European Championship

June 22, 2008

Final score - after penalties

Spain

(4)0 - 0(2)

Italy

European Championship

18:45 +00:00, June 22, 2008

Ernst Happel Stadion

Referee: Herbert Fandel

Spain win 4-2 on penalties

  • 133'

    Goalkeeper Casillas was the hero and Spain go through to a semi-final with Russia.

  • 132'

    It may have gone to penalties but in the end the best team won. The Spainish really went out to win the game whilst Italy played a defensive game.

  • 131'

    ...the Arsenal player beats Buffon and as the net bulges the Spanish celebrate a 4-2 penalty shoot out win over Italy.

  • 131'

    Fabregas steps up for Spain. If he scores Spain are through...

  • 130'

    ...Casillas saves low to his left. A copy of Buffon's save. 3-2 to Spain.

  • 130'

    Di Natale to square it for Italy...

  • 129'

    ...Buffon saves it low to his left. It was a poor pen. Still 3-2 to Spain

  • 129'

    Guiza now for Spain...

  • 128'

    ...Brilliant pen goes right into the top right corner. 3-2 to Spain.

  • 128'

    Camoranesi for Italy...

  • 127'

    ...he smashes it high into the net. 3-1 to Spain.

  • 126'

    Senna for Spain...

  • 125'

    ...Casillas saves to his right. Great stop. 2-1 to Spain.

  • 125'

    De Rossi steps up for Italy....

  • 124'

    ...he rolls it into the bottom left corner. Buffon goes the wrong way. 2-1 Spain.

  • 124'

    the sub Cazorla for Spain...

  • 123'

    ...Casillas went the right way but can't get there. 1-1.

  • 123'

    Grosso for Italy...

  • 122'

    ...He smashes it past Buffon. 1-0 Spain.

  • 122'

    Villa will take the first pen for Spain....

  • 121'

    It is time for the heroes and villains to step forward...

  • 120'

    Penalties it is! Italy have won their last two shootouts, including the World Cup final, and Spain have lost three in the quarter-finals of big competitions on this very date - June 22.

  • 120'

    the ref blows for full-time in extra-time and it is penalties.

  • 119'

    ...The Zaragoza striker hits a cross/shot across the face of goal and that could be the last chance of the match.

  • 118'

    Villa spreads the play to the left for Cazorla, whon is racing into the box....

  • 117'

    Guiza finds a little bit of room and shoots from 30-yards out. His shot is still rising as it flies into the fans.

  • 116'

    Del Piero takes on two players and loses out to Ramos. Neither team can build an attack at the moment.

  • 115'

    Italy have one player in the box. Not the sign of a team busting a gut to get a winning goal.

  • 114'

    Villa backheels a pass into the path of Cazorla but the youngster can't get the ball under control to shoot.

  • 113'

    The Spanish fans certainly don't like those tactics and whistle at the Italians.

  • 112'

    Di Natale goes down injured off the pitch, but rolls back onto the field so the ref has to stop play. There is no doubt Italy are playing for penalties then!

  • 111'

    Cazorla throws the ball down in frustration at not being awarded a croner and gets booked for his petulance.

  • 110'

    Villa beats the offside trap, but he is forced wide by Chiellini and does well to win a corner. The corner comes to nothing.

  • 109'

    Fabregas prods and probes at the Italian defence but still can't find a way through.

  • 108'

    Italy nmake their final change - surely with penalties in mind. Aquilani goes off and is replaced by Del Piero.

  • 107'

    Grosso delivers the freekick and it is a complete waste.

  • 106'

    Camoranesi gets a kick in his shoulder from Ramos and Italy have a freekick on the angle of the area.

  • 105'

    Italy get the final half of extra-time underway.

  • 105'

    Well there is 15 minutes remaining before we go to penalties.

  • 105'

    ...it is a very poor effort. The ref blows for half-time in extra-time.

  • 104'

    Fabregas has a chance to whip in freekick....

  • 103'

    Ramos finds Guiza on the right flank. The striker drives at Grosso and fires a shot through the defnder's legs that goes well wide of the goal.

  • 102'

    Spain's defensive midfielder is back on his feet and the game continues.

  • 101'

    Senna is down injured and the game is brought to a halt.

