Euro 2012 Semi Final: Germany vs Italy

Germany, together with Spain were the hot favorites to win the Euro 2012 championships before it started and some good games against Denmark, The Netherlands and Greece only cemented that view. Spain is already in the final after beating Portugal and Germany only had to beat the unfancied Italian team. However, Super Mario had his shooting boots on and scored two goals to send Italy into the final. Germany were but a mere shadow of how they can play. The questions will get asked, were the players tired, did the coach make the wrong tactical decisions, was it just bad luck, but sometimes the opposition is just better on the night. Italy played forward, attacking football and had a class act in Mario Balotelli to score the goals. It’s a Spain vs Italy final. My money is now on Italy to win. [56 photos total]

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Fans of Italy's soccer team with their faces painted in national flag colors cheer before the start of Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Italy and Germany at National Stadium in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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A soccer fan with her face painted in national colours of Italy and Germany is pictured before the start of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Italy and Germany at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Fans of Italy's soccer team cheer before start of Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Italy and Germany at National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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The top of the National Stadium is reflected in sunglasses of a fan of Italy before the start of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Italy and Germany in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Germany soccer fans cheer before the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Germany and Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Italy's fans cheer before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Germany's players pose for photographers before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's players pose for a team photo before their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany in Warsaw (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Podolski challenges Italy's Balzaretti during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's goalkeeper Neuer makes a save in front of Italy's Balotelli during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Buffon makes a save in front of Germany's Hummels during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon adjusts his hair during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Pirlo makes a save next to goalkeeper Buffon during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Kroos battles for ball with Italy's De Rossi during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS) #
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Germany's goalkeeper Neuer makes a save during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's coach Joachim Loew reacts between Jerome Boateng and Italy's Mario Balotelli during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli scores during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw, (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli scores a goal against Germany's Manuel Neuer during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli scores a goal against Germany's goalkeeper Neuer during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli celebrates his goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italian players celebrate during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Buffon reacts after Balotelli scored a goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Kroos tries to score against Italy during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Montolivo tackles Germany's Khedira during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Montolivo listens to coach Prandelli during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at National Stadium in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli scores during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw, (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli scores his second goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli celebrates after scoring a goal against Germany's goalkeeper Neuer during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli celebrates during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw, (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Balotelli celebrates after scoring his goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's goalkeeper Neuer reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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An Italian supporter reacts while watching the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match in Munich (MICHAELA REHLE/REUTERS) #
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Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon saves the ball during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany in Warsaw (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira falls during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira challenges Italy's Chiellini during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Klose reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Buffon makes a save as Germany's Khedira and Italy's Bonucci run up during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Marchisio reacts after missing to score a goal against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Marchisio checks the leg of Balotelli during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's coach Prandelli talks to Balotelli after leaving the pitch during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Di Natale and Germany's Hummels look on as Italy's Marchisio fails to score a goal against Germany's goalkeeper Neuer during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Kroos challenges Italy's Pirlo during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (TONY GENTILE/REUTERS) #
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Germany's goalkeeper Neuer makes a save past his team mate Badstuber and Italy's Di Natale during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's goalkeeper Buffon makes a save against Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Reus reacts during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (THOMAS BOHLEN/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Oezil prepares for a penalty next to Italy's Alessandro Diamanti during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Oezil scores a goal from a penalty kick against Italy's goalkeeper Buffon during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Buffon makes a save next to Germany's Neuer during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Hummels reacts as he receives a yellow card during the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at National Stadium in Warsaw (KAI PFAFFENBACH/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Neuer and his team mates react after losing their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Italy at the National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Germany's Khedira leaves the pitch as Italy's players celebrate wininng their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National Stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Nocerino, Balzaretti, Chiellini and Diamanti with the team mates celebrate victory over Germany during their Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at National Stadium in Warsaw (PASCAL LAUENER/REUTERS) #
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Italy's Cassano celebrates with baby in his hands and Balotelli after their victory against Germany at Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw (LEONHARD FOEGER/REUTERS) #
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People react during the public screening of the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Germany and Italy in Frankfurt (ALEX DOMANSKI/REUTERS) #
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Germany soccer fan cries after Italy won the Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match against Germany at the National stadium in Warsaw (PETER ANDREWS/REUTERS) #
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Italy soccer fan celebrates goal during screening of Euro 2012 semi-final soccer match between Germany and Italy at fan zone in Warsaw (KACPER PEMPEL/REUTERS) #

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