Euro 2012: Stats and Facts: Germany vs Italy

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Warsaw, Jun 28: Joachim Lowe's young Germany side are ready to turn the pages of history when they clash against Italy in the second and last semi-final of Euro 2012 at the National Stadium in Warsaw.

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Match facts and stats: Germany vs Italy:

GERMANY

  • Germany hold the record of 15 successive wins in competitive games, previously held by Spain (14), France and the Netherlands.
  • Germany have managed to keep only four clean sheets in their 19 matches at the European Championships.
  • Germany have scored at least one goal in each of their last 20 matches.
  • The semi-final against Italy will coach Joachim Lowe's 84th match and has won 52, lost 12.
  • For the first time Germany have completed a European Championship group stage with a 100% record.
  • Six Germany players have participated in previous European Championships.
  • Winger Lukas Podolski earned his 100th cap against Denmark to become Germany's seventh centurion.
  • Germany won all ten matches during the qualifying stage and became only the fifth team to qualify with a 100 percent record in the history of European Championships.
  • Germany scored 34 goals in 10 games, the second highest scorers in qualifying, three short of neighbors the Netherlands.
  • Manuel Neuer, Phillip Lahm, Jerome Boateng, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller and Mario Gomez play for German Bundesliga club Bayern Munich.
  • Mat Hummels, Marcel Schmelzer, Ilkay Gundogan and Mario Gotze helped Borussia Dortmund to the first domestic double in their club history.
  • Mesut Ozil and Sami Khedira helped Real Madrid win the La Liga title after four seasons.
  • Germany have won five of their six European championship semi-final, but none against Italy.
  • Mesut Ozil is Germany's most influential player with three assists in four games while Mario Gomez has scored three goals so far in the tournament.

ITALY

  • Italy's win over the Republic of Ireland ended their national record of six games without a victory in major final tournament.
  • Coach Cesar Prandelli is unbeaten in competitive fixtures, with nine wins and five draws including the shoot-out win over England counted as a draw.
  • Italy have never scored an extra-time goal at European Championship in their last seven attempts.
  • Italy play-maker Andrea Pirlo made 146 passes against England - the most at Euro 2012 including extra-time.
  • Suspension and Injury: Italy's Christian Maggio is suspended for the semi-final against Germany.
  • Giorgio Chiellini (hamstring), Ignazio Abate (muscle strain) and Daniele de Rossi are all doubtful for the clash against the Germans.
  • Pirlo's free-kick goal against Croatia was the only goal scored from a free-kick since Euro 2004.
  • Eight out of 23 players in Italy have previous experience at the European Championships.
  • Italy scored 26 goals in 10 qualifying games, a national record while they conceded only two goals, the least conceded by any team during qualifying.
  • Antonio Cassano, who was doubtful after undergoing a heart surgery, scored six goals during the qualifying campaign.
  • The Italian squad features six players from Italy Serie A champions Jeventus: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Chiellini, Emanuele Giaccherini, Claudio Marchisio and Pirlo.
  • The Italians completed 835 passes including 68 percent ball possession with 35 attempts on goal against England.
  • Italy have never lost a competitive game against Germany. In seven matches, the Azzurri have won thrice, drawn four times.
  • Italy have registered twice as many wins as Germany in their 30 previous meeting, reading W14 D9 L7.
  • Italy have not lost to Germany since the 2-0 friendly loss in Zurich in 1995.
  • Italy have won two of their three past semi-finals, despite not scoring a single goal.

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