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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.

Germany`s players were paralysed by the curse of Italy: Beckenbauer

Franz Beckenbauer believes Germany`s players fell victim to "the curse of Italy" during Thursday night`s Euro 2012 semi-final clash.

Euro 2012: Germany's tactical blunders against Italy

Germany were the makers of their own downfall as Italy won 2-1 in Warsaw.

Euro 2012: Germany's tactical blunders against Italy

Germany were the makers of their own downfall as Italy won 2-1 in Warsaw.

Germany could not control Italy`s midfielders, says Klinsmann

United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann thinks that Germany failed to limit the action of Italy`s midfielders in Thursday`s 2-1 defeat at Euro 2012.

Euro 2012: Mario Balotelli stars in Italian job

A brilliant performance from Mario Balotelli has driven Italy into the Euro 2012 final, after a 2-1 win over Germany at the National Stadium in Warsaw on Thursday.

Italy were `cleverer` than Germany, says Loew

Germany coach Joachim Loew on Friday said that the Italian nous was the difference between the sides in their Euro 2012 semifinal, which was decided by Mario Balotelli`s first-half brace.

Italy have not done anything yet: Pirlo

Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has warned his team-mates not to get carried away following their 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

‘Germany screwed up against Italy’

Germany defender Mats Hummels has revealed his frustration at his side`s 2-1 loss to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.

Balotelli hails Italy win as `best night` of his career

Italy striker Mario Balotelli has described his match-winning performance in the Azzurri`s 2-1 victory over Germany as the "best night" of his career.

Cassano `fantastic` despite lack of fitness, says Italy coach

Antonio Cassano might only have one half of football in his legs, but his "fantastic" performance in the 2-1 win over Germany makes his selection worthwhile says coach Prandelli.

Low keeps Germany starting XI secret to fight mole: Report

Joachim Low will not reveal his starting XI for Germany`s Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy until a few hours before kick-off in order to fight the mole who has been leaking team information to the German press.

Germany would have preferred England in semis: Lahm

Germany captain Philipp Lahm was left bemused by Italy`s failure to turn their domination into goals against England, insisting that his country would have put the Three Lions out of their misery before extra time.

I`m not out of Euro 2012 yet: Gomez

Germany striker Mario Gomez has moved to dismiss suggestions that his Euro 2012 campaign is all but over after losing his place to Miroslav Klose for die Mannschaft`s quarter-final match against Greece.

Germany deserve to win Euro 2012, says Klinsmann

Jurgen Klinsmann believes that Germany deserve to win Euro 2012, and that they have become one of the dominant forces in international football in recent years.

Italy can repeat 2006 heroics against Germany: Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is confident that Italy have what it takes to beat Germany in Thursday`s Euro 2012 semi-final and follow in the footsteps of the Azzurri team that won the 2006 World Cup.

Italy can repeat 2006 heroics against Germany: Del Piero

Alessandro Del Piero is confident that Italy have what it takes to beat Germany in Thursday`s Euro 2012 semi-final and follow in the footsteps of the Azzurri team that won the 2006 World Cup.