Matteo Darmian was the villain after his missed penalty meant Germany claimed a spot in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.
After playing out a 1-1 draw over 120, two of the world's best teams were locked in a penalty shootout - and it just so happened to be one of the worst ever.
Simeone Zaza was bought on by Antonio Conte just for the shooutout - but he blazed his spot-kick well over after a bizarre run up.
However the Italian was let off when Thomas Muller's tame shot was safely gathered up by Gianluigi Buffon. Mesut Ozil then lined up to take his penalty only to hit the post, before Graziano Pelle tamely rolled his spot-kick wide.
Substitute Julian Draxler did manage to score his penalty to make it 2-2 and send it to sudden death. Leonardo Bonucci missed his effort having scored from 12 yards in normal time and Bastian Schweinsteiger did exactly the same.
Emmanuel Giaccherini scored his effort to put the pressure on Mats Hummels, the the defender responded emphatically. After both sides exchanged efforts to make it 5-5, it was ultimately heartbreak for Italy after Manchester United's Matteo Darmain missed his effort, then Jonas Hector slotted home to send Germany through.
Zaza missed pen:
Germany took the lead in the second half thanks to a close-range effort from Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. However it should have been over just moments later when the ball looped into the path of Mario Gomez.
Muller missed pen:
The veteran striker looked a dead-cert to score and double his side's lead - but then Buffon came to the rescue with a wondersave. With time starting to run out Italy were handed a lifeline when Jerome Boateng was penalised for handling in the box.
Ozil missed pen:
Defender Leonardo Bonucci stepped up and, despite his stuttered run-up, manage to slot the ball past Manuel Neuer in the Germany goal to make it 1-1.
From there the game drifted towards penalties - and in the battle of two brilliant goalkeepers it was NAME who came out on top.
Darmian missed pen:
Reigning World Cup holders Germany have a surprisingly terrible record against Italy, and haven't beaten them in their last eight meetings at major tournaments.
However Antonio Conte is without Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who picked up an injury in the Azzurri's win against Spain, while his replacement, Thiago Motta, is also absent.
Marco Veratti, Italy's starting midfield lynchpin, has missed the tournament because of injury.