Euro 2016: Germany yet to beat Italy in past clashes at major tournaments

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  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 18:30 IST
This combination of file pictures shows Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon (L) and Germany's goalkeeper Manuel Neuer (R). Germany will face Italy in their Euro 2016 quarter-final football match in Bordeaux on July 2, 2016. (AFP)

World champions Germany play Italy in the quarterfinals of Euro 2016 on Saturday. The Germans have never beaten Italy in eight attempts at a major tournament.

Here’s a look at their previous meetings:

1962 World Cup

West Germany faced Italy for the first time at a major finals in Chile. Their opening group game of the tournament finished goalless against an Italy side featuring the late Cesare Maldini.

1970 World Cup

Karl-Heinz Schnellinger’s late equaliser forced the semi-final into extra time. West Germany then went 2-1 ahead through Gerd Mueller, although goals from Tarcisio Burgnich and Luigi Riva put Italy back on top. Mueller struck again to level, but Gianni Rivera grabbed Italy’s winner after 111 minutes to settle the ‘Game of the Century’.

1978 World Cup

Neither team was able to find a way past iconic German goalkeeper Sepp Maier or Italy legend Dino Zoff as the second-round group stage match finished goalless in Buenos Aires.

1982 World Cup

Goals from Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli and Alessandro Altobelli powered Italy to a third World Cup title in Madrid, with Paul Breitner netting a late consolation for the West Germans.

1988 European Championship

Andreas Brehme cancelled out Roberto Mancini’s opening goal as hosts West Germany fought back for a point to kick off the tournament in Duesseldorf.

1996 European Championship

Germany held on to claim a point despite the second-half dismissal of Thomas Strunz to finish top of their group, with Italy crashing out after Vladimir Smicer netted a late equaliser for the Czech Republic against Russia.

2006 World Cup

Germany’s hopes of lifting the World Cup on home soil were dashed in the semi-finals when extra-time goals in Dortmund from Fabio Grosso and Alessandro Del Piero sent Italy through to the final.

2012 European Championship

An inspired Mario Balotelli consigned Joachim Loew’s side to a semi-final exit in Warsaw. The mercurial Italy striker netted twice in the first half with Mesut Ozil’s stoppage-time penalty not enough for Germany.

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