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Well that brings an end to our coverage of this gruelling quarter-final. Germany joins Wales and Portugal in the semi-final after beating Italy for the first time in a penalty shoot-out. We're back tomorrow with coverage of France vs Iceland, but until then goodbye.

A penalty shoot-out lasting 18 spot-kicks which neither side wanted to win finally ends as Germany prevail and reach the semi-final. Jonas Hector scores the decisive penalty after Manuel Neuer made two saves. Italy crash out but with plenty of pride. Germany meanwhile march on to the last four, and will face France or Iceland.

Germany 6-5 Italy - Jonas Hector scores - Germany through to the semi-finals

Germany 5-5 Italy - Matteo Darmian misses

Germany 5-5 Italy - Jerome Boateng scores

Germany 4-5 Italy - Mattia De Sciglio scores

Germany 4-4 Italy - Joshua Kimmich scores

Germany 3-4 Italy - Marco Parolo scores

Germany 3-3 Italy - Mats Hummels scores

Germany 2-3 Italy - Emanuele Giaccherini scores

Germany 2-2 Italy - Bastian Schweinsteiger misses

Germany 2-2 Italy - Leonardo Bonucci misses

Germany 2-2 Italy - Julian Draxler scores

Germany 1-2 Italy - Graziano Pelle misses

Germany 1-2 Italy - Mesut Ozil misses

Germany 1-2 Italy - Andrea Barzagli scores

Germany 1-1 Italy - Thomas Muller misses

Germany 1-1 Italy - Simeone Zaza misses

Germany 1-1 Italy - Toni Kroos scores

Germany 0-1 Italy - Lorenzo Insigne scores

Bastian Schweinsteiger wins the toss and chooses to have the penalties taken from the Italy end. Bit of an odd choice. Here we go...

So we go to penalties after a quite torrid 120 minutes with rare moments of inspiration. Germany's record at this level is well known, while Italy's is a complete contrast. Big moments ahead of Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon.

Full time in extra time: Germany 1-1 Italy

Ozil denied by Buffon in the 119th minute. Is that it?

Germany have won five of their seven penalty shoot-outs in international competition, while Italy have lost four of their six. Are the Azzuri playing this right, given their record?

Free-kick for Germany from the right after Muller is fouled by Chiellini. Kroos swings the ball in and Italy survive through Parolo's header. Just four minutes left now.

Wonderful turn from Insigne, who has just come on, but Neuer makes an easy from his shot from a tight angle. Now the Germany 'keeper gets in an awful mess from the goal kick as he hits the referee but the official saves his blushes by awarding a foul.

Italy have no interest in going for a winner here, only in running down more time and force a penalty shoot-out. Giorgio Chiellini sums up that approach, as he demands a new ball for a throw-in deep in his own half.

Germany definitely the more likely to get that crucial third goal in this game. Draxler runs through a tiring Italy backline and the door opens for Muller but he can't be found. The ball is recycled to Schweinsteiger, who tees himself up but volleys over.

What a chance to win it. Italy fail to clear and after Bonucci can't clear, Draxler hooks goalwards and its just over the bar. Big chance.

Italy kick-off the second 15 minutes of extra time. Can either team force a winner before another bout of penalties? Unlikely.

We have reached half time in extra time as it remains Germany 1-1 Italy. Not quite a repeat of the extra time period from the 1970 World Cup meeting between these two. We both know what is coming next. Penalties on the horizon.

Emanuele Giaccherini into the book after going down under a challenge from Hector, after being adjudged either to have dived or handled the ball. Either way, that is the fifth Italy player into the book during this game.

Germany win a corner but instead of crossing the ball into the box, work it to Jerome Boateng, who has one international goal in his career, and he lashes wide. Horrible shot.

One of those games where it passes you by that some players are even on the pitch. Julian Draxler is among those, who came on for Mario Gomez 17 minutes before full time. He can bring a real creative edge to this game.

Parolo escapes a red card after a late challenge. Both teams have retreated into their shells as might be expected. Toni Kroos' latest free-kick comes to nothing as substitute Draxler fouls Bonucci.

Have to agree.

Graziano Pelle out of the semi-final too if Italy make it. Plenty of players vulnerable now in this extra 30 minutes as players get tired.

There have been 10 knock-out games at Euro 2016, this is the fourth to go to extra time. Germany get the first 15 minute period underway.

Full time: Germany 1-1 Italy

So for the second time in three quarter-final matches, we will need extra time to determine who will reach the last four. Mesut Ozil put Germany ahead before Leonardo Bonucci levelled for Italy. These two have played extra time before following underwhelming 90 minutes, and on both occasions they were superb periods of play. Let's hope for a repeat.

Mats Hummels out of the semi-final after being booked in the 90th minute. Took down Eder with a pretty scathing challenge on the halfway line.

De Sciglio drifts inside and thunders a shot towards the near post, beates Neuer, shakes the net but hits the side-netting. A minute of normal time remaining.

