No doubt it was a great game. Italy vs England Euro 2012 game went in Italy’s favor in penalty shootout. People wonder if Italy beat Germany in semis. Here are video highlights
English fans haven’t been able to digest the humiliating defeat at the hands of Italy in the Euro 2012 quarterfinals. Both the teams played exceptionally great game, but failed to convert their attacks into goals. England had to pay the price for lack of cohesiveness in the final 20 minutes of the game as it once again met with a defeat before it could enter semifinals.
Italy on the other hand have improved their game with every match of the tournament. Their first two matches were draws, before they tested their first win of the tournament against Irelands. Their 2-0 win over Ireland brought them face to face with England in the quarterfinal stage where they faced England that had performed better during the initial three games of the tournament.
For around 120 minutes, both the teams played a superb game. No team was able to come out with the win in the stipulated timeframe. Italians attacked England with renewed zeal every time on many occasions. They were unlucky not to have converted their efforts into goal despite taking the ball so close to the goalpost. After their defeat at the hands of Italians in the penalty shootout English captain Gerrard said, “We have done the country proud, but again we go home with heartbreak and it’s difficult to take”.
Italian fans are upbeat following the decisive win over England. A reader says, “You can always count on Italia to be either in the final of a big tournament of win the damn thing. I don’t think it will be any different this year. Italy always plays with heart, also- they are brilliantly organized as always and they know how to win matches. From what has been seen of them in the tournament thus far, this is what you can basically expect from Italy most of the time and you’d not peg them as favorites, but lo-and-behold- they reach the finals. My prediction: Italy to win it by a goal in extra time or to win it on penalties”.
Meanwhile Italian fans say they know their team is underdog during the semifinals against Germany, but say they expect their team to win the match and enter the finals. Another reader has this to say, “I really don’t understand how people are not giving Italy any chance whatsoever to beating Germany. I don’t get why people still don’t like Italy, is it our great brick wall defense that has only conceded 2 goals in 4 games opposed to Germanys 3 and we only gave up 2 goals in all of qualifying rounds, Is it our magic pass master( Pirlo) in the midfield, is it our wreckless yet efficient tackling midfielders who can also pass and shoot the ball from anywhere (DeRossi + Marchisio), is it our wing backs who run up and down the flanks nonstop and can also defend and attack , or is it goalie who is nearly unbeatable at the International level, or maybe its just pure jealousy or hate that people have for such a historic and great football nation who never quits and always plays with passion, heart and class. BTW everyone said that Italy would get stomped on by Germany in 06 and that was IN Germany, but we all know who won that one. ( No disrespect to the Germans, just stating my case)”.