Antonio Conte insists there is no shame in losing a penalty shootout. With Germany making it to the semifinals at the expense of Italy.
Bonucci cancelled out Ozil’s opener with a spotkick. The match headed for penalty shootout after ending 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes.
Germany has not lost a penalty shootout since 1976, and that fact still stands, as they edged Italy, with seven players failing to score.
Matteo Darmian’s miss proved the most costly, with 26-year-old Jonas Hector then slotting the winning penalty to send Germany into the semi-finals.
“The lads gave everything they had against a very strong side,” Conte – who is leaving his post to join Chelsea in the Premier League – told Rai Sport.
“Being beaten by Germany on penalties is no shame, as we could’ve gone forward too. I am proud of what these players did.
“The world champions changed their system for us and that’s a reason to be proud.”
He added: “Regrets? Only for the penalties, not for the effort and love they showed for the jersey. These players really proved everything and gave all they had.
“I don’t like to make evaluations, I prefer to leave that to others. What interests me is that I had an incredible experience with these players, making Italy respected and feared by everyone.
“We tried and were able to make the fans proud of us. We made the players truly aware that it’s a privilege to wear the shirt.”