Pirlo delighted to reach semis

Midfield maestro feels Azzurri deserve spot in last four

Andreas Pirlo: Looking ahead to Italy's semi-final with Germany

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Italy star Andreas Pirlo feels the Azzurri's quarter-final victory over England was fully deserved and has already turned his focus to Thursday's last-four encounter with Germany.

Cesare Prandelli's men advanced to the semi-finals at the Three Lions' expense on Sunday night, winning 4-2 on penalties after dominating for much of a goalless 120 minutes.

Pirlo was named man of the match after an imposing display, crowned in the shootout when he scored an audacious chipped penalty.

The 33-year-old could not disguise his happiness as he looked ahead to Thursday's meeting with Germany in Warsaw.

"I'm very happy to get the man-of-the-match award, but the most important thing is the side have gone through to the semi-finals," he said.

"We deserved to do so.

"Now we have a semi against Germany to come, and we're all hopeful of getting through right to the end of the tournament."