  • 100'

    The Italian fans are singing the national anthem to try and boost their flagging team.

  • 99'

    Spain build through midfield. Fabregas flicks the ball through the Italian defence for Sylva. The midfielder is clean through but the flag is up for offside.

  • 98'

    Fabregas drives into the box but two Italian defenders converge to ease him off the ball.

  • 97'

    Camoransei makes a poor tackle on Cazorla and the young Spaniard is hurt; but he gets up to continue.

  • 96'

    From the corner Toni loops a near post header on to the roof of the net.

  • 95'

    Di Natale leaps like a Salmon and forces a good save from Casillas with a powerful header. Italy have a corner.

  • 94'

    Chiellini and Fabregas kick each other's feet and both go down in a heap clutching at their appendages.

  • 93'

    Guiza knocks the ball down for Fabregas, who blasts his shot against Panucci. The bounces out to Sylva, who shoots inches wide of the post.

  • 92'

    Silva whips in a freekick. Ramos goes down in the box and Chiellini lambasts the Spaniard for trying to win a penalty.

  • 91'

    Spain restart the match and it could come down to a mistake from a tired player to decide this now... or penalties of course.

  • 91'

    For the third game in a row it is extra-time at the Euros.

  • 91'

    Fabregas puts in a cross. Villa can't control the ball with his first choice and a good chance goes begging at the end of the match. It will be extra-time!

  • 90'

    Spain have a throw deep in Italy's half but they can't manufacture a chance as time ticks away.

  • 89'

    Toni is down holding his shin after a tackle from Puyol. The ref stops play, much to the disgust of Cazorla, who was on the attack.

  • 88'

    There are some tired players out there now.

  • 87'

    Villa twist and turns in the box but Zambrotta stands his ground and there is no way past for Spain.

  • 86'

    Guiza controls the ball in the box, he sets himself to shoot but the striker used his hand to control the ball and the whistle blows for a freekick.

  • 85'

    Chiellini's socks are around his ankles - a familar sight in extra-time and it looks like that is the way we are heading.

  • 84'

    Spain make another change. Torres goes off (and he is not happy) to be replaced by Mallorca hotshot Guiza.

  • 83'

    Di Natale chips a cross to the back post. Toni attempts an overhead kick and takes a good shooting chance away from Grosso, who was ready to lash the ball into the back of the net.

  • 82'

    That was a lucky escape for the Italy keeper, who very rarely makes a mistake.

  • 80'

    Fabregas loses the ball but it spins to Senna, who fires off another long-range shot. Buffon collects the ball... but then lets the ball spill from his graps, it spins back, hits the post and then back into his clutches.

  • 79'

    ....Senna smashes in a shot and Buffon has to react quickly to beat the midfielder's effort away.

  • 78'

    Torres wins a lucky freekick. Four red shirts are hovering around the ball....

  • 77'

    Torres wins another corner. Fabregas whips it in this time and Italy scramble the ball clear.

  • 76'

    Panucci concedes a corner. Fabregas takes it short, Villa flicks a cross to the back post, Ramos controls the ball on his chest and then hooks a shot at goal which Buffon saves easily.

  • 75'

    Di Natale races onto a long pass from Camoranesi, who has really made a difference since he came on, but the flag is up for offside.

  • 74'

    Di Natale has gone to play alongside Toni. Is this a sign of attacking intent from the Italians? Let's hope so.

  • 73'

    Italy make a substitution. Cassano is replaced by Di Natale.

  • 72'

    I would like everybody who is reading this to take a moment to put their hands together and pray that this match does not got to extra-time.

  • 71'

    Villa races into the box and tries to cut inside Chiellini. The Spanish striker takes a tumble and the ref books him for diving. A sign of desperation from Villa?

  • 70'

    Camoranesi breaks down the right and fires in a cross for Toni. The big Italian forward can only get a slight touch to the pass and his header goes wide.

  • 69'

    Guess what happens from the corner? That's right, nothing!

  • 68'

    ....Villa places the ball. His shot deflects off the Italian wall and Spain have a corner.

  • 67'

    Panucci fouls Villa and Spain have a freekick in the centre of the goal...

  • 66'

    The freekick is overhit and that is typical of this game so far. Rubbish!

