• Germany with their first win over Italy at a finals tournament.
  • Löw's Bundesliga-fuelled side dominated for long periods but Buffon held firm.
  • Die Nationalmannschaft play France or Iceland in the semi-finals.

Germany won through to the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2016 after beating Italy on 6-5 penalties. Mesut Özil and Leonardo Bonucci exchanged goals in normal time before Jonas Hector stepped up to convert the decisive spot-kick in the shoot-out at the Stade Matmut Atlantique in Bordeaux.

Germany 1-1 Italy a.e.t (Germany win 6-5 on penalties)

Goals: 1-0 Özil (65'), 1-1 Bonucci (pen. 78')

Playing with three centre-backs, Germany enjoyed much of the early possession, though coach Joachim Löw lost midfielder Sami Khedira to injury midway through the first half. His replacement Bastian Schweinsteiger had the ball in the Italy net soon after, but the squad captain's header was disallowed after a foul in the box. Mario Gomez steered a Joshua Kimmich cross high and wide before Thomas Müller found the accuracy, if not the venom, to test Gianluigi Buffon after getting the break of the ball in the Italy box. Stefano Sturaro flashed a shot wide at the other end and the sides went in goalless at the interval.

Mesut Özil's opener for Germany was cancelled out 13 minutes later by a Leonardo Bonucci penalty for Italy.

Germany's dominance continued into the second half and Müller was desperately unlucky not to open his account for the tournament, seeing his effort cleared off the line after a lay-off from Gomez. The Italian resistance was finally broken past the hour when Özil reacted quickest to Hector's deflected cross to poke home. Gomez nearly made it two minutes later, but his clever back-heel was saved spectacularly by Buffon, and Italy forced extra time when Bonucci stroked home a penalty after a Jerome Boateng handball in the area.

Long-distance shots from Müller and Boateng failed to test Buffon in the first half of extra-time before Julian Draxler - a late substitute for Gomez - came close to repeating his volleyed goal in the 3-0 win over Slovakia in the second. No further goals meant a shoot-out, and after three misses - from Müller, Özil and Schweinsteiger - were mirrored by Italy, Manuel Neuer saved from Matteo Darmian in sudden death, allowing Hector to send his country into raptures, converting to set up a semi-final clash with either hosts France or surprise package Iceland in Marseille on 7 July.

Man of the Match

Italy were the first team Germany have played at this EURO who employ wing-backs, so Löw's formation meant fighting fire with fire. 1. FC Köln left-back Hector got the better of his 50-50s with Alessandro Florenzi, and his attacking threat was key to Özil breaking the deadlock. It was fitting, then, that he stepped up to fire home the winning penalty.

Talking point

Despite being reigning FIFA World Champions, Germany had never beaten Italy at a major tournament finals competition. With the Azzurri dispatched this time, Germany will feel they can go on to lift the title in Paris on 10 July.

Match stats

  • Seven of Germany starting XI ply their trade in the Bundesliga, with FC Bayern München alone contributing five players.
  • The newest of the Bayern contingent, Mats Hummels, made his 50th Nationalmannschaft appearance.
  • Bonucci's second-half penalty was the first time Neuer had conceded at a finals tournament since Germany beat hosts Brazil 7-1 in the semi-finals of the 2014 World Cup.
  • Germany have won 25 of their last 30 matches at the European Championships.
  • Germany's penalty misses in the shoot-out were their first in tournament football since 1982.


Germany: Neuer (c) - Höwedes, Boateng, Hummels - Kimmich, Khedira (Schweinsteiger 16'), Kroos, Hector - Müller, Özil - Gomez (Draxler 72')

Coach: Joachim Löw

Italy: Buffon (c) - Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini (Zaza 120') - Florenzi (Darmian 86'), Sturaro, de Sciglio - Parolo, Giaccherini - Eder (Insigne 108'), Pelle

Coach: Antonio Conte