The biggest and most anticipated match of the 2016 UEFA European Championships so far pits Germany vs. Italy in a quarterfinal clash that will stream live Saturday, a match that may have been better to save for the final, because the winner will certainly be considered the favorite to take the trophy from this year’s Euro.
Defending champions Spain were eliminated in the Round of 16 by Italy, while England were ousted in a historic upset by Iceland. Hosts France, Belgium, and Portugal remain alive, but none of those three are considered to be as powerful as either Germany or Italy.
Germany have never beaten Italy in a major tournament. That’s 8 games. pic.twitter.com/4kgon9rN9S
— TheSPORTbible (@TSBible) June 30, 2016
Portugal became the first team to advance to the 2016 UEFA Euro semifinals, barely surviving a spirited challenge by Poland to get through on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw.
Belgium faces upstart Wales on Friday, while France takes on the most talked-about team of the tournament, Iceland, on Sunday to close out the quarterfinal round.
Though Germany are defending World Cup champions and have three other World Cup triumphs and three European Championships on their resumé, Italy have also won four World Cups, and were runners-up to Spain in the 2012 UEFA Euro. But Italy have never won Europe’s continental championship tournament.
— Goal (@goal) June 30, 2016
Germany soundly defeated Italy 4-1 in an international friendly match on March 29 — but Italy has defeated Germany all four times the two nations have faced off in the knockout stage of the European Championship or World Cup.
To find out how to watch a live stream of the Germany vs. Italy 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal match, see the streaming links at the bottom of this article. Kickoff is scheduled for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France, on Saturday, July 2.
Fans in the United Kingdom can catch the live stream at 8 p.m. British Summer Time. Viewers in the United States can log in at 3 p.m Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific on Saturday.
Watch a full preview of the blockbuster Germany vs. Italy match from Seriously Football in the video below.
In their last 17 major tournament games, Germany have won 14 times with two draws but only one loss. That loss came to Italy, in the semifinals of the 2012 UEFA Euro semifinals, by a 2-1 score.
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To watch the Germany Vs. Italy 2016 UEFA quarterfinal match stream live from Bordeaux, France, use the stream provided by WatchESPN at this link, or download the WatchESPN app to watch the win-or-go-home match on mobile devices. Fans who do not have credentials to log in to WatchESPN can watch a tactical cam or aerial multi-camera view of the game via ESPN3, also at the above link.
Or, fans without an ESPN cable subscription with access to WatchESPN can view the match live via the Sling TV internet TV streaming package at this link. The package, which includes a variety of channels, including ESPN, which carries the 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal match, costs $20 per month. But Sling TV offers a seven-day free trial, so subscribers can choose whether or not to keep the streaming service after watching the Germany Vs. Italy match stream live online.
Fans in the United Kingdom who want to watch a live stream of the Germany Vs. Italy 2016 UEFA Euro quarterfinal elimination match for the World Cup champion Germany team against four-time World Cup winners and perennial European giants Italy can view the showdown using BBC iPlayer at this link, or use the BBC iPlayer app which is available on Google Chromecast and several other smart TV sets and devices in Great Britain. The live radio broadcast stream from BBC Radio Five is available on Saturday in any country by clicking on this link.
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