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Euro 2016, quarter-final: Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties, reach semi-final

In an exciting Euro 2016 quarter-final encounter, Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties to advance to semi-final.

Interestingly before this match, Germany had never beaten Italy in a major tournament having lost on all their previous eight encounters.

In the quarter-final match, Jonas Hector struck the winning penalty for Germany in a marathon shootout where many including Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller failed to convert their penalty kicks.

The match ended in a 1-1 draw at the end of extra-time as Leonardo Bonucci's penalty cancelled out Mesut Ozil's opener for Germany.

Germany seemed to be heading for victory after Mesut Ozil gave them a 65th-minute lead, but Italy equalised through a Leonardo Bonucci penalty 12 minutes from the end of normal time after a Jerome Boateng handball.

With no goals scored in extra time, Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Bastian Schweinsteiger all failed from the spot for Germany.

But after Simone Zaza and Graziano Pelle missed for Italy and Bonucci was denied by Manuel Neuer, Matteo Darmian's failure to convert Azzurri's ninth kick made Hector Germany's hero.

"It's hard to put it into words, but I am overjoyed that it went in," a beaming Hector said.

"There weren't many people left. I knew I had to take one at some point and I had my heart in my mouth. We're happy to have gone a round further, it was really stressful and of course luck played it's part."