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England Crash Out Of Euro 2012 On Penalties
England have crashed out of Euro 2012 on penalties to Italy - the sixth defeat in their previous seven shoot-outs.
Around 6,000 Three Lions fans trudged from the Olympic Stadium in Kiev after midnight local time as the long wait for a second major trophy continued.
Millions of fans back in England were glued to television screens as the drama unfolded.
The quarter-final had finished goalless after extra time, with Italy dominating the match.
And England's hopes were raised after Riccardo Montolivo missed Italy's second penalty.
But Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed their spot kicks before Alessandro Diamanti's decisive strike beat England keeper Joe Hart.
"It's obviously a hard way to go out," England striker Wayne Rooney said. "And it's maybe happened too many times now."
Manager Roy Hodgson said he had been confident in England's five penalty-takers before the shoot-out had got under way at the Olympic Stadium.
He said: "We've watched these players taking penalties in training because penalty-taking has become a bit of an obsession for us in English football, and they've done extremely well.
"But you can't reproduce the tension, you can't reproduce the occasion, you can't reproduce the nervousness."
The only victory when England players have been put on the spot from 12 yards came in the Euro 1996 quarter-finals against Spain.
The English penalty jinx started in the semi-finals of the 1990 World Cup against West Germany and the unified Germans ousted them at the same stage in Euro 1996.
Argentina was the shoot-out victor in the second round at the 1998 World Cup, and Portugal beat England in the quarter-finals at both Euro 2004 and the 2006 World Cup.