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Thomas Muller denied first Euro 2016 goal by incredible goalline clearance

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Thomas Muller has been denied his first goal at Euro 2016 in Germany's quarter-final showdown against Italy thanks to an incredible goalline clearance from Alessandro Florenzi.

The Bayern Munich forward was the joint pre-tournament favourite with Cristiano Ronaldo to be the European Championship's leading scorer, but despite plenty of chances coming his way, he's yet to get off the mark.

It looked as though his barren spell was over in the second half against Italy as he fired a shot towards the far corner of Gianluigi Buffon's goal, but somehow Florenzi managed to contort himself into a position where he was able to clear the ball - you can check out the video below. The game is currently tied at 0-0.

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Reigning World Cup holders Germany have a surprisingly terrible record against Italy, and haven't beaten them in their last eight meetings at major tournaments.

However Antonio Conte is without Roma midfielder Daniele de Rossi, who picked up an injury in the Azzurri's win against Spain, while his replacement, Thiago Motta, is also absent. 

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Marco Veratti, Italy's starting midfield lynchpin, has missed the tournament because of injury. 

Despite those setbacks, Conte insists his side are good enough to progress to the quart-finals at Germany's expense. 

"In the last few days we've tried to study the opposition because it's going to be a very different game to the Spain one," the soon-to-be Chelsea boss said.

"We've tried to identify areas where we can hurt Germany. We have a great deal of respect for them, but we'll try to play our hand and play to our strengths.

"Italy versus Germany is a knockout match, a quarter-final, and a great match for us. If I were to go back in time a month ago it wouldn't have been a contest because of the respective sides, but now we're here after beating Spain. We'll need to perform well to overturn the odds, but we've worked hard. No one starts as a beaten side. If we do win tomorrow, it will be extremely well earned.

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