Coach Joachim Loew drinks coffee during a press conference at the base camp of the German national soccer team in Evian-Les-Bains, France, Tuesday, June 28, 2016.(AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Loew knows Saturday's clash with a place in the last four at stake will be an utterly different proposition.Loew has experienced Germany's pain first hand as assistant manager when Italy spoiled their World Cup party on home soil in 2006 and four years ago when a Mario Balotelli double took the Azzurri to the final of Euro 2012 at Germany's expense.Yet Loew says he learned his lesson from that semifinal defeat and, in particular, his inability to restrict Italian playmaker Andrea Pirlo, before leading Germany to a fourth World Cup two years later.Neither Balotelli nor Pirlo are with the Azzurri in France, but Loew knows the challenge Antonio Conte's side will post.
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