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Spain v Germany LIVE: Latest Euro 2024 quarter-final team news and updates

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The Euro 2024 quarter-finals kick off today with a highly-anticipated clash between two of the hottest teams at the tournament so far as Germany host Spain in Stuttgart.

The tournament hosts got their campaign going with a blistering 5-1 win over Scotland before impressing over the next two group games and fortuitously seeing off Denmark in the round of 16. Jamal Musiala has been electric and Toni Kroos is in fine form for his final competition before retirement.

Also in Germany’s favour is the fact they have won a knockout match in a major international competition for the first time since 2016 which is a clear sign that they mean business.

However, Spain have perhaps been the most complete side of the Euros so far having won all four of their games, netting nine goals in the process. They only goal they have conceded came in the last-16 win over Georgia where they bounced back from going behind to triumph 4-1.

Follow all the action from Spain v Germany with our live blog below:

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Spain wary of ‘super class’ Toni Kroos in quarter-final

Only three nations have won the Euros as hosts (Spain 1964, Italy 1968, France 1984) and three more have played a final on home soil, only to lose (Portugal 2004, France 2016 and England 2020).

History is also not on Germany’s side for Friday’s matchup, as they have not beaten Spain in a tournament game since 1988, a winless run which includes a 6-0 demolition in the 2020 Nations League.

Despite Spain’s imperious form in their four straight wins so far at Euro 2024 and their previous success against Germany, De la Fuente said it would be an evenly-matched clash.

The difference could be, according to the Spaniard, the individual talent of certain players, like Germany midfielder Toni Kroos. The 34-year-old could be playing the last game of a remarkable career as he plans to retire after the tournament.

“I will ask Uefa if I can tie his feet together for this game,” De la Fuente joked. “Kroos is a super class player. It is incomprehensible that he is leaving football. It’s a shame that he will stop playing. We know what Kroos does and we will try to limit his passing, be very close and help him so that he doesn’t receive or at least doesn’t do it comfortably.

“That’s what we can do as they won’t let us tie his feet. It is a final before the final and I hope we advance.”

Toni Kroos has been exceptional for Germany
Toni Kroos has been exceptional for Germany (AP)

Lawrence Ostlere5 July 2024 13:28

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Germany left with one regret before ‘the real Euro 2024 final’ against reinvented Spain

It is something that Julian Nagelsmann doesn’t even want to be mentioned around the German camp, but it’s now impossible not to consider. Would the hosts have been better off had Niclas Fullkrug not scored that 92nd-minute equaliser against Switzerland in the final group game? Might that have been the moment on which the entire tournament turned?

A 1-0 defeat would have put Germany second in their group and on the more forgiving side of the draw, probably making them the biggest force there. It could have been a clear route to the semi-final.

Nagelsmann would argue that, if that happened, the hosts wouldn’t still have their unbeaten record. They wouldn’t have the emotional momentum that comes with a last-minute equaliser to preserve that record, either. They wouldn’t have the same aura.

Karl Matchett5 July 2024 13:15

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Spain do not fear partisan atmosphere in Germany

Spain manager Luis de la Fuente dismissed the impact a sold-out Stuttgart Arena filled by a majority of German fans could have in the outcome of their Euro 2024 quarter-final on Friday.

Ahead of the match against tournament hosts Germany, De la Fuente said that playing at home is not always an advantage as the weight of responsibility to not let a country down is often a burden.

“I think that at these levels, the so called home advantage is not really a factor and I don’t think it has too much influence,” De la Fuente told a press conference on Thursday.

“We have very experienced players, who are not going to be intimidated by a more or less hostile environment. It’s a normal football environment that we’re used to. I don’t think that has any influence at all.

“And I’m also not sure whether they are beneficial or not, sometimes that pressure goes against the home team, because the fans are very demanding and if things don’t start well, then the crowd can have a positive effect for us…. we’re going to play the game as we’ve been doing so far, with joy and confidence.”

Spain’s Lamine Yamal has sparkled during Euro 2024
Spain’s Lamine Yamal has sparkled during Euro 2024 (REUTERS)

Lawrence Ostlere5 July 2024 13:15

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Goals, assists and perfect passing – Nico Williams is the consistent star Spain have been searching for

For many reasons, a majority of them valid, Lamine Yamal seemed to become the face of this Spain side heading into Euro 2024. For one it’s his youth, of course – a star at just 16. There’s also the potential for so many storylines, with his birthday the day before the final itself.

Then there’s the fact he plays for Barcelona – all this before we even approach the subject of his quality, which is clearly off the charts.

But while he gives Spain traits they’ve been desperate for over the last few years and tournaments – guile around the box, balance in the forward line and, above all else, speed – he isn’t the only player to do so. He isn’t even the only starting forward who offers much of the same traits, if in mirror image.

Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 13:03

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Germany left with one regret before ‘the real Euro 2024 final’ against reinvented Spain

It is something that Julian Nagelsmann doesn’t even want to be mentioned around the German camp, but it’s now impossible not to consider. Would the hosts have been better off had Niclas Fullkrug not scored that 92nd-minute equaliser against Switzerland in the final group game? Might that have been the moment on which the entire tournament turned?

A 1-0 defeat would have put Germany second in their group and on the more forgiving side of the draw, probably making them the biggest force there. It could have been a clear route to the semi-final.

Nagelsmann would argue that, if that happened, the hosts wouldn’t still have their unbeaten record. They wouldn’t have the emotional momentum that comes with a last-minute equaliser to preserve that record, either. They wouldn’t have the same aura.

Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 12:42

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Early team news

Spain rested a number of players for their final group game against Albania, having won their first two matches, but fielded a full-strength team against Georgia.

Germany will have Jonathan Tah back from suspension and he is expected to partner Antonio Rudiger.

Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 12:01

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Here’s everything you need to know about the match

Spain vs Germany will kick off at 5pm BST at the MHP Arena in Stuttgart.

The match will be shown live on ITV1 with coverage starting at 4pm and the match can also be viewed live on the ITVX app and website.

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Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 11:42

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Spain vs Germany

But they have exceeded the expectations set in recent years having not won a knockout match in a major international competition beforehand since 2016, but will need everything to be in place against Spain.

La Roja have won all four of their games at Euro 2024 and netted nine goals in the process, only conceding their first goal of the tournament in the 4-1 round-of-16 win over Georgia.

Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 11:15

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Spain vs Germany

Good morning and welcome to The Independent’s live build up and coverage of Spain vs Germany, one of the most highly-anticipated clashes of Euro 2024.

Spain have won every match at the tournament so far and only conceded one goal, in the quarter-final against Georgia, while Germany will have the support of the nation behind them.

Sonia Twigg5 July 2024 11:07

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