“Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes, and at the end, the Germans win.”

–Gary Lineker, former English

national footballer and current sports broadcaster – 1990.

 

Before Saturday night, this quote applied to every international team but Italy. Before their Quarter-Final matchup in Euro 2016 on July 2, 2016, the two teams had faced each other eight times in major tournaments, out which the Germans had been unable to win a single match. This match was no walk in the park either. The 90 minutes of normal time and the 30 extra minutes were a hotly-contested affair, with the penalty shootout initially displaying woeful finishing. But things picked up after the first five penalty-takers had their say, and culminated in Germany triumphing 6-5 in the shootout. To be fair to the Italians, this match still technically counts as a draw, but the Germans will be relieved to have finally eliminated Italy (after five failed attempts), and moved through to the semi-final.