For those that haven't seen it, an alternative view on the Jerome Boateng handball.

Remarkable. He looked like Matthew Le Tissier or Alan Shearer.

Conte's team have naturally been inspired by their leveller and look the more likely to get the late winner before extra time. Will we be deprived the extra 30 minutes?

Italy growing as a force now and Pelle sees his shot deflected behind off Howedes. Germany rocking a little.

Goal: Germany 1-1 Italy (Leonardo Bonucci)

The Azzuri never give up and the equalise with 12 minutes left. The cross from the right is flicked on by Chiellini and hits the band of Boateng which is raised and the referee has no hesitation but to point to the spot. Leonardo Bonucci steps up and calmly strokes into the corner.

Penalty to Italy

Half chance for Italy. De Sciglio crosses from the left and Pelle comes onto it but can't wrap his right foot around it and it goes behind. The closest Italy have come in this second half.

Buffon keeps Italy in it. Germany are ticking now and Ozil plays Gomez in with a fine chipped pass and though the Fiorentina frontman has his back to goal he backheels goalwards and Buffon produces a fine stop to push the ball over his crossbar. How important could that be?

Goal: Germany 1-0 Italy (Mesut Ozil)

Just as a I say that we finally have a goal! Gomez feeds the onrushing Hector who runs on and cuts the ball back to Ozil, who arrives on cue and tucks beyond Buffon. The deadlock is finally broken.

Sturaro drags a left-footed shot wide of the Germany goal from 25 yards. Can't help but feel both sides have already got penalties on their minds. Just under an hour of football remaining until that moment, incase you were wondering.

Three bookings in as many minutes for Italy and now Marco Parolo, another not already on a yellow card, for a horrid challenge as he racked down the back of Mario Gomez.

Mattia De Sciglio now booked too and he will miss the semi-final if Italy make it. Poor challenge on Kimmich on the right-hand touchline.

Stefano Sturaro into the book after reacting to conceding a foul. The first yellow card of the evening, and amazingly it is not for a player already on a booking and risking missing the semi-final.

How are Germany not ahead?! Muller gets the ball from Gomez and as he shot beats Buffon, Florenzi hacks the ball clear. On closer inspection the shot was going wide, but I'm not sure the Italian knew that. Superb commitment.

A football match has broken out at the start of this second half. Italy have started much better than they did in the first half, but that has been replaced by more German dominance even if Buffon remains a spectator.

Underway in the second half in Bordeaux. No half-time changes, but we hope there is a change in emphasis.

Half time: Germany 0-0 Italy

All the build-up and excitement, and we have had a first half lacking quality and most importantly, chances. Germany have dominated possession but have failed to carve out a decent opportunity, while Italy have been unable to implement their pressing game but through De Sciglio they have had the best opportunity. Will something give before the inevitable penalty shoot-out? Let's hope something changes at half time.

Two chances now for Italy as the game comes alive. Giaccherini gets in behind and after Neuer pokes the ball away from the path of Eder, De Sciglio comes in on the ball and it takes Boateng deflection to divert the ball behind.

We've been treated to a second chance, and this is a cast-iron opportunity for Thomas Muller. A horrid effort from Kroos hits Gomez, and the ball rebounds to Muller who can only shovel the ball into Buffon's gloves.

A chance! Kimmich clips a ball in from the right and Gomez meets it with a flying header which flies harmlessly over the top. The closest we've come by a long, long way.

Spot on assessment of this game.

Few hairy moments for Manuel Neuer. First he almost finds Italy forward Eder with a shaky pass inside his own box, before he is forced to come out and clear after chesting the ball down - a clearance that didn't go very far.

There isn't much else to get excited about, to be honest. Intriguing game, but one without incident.

One for the Hal Robson Kanu fans among you.

Little doubt that Germany have had the better of this opening half an hour, having matched up Italy their superior talent is edging this contest. Antonio Conte is kicking every ball on the touchline and is fuming at how his side are moving the ball too slowly. Not seen much of Graziano Pelle so far.

Ball in the net for Germany. A cross floated to the back post finds Schweinsteiger, who holds off De Sciglio and heads beyond Buffon, but referee Viktor Kassai adjudges he fouled the Italian wing-back.

Mid-way through the first half and Manuel Neuer and Gianluigi Buffon have barely been called upon. Given these sides have not conceded in this competition, and after all this is a knock-out tie, we shouldn't have expected any different.

First half chance for Germany as Hummels' long ball picks out Gomez, who gets in between the two defender but can only direct the ball high into the air where Buffon gathers. Very tight game as you might expect.

So Schweinsteiger on and he immediately takes the armband from Neuer. Having barely featured for United during the second half of last season, this is a big ask in a game of such enormity from a physical perspective.

Sami Khedira gets some treatment on what looks like a groin problem, but despite resuming he indicates he can't continue. Bastian Schweinsteiger, the Manchester United midfielder, being prepped.

