Mesut Özil opened the scoring for Germany, but Italy struck back in the closing stages with a penalty. - © © imago / MIS
Mesut Özil opened the scoring for Germany, but Italy struck back in the closing stages with a penalty. - © © imago / MIS

EURO 2016: Germany reach semi-finals - as it happened!

Reigning world champions Germany have reached the UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals after beating Italy 6-5 on penalties, ending their run of poor form against the Azzurri.

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Saturday 2 July

Germany 1-1 Italy

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

Reaction to Germany's progression...

Germany reach the semi-finals!

Phew! What a nerve-jangler that was! Each side took nine penalties, making it the longest shootout in European Championship history. In the end 1. FC Köln's Jonas Hector scored the decisive spot-kick to give Germany a 6-5 victory!

Full time!

No goals in extra time, so we go to a penalty shootout! Will Germany's reputation at spot-kicks hold firm once again?

119' - Özil shoots

A nice little move from Germany on the edge of the penalty area and Özil lashes a left-footed strike goalwards, but it's straight at Buffon.

109' - Germany break

A terrific run from Julian Draxler, surging into Italy's half. The defence backs off and a space opens up for a pass to Müller, but Draxler over-hits it and the chance goes begging.

106' - Second half

Here we go with the last 15 minutes. History is on Germany's side here, it seems...


The players are tiring now, and there is a lack of urgency from either side. No chances to speak of so far at the half-way mark in extra time.

98' - Germany free-kick

Toni Kroos lines up a free-kick from a promising position wide out on the right but it comes to nothing as referee Vitkor Kassai blows his whistle for a foul.

Extra time - first half

Play gets underway once more. Another 30 minutes to get a winner - and then penalties if not!

Full time!

We're heading for extra-time, with the sides level at 1-1 after the regulation 90 minutes.

90' Bad news for Hummels

The new Bayern defender will miss the semi-finals if Germany go through...

84' - Italy on the up

Since levelling the score Italy have visibly grown in confidence. They now look much more at ease on the ball and are getting forward at regular intervals.

78' - Italy equalise

Jerome Boateng concedes a penalty after handling in the box and centre-back Leonardo Bonucci smashes an unstoppable effort past Neuer.

72' - Germany sub

Gomez goes off nursing an injury, and is replaced by VfL Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler.

68' - Gomez almost makes it 2-0

The former Bayern striker controls a lovely dinked pass over the defence, but the ball bounces and won't come down quick enough for him. He tries an audacious back-heeled effort from close-range, but Italy manage to clear.

65' - Gooooaaaalll for Germany!

Mario Gomez collects Neuer's clearance on the left and tucks a lovely pass into the box for Hector. The 1. FC Köln defender cuts the ball back and Mesut Özil charges in to volley past Buffon!

61' - Hector crosses...

...a lovely, tempting, curling effort from the left. Buffon stays on his line and it just needs someone to gamble on it, but nobody from Germany can get anywhere near it.

54' - Chance for Müller

The second period has continued much in the same vein as the first, with Germany enjoying more possession but the Azzurri holding their own on the break. Thomas Müller very nearly breaks the deadlock, receiving the ball on the edge of the penalty area from Gomez, he cuts in side and lashes a left-footed effort that is deflected just wide of the post.

Second half

Italy get the ball rolling once again and keep possession in their own half, building slowly from the back.

Half-time thoughts...

43' - Italy go close

A ball over the top catches Germany off guard, Giaccherini pulls the ball back from the goalline but the ensuing shot is deflected narrowly wide for a corner.

41' - Germany chance

Joshua Kimmich receives the ball on the right and floats a cross in towards the penalty spot. Mario Gomez sprints across his marker to reach it first, but his header goes well wide of the target.

37' - Sweeper keeper

It's the first sighting of Manuel Neuer dashing out of his box to snuff out a threat in this match. The 30-year-old charges out to the right to clear a lofted ball over the top.

31' - Italy attack

The Italians put together their first threatening passage of play and look dangerous down the left wing, but Boateng nips across to clear just in the nick of time.

27' - Schweinsteiger has the ball in the net...

...but the goal is chalked off for a foul.

26' - Germany dominant

It is fair to say that Die Nationalmannschaft have had the better start. Italy look sluggish compared to their previous matches and at the moment are unable to launch any moves together.

20' - Playmaker Hummels

The new Bayern defender plays an outrageous pass over the top with the outside of his boot to Mario Gomez, who just can't quite bring it under control.

16' - Germany substitution

Sami Khedira has been forced off with what looks like a groin injury, so former Bayern midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has replaced him on the pitch, making his 109th appearance for Germany in the process.

13' - Tactical game

Neither side are giving too much away early on, but Germany have had more of the possession so far - albeit without getting close to Italy's goal as yet.

9' Milestone for Hummels

Here's to hoping he can celebrate with a win!

