PARIS (AP) — History will be stacked against Germany when it plays Italy in the European Championship quarterfinals in Bordeaux on Saturday night.
In eight previous games against Italy at major tournaments, Germany has never won.
Here, at a glance, the history of that amazing record:
ITALY 2, GERMANY 1
Euro 2012, semifinal; June 28, 2012, in Warsaw.
Mario Balotelli’s peak for Italy, with two first-half goals that rendered irrelevant Mesut Ozil’s injury-time penalty. But the effort of breaking Germany’s world-record run of victories in 15 consecutive competitive games exhausted Italy for what, just three days later, became the most one-sided final in European Championship history, with Spain scoring four against Italy without reply. Germany coach Joachim Loew says he learned important lessons from this defeat to Cesare Prandelli’s Italy side.
ITALY 2, GERMANY 0
2006 World Cup, semifinal; July 4, 2006, in Dortmund.
In the last minute of extra time, after 119 minutes of goal-less football, Fabio Grosso took a brilliant pass from Andrea Pirlo in the box and curled a left-footed shot beyond the leaping reach of goalkeeper Jens Lehmann. Alessandro Del Piero clinched the 2-0 win soon afterward with a counterattacking goal as the Germans pressed frantically to equalize. Marcello Lippi’s team then beat France in a penalty shoot-out in the final best remembered for the expulsion of Zinedine Zidane for his head-butt against Marco Materazzi.
ITALY 0, GERMANY 0
Euro 1996, group stage; June 19, 1996, at Old Trafford, Manchester.
A draw that felt like a victory for Germany. Gianfranco Zola’s weakly taken penalty kick in the seventh minute was easily saved by goalkeeper Andreas Koepke. Germany also survived the expulsion of Thomas Strunz in the 59th minute. Germany advanced from the group and went on to win the tournament while Italy went home.
ITALY 1, WEST GERMANY 1
Euro 1988, group stage; June 10, 1988, in Duesseldorf.
In the opening match of the European Championship in the west of what was then still a Cold War-divided Germany, Roberto Mancini’s first international goal gave Italy the lead after 52 minutes. West Germany equalized three minutes later when Andreas Brehme scored with a deflected shot. Both teams subsequently lost in the semifinals.
ITALY 3, WEST GERMANY 1
1982 World Cup, final; July 11, 1982, in Madrid.
At the last World Cup with an all-leather ball, Italy was crowned champion for a third time with Paolo Rossi, Marco Tardelli and substitute Alessandro Altobelli each scoring second-half goals at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid. Paul Breitner’s consolation goal in the 83rd minute for West Germany was too little, too late. Antonio Cabrini also missed a penalty for Italy in the first half.
ITALY 0, WEST GERMANY 0
1978 World Cup, second round; June 14, 1978, in Buenos Aires.
An unremarkable game to open the second group stage. The poorest German team of that era was famously beaten by Austria one week later.
ITALY 4, WEST GERMANY 3
1970 World Cup, semifinal; June 17, 1970, in Mexico City.
In front of 102,500 people at the new Azteca Stadium, Italy triumphed in an all-time classic match with an incredible five goals in extra time. Roberto Boninsegna gave Italy the lead with a half-volleyed goal after just eight minutes. Italy defended furiously, with Roberto Rosato clearing Siegfried Held’s volley off the line and West Germany’s Franz Beckenbauer famously dislocating his shoulder in a second-half Italian foul. Defender Karl-Heinz Schnellinger equalized in injury time.
In extra time, with Beckenbauer playing with his arm in a sling, West Germany scored first through Gerd Mueller. Four minutes later, Tarcisio Burgnich leveled for Italy. Six minutes after that, Gigi Riva gave Italy a 3-2 lead. Then, another six minutes later, Mueller equalized at 3-3.
But German celebrations were quenched one minute later when Gianni Rivera scored the winner for Italy.
ITALY 0, WEST GERMANY 0
1962 World Cup, group match; May 31, 1962, in Santiago, Chile.
The first match in the series is perhaps most remarkable for the person who was in goal and wearing the captain’s armband for Italy that day: Lorenzo Buffon. He was a cousin to the grandfather of Italy’s current ‘keeper and captain, Gianluigi Buffon.