  • 65'

    Some good trickery from Camoranesi launches an Italian attack. Toni takes over but has no support and all he can do is win a freekick.

  • 64'

    Grosso's cross is only partially cleared by Puyola and Aquilani shoots wide from 30-yards out.

  • 63'

    Fabregas drives forward, plays a one-two with Capdevila and keeps going but his efforts come to nought.

  • 60'

    The crowd are getting behind their team now.

  • 59'

    Italy push forward. Toni causes panic in the box as the ball ricochets around. Camoranesi finally gets a shot on goal but Casillas saves.

  • 58'

    Spain respond with a double substitution. Off go Xavi and Iniesta and one comes Fabregas and Cazorla.

  • 57'

    Italy make a change. the ineffective Perrotta is replaced by Camoranesi.

  • 56'

    Capdevila races down the left. He crosses for Torres but Chiellini heads clear under pressure. A good game is threatening to break out now.

  • 55'

    Marchena shoots from about 35-yards. When I tell you he is a centreback you can guess that the outcome was not a goal.

  • 54'

    Cassano tricks his way through the midfield but when he looks up to make a pass there is no movement from his colleagues.

  • 53'

    Toni tunrs Marchena and is then brought down by Senna. Toni wants a freekick but the ref is having none of it.

  • 51'

    Senna fires a pass down the wing. Chiellini has about a ten-yard headstart on Torres but can only just clear the ball at full stretch as the pacy striker races with him for the ball.

  • 50'

    Grosso gallops forward and whips in cross for Toni. The striker has got a yard on his marker Puyol but the flag goes up for offside.

  • 49'

    Sylva twists and turns in the box. He looks like he has got the better of Chiellini but the big defender sticks out a leg to block Silva's shot.

  • 48'

    Villa finds Iniesta unmarked on the corner of the box but the Spaniard takes a poor first touch. So bad in fact that the ball bounces up and hits his hand.

  • 47'

    The fans are already whistling at the players. They want to see some decent action too.

  • 46'

    Italy get the second-half underway.

  • 46'

    Spain are trying to play the better football but Italy are defending very well and looking to hit on the break. Both teams are basically nullifying each other.

  • 46'

    Well what can we say about that half? Things can only get better.

  • 46'

    Ramos crosses to the far post for Villa but Buffon comes off his line to claim the ball. Thankfully that is the final act of the half!

  • 45'

    Senna fouls De Rossi. Meanwhile, Marchena sneakily kicks Perrotta in the back while the ref isn't watching.

  • 44'

    Spain attack down the left. Villa prodes the ball into the path of Iniesta, who hits a wild shot into the side netting.

  • 43'

    I'll tell you when something happens...

  • 40'

    Silva takes a dive on the edge of the box. The ref waves play on whilst Silva rolls around on the floor looking for sympathy.

  • 38'

    Silva is having much more impact against Grosso than Iniesta had.

  • 37'

    Silva attacks as Grosso backs off. The winger cuts inside the defender and fires off a leftfoot shot that just goes wide of the far post.

  • 36'

    The Italians are trying to get Cassano into the game as he looks like the player who might create something for them.

  • 35'

    Cassano beats Ramos and crosses from the left. Toni heads at goal but his effort deflects off Marchena in the penalty box.

  • 34'

    Ineista smashes a shot into row Z.

  • 33'

    Silva has switched to the right to try his luck. The midfielder has seen a lot of the ball but not really caused any problems.

  • 32'

    Xavi wins a corner for Spain but the ref spots a foul in the box and play comes to a halt yet again.

  • 31'

    Silva can't pick a pass through the Italian defence so he decides to have a shot. Buffon scrambles to his left to save the long-range effort.

  • 30'

    Ambrosini piles into Senna after a poor first touch and the Italian gets booked.

  • 29'

    Silva drives at the Italian defence and slips a great through-ball into to Torres, who is flagged offside.

  • 28'

    Villa makes a good turn to get rid of Panucci but three white shirts swarm around him and win back possession.

  • 27'

    Xavi picks out Iniesta with a lovely chipped pass but the Spaniard is just muscled off the ball by the bigger Grosso.

  • 26'

    This is certainly not the exciting game we all wanted to see.

