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Germany vs Italy. European Championships Quarter-Final.

Nouveau Stade BordeauxAttendance38,764.

Germany 1

  • M Özil (65th minute)

Italy 1

  • L Bonucci (78th minute pen)

Germany win 6-5 on penalties.

Germany v Italy preview: Daniele De Rossi may miss Euro 2016 quarter-final

Image: Italy midfielder Daniele De Rossi is a major doubt for Saturday's last-eight tie with Germany

Italy may be without key midfielder Daniele De Rossi when they take on Germany in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash on Saturday night.

The experienced Roma player has been crucial for Antonio Conte's side as they upset pre-tournament predictions to top Group E and then swept aside Spain on Monday to set up a last-eight meeting in Bordeaux.

However, as De Rossi continues to suffer from a "serious right thigh injury" picked up in the 2-0 win over the defending champions at the Stade de France, team doctor Enrico Castellacci admitted the 32-year-old is unlikely to return in time.

"It's a very serious situation," said Castellacci. "We're trying everything to get him back in time. But we can't give any prognosis."

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Sky Germany reporter Christopher Lymberopoulos insists the world champions are not thinking about the fact they've never beaten Italy at a major tournament

The loss of De Rossi would be a significant blow for Italy as they look to knock Germany out for the second Euros in succession, having beaten them 2-1 in the Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw.

In fact, that contest four years ago was Italy's eighth successive match without defeat against their rivals at major tournaments, a record that has made the Azzurri favourites going into the game at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux.

Germany duo Toni Kroos and Jerome Boateng have refuted claims, though, that Italy are the world champions' bogey team ahead of the game on Saturday.

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Italy's midfielder Daniele De Rossi reacts during Euro 2016 round of 16 football match between Italy and Spain at the Stade de France stadium in Saint-Deni
Image: Daniele De Rossi was forced off with a thigh problem in Italy's 2-0 win against Spain in the last 16 on Monday

"Why should I have an 'Italian trauma'? You'll have to explain that to me first," said Kroos. "I haven't played that often against Italy, so previous matches were nothing to do with me.

"They are hard to play against, stand deep and are very relaxed on the ball, they've played like that for years. Italy will be the strongest team we have faced until now. I'm looking forward to it and I'm very optimistic."

Kroos' team-mate Boateng, who scored the opener in their 3-0 last-16 victory over Slovakia, was similar in his assessment, simply stating: "No, there are definitely worse things than playing against Italy.

"It is important, however, that we play our own game. But of course the Italians are tactically well-trained. It will be important to find solutions and to put the Italians in some trouble."

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Toni Kroos of Germany applauds the supporters after his team's 2-0 win in the UEFA EURO 2016 Group C match
Image: Toni Kroos has denied that Italy are Germany's bogey team

Meanwhile, Lazio winger Antonio Candreva is also struggling to be fit after suffering a hamstring injury in the 1-0 group phase win over Sweden.

And Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta is suspended after picking up a second yellow card against the holders.

Germany boss Joachim Low, however, has no new injury problems or suspensions to worry about.

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Italy defender Mattia De Sciglio insists there's no reason to fear Germany when the two teams face each other in the quarter finals of Euro 2016

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Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament (D4 L4). Worse still, they have lost all four of their games against Italy in the knockout stages: three times at the World Cup (semi-final in 1970, final in 1982, semi-final in 2006) and once at the European Championship (semi-final in 2012).

Germany and Italy's last encounter was earlier this year on 29 March: Joachim Low's men won 4-1 in Munich.

Germany have reached the semi-finals in their last five major tournaments (WC 2006, Euro 2008, WC 2010, Euro 2012, WC 2014).

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Germany have never beaten Italy at a major competition, but the world champions insist its a statistic that doesn't concern them

Germany have won 14 of their last 17 games at major tournaments, drawing two and losing one (1-2 v Italy in the EURO 2012 semi-finals).

Germany are the only team yet to concede a single goal so far at Euro 2016. The only previous time they kept clean sheets in their first four games at a major tournament was in the 1978 World Cup.

Germany have averaged 69 per cent possession over their first four games, the highest ratio so far at EURO 2016.

Italy have kept 19 clean sheets in 37 Euro games, more than any other team in the history of the tournament and just ahead of Germany (18 clean sheets in 47 games). They've only conceded one goal at Euro 2016.

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Germany goalkeeping coach Andreas Koepke insists his side are better prepared for Italy this time around than they were in Euro 2012

Merson's prediction

This is the final. These are the two best teams in the competition by a million miles. You can talk about how good Belgium are, but Italy took them apart in the group stage and I've loved watching them.

Spain are not a bad side but they could have lost 7-2 because Italy absolutely ran them ragged. They have been unbelievable. It's easy to say they're defensively solid and tactically astute, but they play two centre forwards as well. Most defenders these days are only used to playing against one and Sergio Ramos didn't have a clue how to deal with it.

Germany looked very good against Slovakia but they were on the back foot against Poland, who had good chances and should have won. Germany are not unbeatable.

Italy will be slight underdogs because they are facing the world champions, but I'm going to stick my neck out and go for the Italians. They are a very good team and have really impressed me.

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Italy will face a tough task to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016 when they come up against Germany. But Ciro Immobile insists confidence is high

Either way, whoever wins this game wins the tournament in my opinion.

PAUL PREDICTS: 1-2 (12/1 with Sky Bet)

Betting

Germany are Sky Bet's 5/4 favourites for the victory on Saturday evening, with Italy 11/4, while a draw after 90 minutes and extra time is priced at 19/10.

Low's men are currently considered second in the outright betting behind France, while Italy are still 13/2 shots despite winning the toughest group and ousting holders Spain.

Mario Gomez heads the first goalscorer betting at 9/2, with Graziano Pelle considered the main Italian threat at 13/2, while Jamie Redknapp is keeping faith with Thomas Muller to net first in a 2-1 Germany win at 35/1 in his Sky Bet tip.

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