Germany desperate to rewrite history against Italy

EVIAN: Germany are determined to snap their tournament losing streak to Italy dating back almost half a century when the two meet in a Euro 2016 quarter-final on Saturday in Bordeaux, players said on Wednesday.

The world champions have lost to Italy in every single tournament knockout match they have played against them, starting from a 1970 World Cup semi-final.

They also lost the 1982 World Cup final, a 2006 World Cup semi-final in Germany and a Euro 2012 semi-final to them.

Striker Mario Gomez, who has netted twice in the tournament and could again be spearheading Germany's attack on Saturday, said the time had come to beat Italy.

"It will no doubt be an extremely tight game but I am convinced that we will be the winners at the end," Gomez said.

"We want to go further. We believe in us and have to show it on the pitch. I can discuss after the final if the Euro was good for us or not. At the moment it is a good Euro so far but we have to keep it going."