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Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 pens)
Vienna, 22 June 2008
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Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna

The last quarter-final of Euro 2008 between much-fancied Spain and world champions Italy takes place at Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna

Spanish and Italian fans

Ahead of the game Spanish and Italian fans start a festival of colour and football together on the streets of the Austrian capital

Spanish and Italian fans

Only one team can win through to play Russia in the semi-final but for now Stephansplatz is an infectious party of red and blue

Spanish national team

Spain line up with Liverpool's Fernando Torres, but without club-mates Arbeloa, Alonso, Reina or Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas

Roberto Donadoni

Meanwhile Italy manager Roberto Donadoni is unable to field Andrea Pirlo or Gennaro Gattuso due to suspension

Iniesta, Spain; Grosso, Italy

The opening 20 minutes are cagey and Andres Iniesta of Spain earns the first booking after a series of fouls from both teams

Toni, Italy; Torres, Spain

The game is tense and tactical, with Luca Toni isolated up front for Italy, and Spain's Torres and Villa tackling back for the ball

Ambrosini, Italy; Villa, Spain

Italy survive a penalty claim though Massimo Ambrosini appears to catch David Villa's right leg just inside the box

Villa and Torres, Spain; Borriello, De Rossi, Toni, and Ambrosini, Italy

Villa of Spain has the first meaningful strike of the game but his free kick is well held by Italian captain and goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon

Marchena, Spain; Perrotta and Toni, Italy

Italy have the best chance of the first half, though, as Luca Toni finds space but his header is cleared by Carlos Marchena

Silva, Spain; Chiellini, Italy

The scrappy play continues in to the second half; the best chance falls to David Silva but his shot is blocked by Giorgio Chiellini

Italian and Spanish fans

The match itself is the only thing that subdues Italian and Spanish fans watching on the big screen outside the Vienna Rathaus

Buffon, Italy

Buffon momentarily relieves the monotony by spilling the ball on to his own post from Senna's long-range effort

Roberto Donadoni (l); Fernando Torres (r)

Both teams make changes, including the removal of Torres, and the addition of Fabregas and Camoranesi, but the deadlock remains

Zambrotta, Italy; Cazorla, Spain

Extra-time grinds on with few incidents or exciting moments of play and the match proceeds to penalties

Buffon, Italy; Villa, Spain

Spain have lost three previous shoot-outs on 22 June but Villa drills home the first penalty, sending Buffon the wrong way

Cazorla, Spain

Fabio Grosso, who scored in the World Cup final shoot-out, levels for Italy, but Santi Cazorla puts Spain ahead 2-1

Di Natale, Italy

Iker Casillas saves from both Daniele de Rossi and Antonio di Natale and Spain are 3-2 up after eight kicks

Fabregas, Spain

Cesc Fabregas keeps calm enough to tuck away his penalty and send Spain in to a semi-final rematch with Russia in Vienna

Spain celebrate

Spain celebrate their first major tournament win against Italy for 88 years with keeper-captain Iker Casillas the hero of the shoot-out




see also
Spain 0-0 Italy (4-2 pens)
22 Jun 08 |  Euro 2008


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