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Italy to meet Germany in semis after beating England

Alessandro Diamanti scored the winning penalty for Italy after Ashley Young missed and Ashley Cole's effort was saved by Gianluigi Buffon, RIA Novosti reported.

It was just reward for a dominating Italian display throughout the goalless regular and extra time, with Cesare Prandelli's side traveling to Warsaw for Thursday's semifinal.

Roy Hodgson's side exit the tournament with a record of two wins, one draw and one defeat.

Pirlo, Hart
Andrea Pirlo scores during the penalties. Photo: AFP

According to Xinhua news agency, following was the result of Euro 2012 quarter-final between England and Italy as watched by a crowd of about 60,000 people in the stadium here Sunday:

England 0 Italy 0

Italy win 4-2 on penalties

Penalty scorers

Italy: Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo, Antonio Nocerino, Alessandro Diamanti

England: Steven Gerrard, Wayne Rooney

Teams

England: Joe Hart - Glen Johnson, John Terry, Joleon Lescott, Ashley Cole - James Milner (Theo Walcott 61), Steven Gerrard (captain), Wayne Rooney, Scott Parker (Jordan Henderson 94), Ashley Young - Daniel Welbeck (Andrew Carroll 60)

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon (captain) - Ignazio Abate (Christian Maggio 90+1), Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Federico Balzaretti - Claudio Marchisio, Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo - Daniele De Rossi (Antonio Nocerino 80) - Antonio Cassano (Alessandro Diamanti 78), Mario Balotelli

Yellow cards: Andrea Barzagli (82), Christian Maggio (93)

Referee: Pedro Proenca (POR) 

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