England Loses On Penalties Again
Roy Hodgson´s England players were defeated 4–2 on penalties by a well drilled and confident Italy team after a goalless 120 minutes at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday. Ashley Young and Ashley Cole both missed from the penalty spot as The Three Lions were knocked out of the 2012 European Championships tournament.
In the third minute of the encounter, The Azzurro almost went into an early lead when a magnificent Daniele de Rossi volley from some 30 yards out hit the outside of the post. A mere two minutes later, though, Glen Johnson had a fantastic opportunity to score for his country but his close range shot was effectively saved by experienced Juventus netminder Gianluigi Buffon. And although Cesare Prandelli´s troops dominated the possession of the ball, they found it difficult to break down the padlock defence of the opposition. The Three Lions nearly grabbed the winner, however, when a spectacular overhead kick from Wayne Rooney went just over the crossbar in the closing stages of the encounter. But as extra time approached with neither England nor Italy having found the net, both teams walked the tightrope of tension and the first ninety minutes ended in equilibrium. The Roman legionnaires had the ball in the back of the net twenty-five minutes into extra time in the European Championships Quarter Final but Antonio Nocerino’s headed goal from close range was rightfully ruled out by the observant linesman for offside. With the scoreboard reading 0–0 after 120 minutes of play, the hard fought contest went into a high noon shoot out which the blue shirts eventually won by 4–2. England: Joe Hart, Glen Johnson, Joleon Lescott, John Terry, Ashley Cole, James Milner, Steven Gerrard, Scott Parker, Wayne Rooney, Ashley Young, Danny Welbeck. Substitutes: Andy Carroll, Jordan Henderson, Theo Walcott, Leighton Baines, Stewart Downing, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.