Penalties Throw Italy Out

Buffon had just saved a penalty then Di Natale could not do anything worse than failing to score his

0-0 for 120 minutes meant the quarter-final between Italy and Spain would be decided on penalties. After seeing Turkey beat Croatia in the first-penalty shoot-out in Euro 2008, things got exciting in Wien. Yet not for Italy. Casillas outshone Buffon in the penalties saving off two penalties of De Rossi and Di Natale to send Italy packing. It was a great match in which Spain obviously dominated for large parts and in fact in the first half possession statistics were terrifying for the Azzurri but the Italians had managed to use their possession extremely well while they closed down any chances for the Spanish.

Two penalty appeals turned down by Fandel for Spain and a super excellent performance by Giorgio Chiellini meant Italy would not concede in regular time. Buffon thanked the post later in the match having had a shot partially saved then latching onto the post and then on the second time he catches the ball.

Heart-Broken Italy Did Not Deserve Such Embarassing Elimination

It was undeserved for Italy after having started the tournament negatively with Cannavaro’s injury then obtaining qualification from Group Stage the way they did it and losing Pirlo and Gattusso to suspension putting Donadoni in some tactics scramble. Don’t get me wrong Spain deserved to go through but the Italians were just unlucky having to bow out in this way from Euro 2008.

Donadoni played his last card too late when he put forward Alex in the second half of extra time. He needed to put him on earlier in the match to see more from him. He could have been the turning point of the match had he was subbed earlier.

Il Bomber Left His Cannon at Home

Another disappointing match for Luca Toni who failed to break the duck in Euro 2008 and this was definitely the key to Italy only netting three goals in four matches. Amauri has declared that he would be ready to play for Italy if he is called up by the coach whoever he is and with the World Cup in two years time Italy really need to get rid of Toni or else wait until he decides to score.

Fabregas did not even give Del Piero a chance to take his penalty

Di Natale went on to be booed and jeered all the way through the last moments and before he kicked his penalty I had a bad feeling about him. Everytime he touched the ball Spanish fans were all over him after they thought he had simulated an injury. Casillas was on fire and Di Natale’s kick could not be scored the way he executed it. Fabregas then went on to send Buffon the wrong way to give Spain a place in the Semi-Final against Russia to get ready for a possible final against Germany or Turkey.

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