Germany - Mesut Ozil 66'
Italy - Leonardo Bonucci 80' (pg)
The Italy 'curse' is finally broken as a heart-stopping penalty shoot-out takes Germany through to their fifth consecutive tournament semi-final. It was Jogi's first ever penalty shoot-out as Bundestrainer.
"Obviously I'm happy and when you factor the opposition into it, it feels even sweeter. The tournament isn't over yet though, there's still a lot of football to be played. The youngsters were impressive during the shootout and I've already congratulated Jonas Hector on grabbing the winner. The Italians were good today and have been throughout the tournament."
"I experienced something similar in 2006 in the World Cup against Argentina. It was a game on a tactically very high level from both teams. But we had the upper hand. Italy are strong through their spine and we denied them. Conceding from a penalty was a bit unlucky. I can't imagine that Italy would have scored from open play." - from UEFA.com
Jogi also spoke of how experimenting with a back-three in the friendly in March, so helped the match today, "We talked about a back three. It was necessary to change the team a little bit. Italy are a different side to Slovakia. They play with two central attackers and two wingers, who play high up the pitch. It's too dangerous to take them on in a 4 v 4. They play from the wings into the middle, try to lay it off and then make runs from deep. It is predictable, but they do it well. Right after the Italy-Spain game, it was my first thought to play like this."
"Right after the World Cup it was clear to me that we would have to expand our options and not play the same way all the time - or we would be found out too easily. We have practised and played with a back three several times, in March against Italy for instance. It was no great change for the team."
Low: "Dramatic game" - from Football Italia
"Usually, we have good penalty takers, although they haven't scored today," Löw told journalists. "The experienced players missed and the youngsters scored.Joachim Löw hails his team of 'fighters' as Germany overcome Italy
"From a fighter's point of view, it was amazing what the side did," said Löw as Germany reached the semis at a Euro finals for the third time in a row.Löw: "What my team accomplished today was great"
On dfb.de, Jogi elaborated on the penalty shoot-out, "Mesut [Özil] immediately said that he wanted to take one, so did Müller and Draxler. Our first five takers were decided quite quickly. After that you have to let the players decide amongst themselves. Usually we have many good penalty takers, although some missed their attempts today. I enjoyed seeing youngsters such as Kimmich and Hector step up onto a stage like this and keep their nerves."
On the injuries to Sami Khedira and Mario Gomez, necessitating their subsitution, "Having to make a change 15 minutes into a game like this is clearly not what you want. Sami had problems with his groin and wasn't able to sprint anymore. I don't know if he will be available on Thursday. Gomez also has muscular problems but he detected the issue quite early on. We'll have to see how it goes." Sami Khedira was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger, on whom Jogi commented "It was clear that we would need his service at some point in this tournament. He worked hard to get himself into the match. It wasn't easy for him, as it was his first lengthy appearance in a long time. But it was important to have such an experienced player on the pitch."
He concluded by adding that if you reach the Semi-Final, you naturally want to reach the final as well, but that the players will have to regenerate now but "we definitely want more".
Feedback and analysis:
Analysis and feedback was, in the main, extremely positive for Jogi!
The only negative voice was that of Mehmet Scholl, who seemed to have hoped to write the response to a defeat, and had to continue with his script:
Löw takes flak despite decade of German success - thelocal.de tells it like it is.
On their potential opponents in the Semi-Final, Jogi said "France are surely favourites [against Iceland], they are playing at home, they have great individual quality. Iceland have caused an upset, they are well organised in defence, it will not be easy for France, but I think they will go through should they perform."
Asked again about the Italy match in a press conference the following Monday, he said "I knew that we could score against Italy but the past counts for nothing, it's all about the present. We were obviously unbelievably happy after the game; there was pure joy and an immense excitement. We have all calmed down bit by bit though. The players were mentally and physically tired. We put in an extremely energetic performance."
And a personal thanks to Brighton Big Screen for their wonderful Fan Park atmosphere!
Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Höwedes, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Joshua Kimmich, Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger), Toni Kroos, Jonas Hector, Mesut Özil, Mario Gomez (Julian Draxler), Thomas Müller
Jogi made just one change from the team that beat Slovakia, changing his formation to a back-three with wing backs to mirror the Italian defensive formation. This meant an unlucky omission for Julian Draxler who was replaced by Benedikt Höwedes.
Germany coach Joachim Löw reckons Italy will try to catch his team out with an unexpected lineup when the two sides meet in their European Championship quarterfinal on Saturday.Löw: "Italy artists of defence" - from football-italia.net
"We have a 50 per cent chance of winning," Löw told Bild.Other points from the press conference:
a potential system change: "Naturally we've studied the Italians intensively over the past week. Italy do not only possess defensive qualities, but they have good abilities in attacking areas as well. We will be facing a different calibre of attack compared with our previous four games. We have studied them closely and I think we are well prepared. I expect a close contest and we know what to expect. It's not about a whether we go for a three-man backline or not, but rather that we have to find the right balance between attack and defence. We can't make too many mistakes and allow too many chances."
the atmosphere in the team: "You shouldn't be misled into that everything is easygoing here. The players are highly focused during training sessions and the tension levels rise prior to every knockout game. Every match could be our last and you can feel the tension. Concentration in training is high, but there is also the necessary level of relaxation. There is a good atmosphere in the team - it's what is required."
