Two giants of European football, Germany and Italy, clashed in a tie that wouldn't have been out of place as the final but which ended in unpredictably predictable fashion!

Mezut Ozil broke open a tight game midway through the second half for the World Champions but a bizarre decision by Jerome Boateng to challenge for a free kick with his arms in the air led to a penalty from which Bonucci successfully converted.

The match eventually finished level at 1-1 after extra time and the two teams traded a series of awful penalties before Darmian side-footed tamely, Manuel Neuer saved and Hector despatched the winning spot kick to send the Germans through to yet another semi-final.

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Brent Stephens
1 Posted 02/07/2016 at 20:59:54
Who's that Italian defender who seems to be panicking and giving the ball away? Bonucci??
David Barks
2 Posted 03/07/2016 at 01:23:37
So uh, what happened to all that Pelle praise on here??? Just curious.
Eric Holland
3 Posted 03/07/2016 at 01:38:29
Thought Eder was much better for Italy.
Dennis Ng
4 Posted 03/07/2016 at 04:32:38
Draxler relatively quiet after coming on but good player still if we can get him
Dave Abrahams
5 Posted 03/07/2016 at 09:01:55
David (2), since you ask I thought he was very good last night, held up the ball well, brought his team mates into the game, ran for 120 minutes and never complained to his fellow players, good control, excellent in the air and won most of battles with a big commanding German centre back. I've got to admit he was on par with Lukaku taking his penalty. I think he would be a good signing for Everton at around £10M.

What did you think of him?

Jon Withey
6 Posted 03/07/2016 at 09:42:10
That Pelle penalty was pretty bad in a slew of bad penalties. £10m seems a lot, but I guess Koeman knows how to play him.

I doubt he would last any more than 3 seasons though, if that.

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