Leonardo Bonucci equalises for Italy with first penalty he has ever taken in normal time

Leonardo Bonucci equalises for Italy with first penalty he has ever taken in normal time

Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci’s equaliser against Germany from the penalty spot was the first spot-kick that he has ever taken. 

Germany took the lead in the Euro 2016 quarter-final when Jonas Hector’s cross was turned home by Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil.

However Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng gave away a penalty with a hand-ball, and surprisingly it was Bonucci who stepped up to take it.

The Juventus centre-back showed no signs of nerve as he stuttered during the run-up and then put the ball into the far corner, leaving Manuel Neuer with no chance in between the sticks.

It is the first time that Bonucci has ever taken a penalty excluding shoot-outs and he kept his cool to score his fourth goal for his country.

Bonucci helped Juventus to win the double last season and he has been heavily linked with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea, where national team coach Antonio Conte will be managing next season.

Reports have suggested that Juventus are reluctant to sell the 29 year old but other reports have suggested they are looking at the possibility of signing Medhi Benatia from Bayern Munich.

Should Italy get through to the next round they will face either France or Iceland in the semi-finals.

Leonardo Bonucci had a pass accuracy of 87% last season in Serie A.