· Since Germany's reunification in 1991, Germany and Italy have met six times at the European Championships. Italy won each of the first five encounters, but Germany won the most recent one: 3-2 in a group stage match in 2017.
· The last time these nations faced each other in the European Championship knockout phases was in the 1993 semi-finals (1st-4th place). Italy beat Germany in straight sets to qualify for the final (3-2 win against the Netherlands).
· These nations met earlier this year in the 2021 Volleyball Nations League. On 23 June, Italy won 3-2 (15-13 in fifth set). Italy's Alessandro Michieletto (22) won the most points in that match.
· Italy are unbeaten at EuroVolley 2021. They won all five of their group matches and defeated Latvia in their Eight Final match.
· In this tournament, Italy only dropped sets in 3-1 group phase victories over Czech Republic and Bulgaria.
· At both of the previous two European Championships, Italy lost 3-0 in the quarter-finals: against Belgium in 2017 and against France in 2019.
· The last time Italy reached the European Championship semi-finals was in 2015, when they won 3-0 against Russia in their quarter-final match in Busto Arsizio.
· The last time Italy won each of their first seven matches at a European Championships was in their title-winning campaign in 2003.
· Alessandro Michieletto is Italy's leading point scorer on 80 points, including 16 from serves.
· Germany progressed to the quarter-finals by winning 3-1 against Bulgaria in their Eight Final match. Germany won four of their five group phase matches of this tournament, with a 3-1 loss against France as their only defeat.
· Since 1995, Germany finished in the top four at a European Championships only once: a second place in 2017.
· At EuroVolley 2019, Germany lost 3-0 against Poland in the quarter-finals.
· Germany have won each of their last 14 matches at EuroVolley in which they won the opening set, since a 3-2 defeat to the Netherlands in the 2015 group stage.
· György Grozer (74) is Germany's leading point scorer at this tournament. At EuroVolley 2019, only Christian Fromm (79) won more points for Germany than Grozer (68).
First RefereeIgor PORVAZNIKSVKSecond RefereeMilan RAJKOVICCRO
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ITALY v GERMANY
The winner of the Group B, Italy, reached the semi-finals after they easily defeated Germany 3:0 (25:13, 25:18, 25:19). They were played a decisively better match and deservedly won.
The beginning of the match was quite careful from both sides with minimal amounts of mistakes. When Itay went into a two point lead after a nice block, their extraordinary play was about to begin. Another great block, Alessandro Machieletto’s attack and an error on the opponent’s net created a big lead that was enough to win the opening set. The experienced opposite György Grozer was substituted thanks to a knee problem. In the end, the score difference was twelve points (25:13).
During the second part of the game there were less mistakes and it was equal for a long time. After inaccurate Germany attacks, Italy grabbed the lead and the situation from the first set happened again. While Germany was pushed only by Moritz Karlitzek’s points, Italian setter Simone Gianelli could pick whoever he wanted to score. Both spikers and opposite Pinali played intelligently. After Gianluca Galassi’s ace (21:14) Italy took care of it and won by seven points (25:18).
Germany took an early lead 5:3 in the third set but their opponent didn’t allow any dramatic scenarios. With high blocks and good attack Italy turned the game around (8:7). They didn’t have to change anything and gradually increased the gap between both teams until they started to celebrate their promotion.
Giulio Pinali, Italian opposite: “Today we played very well. We had a strong serve, great attacks and also good reception. It was probably our best match of the tournament. I hope we will play like this in the semi-finals. This was our last appearance in Ostrava and I have to say I really enjoyed it. After Covid pause it was so cool to see people back in their seats.”
Moritz Karlitzek, Germany spiker: “We knew that they had a height advantage so basically we couldn’t get into the game. We were unable to put a much-needed pressure on them with our serve. It is hard to play against Italy like that. They were good in every gaming activity and served perfectly. We missed György Grozer. He had a knee problem yesterday and no-one knew what it was. He wanted to give it a go but it didn’t work. He is an amazing player and his experiences would definitely help us.
The match in numbers
The combined total number of points scored by both teams throughout the entire match.
The total length of the match, from the first serve through until the last point has ended.
Total number of people in attendance at the venue – taken at the end of the second set.
The combined total number of successful spikes achieved by both teams throughout the entire match.
An average of the two team service reception percentages from the complete match.
The number of successful point winning blocks of ITALY compared to GERMANY.
ITALY number of service aces compared to GERMANY
Errors leading to points of ITALY, next to those from GERMANY