Painful viewing: Joachim Low, Hans-Dieter Flick and Andreas Kopke look uneasy on the German bench
Despite reaching the past four for the fourth tournament running, they are still to end their wait for a trophy, which stretches back to Euro 96.
Although they were expected to provide a much stiffer test than England, in fact, it was easier for Italy, who ended Germany's 15-match winning streak in competitive matches.
'We've had two great years,' said Low. 'The team has really developed well. We won 15 games in a row but lost today against an incredibly strong Italian side, with a strong axis and two great strikers.
'There's no reason to doubt ourselves. Our team was the youngest team here. Even though there's disappointment today, we played a wonderful tournament and I am sure we will be able to cope with this defeat.'
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The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|