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England's penalty curse strikes again at Euro 2012

By Rob Harris

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, June 24 2012 4:55 p.m. MDT

England's Wayne Rooney and Scott Parker, left, leave the pitch after losing the penalty shootout of the Euro 2012 soccer championship quarterfinal match between England and Italy in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, June 25, 2012.

Vadim Ghirda, Associated Press

KIEV, Ukraine — It was the same old penalties heartache for England. This time, though, there was no hard-luck story to accompany the loss.

Defeat to Italy in the European Championship quarterfinals made it six losses in seven tournament shootouts as England's curse struck again on Sunday.

Outclassed and outplayed comprehensively by Italy, Roy Hodgson's side clung on. But in Kiev, there were no near misses, no decisions by the referee to bemoan, just a timid display from a weary team.

And one that's going home on Monday.

Hodgson says "we weren't quite good enough to win it over 120 minutes. Penalties is the same road we have been down before."

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