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Spain vs Germany LIVE: Latest news on the team at the Euro 2024, lineups and current updates on the quarter-finals

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The quarter-finals of the 2024 European Championship begin today with a highly anticipated clash between two of the tournament's strongest teams so far, as Germany host Spain in Stuttgart.

The tournament hosts started their season with a convincing 5-1 win over Scotland before impressing in their next two group matches and fortunately eliminating Denmark in the round of 16. Jamal Musiala played electrifyingly and Toni Kroos is in top form for his last competition before retirement.

Another thing that speaks for Germany is the fact that the team has won a knockout match in a major international competition for the first time since 2016. This is a clear sign that they mean business.

However, Spain have perhaps been the most complete team at the European Championships so far, having won all four of their matches and scoring nine goals in the process. Their only goal conceded came in their round of 16 win over Georgia, when they came from behind to win 4-1.

Follow all the action between Spain and Germany in our live blog below:

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For Germany, it is the 19th quarter-final at World Championships (14) and European Championships (five) – more than any other European nation at the two major tournaments.

They have improved in 15 of the previous 18 games (83%).

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:50

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De la Fuente on the influence of Toni Kroos

Spanish coach Luis de la Fuente admitted that limiting the influence of German midfielder Toni Kroos was crucial to his team's success.

“We thought about tying Kroos' feet together, but I'm not sure UEFA would allow me to do that,” joked the 63-year-old. “We know how Kroos behaves.”

“We will try to make sure he has no chance of getting the ball and will limit his passing options.”

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:45

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Spaniard Fabian Ruiz has been involved in five goals in his last four games in all competitions (three goals, two assists).

In two of his three games so far at the 2024 European Championship, he has scored both a goal and an assist – no player has ever managed that in three different games at a single edition of the European Championship.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:40

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Germany has scored ten goals in its four matches at the 2024 European Championship, making it one of the teams with the most goals scored at a single edition of the European Championship.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:35

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Voices from Julian Nagelsmann before the game

The national coach said: “It's not a final, it's a quarter-final. We want to be one of the teams that are in the semi-finals.”

“Spain also wants to become champions, so it will be a tough game. Both teams are good in possession, have good counter-pressing qualities and can put the opponent under pressure.”

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:30

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Germany leaves the “real final of the Euro 2024” against the reinvented Spain with a regret

Julian Nagelsmann doesn't even want to hear about it in the German camp, but at this point it's impossible not to think about it.

A 1-0 defeat would have put Germany second in the group and put them on the side of the more forgiving team, making them the likely biggest force. It could have been a clear path to the semi-finals.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:25

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No host country has ever been eliminated in the quarter-finals of a European Championship; all four previous quarter-finalists (England 1996, Netherlands 2000, Portugal 2004 and France 2016) have progressed.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:20

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This is the fourth meeting between Spain and Germany at a European Championship. Spain has won twice (1984 and 2008) and Germany once (1988).

The last such encounter was in the 2008 final, which Spain won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Fernando Torres.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:15

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Thoughts from Luis de la Fuente before the game

The Spanish coach said: “It will be a balanced game. It could have been the European Championship final and I think it will be a balanced game in football terms.”

“Germany always starts the games strongly, so of course we will try to counter that. We will try to take the initiative and go full throttle from the first minute.”

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:10

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Team changes Spain vs Germany

Spain coach Luis de la Fuente keeps the same starting line-up that faced Georgia in the round of 16. Lamine Yamal keeps his place in the attacking line with Alvaro Morata at the top, Rodri is the anchor in midfield and Aymeric Laporte continues his centre-back partnership with Robin Le Normand.

There are two changes on the German side compared to the preliminary round against Denmark. Jonathan Tah and Emre Can move into the team and replace Nico Schlotterbeck and Robert Andrich, who are both on the bench.

Michael JonesJuly 5, 2024 16:03