PARIS (AP) — Jonas Hector scored the winning penalty as Germany beat Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout to reach the semifinals of the European Championship.
Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer had saved Matteo Darmian’s spot-kick moments before.
Neither side could score in extra time after drawing 1-1 at the end of 90 minutes of their quarterfinal match in Bordeaux.
Leonardo Bonucci converted a penalty in the 78th minute to bring Italy level after Jerome Boateng handled a flicked header by Giorgio Chiellini in the area.
Mesut Ozil had given Germany the lead in the 65th, racing onto a deflected cross to steer in from eight meters.
The match had been a tactical stalemate until Ozil’s goal, with defenses on top and neither goalkeeper seriously tested.
Germany advances to a semifinal against France or Iceland in Marseille on Thursday.
It was Germany’s first ever competitive win over Italy.