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ecoming bowl eligible with at least a .500 record. Northern Illinois (2-6) could join that group soon. The Huskies actually host

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BORDEAUX, France -- Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout.Jonas Hector lifted the so-called Italian curse off Germany on Saturday by converting the 18th kick of one of the wildest shootouts in European Championship history, clinching a 6-5 victory and a place in the semifinals.I took my heart in my hand, said Hector, Germanys left back, and just wanted to make sure it went in.It did -- but only just. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon guessed the right way but dived over Hectors kick. No wonder the 38-year-old Buffon walked off the field in tears afterward.A cagey match between Europes two most successful soccer nations finished 1-1 after extra time, with Leonardo Bonuccis 78th-minute penalty for Italy canceling out a 65th-minute strike by Mesut Ozil.After the tactical tedium came the shootout drama. Bonucci was one of seven players to fail to score in the shootout, with Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger also blazing over when he could have sealed victory with the score at 2-2.Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer gave his side another sight of victory by saving Matteo Darmians penalty, and Hector held his nerve.Ive never experienced a penalty shootout like it before, Neuer said.It was Germanys sixth straight victory in a penalty shootout since losing the final of Euro 1976 to Czechoslovakia, and its first competitive win over Italy in nine tries dating back to 1962. That run included defeats to the Azzurri in the 1982 World Cup final and three major tournament semifinals -- at World Cups in 1970 and 2006, and at Euro 2012.Seeking to follow up its World Cup title from two years ago, Germany will play either France or Iceland in a semifinal match in Marseille on Thursday.Italys loss ended Antonio Contes two-year tenure as coach and he heads to Chelsea in the English Premier League with a strong reputation after masterminding wins over highly fancied Belgium and Spain at Euro 2016.The only regret I have from this European Championship is these penalties, Conte said. Nothing else; no regrets. These lads really showed everything.One of his last acts as Italy coach was to embrace Darmian, who collapsed to the ground in despair after seeing Hector convert his penalty.It was a fixture worthy of the final itself -- Italy and Germany have won eight World Cup titles between them -- but the game didnt live up to its promise.Dropping deep when not in possession, Italys defensive set-up stifled the Germans -- another tactical success for Conte -- and made for a contest of few clear-cut chances until Ozils goal.Hector ran onto Mario Gomezs inside pass and sent over a cross that deflected into the path of the inrushing Arsenal playmaker, who calmly steered the ball home from eight meters.It was the first time the Germans had got behind Italys famed back line all game, but they couldnt hold on. They finally conceded a goal at the tournament when Bonucci scored from the spot after Jerome Boateng handled Giorgio Chiellinis flicked header.Bonucci was a surprising choice as penalty-taker, considering he hadnt previously taken one in regulation time in his career.With both teams tiring and showing respect for each other, extra time passed without significant incident and Euro 2016 had its second penalty shootout of the quarterfinals -- after Portugal beat Poland on Thursday.As Germany, as ever, won the battle of nerves from the spot.It was the lottery of the shootout, Conte said. I think theyre the best side in the world. The fact we could match them is an achievement.Mats Hummels will miss the semifinal through suspension after collecting a second yellow card of the tournament. Custom Alan Trammell Jersey . The International Olympic Committee released the official list of bid cities on Friday after the deadline for applications had passed. 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He was taken to a local hospital where the clot was revealed. The club announced the surgery following a 5-3 exhibition loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Its been a rough year for two of the Mid-American Conferences heavyweights.Northern Illinois and Bowling Green, which faced each other in the league title game each of the past three seasons, are a combined 3-13 this season. Bowling Green (1-7) is one of only seven teams that already have no chance of becoming bowl eligible with at least a .500 record. Northern Illinois (2-6) could join that group soon. The Huskies actually host Bowling Green on Tuesday.It is possible for 5-7 teams to make the postseason -- it happened last season when there werent enough six-win teams to fill all the bowls -- but for now, teams like Bowling Green are on the outside looking in. The Eagles hadnt missed a bowl since 2011. Northern Illinois hasnt missed out since 20007.ddddddddddddHere are the seven teams who already have at least seven losses:Bowling GreenFlorida AtlanticFresno StateMassachusettsIowa StateKansasRiceMeanwhile, 37 teams have already become bowl eligible:AlabamaAppalachian StateAuburnBaylorBoise StateClemsonColoradoFloridaHoustonLouisiana TechLouisvilleMichiganMiddle TennesseeMinnesotaNebraskaNorth CarolinaOhioOhio StateOklahomaOklahoma StatePenn StateSan Diego StateSouth FloridaTempleTexas A&MToledoTroyTulsaUtahVirginia TechWashingtonWashington StateWest VirginiaWestern KentuckyWestern MichiganWisconsinWyoming---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org ' ' '

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