Italy's coach Antonio Conte before a penalty shootout during the Euro 2016 quarter-final football match between Germany and Italy at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux on July 2, 2016. / AFP / Mehdi FEDOUACH
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Instead of spending the next seven days battling to reach the July 10 final, Conte will now, reluctantly, have a seven-day holiday before making London, and Stamford Bridge, his home for the foreseeable future.Conte later clarified, adding: "In November I thought I was continuing with the national side.If fans thought Conte might one day return to coach the Azzurri, they were quickly disappointed.Italy's dream of securing a place in the last four match-up with France or Iceland, who face off Sunday, was kept on track by Leonardo Bonucci's late penalty that leveled a 65th minute opener by Mesut Ozil.Although Germany had the lion's share of opportunities, Italy took the game to penalties, where the Azzurri spurned a great chance to cause another upset a week after sending holders Spain home with a 2-0 last-16 victory.It took several misses in the 18-kick epic before Germany clinched a 6-5 shootout victory when Manuel Neuer saved a tame shot from Manchester United defender Matteo Darmian.Conte, however, refused to lay the blame on anyone.
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