Buffon and Lahm have faced each other three times previously in international football. The most significant of these came in the 2006 World Cup Semi-Finals in which Italy struck twice in the closing minutes of extra-time to win 2-0 and progress to the final, where they beat France. Earlier in 2006 Lahm's side had defeated Buffon's 4-1 in a friendly and they also drew another exhibition match 1-1 last year in Dotmund. They also played each other in the 09/10 Champions League group stages, with both taking part in a 0-0 draw in Munich and a 4-1 win for Bayern in Turin.
What To Expect
Germany should keep the defenders and deep lying midfielders that beat Greece but apart from Ozil their attack is harder to predict with Gomez, Klose, Podolski, Mueller, Schuerrle and Reus all vying for a starting place. Motta, Abate, Chiellini, De Rossi and Cassano are all injury doubts for Italy, and with Maggio suspended they are almost certain to make some changes from the team that knocked out England. Balotelli has has more shots than any other play left in the competition and he may provide the biggest test for Lahm, while Buffon will have to watch out for the precise finishing of Germany's strikers. Both teams have liked to press forward and attack a lot so far in the tournament so this could make for an exciting and open match.