KIEV, Ukraine (AP) – Alessandro Diamanti is a relative newcomer to Italy's national team. It didn't take long for him to show his worth, though.
Making just his third appearance with the Azzurri, Diamanti converted the decisive penalty kick when Italy beat England in a shootout Sunday to reach the European Championship semifinals.
Diamanti - whose name translates as 'diamonds' - didn't waste any time before his shot, either, stepping right up to drill the ball past goalkeeper Joe Hart with the authority and coolness of an experienced veteran.
To be fair, at 29 Diamanti is somewhat of a veteran. He's just had a long career path to make it to a big international match, and he still plays for a mid-table club at Bologna.