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Germany v Italy
European Championship
19.45, BBC 1


(Max last 10 only)
09 Feb 2011 Friendly Germany 1 Italy 1
04 Jul 2006 World Cup Germany 0 Italy 2 a.e.t
01 Mar 2006 Friendly Italy 4 Germany 1
20 Aug 2003 Friendly Germany 0 Italy 1
19 Jun 1996 European Championship Italy 0 Germany 0
21 Jun 1995 Friendly Germany 2 Italy 0
23 Mar 1994 Friendly Germany 2 Italy 1
25 Mar 1992 Friendly Italy 1 Germany 0
10 Jun 1988 European Championship West Germany 1 Italy 1
18 Apr 1987 Friendly West Germany 0 Italy 0

The footballing powerhouses of Germany and Italy can boast seven World Cups and four European Championships between them so there will be little shortage of winning pedigree on show in Warsaw tonight.

Joachim Low’s Germany side will go into the game having won their last 15 competitive games, a new German record, and should they extend that run it will be the first time they have beaten Italy in seven competitive matches. They will also be desperate to avenge their extra-time defeat to Italy on home soil in the 2006 World Cup.

The Azzurri have slowly worked their way into form; a sedate 1-1 draw with Spain was followed by an identical result against Croatia before Cesare Prandelli’s side got their first three points seeing off Ireland 2-0. Against England in their quarter-final they dominated but couldn’t convert their chances, eventually going through on penalties. Their failure to take goalscoring opportunities could be costly against the clinical Germans.

This is a German team packed with quality and they are the top scorers in the tournament with nine goals. In contrast the Italians have scored just four goals. Having brushed aside the ‘Group of Death’ to emerge with maximum points, Germany were able to rest three of their major players in their 4-2 quarter-final stroll over Greece. Bastian Schweinsteiger has handed them a boost by being passed fit and neutrals will have a clash to savour in the midfield battle between playmakers Mesut Ozil and Andrea Pirlo.

With an average age of just 25 and after having an extra two days to prepare for this game Germany should have too much energy for Italy.

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