Germany faces host nation France in the second 2016 UEFA European Championship semifinal match, which will stream live from France and will, most experts and fans believe, determine the odds-on favorite to win the 2016 Euro final on July 10.
But first, two-time Euro winner France must take on the reigning World Cup champions Germany for the 28th time in their history, dating back to 1931, and including the period from 1952 to 1990 when the German team represented West Germany in what was then a nation divided by the Cold War.
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France has won 12 of the meetings, historically, while Germany has won 10 with five draws. The last time Germany faced France, however, the game became unimportant as that night, November 13, 2015, was the night of the deadly terrorist attacks in Paris, which included bombs that exploded outside the Stade de France where the two teams were playing a friendly match.
When France and Germany last met in a major tournament, Germany eliminated France from the quarterfinals of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The victory came 1-0 on an early header by Mats Hummels.
Hummels, however, will be one of three and possibly even four German starters sidelined on Thursday due to either suspension or injury, making France the favorite to oust the world champs and move on the final.
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France come into the semifinal off a definitive destruction of the tournament’s Cinderella story, blowing away Iceland 5-1. Germany had a much more difficult time against perennial European power Italy, needing penalty kicks after a 120-minute 1-1 stalemate to advance to the semifinal.
Watch what turned into a thrilling quarterfinal penalty shootout between Germany and Italy last Saturday in the video below.
Watch former German international and member of the 1996 UEFA European Championship winning Germany team Steffen Freund preview the Germany vs. France match in the following video.
To find out how to watch the Germany vs. France 2016 UEFA Euro semifinal on Thursday, see the streaming links below in this article. Kickoff is set for 9 p.m. Central European Summer Time at Stade de Lyon in Lyon, France, on Thursday, June 7.
For viewers in the United Kingdom, that start time will be 8 p.m. British Summer Time. Fans in the United States can catch the live stream at 3 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, noon Pacific.
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To watch the Germany Vs. France 2016 UEFA semifinal match stream live from Stade de Lyon in Lyon, 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.
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 carries a variety of channels, including ESPN which carries the 2016 UEFA Euro semifinal Germany vs. France 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. France 2016 UEFA Euro semifinal match for the World Cup champion Germany team against two-time European Championship winners and 1998 World Cup winners France 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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