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EURO 2012 LIVE: Italy beats England on pens

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties after the match ended 0-0 after extra-time. The Italians will now play Germany. Here’s the best of the action. All times are Polish.

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2332: Italy finished the game on 64 percent possession and 35 shots, with 20 on target. England had nine attempts, with only four on target. Italy made 818 passes this evening, compared to 320 from England. Anything other than an Italian victory would have been an injustice, despite the amount of chances they missed.

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2328: Italy sets up a semifinal meeting with Germany. England is out of the tournament and while they will curse their continued bad luck from the penalty spot, Italy deserved to win. It was an even first half where both sides had decent chances but Italy came out and dominated the second half and they looked the only side who would score in extra time. England defended valiantly but after offering so little in attack, they find themselves going home at the quarterfinal stage once again.

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2325: Yet again, England goes out of a major championship on penalties. Italy was first to miss one, but recovered and Young and Cole missed the crucial kicks for England. Pirlo scored a spectacularly cool penalty, dinking the ball over Hart to give Italy the momentum again before Diamanti sealed the victory.

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2324: ITALY HAS BEATEN ENGLAND 4-2 ON PENALTIES.

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2314: FULL-TIME: England 0, Italy 0. THE MATCH WILL BE DECIDED BY A PENALTY SHOOTOUT.

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2309: Italy finally has the ball in the back of the net but Diamanti, who stoops to head it past Joe Hart, is ruled offside from a Maggio cross. Diamanti is distraught but it was a very good call from the linesman. Under five minutes left now.

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2307: Diamanti curls a pullback into the penalty area from Balzaretti wide from eight yards out. England escapes once again, and another good Italy chance goes wide.

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2306: PhillipsIan: It’s Monday morning in Kiev. You think it’s been a long night already? Wait for a shootout. With Buffon and Hart in goal, it could go long (via Twitter).

sdouglas80: Italy has lost five out of seven penalty shootouts at World Cups/Euros. England has lost 5/6. Could be a low-scoring shootout… (via Twitter)

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2300: It is now Monday morning in Kiev, as the clock ticks past midnight. England v Italy creeps into a second day. Sunday could not bring a winner, but Monday definitely will.

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