England Vs. Italy, Euro 2012: 2nd Half Begins With Italy Barrage

What a miss by Daniele de Rossi! England started the second half brightly with the ball just eluding Wayne Rooney in Gianluigi Buffon's area, but it's Italy who had the first real opportunity after the interval after Claudio Marchisio headed a partially cleared corner back into the mixer. England ended up caught in the transition and didn't know who was picking who up, allowing de Rossi to glide onto the ball and send a left-footed snapshot just wide of Joe Hart's left post from all of two yards. That might well have been the best chance of the match, but it was completely wasted.

England are in real trouble at this point -- Hart's had to pull off a double save against Antonio Cassano, then Mario Balotelli before Riccardo Montolivo sent a close-range volley blazing over the bar. Roy Hodgson's men are living dangerously.

We have live coverage in our England vs. Italy, Euro 2012 quarterfinals StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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