Germany beats Italy in thriller to advance to the European semifinals

Germany's Jonas Hector scores the winning penalty past Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon during the Euro 2016 quarterfinal soccer match between Germany and Italy, at the Nouveau Stade in Bordeaux, France, Saturday, July 2, 2016. Germany defeated Italy 6-5 in a penalty shootout after the game ended tied 1-1. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

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.

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