Germany End Italy Hoodoo After Shoot Out Win

Germany finally ending their curse of never beating Italy in competitive games as Joachim Low’s men defeated the Azzurri via an intense penalty shoot out.

The two sides were drawing 1-1 during regular time and no more goals were scored during 2×15, forcing them to settle things via lottery shoot out.

Starting things out, German players were eager to erase their hoodoo over their rival, by setting up the same 3 defenders as Italy, triggering a very tight encounter.

Neither teams looked capable of breaking each others out, but Mesut Ozil took advantage of a slight lack of concentration from Azzurri’s defense to open the scoring on 65 minutes.

However, a horrible mistake from Jerome Boateng gave Italy an important penalty kick which was converted expertly by Leonardo Bonucci, making it 1-1.

That score line stick until the final 90 minutes and also throughout another 2×15 of extra time, forcing that tricky shoot out to decide the outcome.

Things seem to be heading into Italy’s favor when Thomas Muller missed his shot, but similar situation happened for Italy as things extend until the ninth taker.

Fortune eventually turned to Germany as Matteo Darmian missed his crucial shot, while Jonas Hector converted the all important penalty sending Die Mannschaft into semifinals.