Match Venue: Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Match Date: 2 July 2016
This is one of the most exciting clashes in the quarter finals of the European Cup. Both Germany and Italy were considered as tough contenders, but who will be able to secure a slot in the semis?
Germany had an easy journey on their way to the quarter finals, after beating Slovakia with the final score of 3-0.
In the said clean sheet campaign Jerome Boateng gets to conceal his first ever goal for the national team. The combination of Mesut Ozil and Mario Gomez provided the second goal for Joachim Low’s men. Meanwhile, Julian Draxler was named as the “Man of the match” after sealing the third goal.
On the said match, the Germans gets to set a record of highest pass completion rate of 96% and possession of 64%, this happened because of the effort of midfielder Toni Kroos – the Real Madrid footballer lead in the tournament with 417 completed passes.
A good line-up made it possible for them to progress, but will it be enough when they face the Italian side?
Germany (4-2-3-1): Neuer – Hector, Hummels, Boateng, Kimmich – Khedira, Kroos – Ozil, Muller, Draxler – Gomez
Antonio Conte’s men ruled as they swept away the 2012 champions Spain. Compared to their rivals Italy faced a greater threat as they battle it all out against the Spanish. Hard work pays-off as they secure a clean sheet match over the defending champs.
Their recent clash against one of the giant competitors was considered as one of the best campaigns this season.
The Italian’s fate will be challenge as they will play without Thiago Motta who was suspended for the quarter finals after having a yellow card on their rally against Spain. Antonio Candreva is still on the recovery process from the injury he gets against Sweden.
There will be a lot of changes in their line up with the loss of this game changer, yet Italy remains to be strong with Giorgo Chiellini, and Graziano Pelle. Leonardo Bonucci is also expected to continue his great play.
Italy (3-5-2): Buffo – Chielline, Bonucci, Barzagli – Darmian, Giaccherini, De Rossi, Parolo, Florenzi – Eder, Pelle
Germany has the tendency to dominate the possession of the ball, yet they can never set aside the fact that Italy gets to create a good record in the competition, and so aswith their previous matches.
Conte’s advantage is the strong and organized defensive units which can contribute to a quick counter attack.
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Score: 2 – 1
Head to Head
07/04/2006 Germany 0-2 Italy
02/09/2011 Germany 1-1 Italy
06/28/2012 Germany 1-2 Italy
11/15/2013 Italy 1-1 Germany
03/29/2016 Germany 4-1 Italy
Germany’s Last Five Matches
06/04/2016 Germany 2-0 Hungary
06/12/2016 Germany 2-0 Ukraine
06/16/2016 Germany 0-0 Poland
06/21/2016 Northern Ireland 0-1 Germany
06/26/2016 Germany 3-0 Slovakia
Italy’s Last Five Matches
06/06/2016 Italy 2-0 Finland
06/13/2016 Belgium 0-2 Italy
06/17/2016 Italy 1-0 Sweden
06/22/2016 Italy 0-1 Ireland
06/27/2016 Italy 2-0 Spain