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England, Italy Tied 0-0 in Euro Quarterfinal, to Play Extra Time

June 24, 2012

England and Italy were tied 0-0 at the end of regulation play in their quarterfinal in Kiev, Ukraine at soccer’s European Championship and will play 30 minutes extra time.

If the teams remain tied, the match will be decided by a penalty shootout. Both sides have missed a number of chances, with Italy creating the most. Daniele de Rossi and Mario Balotelli have come close to scoring in the second half for Italy.

The winner of the match at the Olympic Stadium will play record three-time champion Germany in the semifinals. The other semifinal will be between defending champion Spain and Portugal.

England, which last reached the semifinals in 1996, is looking to win the tournament for a first time. Italy is the 1968 champion.

England named an unchanged team, with Wayne Rooney again partnering Danny Welbeck in attack. Italy recalled striker Mario Balotelli to the starting lineup, while Riccardo Montolivo and Leonardo Bonucci came in for the injured Giorgio Chiellini and Thiago Motta.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Cone at jcone@bloomberg.net


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