  • 25'

    Villa pinches the ball off Panucci but his fellow centreback Chiellini comes to the rescue and tackles Villa as he waits for support.

  • 24'

    ....Villa shoots through the Italian wall but Buffon saves his low, hard shot.

  • 23'

    Villa wins a freekick off De Rossi, 30-yards out. A great chance for a shot on goal for Spain....

  • 22'

    Ambrosini wins the ball of Ramos but his cross from the left is delivered too early and Toni has not yet got into the box.

  • 21'

    Panucci picks out Toni, who lays the ball off to Cassano. His shot is blocked.

  • 20'

    The Italians are getting on top in this game now. Ambrosini is looking for the ball over the defence for Toni which caused so much damage to the French.

  • 18'

    Ambrosini crosses from the left. Perrotta gets a chance to head at goal but doesn't trouble Casillas.

  • 17'

    Panucci attempts to play offside and Torres races clear down the left. The Italian defence quickly recovers and Torres can only poke a hopeful shot over the bar.

  • 16'

    Villa is caught by Ambrosini and the game stops as the striker gets some treatment.

  • 15'

    Torres beats Grosso and skirts the edge of the box. Ambrosini stands firm and makes a great tackle in the penalty area.

  • 14'

    Capdevila gets the ball and throws his arms up in frustration as he waits for somebody to make a run for him.

  • 13'

    Zambrotta maraudes forward but his cross is poor. Very scrappy game from the Italians at the moment.

  • 12'

    Chiellini looks to be losing a foot race with Villa but Buffon rushes off his line to clear the danger. That could be a way to breach the Italian defence for Spain.

  • 11'

    Iniesta fouls Grosso. there was nothing in it but the Spanish midfielder gets booked.

  • 10'

    Torres is robbed by Cassano and the Spain striker fouls the Italian as he attempts to win the ball back.

  • 8'

    Spain with all the possession at the moment.

  • 7'

    Capdevilla and Silva play a lovely one-two on the left. Capdevilla shoots from the edge of the box but his effort is deflected into the arms of Buffon.

  • 6'

    De Rossi whips in a freekick for Toni to head. The striker bears down on Casillas but the keeper plucks the ball out of the air.

  • 5'

    It is a hot night in Vienna and that may be contributing to this slow start to the game.

  • 4'

    Xavi and Capdevilla play around with the ball on the right flank but the Italian defence will not be drawn out.

  • 3'

    One of the first thing that strikes you about the two teams is that Italy look like a much larger team. Could be important from set pieces.

  • 2'

    Grosso stretches his long legs down the left flank. Senna brings down De Rossi for a freekick.

  • 1'

    Toni loops a pass over his own head looking for strike partner Cassano. Puyol heads clear.

  • 1'

    Spain get the game underway, in their regular red and dark blue strip. Italy are wearing all white and kick from right to left.

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    The anthems are playing as the atmosphere bubbles away in the Stadium.

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    Kick-off is only ten minutes away...

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    On paper the Spanish are the better team but they haven't beaten Italy in a competitive match since the 1920 Olympics.

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    Spain have failed at the quarter-final stage so many times before but can they actually go through this time against a stuttering Italy?

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    Spain coach Luis Aragones has kept faith with the team that crushed Russia 4-1 and edged a last gasp 2-1 win over Sweden. Full team: 1-Iker Casillas; 15-Sergio Ramos, 5-Carles Puyol, 4-Carlos Marchena, 11-Joan Capdevila; 19-Marcos Senna; 6-Andres Iniesta, 8-Xavi, 21-David Silva; 7-David Villa, 9-Fernando Torres

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    Italy coach Roberto Donadoni has chosen inexperienced midfielder Alberto Aquilani ahead of Mauro Camoranesi. Full team: 1-Gianluigi Buffon; 19-Gianluca Zambrotta, 2-Christian Panucci, 4-Giorgio Chiellini, 3-Fabio Grosso; 22-Alberto Aquilani, 10-Daniele De Rossi, 13-Massimo Ambrosini; 20-Simone Perrotta; 18-Antonio Cassano, 9-Luca Toni

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    Join us at 1945(BST) for the last quarter-final of Euro 2008. It's world champions Italy, against in-form Spain. And it has a lot to live up to!