Monday, 23 June 2008

[Euro 2008] Spain p0-0 Italy

World champions Italy are out of Euro 2008 after Iker Casillas was the penalty shoot-out hero in the quarter-finals as Spain booked their spot in the last four.

Quarter-Final 4

Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Spain beat Italy 4-2 on penalties to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2008 after a goalless draw in Vienna. Marcos Senna came closest in normal time when Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon fumbled his shot on to a post. Spain keeper Iker Casillas was the hero in the shoot-out, saving from Daniele de Rossi and Antonio di Natale. Daniel Guiza saw his spot-kick saved by Buffon, but Cesc Fabregas slid home the crucial penalty to set up a last four clash with Russia. The game never touched the heights and penalties was an almost inevitable outcome given the approach of both sides.

There will now be an intriguing backdrop to the semi-final in Vienna on Thursday, with Spain having beaten Russia - admittedly minus the inspirational Andrei Arshavin - 4-1 in a group game earlier in the competition.

Spain: Casillas, Sergio Ramos, Marchena, Puyol, Capdevila, Iniesta (Santi Cazorla 59), Senna, Xavi (Fabregas 59), Silva, Villa, Torres (Guiza 85).
Italy: Buffon, Zambrotta, Panucci, Chiellini, Grosso, Aquilani (Del Piero 108), De Rossi, Ambrosini, Perrotta (Camoranesi 58), Toni, Cassano (Di Natale 75).

[Euro 2008 QFs]

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