Saturday, July 02, 2016

Euro 2016: Germany Outlasts Italy In PK Shootout For Berth In Semis

At Bordeaux, France:

As action in the quarterfinal round of the European Championship continued on Saturday, the match between defending World Champions Germany and Italy was deadlocked at 1-1 after 120 minutes.  In the penalty-kick shootout, which lasted nine rounds (tied for the longest in European Championship history), Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Mats Hummels, Joshua Kimmich, Jerome Boateng, and Jonas Hector converted their spot kicks as the Germans outlasted the Azzurri 6-5 to advance to a Thursday semifinal encounter against the winner of Sunday's France-Iceland match.

Here, we see Gemany's Mesut Ozil celebrating after his regulation-time goal in the 65th minute.  Ironically, neither he, or Leonardo Bonucci, whose penalty-kick in the 78th minute leveled the score for Italy, successfully made his shootout spot kick.

Associated Press photo by Martin Meissner

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