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Buffon pulled off an incredible save.

Gianluigi Buffon pulls off incredible save from Mario Gomez backheel

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Gianluigi Buffon pulled a wonder-save out of the bag in Italy's quarter-final showdown against Germany this evening.

Germany took the lead in the second half thanks to a close-range effort from Arsenal's Mesut Ozil. However it could have two and the game would have been over just moments later when the ball looped into the path of Gomez.

The veteran striker looked a dead-cert to score and double his side's lead - but then Buffon came to the rescue.

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The veteran shotstopper is a candidate for player of the tournament after a string of impressive performances that helped Italy top their group.

Somehow, when Gomez flicked the ball goalwards from no more than four yards out, the 38-year-old managed to shoot a hand up quickly enough to deflect the effort over the bar. You can check out the video of the save at the bottom of this article. 

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The value of Buffon's save became apparent very soon as well; with time starting to run out Italy were handed a lifeline when Jerome Boateng was penalised for handling in the box.

Defender Leonardo Bonucci stepped up and, despite his stuttered run-up, manage to slot the ball past Manuel Neuer in the Germany goal to make it 1-1.

Germany haven't beaten Italy in their last eight tournament games against Italy, and as it stands the game is heading towards extra-time and a potential penalty shoot-out for a place in the final four.

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