Germany's young team can achieve something none of its predecessors have ever managed - beat Italy at a major tournament.

With such a negative record against Italy, no wonder the Germans don't want to be reminded of the past ahead of Thursday's European Championship semifinal in Warsaw.

It was Italy that destroyed German hopes of winning the 2006 World Cup at home, beating the hosts in the semifinal with two late goals in extra time.

Germany captain Philipp Lahm says his teammates are not concerned with statistics. But even the coaching staff has been impressed by the cool nerves of Andrea Pirlo.