Fernando Forestieri’s second-half effort was enough to maintain Italy’s unbeaten competitive record against Germany, and put them through to the Semi-Finals of the FIFA World Cup here in Brazil.
The Udinese midfielder scored his third goal of the tournament, and fourth international goal, with about quarter of an hour to play with a fine strike from the edge of the area after Rossi won the ball back in the middle and played a lovely through-ball.
In an otherwise even game, both goalkeepers were made to work several times, but neither was severely tested until Manuel Neuer picked the ball out the back of his net in the 74th minute.
Lukas Podolski hit a 93rd minute shot from almost thirty yards out that had Sirigu beaten, but crashed back off the crossbar denying him a stunning last-gasp equaliser.
Federico Balzaretti picked up a late yellow card, which means that five players of their squad are on a booking for the Semi-Final. Italy will play Croatia in Sao Paulo on Tuesday.
The six Dortmund players in the German squad will fly home on Monday and will not feature in Wednesday’s friendly at Wuppertal. Ivan Perisic (Croatia) remains at the tournament.
FIFA WORLD CUP BRAZIL 2014 MATCH 59: QUARTER-FINAL ITALY 1-0 GERMANY Forestieri 74 Brasilia
DORTMUND PLAYER WATCH (all GER): Götze: (90') 37/44 passes, 1/14 crosses, 1/1 shot (7.0) Hummels: (90') 18/24 passes, 2/3 tackles, 4/4 headers (7.0) Schmelzer: (90') 47/60 passes, 4/5 tackles, 3 interc. (7.0) Schieber: (10') On in 80th minute. 3/4 passes, 0 shots. - Beck, Gündogan, Reus all unused subs.