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Italy Beat Germany 2-1

Updated on August 1, 2012

Italy beat Germany 2-1 last night in the European Championship semi final to clinch a place in the final against Spain on Sunday.

Italy went into this game never having lost to Germany in any tournament match in 7 previous attempts and this fantastic record now increases to 8.

Germany had a couple of early chances in the game when Italy’s usually brilliant goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon seemed to lose sight of the ball but no German player was able to score.

Italy then started to dictate a lot of the play and their midfielders were making great use of the ball. Montilivo,Marchisio and especially Pirlo were making great passes and not letting Germany settle.

Italy took the lead in the 20th minute through a powerful header from Mario Balotelli following great build up play down the left wing and Germany seemed shell shocked. They won every game to qualify for the tournament and had won all of their 4 previous games in the actual tournament so far.

After coming close in the previous 3 major tournaments and playing great football dating back to the World Cup of 2006 this seemed as if it was going to be their time and they would be ready to win a tournament again.

Germany tried to react and tried to conjure up some scoring chances but in what was an open attacking game they were unable to really trouble the Italian defence.

Before half time Italy scored again. Another goal from Balotelli. This time he raced away from the German defence and hit a rasping right foot shot from the edge of the penalty box which soared high into the net.

It was half time with Italy 2-0 up. Germany would surely need to change things at halftime. They made a couple of substitutions right at the start of the 2nd half bringing on Klose and Reus for Gomez and Podolski and went about trying to score an early goal to pull themselves back into the game. It was really only a brief flurry of activity near the Italian goal and then Italy started getting a lot more possession and created a few chances of their own. Di Natale and Marchisio had chances to score a third but couldn’t take them. But Pirlo was dictating play to extraordinary lengths and nobody seemed to get near him as he kept possession and kept making really telling passes.

Germany did get back into the game in injury time. There was still about 3 minutes of the 4 minutes injury time to go when Germany were given a penalty. Mesut Ozil scored and Germany tried to conjure up a late late equaliser and were sending up goalkeeper Manuel Neuer when they had a free kick but it was to no avail and they never really created anything else to really panic Italy.

The final whistle went and Italy celebrated a great victory while Germany seemed to be in a state of shock and disbelief not really understanding how they were out.

Now Italy must prepare for the final on Sunday evening against the current European and World champions Spain.

What will happen in this game? Will Spain win this tournament for the 2nd time in a row and 3rd in total or can Italy lift the trophy and claim their 2nd and the first since 1968.

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      James Vernon 5 years ago from UK

      Yes i've always thought De Rossi was more of a central midfielder but as you say he's played in a few positions and done really well.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      De Rossi has been such a utility man for them, pretty sure hes played CB and ML but isnt he a CM ?

      Great player tho

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      James Vernon 5 years ago from UK

      Yes they've looked good. Italy has certainly got a good midfield at the moment.

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      Thomas Swan 5 years ago from New Zealand

      Nice review. I am stunned by how good De Rossi, Marchisio and Montelivo are. I'll be keeping an eye on them in future! It will be good to see Marchisio in the Champs league with Juve.

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      James Vernon 5 years ago from UK

      Italy played really well. I was expecting a lot more from Germany. I don't know if they froze or changed their team too much rather than bother with their own game.

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      Peter V 5 years ago from At the Beach in Florida

      Great overview of the game. I was completely surprised by Italy's performance. Voted up!

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      James Vernon 5 years ago from UK

      Yes they'e got some really good players. I suppose the test ,especially in midfield, will be against Spain.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      Montilivio didnt look too happy to come off did he heh

      Marchisio looks a decent player, i had never heard of him before this tournament