Germany's recent friendly win over Italy: "The Italians will not allow themselves to be fazed by a friendly defeat. We know the Italians and know that they can grow stronger as a unit during the course of a tournament. They have a well-oiled setup; a lot of their players have known each other for a long time and play together at Juventus. Friendlies aren't that important. What matters is what happens at the tournament and we expect Italy to be a strong side."
their opponents: "We are definitely confident, since we know our own strengths. The team is full of self belief. The stronger your opponents get, the more you have to point out and realise what makes them strong. Italy find good solutions in attack and defence. It's important to know a lot about your own game, but also about the opponents' game. ...being favourites: Our opponents tomorrow can also win the European Championship. Any team that manages to reach the semi-finals want to get to the final as well. Both teams have the quality, but there is still a long road to the title. We have to play our next game first, before looking at the semi-final, which will likely be against the hosts - another really tough game. It's still a long way, but the team that wins on Saturday will be amongst the favourites for the title."
Antonio Conte e Joachim Löw: chi vince la partita di stile? - corriere.it compares the personal style of Jogi and Antonio Conte
Reise nach Bordeaux - 1 July 2016
No training photographs from 30 June 2016
Training, Evian, 29 June 2016
"That's cold coffee. I prefer a fresh espresso. We just have to make sure that it tastes good on Saturday."
Jogi went for a coffee analogy when asked about Germany's defeat to Italy in the Euro 2012 Semi-Final, saying that he considered it now "cold coffee" and his preference was for a fresh espresso!
"It will be an incredibly tough match against the Italians," Low said. "They sometimes defend with nine or 10 players behind the ball and narrow the spaces so that even a team like Spain found no way past them."Löw: "We don't have a mental block against Italy"
We don't have a mental block against Italy. I don't see the benefit in thinking about the past. It's old news and I prefer to focus on the future. We will have to see how it all goes on Saturday.
"We have never beaten them in a tournament but we have no Italy trauma," Löw said. "I do not rate the past too much.Auf einen Espresso mit dem Bundes-Barista
Turning to his own camp, Jogi said that there has only been a few small knocks to deal with in the past few days, which were picked up by Same Khedira, Mats Hummels and Julian Draxler. However, they shouldn't be a problem. "Klaus Eder and Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt are doing an amazing job. They are an efficient team that works around the clock everyday and I have total faith in them. It's amazing what they do. If it wasn't for them, Jerome Boateng wouldn't have been able to play against Slovakia."
"I'll be talking a lot to Sami, he's important because he knows a lot about Serie A," said Loew ahead of the plum last-eight tie at the European Championship finals.And on individual players:
Thomas Müller's performances: "Thomas is a winner. No matter what he does, he will always want to win. He has improved continuously since 2010 and is just in a phase where he isn't scoring at the moment. I am nevertheless very happy with him because he is making runs that are causing our opponents trouble and giving us options. The running he does is valuable to us. Thomas works amazingly hard defensively as well, closing down the ball quickly, That is also an important quality."
Bastian Schweinsteiger's role: "Basti is very important. He speaks a lot with the young players. Currently he has been speaking a lot to Mario Götze to help him improve. Basti is very intuitive and valuable. Furthermore, he is now fit enough to be able to start. He has made a good impression."
Lukas Podolski: "He is a role model for the young players, always gives his best and sets the tone. The team has a lot of respect for him and the youngsters look up to him. It was great to see how the fans reacted to him after the Slovakia game."
the spine of the team: "It has been a massive advantage to us over the years. Neuer, Hummels, Boateng, Khedira, Kroos, Özil and Müller are eight very good players who have played together for a long time now. Therefore, we didn't need too long during the preparation to grasp the system we wanted to play ahead of the tournament."
Jogi also praised the players who had yet to appear on the field in the tournament: "The way that they have been holding themselves has shown great strength of character. They are doing their best and keeping the standard high in training. I wouldn't like to be without any of these players. I have absolute faith in all of them. They have already given a lot for the team."
the improved performance after the Poland match: Our balance between defence and attack was better. The attackers defended better. Kroos and Khedira did some great work.
the euphoria after the Slovakia game: I think modesty and humility are the order of the day. We shouldn't be overcome with euphoria, we need to stay grounded as the quarterfinals is just another step along the way. It would be wrong to put too much worth on the win over Slovakia. That was not the standard. Nevertheless we are in good spirits going into the weekend. We have to improve in all areas.
the six day break before the quarterfinals: It is definitely not a disadvantage. It means that we have the chance to recover from a couple of small knocks. The players need that. The team will definitely be waiting with anticipation.
the importance of the players' fitness: I know that the youngest team in the tournament is taking on the oldest but the Italians had the advantage of being able to rest key players in their third group match. I don't believe that the players' fitness will be the decisive factor. Even the older Italian players such as Bonucci and Chiellini are in good physical shape.
a possible semi-final against surprise package Iceland: We aren't thinking that far ahead. It was a big surprise to me that Iceland beat England. They did really well, were very organised and their structure made them hard to play against.
No more Golden Goal stories please, Löw tells Bierhoff
Löw: "The way Italy is playing is impressive" - 28 June 2016
Jogi speaks to tv.dfb.de about Italy, who they learnt would be their quarter-final opponents on Monday evening. - 27 June 2016
Joachim Löw has given the players Tuesday free after Monday afternoon's training session, following their progression to the quarterfinals of the European championship in France, which will take place on Saturday (21:00 CEST) in Bordeaux. The team will only work individually on their recovery on Tuesday. The next training session for the whole team is scheduled for Wednesday in Evian. - 27 June 2016
Last updated 7 July 2016