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WATCH: How key players faltered during crucial penalty shootout in Germany vs Italy Euro quarter-final match

WATCH: How key players faltered during crucial penalty shootout in Germany vs Italy Euro quarter-final match

As the excitement level for the football fans reached its crescendo, the best of the players from football world couldn't hold onto their nerves.

Euro 2016, quarter-final: Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties, advance to semi-final

Euro 2016, quarter-final: Germany beat Italy 6-5 on penalties, advance to semi-final

Prior to the match, Germany had never beaten Italy in a major tournament having lost on all their previous eight meetings.

Euro 2016 Quarter-final 3: World champions Germany attempt to throw off Italian shackles

Euro 2016 Quarter-final 3: World champions Germany attempt to throw off Italian shackles

In the most recent matches, Italy claimed a 2-1 win in the Euro 2012 semi-finals while Germany romped to a 4-1 win in a meaningless friendly in March.

Germany desperate to rewrite history against Italy in Euro 2016 quarter-final

Germany desperate to rewrite history against Italy in Euro 2016 quarter-final

Germany, who have won just eight of their 33 encounters against Italy since 1923, have yet to concede a goal in their four matches of the tournament and, after winning the 2014 World Cup, are deservedly among the title favourites in France.