By Andy Hyslop
- Germany will face France or Iceland in the semi-finals
- Schweinsteiger starts on bench for Germany
- Darmian starts on bench for Italy
German won through to a semi-final with France or Iceland with a thrilling penalty shootout win over Italy. After the game finished 1-1 after extra-time.
Manchester United pair Schweinsteiger and Darmian both started the game the bench for their respective countries.
Schweinsteiger is the German captain but injury throughout the season mean that he has been restricted to substitute appearances in the tournament so far.
Schweinsteiger entered the game earlier than the Germans would have planned when replaced the injured Sami Khedira midway through the first-half.
Darmian started the first match of the tournament for Italy been has been used from the bench by Italian manager Conte.
Darmian was a late substitute for Italy in the second-half of the game and he would play a key role the shootout.
Germany made a change to their side so that they could mirror the Italians back three and use of wing-backs. A ploy they used in a recent friendly between the two sides. Which Germany won 4-1.
The first-half was one of few chances for either side as the Italians struggled to attack with the same thrust as they did against Spain.
The opening goal after 65 minutes when Ozil fired past Buffon after good work by Mario Gomez and Jonas Hector down the left flank.
Italy got their equaliser from the penalty spot on 78 minutes. The penalty was awarded after Jerome Boateng handled in the area.
Leonardo Bonucci stepped up to take the penalty and beat Neuer to level the game and score from the first penalty he had ever taken in a match (barring penalty shootouts).
Germany win through in shootout
The rest of the game was played and extra-time followed without a winning being found by either team. a shootout would decide the game.
The Germans have an impressive shootout record in tournament football. Not having lost one since losing in the final to Czechoslovakia in 1976 European Championships.
In a fact player hadn’t missed a penalty in a shootout since the 1982 World Cup. Meaning they had successful converted 21 shootout penalties.
So it was a shock that three German players would miss in this shootout but they still won through 6-5.
Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger all missed for Germany.
While Simeone Zaza who had been brought on to take a penalty missed for Italy along with Graziano Pelle, Bonucci and Matteo Darmian.
The decisive miss was Darmian’s, as this gave Hector the chance to the win the game for Germany.
Hector’s penalty was similar to Darmian but where Neuer had saved Buffon was unable to stop Hector’s.
Germany will now meet France or Iceland in the semi-finals.