England had the first chance, Glen Johnson getting on the end of a good cross, but the ball got stuck in his feet and Buffon was able to save. Mario Balotelli had a great chance when put through 1v1 with Joe Hart, but his attempted scooped golazo was blocked by John Terry. The ball was like a magnet to Balotelli and he managed to find himself on the end of an ever better chance, but snatched at it and skied it over from close range. Italy bombarded the England goal early in the second half, and Daniele de Rossi missed the best of the chances, shanking his shot wide from 5 yards. Ashley Young’s most important contribution to the 90 minutes was this blatant dive. England defended stoutly throughout, this passage from extra-time a prime example. Italy had a goal ruled out for offside in extra-time as the game looked destined for penalties.
Video Highlights 24/06/2012: England - Italy (Euro 2012)
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