euro 2016 quarterfinal game

July 2, 2016

Jonas Hector scored the winning penalty kick as Germany beat Italy, 6-5, in a shootout to reach the semifinals of the European Championship. 

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had saved Matteo Darmian’s spot kick moments before as the shootout went to sudden death. 

Neither side could score in extra time after drawing 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes of their Euro 2016 quarterfinal match in Bordeaux. 

Leonardo Bonucci converted a penalty in the 78th minute to bring Italy level after Jerome Boateng handled a flicked header by Giorgio Chiellini in the area. 

Mesut Ozil had given Germany the lead in the 65th minute, racing onto a deflected cross to steer it in from nine yards. 

The match had been a tactical stalemate until Ozil’s goal, with defenses on top and neither goalkeeper seriously tested. 

Germany advances to a semifinal against France or Iceland in Marseille on Thursday. France and Iceland play Sunday in the last quarterfinal.

It was Germany’s first win over Italy in the knockout phase of a major international tournament. 

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