5' Three-man backline for Germany

Joachim Löw brought Benedikt Höwedes back into the starting XI for this one and Germany have lined up with three at the back: Höwedes, Hummels and Boateng.

KICK-OFF! Germany are playing in their traditional white shirts, Italy in blue.

20:59CEST - The stage is set

The teams are out, the anthems have been sung and hands have been shaken. We're just about ready now!

20:50CEST - Excitement building

New Borussia Dortmund signing Sebastian Rode can't wait for kick-off (he is not the only one), tweeting out the following message:

"I'm unbelievably excited about this game. Come on lads, you can do it!"

20:35CEST - Good omen

Time to shine, Benedikt Höwedes!

20:10CEST - Germany are in the building

Joachim Löw's troops have arrived at the stadium. Not long to go now!

20:00CEST - Line-ups!

Here's how the teams will start:

19:55CEST - 'We have to find solutions'

Centre-back Jerome Boateng cut a relaxed figure when speaking to the press ahead of tonight's match, saying he has not been "worrying day and night about the Italian team," while he is confident Germany can impose themselves on the game. Head here for the full match preview.

19:30CEST - Gündogan confident

Former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gündogan, who is absent from EURO 2016 due to injury, has faith in his team-mates to reach the semi-finals:

19:20CEST - Sneak peak

A little look inside Germany's changing room ahead of kick-off...

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19:10CEST - Early team news?

Former Bayern and Germany No.1 Oliver Kahn, who now works as a pundit on German television, has hinted that there could be changes afoot in Joachim Löw's starting line-up this evening...

19:00CEST - Germany all set

The reigning world champions are almost ready to head to the stadium. Only thing missing is the players!

18:45CEST - Will Müller get off the mark?

Thomas Müller has scored an astonishing ten goals in just 13 World Cup games but incredibly, the Bayern attacker has never hit the net at a European Championship. Will he break his duck against Italy? Here's a reminder of his finishing ability, with all 20 of his Bundesliga strikes from 2015/16:

18:23CEST - Buffon predicts tough test

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has won just about everything there is to win in football so when the 38-year-old custodian speaks, it's generally a good idea to listen. Here's what he believes will happen in this evening's match:

18:10CEST - Pre-match reading

Is FC Bayern München's Manuel Neuer Germany's greatest ever goalkeeper? There are some compelling reasons indicating why that is the case. Click here for more.

18:00CEST - Prediction time

We want to hear from you! Will Germany be able to overcome their tournament curse against Italy? Or will the Azzurri prevail once again?

17:00CEST - What a catchy tune

It appears the 'Don't take me home' chant is now doing the rounds among fans gathering for tonight's contest. Considering England fans were the first to sing it at the tournament you'd think it would have gotten more bad press than good, yet it continues to be up there with 'Will Griggs is on fire' as the song of the tournament.

16:25CEST - Flashback!

What a treat! Dominating performances and stunning storylines all mixed in with it's fair share of individual brilliance! Here's a look at Germany's story so far at UEFA EURO 2016.

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16:00CEST - Creative market-ing

A market stand in Bornheim got creative ahead of tonight's match!

15:30CEST - Neuer on a roll

Manuel Neuer's incredible work between the sticks for Germany is only serving to further his claim of being the world's best No1. A sixth straight clean sheet without being rested would be an unprecedented feat, but you would be silly to bet against him!

14:35CEST - Müller's moment?

Thomas Müller boasted a personal best single season goalscoring tally in the 2015/16 campaign as he chipped in with 20 of FC Bayern's 80 goals last season. However, it appears the forward may have lost his goalscoring boots during the trip to France. Can he find them again tonight against Italy?

14:00CEST - Pain still lingers

Former Germany international and Borussia Dortmund midfielder Sebastian Kehl, much like most of the German population, is hoping that die Nationalmannschaft can finally get the better of bogey team Italy.

13:25CEST - Germany eyeing a half dozen

An encounter with Italy is anything but straight forward. Many counted the Azzurri out ahead of EURO 2016, yet their performances have been among the best. The same, however, could be said of Joachim Löw's troops who have dominated in all fixtures with the 0-0 draw against Poland the only mark on a near flawless record that has included clean sheets in every game so far.

12:50CEST - And so it begins...

The Germany side have arrived in Bordeaux ahead of tonight's game.

12:30CEST - Skills to pay the bills

VfL Wolfsburg's Julian Draxler was a standout performer in Germany's 3-0 win over Slovakia and doesn't look like he's lost his touch.

12:00CEST - Decision made

There will be a classic look to tonight's encounter following the decision regarding kit choices...

11:35CEST - Hummels is all set

Mats Hummels officially became an FC Bayern München player yesterday, but is soley focussed on national team affairs at present. Alongside centre-back partner for country, and now club as well, Jerome Boateng, the 27-year-old has formed a formidable partnership. The only downside is that both players are a booking away from missing the semi-final. Fingers crossed they can avoid that fate.

