Germany are through to the semi final of the Euro 2016 Championships after edging out Italy 6-5 on penalties on saturday night.
The two world football giants had palyed out a 1-1 draw in regulation time before the game went into extra time and then penalty shoot outs.
The win ensured that Germany’s bid to win a fourth European Championship is still on course with the dramatic quarter-final win over Italy.
After a gruelling 1-1 draw in regulation time, it took penalties for Joachim Low’s side to prevail in Bordeaux on Saturday night as they triumphed 6-5.
Going into Saturday’s game, one of the biggest talking point was that Germany had never beaten the Azzurri in a major tournament, earning four draws and as many defeats.
Expectedly, the world champions were keen to break that jinx as they went into this quarter-final in Bordeaux feeling confident.
The Germans were however dealt a big blow early in the game as their Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira was forced off with a muscular problem to be replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Mario Gomez at full stretch couldn’t control the Mats Hummels cross and Schweinsteiger had the ball in the net on 26 minutes, but only after the whistle had blown for his blatant shove on Mattia De Sciglio.
Gomez also nodded a Joshua Kimmich cross over the bar and the Germans scuffed three shots in the same move, Buffon eventually gathering from Thomas Müller.
However, just before half time there was a splendid double chance for Italy. Neuer’s foot first prevented Eder tapping in from seven yards, then Sturaro’s follow-up was deflected just wide by Boateng.
In the second half, both teams continued from where they stopped pushing hard for the curtain raiser.
And finally it was the Germans that had the first laugh with Mesut Ozil choosing the perfect time to open his goal-scoring account at the ongoing Euro 2016 Champions; putting the World Cup holders in front in the 65th minute.
Italy got back in the game when Jerome Boateng handled the ball in box and the resultant penalty kick awarded was tucked in by defender Bonucci in the 78th minute.
Both sides held on till the second half ended and all through the 30 minutes extra time.
In the penalty shoot outs Germany finished tops after nine pulstaing kicks and would now face the winner of Sunday’s last quarter final match between hosts, France and suprise package Iceland in the semi finals.