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02nd Jul 2016

The reaction to the penalties in Germany vs Italy was almost as enjoyable as the shootout itself

Caught your breath yet?

Carl Anka

That was something else.

After a cagey 1-1 draw and 30 minutes of uneventful extra time, Germany vs. Italy exploded in one of the most engaging penalty shootouts in tournament history.

This wasn’t the calm and collected Germany penalty-taking side we knew. Or the coolly efficient Italian penalty-taking outfit from Euro 2000.

Germany vs. Italy in the Euro 2016 quarter finals was nothing short of chaos.

Some were rather to the point with their advice.

The #scenes began right around the time Muller missed his penalty…

And it didn’t get any better when Ozil missed his

At one point it looked like Italy would gain the upper hand as Neuer was only leaning to his right.

But neither team could capitalise. We eventually did reach a 5-5 draw, but both sides had taken EIGHT penalties to get that point. Everyone was floundering.

Graziano Pelle, who is fond of chipping the keeper, tried to outsmart Neuer, but then only managed to send his penalty wide.

Bastian Schweinsteiger had match point for Germany, but then shot his penalty clear over the bar.

Then it came to Simone Zaza, who was brought on late in extra time to take a penalty. It cued derision for its prolonged run up.

And after Matteo Darmian fluffed his lines, that would be all she wrote for Italy.  It ended as it always does: with the Germans winning on penalties. 6-5 and Die Mannschaft roll onto a semi-final where they will play the winner of France vs. Iceland. HOWEVER…

All in all, it was really rather fun.


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