Simone Zaza was "convinced" he would score in penalty shootout against Germany

Simone Zaza was

Simone Zaza was "convinced" he would score in penalty shootout against Germany

Paul Pogba has spoken of his delight at reaching the Euro 2016 semi-final with France, but admits he was upset by Italy's penalty defeat to Germany in their quarter-final.

After the match finished 1-1 after extra time, both sides then missed several penalties before Germany prevailed. But he says with Neuer in goal, Germany always fancy their chances.

Bonucci had never taken a penalty before, apart from during shootouts.

They have been involved in six penalty contests, losing only once in the final of the 1976 European Championship against Czechoslovakia.

Mesut Ozil had put them ahead in the 65th minute before a penalty from Leonardo Bonucci forced extra-time.

Antonio Conte gave his final emotional farewell to the Italy job after Euro 2016 elimination.

That agonising setback prompted full-time tears from the Azzurri's veteran goalkeeper Buffon and Pogba found it a tough spectacle to watch.

Low reverted to three centre-backs to counter Italy's tactical approach and he felt it was essential to make the adjustment. "Every player has to make that decision for himself then".

AFP  Mehdi FedouachItaly’s Pelle misses a penalty against Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during their Euro 2016 quarter-final match
AFP Mehdi FedouachItaly’s Pelle misses a penalty against Germany’s goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during their Euro 2016 quarter-final match

Germany had the advantage when Neuer saved Bonucci's spot kick.

I didn't want to let Bonucci score twice, so I stopped his shot. Eventually Matteo Darmian missed for Italy, setting up the ninth round victor for Hector.

"I'm delighted that it went in", Hector said. "I leave the team behind after the work we did but I'm sure they can continue down a attractive path".

The so-called "Italian curse" is no more for the Germans, who are seeking to follow up their World Cup title from two years ago. "From that point of view, the right ones had the luck that you need in a shootout".

But Loew was full of praise for Hector and 21-year-old Joshua Kimmich who nailed their penalties under intense pressure.

All through the tournament, this was the first time the Italian superstar, Gianluigi Buffon was conceding a goal from anyone.

Germany had enjoyed majority of the possession but Italy were threatening in their own way playing the long ball game to best of their ability, putting unsafe ball into the box causing problems for Germany sometimes.

Florenzi curled the ball into the area, Boateng went up for a challenge with Chiellini with his arms raised like a basketball player and the ball hit the German's arm.

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