Extra time: It was never going to be easy.

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105+ 2’

Tweet! Tweeeeeet! That’s it for the first extra period.

We’re halfway to a shootout, which would be only the second in the history of the Euros. The first, in 1976, gave birth to the Panenka.

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105 + 1’

An Italian handball offers a free kick to England in the dying seconds … Shaw is over it …

103’

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Almost through the first extra period, Italy almost steals it: Emerson whips in a ball from the edge of the area and Bernardeschi — sailing through the air right in front of Pickford — somehow doesn’t collide with it.

What a relief for England there. You could watch that four times and still not understand how … something didn’t go right/wrong (depending on your view) there.

99’

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92’

Nasty foul by Emerson on Henderson there, setting a pick for Bernardeschi.

On the sideline, Locatelli slips on, replacing Verratti.

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91’

Another change from Italy: Torino’s Andrea Belotti comes on for Insigne up front. Fresh legs to run at a weary England back line.

That means it’s an entirely changed Italy attack: Belotti, Bernardeschi and Berardi for Immobile, Chiesa and Insigne.

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FULL TIME

Kuipers blows his whistle and shoulders drop across the field. We’re headed to extra time, just like the two semifinals.

From Rory at Wembley:

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Quite how England lost control of a game it had in its palms is not easily parsed. For an hour, maybe a little more, Gareth Southgate would have had cause to be quietly — he knows no other way — satisfied. Italy had the ball, but England not just the lead, but some measure of control, too.

That it ebbed away might be tactical: Roberto Mancini’s throwing on Domenico Berardi for the ineffectual Ciro Immobile. It might be physical: England had burned out a little in the first 20 minutes or so, and was now paying the price for its fire and fury.

But more than anything, it was emotional: England dropped just a little too far, and Italy had a little too much space to play in; a couple of glimmers of goal were enough to revive hope in Mancini’s team. Leonardo Bonucci’s equalizer was the reward; for a few minutes, until the injury to Federico Chiesa drew the sting from the game, it seemed to have the bit between its teeth.

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England, from here, will dread penalties more than Italy. But England has the deeper resources in reserve to avoid them. The question may be when Southgate chooses to use them.

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