|Euro 2012 : Italy beat England 4-2 and advance to semi-finals|
The Euro 2012 championship is getting hotter with top quality teams advancing to the semi-final stage. Portugal and Germany have already advanced to semi-final stages by defeating Czech Republic and Greece respectively.
Italy is the third team which reserved a semi-finals berth by defeating England 4-2 in penalties. Ashley Cole and Ashley Young missed the penalties which ultimately made the difference.
The Italian domination was seen right from the beginning of the game. Italy displayed brilliant ball play with 833 completed passes in the 120 minutes of play.
Buffon once again proved to be the hero for Italy by saving Ashley Cole's penalty, while Diamanti put the ball in to seal the victory.
On the other side Spain advanced to the semifinals by beating France 2-0 with Xabi Alonso's two strikes.
Now, Italy will meet Germany and Portugal will meet Spain in the semi-finals.