Germany have qualified to the semi-finals of the Euro 2016 after a 6-5 victory on penalties in classic of football against Italy.
World champions Germany finished on first place in group C, without losing and without conceding a goal. Then in the round of 16 they eliminated Slovakia in another convincing victory 3-0, being the only team at this stage that didn't concede a goal. Their results at Euro 2016 so far:
||2 - 0||Ukraine
||0 - 0||Poland
||0 - 1||Germany
||3 - 0||Slovakia
Italy finished first in group E, they secured the first place after the second matchday with two victories over Belgium and Sweden and they lost the last game of the group stage against Ireland. In the round of 16 they eliminated reigning champions Spain, winning 2-0 in a game they dominated somewhat surprisingly. Their results at the Euro 2016 so far:
||0 - 2||Italy
||1 - 0||Sweden
||0 - 1||Ireland
||2 - 0||Spain
Germany and Italy played 33 times against each other, the Azzurri having the advantage with 15 wins, 10 draws and 8 victories for Germany.
Italy eliminated Germany in the semi-finals of the Euro 2012. The last game between the teams was march this year in an international friendly and Germany won 4-1.
Here are the lineups:
A different lineup for Germany from the usual their back three lineup looks like this: Boateng in the middle, Hummels left, Howedes right.
There was not much action in the first 15 minutes. Neither of the teams wanted to risk and they mostly passed the ball in the back.
The first notable event is Khedira's injury. He had to come off, Bastian Schweinsteiger was on in his place.
In the 26th minute Hummels crossed for Schweinsteiger, who heads it in but he was clearly pushing De Sciglio and so the goal is not validated.
It was a tight game until 40th minute. Both sides have been guilty of giving away possession. Both were cancelling each other out.
In the last five minutes first half things changed and first Germany had an opportunity:
Kimmich crossed from the right and Gomez had a weak header then moments later Hummels started a good move on the left and when the ball landed at Muller but he could only steer it straight at Buffon.
Italy responded at the other end, Giaccherini shot but it was blocked and then a Sturaro's effort from the right-hand side of the box was deflected wide.
At half the statistics show a balanced game:
Germany started better the second half and Thomas Muller had a great opportunity but his shot from inside the box was deflected by a defender.
Germany's domination paid off in the 65th minute when Ozil scored for 1-0 after a Hector's pass which was deflected by an Italy defender.
After just four minutes Mario Gomez got the ball inside the box after a precise cross, he controlled the ball and tried to send the ball with his back-wheel towards the underside of the crossbar but his effort is blocked by Gianluigi Buffon who made a glorious save.
In the 77th minute Italy levelled the game, Bonucci scored from a penalty kick that Italy received for Boateng's hand ball inside the box.
Germany conceded their first goal at Euro 2016 after 438 minutes of action.
After the equalising goal the two teams played more carefully, concentrating more on stopping the opposition.
At the end of the 90 minutes the score was still 1-1 and extra-time was needed.
The statistics of the game after 90 minutes:
In the first half of the extra-time the game there was not much action from the two teams, they annihilated each other.
The most exciting moment was an argument between Muller and Chiellini after duel in which the German committed a foul in the Italian defender.
In the 107th minute Draxler had a shot from inside the box. The ball flied just a few inches over the bar.
Italy responded by Insigne few minutes later he ran inside box and unleashed a decent strike towards the middle of the net, but Manuel Neuer made a comfortable save.
Ozil had an opportunity two minutes before the extra-time ended, but his shot from the edge of the box was an easy catch for Buffon.
At the end of the extra-time the score remained 1-1 and penalties were needed to decide who will go into the semi-finals.
Zaza, who was introduced in the last minute of the game missed the penalty kick, but immediately Buffon saved Muller's shot and Ozil's penalty went off from the post. On the other side Pelle missed, his shot went wide.
Bonucci also missed even though he scored today from the penalty spot, Neuer saved it. Schweinsteiger had the chance to win it for Germany but he missed it, his shot went over the cross-bar.
On the 9th series Neuer saved Darmian's shot and Hector scored to take Germany in the semi-finals 6-5 on penalties.The final result:
|1 - 1
(6 - 5)
- Germany Off target
- Italy Off target
- Germany On target
- Italy On target