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Germany vs. Italy, Euro 2016: Time, TV schedule and team news for quarterfinals

Germany have never beaten Italy in a competitive match, and this Italian side is better than they've been in years.

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The Euro 2016 quarterfinals bring us a matchup between Italy and Germany that could wind up being the most fascinating of the tournament. Italy have been one of the best-performing teams in the tournament so far despite coming into it with a list of questions about their team a mile long, and Germany have continued to be the team that dominated en route to winning the 2014 World Cup.

What makes this match so fascinating is that you would normally consider Germany to be the favorites -- but they've never once beaten Italy in a competitive match. They've won in friendlies, sure, but when there are real stakes on the line, Italy don't lose to Germany. Now, there's a first time for everything, but that has to give Italy a huge boost of confidence coming into this match, especially knowing that a similarly built Italy side beat a version of Germany that might have been better and was in white-hot form in the Euro 2012 semifinal. If history stays consistent, then we could see Germany go home early once again.

Key player -- Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)

Bonucci has been one of the absolute best players at Euro 2016, and the best defender in the tournament by far. He's put some of the best attacking talent on the planet firmly in his pocket over the last month, and has led Italy's defense to some fantastic performances in the process. He's going to need to be at his best against Germany, though, because there is no attack with more talent in this tournament. If he keeps on like he has been, Italy will have an excellent chance in this match.

Key matchup -- Thomas Müller (Germany) vs. Daniele De Rossi (Italy)

De Rossi played an absolutely fantastic match last time out against Spain, but had to leave the match early with a knock. If he can't shake that off, Italy are in trouble, because with Müller helping lead Germany's attack, De Rossi will need to be at that same level of quality again in order to keep Müller and his teammates at bay. If De Rossi can keep Müller in check, it will seriously hamper Germany's ability to keep their attack rolling -- but if Müller gets the better of him, Italy's back line will be in for a long, long day.

Match Date/Time: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. local

Venue: Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux, France

TV: ESPN2 (U.S. - English), ESPN Deportes (U.S. - Spanish), SRF zwei, ORF1 (Germany), Sky Sport 1 HD Italia, RSI La 2 (Italy)

Online: ESPN3, WatchESPN (U.S.), ORF TV Live Streaming (Germany), Sky Go Italia (Italy)

Listings via LiveSoccerTV.


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