We're underway in the last quarterfinal of Euro 2012, where Italy are taking on England. Hopefully, this will be less predictable than the first three -- so far we've had all the favorites go through. With England cognisant of the threat posed by Andrea Pirlo and dedicating a striker to track him while the Azzurri are in possession, the likes of Daniele de Rossi and Riccardo Montolivo, who should find themselves in plenty of space, will have to do most of the playmaking.
It was de Rossi who struck first, with the ball passed back to him 35 yards from goal. He had nobody around him, but elected to hit it with his left foot. It was a lovely shot, beating Joe Hart without a problem, but it cannoned off the right post and through to safety. Then England hit back, with James Milner's cross going through a tangle of bodies to Glen Johnson, who forced Gianluigi Buffon into a superb one-handed reaction save.
Pretty boring so far, in other words!
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