Germany destroyed every cliche about their penalty-taking ability yet they still qualified for the Euro 2016 semi-finals after one of the worst shoot-outs ever seen at a major tournament.
The Germans missed three penalties - yes, you read that right - but Italy were equally as inept before Jonas Hector eventually slotted the winning spot-kick after the game ended 1-1.
The game only got to penalties after Jerome Boateng's inexplicable handball allowed Leonardo Bonucci to cancel out Mesut Ozil's opener from the penalty spot. Both Bonucci and Ozil then missed in the shoot-out and while Germany saw a run of 22 successive shoot-out penalties come to an end they still managed to clinch their first-ever competitive win over the Azzurri.
The penalty shoot-out in a tweet
Germany wins in the saddest penalty shootout ever aired on broadcast television.
-- Luke Thomas (@SBNLukeThomas) July 2, 2016
The penalty bad boys
An unexpectedly long German list included Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Thomas Muller while for Italy the players in the dock where Simone Zaza - who was brought on at the end of extra-time for penalties - Bonuucci, Graziano Pelle and Matteo Darmian.
Boateng turns Stefano Sturaro's shot wide (41 minutes). The best chance of the opening half took most of it to arrive as Emanuele Giaccherini's cut-back somehow drifted across the face of goal before Sturaro's goalbound blast was deflected wide by Boateng's outstretched foot.
Alessandro Florenzi's flying back-flip clearance (54 minutes). In a game where defences took centre stage it was probably fitting that one of the most exciting moments was reserved for a stunning mid-air clearance by Florenzi to ensure Thomas Muller's strike did not find the back of the net.
Ozil bundles home (65 minutes). Germany found space down the left flank and Jonas Hector's pull back deflected into Ozil's path to score at the near post.
Buffon super save denies Gomez (68 minutes). Buffon showed his reactions are as sharp as ever at the age of 38 as Ozil's delightful chipped pass found Gomez who inventive strike failed to catch out the veteran shot-stopper.
Bonucci equalises from the spot (78 minutes). After Boateng was penalised for handball - the defender inexplicably leaving his arms in the air to block the ball - second-choice penalty taker Bonucci showed nerves of steel as he easily beat Manuel Neuer after a stuttering run.
Hector sends Germany through. After Darmian became the fourth Italian to miss from the spot Germany's young full-back smashed his penalty under Buffon to end the shoot-out...finally.
Who played well?
Italy's back three were brilliant yet again. They headed away pretty much everything that came their way and it was only a deflected pass that caught them out of position for Ozil's opener. Bonucci was nerveless from the spot to level and while he would later miss in the shoot-out he and his defensive partners will leave the tournament with heads held high.
Who played badly?
Zaza was only on the pitch for a minute but his impact on the contest will never be forgotten. He was brought on for just one job - to score in the shoot-out. Obviously the prospect of missing a penalty comes with the territory, but his dancing on the spot routine as he walked up to take it before blasting the ball over endeared him to no-one.
Was it the right result
-- Oliver Kahn (@OliverKahn) July 2, 2016
Germany were probably the better team over the 120 minutes of football. In a cagey affair they create the best chance and were it not for Boateng's moment of madness they would have wrapped up the match in normal time.
Antonio Conte has rightfully been lauded for his tactical acumen during the tournament but Joachim Low took the honours in the tactical battle. Low's masterstroke was probably to do exactly what the Italy boss has been doing as he matched up the 3-5-2 formation and flooded midfield. Germany were routinely able to break up the play and had a firmer grip on the game, but for Italy's resolute back three.
The match in one tweet
-- Sportskeeda (@Sportskeeda) July 2, 2016
21 successful penalties in a row for Germany. Italy are Germany's bogey team.
Something has to give...
-- Adam Sweeney (@AdamWSweeney) July 2, 2016
Something did give...both teams' nerve. Germany still went through.
Thanks for coming
-- Bleacher Report UK (@br_uk) July 2, 2016
Germany midfielder Sami Khedira lasted 15 minutes before he was forced off with a groin injury and was replaced by Schweingsteiger.
Conte to Sky Italy "Now I've the experience with Chelsea: will be difficult but I'm ready. I want to work with my team day by day" #CFC
-- Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 2, 2016
Germany will thank their lucky stars and sit back and wait to find out whether they play hosts France or Iceland in the semi-finals...ridiculously they might even need some penalty training. Italy go home while boss Conte can now focus on life as Chelsea boss.