The first goal will be so crucial in this game, and how both teams react to it will be fascinating. Neither team have been behind in this tournament, and given their perfect defensive records they haven't yet had to chase a game. Interesting dynamic to the game

Sturaro, who comes in for Daniele de Rossi tonight, is straight into the action in an attacking role; feeing Giaccherini who brings the ball down and shoots first time but the ball deflects behind. Italy have turned on their pressing game.

Germany already into their stride with their passing game dominating the opening exchanges. Worth noting there are 12 players of the 22 who start on a yellow card. Another booking would see them miss the semi-final, if their team progress.

Underway in Bordeaux. Quite an atmosphere ahead of this quarter-final.

Players in the tunnel in Bordeaux. Just minutes away from kick-off. Can Germany end their Italian hoodoo, or can the Azzuri overpower the Germans once again?

Though Italy's pressing game is much-fabled, their star turn comes in the form of their defence with includes the members of the record-breaking Juventus back-line. Gianluigi Buffon marshals a back three of Giorgio Chiellini, Andrea Barzagli and Leonardo Bonucci which went over 900 minutes without conceding a Serie A goal last term. No one has breached them at Euro 2016, but will that change tonight?

Germany started the tournament pretty slowly it must be said, but against Northern Ireland and Slovakia they turned it on, performances which have coincided with the recall of Mario Gomez playing as the focal point of the attack. Partner Thomas Muller has yet to score in this tournament however, and has never scored at a European Championships, but surely he will need to break that duck tonight to give his side a chance.

Though Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive fixture, it should be remember that the Germans did win the 1990 World Cup on Italian soil, though of course they have had to play the Azzuri on their to glory.

So will Antonio Conte have prepared his Italy team to face a Germany side with three at the back? The Italian has been perceived as a tactical genius during this tournament, so surely he will have prepared for every eventuality. Even so, it proves how worried Germany are about the way in which the Azzuri line-up.

So we have the team news ahead of the 8pm kick-off, meaning we have a moment to look back to last night. Unless you were under a rock, you will have heard that Wales - in their first major tournament appearance since 1958 - reached the semi-final of the European Championships after defeating world number two Belgium in Lille. Chris Coleman's men produced perhaps the nation's finest international display to set up a last four clash with Portugal, with every chance of them reaching their first major final. To catch up on the heroics last night, head this way to revisit the stunning display.

Here are the expected formations according to Uefa, but the suggestion is that Germany will line-up with three at the back.


Italy: Buffon; Barzagli, Bonucci, Chiellini; Florenzi, Sturaro, Parolo, Giaccherini, De Sciglio; Pellè, Eder

So the big news from that Germany team is it looks like Joachim Loew is going to match up Italy and go with three at the back, a change which comes despite them having not yet conceded a goal in this tournament. Conte will be loving the fact he has forced a team with greater resources in personnel to change tact.


Germany: Neuer, Hector, Howedes, Hummels, Khedira, Ozil, Muller, Boateng, Kroos, Kimmich, Gomez.

Italy have arguably been the best side in this tournament, but if they are to go one step further than in 2012, they have the toughest of all routes to european glory. Having beaten the reigning champions, they now face the world champions, before taking on the hosts France and then either Portugal or Wales - who are spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale. It is a challenge which Antonio Conte will relish.

So, let's turn our attention to Bordeaux where Germany play Italy in the stand-out quarter-final at Euro 2016. These are two of the superpowers of international football, with multiple world and European crowns between them. The head-to-head record is however not as evenly spread, with Italy unbeaten in all eight competitive meetings between the two. Can Joachim Loew's side change that tonight?

Before we turn our attention to Euro 2016 and the third quarter-final, let me draw your attention to the rest of the sporting action on this Saturday evening. It has been a busy day with Wimbledon, England vs Sri Lanka and Austrian Grand Prix qualifying all taking place simultaneously, while we have had confirmation of Ryan Giggs' exit from Manchester United. Head to our sports page to update yourself with all the action before you sit down for the football tonight.

Still pinching yourself? I don't blame you. We're less than 24 hours removed from Wales, the team manager by Chris Coleman, reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships. It was a stunning evening in Lille and one that even the regular football watchers among are probably still coming to terms with. The whole of Wales, and the contingent that made the trip to France, are probably still in party mode which may last until their semi-final against Portugal on Wednesday.

Though we will have plenty of time to reflect on the events of the previous two evening, the tournament continues apace and tonight sees the stand-out tie of the quarter-finals as two international football heavyweights collide. World Champions Germany continue on their route to a record fourth title by taking on the impressive Italy in Bordeaux. The German have never defeated the Azzuri in a competitive game but that surely has to change if they are to overcome Antonio Conte's outfit who knocked out the reigning champions Spain in the last 16.

Teams news, the build up and a homage to Wales all on the way before play gets underway at 8pm.