Euro 2016 Quarter-Finals Recap: Germany need penalties to beat Italy, Wales stun Belgium

The Euro 2016 quarter-finals gave us two penalty shoot-outs and 15 goals as eight teams were halved leaving us with just four to battle it out for the European Championship crown.

World champions Germany remain on course for a world and European double but Joachim Low’s side needed penalties to overcome Italy and book a place in the semi-finals.

Despite missing three penalties, Germany are through to the semif-inals image: allnewsandreports.com

Despite missing three penalties, Germany are through to the semi-finals
image: allnewsandreports.com

Germany took the lead on 65 minutes when Mesut Ozil pounced onto Jonas Hector’s cross from inside the box after some good work down the left-hand side by striker Mario Gomez.

Defender Leonardo Bonucci levelled things up 12 minutes from time as the Juventus man scored his first ever penalty after Jerome Boateng handled in the box. After it remained 1-1 after 120 minutes, the game went to penalties.

Simone Zaza had a moment to forget as he blasted his spot-kick over the bar as Graziano Pelle and Bonucci also missed for the Azzurri but Gianluigi Buffon saved Thomas Muller’s effort, Mesut Ozil hit the post and Bastian Schweinsteiger blazed over for sudden death.

The decisive moment came when Man United right-back Matteo Darmian saw Italy’s ninth penalty saved by Neuer and Germany’s Hector drove his spot kick low under Buffon to send Germany through with a 6-5 shooutout victory.

The Germans now face a semi-final with hosts France on Thursday as Didier Deschamps side ended Iceland’s incredible Euro 2016 run with an emphatic 5-2 victory over Iceland.

Olivier Giroud opened the scoring on 12 minutes when he fired an angled shot through the legs of goalkeeper Hannes Bor Halldorsson and it was 2-0 seven minutes later when Paul Pogba headed in from Antoine Griezmann’s corner.

Dimitri Payet fired a low shot into the far corner for France’s third on 42 minutes and Griezmann made it four just before half-time when he raced on and lifted the ball over Halldorsson and into the back of the net.

Iceland pulled one back through Kolbeinn Sigthorsson on 56 minutes as he poked Gylfi Sigurddson’s cross in at the near post but Giroud restored the hosts four goal advantage three minutes later as he headed in from a free-kick.

Iceland kept fighting and grabbed a second through Birkir Bjarnason’s header on 84 minutes but it was too little too late as France’s brilliant first-half display was enough to see them into the final four.

Wales are into the European Championship semi-finals for the first time as Chris Coleman’s side came from a goal down to stun Belgium with a 3-1 victory.

Hal Robson Kanu scored a sublime goal in Wales win over Belgium image: newsoneplace.com

Hal Robson Kanu scored a sublime goal in Wales win over Belgium
image: newsoneplace.com

Radja Nainggolan’s thunderous 25 yard effort put the Red Devils in front on 13 minutes but Wales equalised through captain Ashley Williams on the half hour mark as he headed in Aaron Ramsey’s corner.

Hal Robson Kanu put Wales in front on 55 minutes as the free agent was allowed to turn in the box and drive the ball past Thibaut Courtois, before substitute Sam Vokes’ header made sure of a Welsh victory five minutes from time.

It will be a date with Portugal on Wednesday for Wales after Fernando Santos’s side needed penalties to see off Poland after a 1-1 draw across 120 minutes.

Robert Lewandowksi’s first goal of Euro 2016 got Poland off to a flyer after just two minutes but teenager Renato Sanches deflected effort pulled it level on just after the half-hour mark.

It went to penalties and after Jakub Blaszczykowski saw his effort saved by Rui Patricio, Ricardo Quaresma made no mistake with his spotkick to send Portugal to the semi-finals.

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