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Mesut Ozil misses penalty for German vs Italy at Euro 2016

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Mesut Ozil had a rollercoaster of a night as Germany beat Italy on penalties to advance to the semi-final of Euro 2016.

The Arsenal midfielder gave Germany the lead with an instinctive finish in the second half but couldn’t find the net from the penalty spot in the shootout.

It was his second penalty miss of the tournament - after his effort against Slovakia was saved - and Ozil was thankful for Manuel Neuer’s heroics after the game finished 1-1.

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New Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka also missed a penalty at Euro 2016, the Switzerland midfielder missing the target against Poland.

So Arsene Wenger will be desperate his side avoid any penalty shootouts in cup competitions next season.

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Ozil's goal and penalty miss

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Germany advance

Despite his miss, Ozil’s night ended in ecstasy when Jonas Hector struck the winning penalty past Gianluigi Buffon after a marathon 18-penalty shootout.

Neuer saved from Leonardo Bonucci - who had equalised for Italy from the penalty spot - and Matteo Darmian, highlighting his status as the world’s best goalkeeper.

Germany v Italy - Quarter Final: UEFA Euro 2016

Joachim Low’s team, looking to win their second major tournament in three years following their success at the 2014 World Cup, will take on either France or Iceland in the semi-final.

Die Mannschaft look as imposing as ever, despite Thomas Muller failing to score in the tournament, and they proved once again last night that they are truly nerveless under pressure.

The only change Low might want to make is moving Ozil down the penalty-taker pecking order.

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