11:20CEST - Support from back home

Germany is buzzing ahead of tonight's encounter and, while there is an air of trepidation considering the opponents they're set to face and their record against them, the support from home has been unwavering.

10:50CEST - Well it's in the bag already isn't it...

Germany's performances at UEFA EURO 2016 have gotten better with every passing game, but were it not for this guinea pig picking the German piece of a green bell pepper they'd surely have no chance of emerging victorious tonight...right?

10:30CEST - Guten Morgen, it's MATCHDAY!

A warm welcome one and all to our live coverage of the build-up to what could be an historic night for die Nationalmannschaft. Never before have Germany beaten Italy at either a European Championship or World Cup tournament - four draws and four losses - but there's a first time for everything and Joachim Löw and Co. are hoping that that time is tonight!

Friday 1 July

22:00CEST - Until Saturday

That's all for from us at for Friday. Check back in on Saturday as we bring you the full, LIVE, count-down to Germany's UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final clash with Italy. Bis Morgen!

20:49CEST - Can Germany do it?

Is Mesut Özil right? Can Germany finally get their Italian tournament monkey off their back? Italy prevailed in 1970, 1982, 2006 and 2012. Can Die Nationalmannschaft win on Saturday?

Have YOUR say below!:

20:16CEST - Aaand straight to the pre-match presser...

Löw is accompanied by former FC Schalke 04 and SV Werder Bremen wizard Mesut Özil. The coach is keeping his cards close to his chest; the mercurial midfielder is confident Italy can finally be put to the sword at a finals tournament.

* #Löw diplomatic. "No info on formation or tactics!" #ITA at eye level!"

* Özil: "We want to show that there is another way tomorrow!"

20:05CEST - Bienvenue a Bordeaux

Joachim Löw and his squad - which boasts 14 Bundesliga-based players - have arrived in Bordeaux.

19:39CEST - Super Man-uel

Germany have not beaten Italy since June 1995, whilst the Italians got the better of Die Nationalmannschaft the last time they met at a finals tournament - the semi-finals of UEFA EURO 2012. However, nobody has yet been able to beat record-setting goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. Can he keep yet another clean sheet?

19:22CEST - Don't fix it if it ain't broken!

Germany are likely to name the same starting line-up as they did in the 3-0 victory over Slovakia. 1. FC Köln left-back Jonas Hector has shaken off a cold. Joshua Kimmich is set to keep Benedikt Höwedes dislodged on the other flank.

Possible line-ups:

Germany: Neuer (c) - Kimmich, Boateng, Hummels, Hector - Kroos, Khedira - Müller, Özil, Draxler - Gomez

Coach: Joachim Löw

Italy: Buffon (c) - Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini - Florenzi, Sturaro, Parolo, Giaccherini, De Sciglio - Pelle, Eder

Coach: Antonio Conte

17:55CEST - Ancelotti full of praise

In his column in the English newspaper The Daily Telegraph, incoming Bayern boss Carlo Ancelotti has lauded the current German side.

"What can you do but admire this Germany team – a great international football side that has been developed and improved over time and are already the champions of the world," he asks. "We knew what kind of Germany we would see at this Euros, but it is another question as to whether they can be stopped by anyone. Germany control the game. Kroos sets the pace. Then they squeeze their opposition higher and higher up the pitch and then suddenly there is a burst of passing and they can be through you. It’s simple, and it is very hard to take the initiative away from them."

17:40CEST - all aboard!

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17:20CEST - Ready for departure

17:00CEST - Draxler hanging out

15:50CEST - coffee for Jogi

Joachim Löw cuts a relaxed figure as the world champions depart for Bordeaux.

15:05CEST - stat attack

    Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament (FIFA World Cup, UEFA European Championship). In eight meetings, the Azzurri have prevailed four times, while there have been four draws. Italy have beaten Germany 15 times in total, with only England boasting a better record against Die Nationalmannschaft (16 wins).

14:30CEST - Kimmich's learning curve

Joshua Kimmich - Germany's discovery of the tournament at right-back - has give SZ some insight into how he has adapted to the position so quickly. "I actually played there at Stuttgart's U-13s," he said, before confessing that outgoing Bayern coach Pep Guardiola had shown him "a lot of scenes on video" about how to play the position.

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13:00CEST - Germany not scared

Jerome Boateng and Manuel Neuer addressed the media yesterday at Germany's base in Evian ahead of the clash in Bordeaux. has a full match preview right here.

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12:15CEST - hard at work

12:00CEST - Hummels sounds a warning

In conversation with the DFB's official website, FC Bayern München centre-back Mats Hummels has been warning of the Italians' strengths. While admitting that he has not been surprised by their mentality or defensive strength, the 27-year-old did admit that he had underestimated the Azzurri's attacking prowess. "Attacking-wise they've been a little bit better than expected," he said. "We've seen how dangerous they are. They deservedly knocked Spain out and have become one of the favourites for the tournament."

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