Germany moved into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after beating Italy 6-5 on penalties following a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux on Saturday night but their un-German-like inefficiency in a penalty shootout with Italy almost cost them dear before Jonas Hector kept his head.
Eighteen penalties were taken, with glaring misses on both sides, but Germany defender Jonas Hector eventually scored the decisive kick after Manuel Neuer had saved from Matteo Darmian, reports skysports.
— Germany (@DFB_Team_EN) July 2, 2016
The world champions missed three penalties before triumphing 6-5 in a rollercoaster 18-penalty shootout.
— Italy (@azzurri) July 2, 2016
Hector, the left back who scored the winning penalty, said:
“It’s hard to put it into words, but I am overjoyed that it went in. There weren’t many people left. I knew I had to take one at some point and I had my heart in my mouth.”
Coach Antonio Conte said:
I’m very proud of what the team achieved here. The only regret is the penalty kicks. But for commitment to the shirt, I can’t fault them.