Germany crank up the pressure. Sami Khedira, who's been brilliant this tournament covering for an erratic Bastian Schweinsteiger, is the architect. A quite brilliant run by the Real Madrid midfielder sees him run straight through the heart of this Italy team before laying off a pass to Toni Kroos and blitzing towards the goal:
Kroos' cross should be claimed by Gianluigi Buffon, but the keeper can only direct it straight into the feet of Andrea Barzagli, who is massively relieved to see the ball crawl inches wide of the post. That didn't stop the Germany threat, however, and Buffon's goal was put under siege before Italy could regain some semblance of control, mostly thanks to Riccardo Montolivo, and find their feet once more.
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