Italy beat Germany 2-1 in semifinal reach in Euro 2012 Final to meet against Spain on 1 July 2012.Italy continued their arresting stranglehold on Germany if two superb first-half goals by Mario Balotelli gave them a 2-1 win in an accomplished Euro 2012 semi-final on Thursday and a abode in Sunday’s final adjoin Spain. Striker Mario Balotelli addled alert to allowance Italy’s 2-1 semi-final win over Germany on Thursday to leave the Germans’ Euro 2012 ambitions in accouterment while the Azzurri advance on to the final.
The 21-year-old Manchester City brilliant bankrupt German hearts with a first-half attack and abstract bang as Joachim Loew’s amateur aggregation — the youngest of the 16 at Euro 2012 — bootless to cope with Cesare Prandelli’s street-wise Italians.
A backward amends from Mesut Ozil accepted no added than a alleviation account for the Germans whose 16-year delay for a above appellation continues.Balotelli affiliated with a crimper Antonio Cassano cantankerous to arch the opener afterwards 20 account again ran on to a continued Riccardo Montolivo canyon afore lashing in an unstoppable additional afterwards 36 as the Italians took abounding advantage of some apart defending.
Three times champions Germany, who had never baffled Italy in their seven antecedent above clash meetings, rallied backward in the bold and Mesut Ozil adapted a amends in added time afterwards Federico Balzaretti had handled in the breadth but it came too late.
Germany had beforehand gone abutting if Gianluigi Buffon affected a Marco Reus chargeless bang assimilate the bar afterwards 62 account and had a deflected Mats Hummels attempt austere off the band in the aboriginal stages.
But Italy grew in aplomb and could accept added a third ambition if Claudio Marchisio alert attempt just wide.
The final adjoin holders and apple champions Spain in Kiev is a rematch of the teams’ accumulation affair that accomplished 1-1.
Italy are now into Sunday’s final in Kiev to face arresting champions Spain with the Italians behest to win their aboriginal European acme back 1968.
Victory at Warsaw’s National Stadium agency Italy advance their absorbing almanac of accepting never absent to Germany at a Apple Cup or European Championships on their eighth affair at a above tournament.
Having alone three of his assiduously for endure Friday’s 4-2 quarter-final win over Greece, Loew afresh tinkered with his starting line-up, but this time it back-fired as the Germans lacked an able Plan B if things went wrong.
Arsenal-bound Lukas Podolski was hauled off at half-time, striker Mario Gomez aswell fabricated way for 34-year-old adept Miroslav Klose afterwards the break, while Toni Kroos almost afflicted the Italian defence from the appropriate wing.
Germany had a brace of aureate affairs aboriginal on, but the Azzurri anon asserted themselves and afterwards Riccardo Montolivo activated Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, Italy took the advance on 20 minutes.
Antonio Cassano ghosted through two German defenders and beyond for Balotelli to exhausted his brand Holger Badstuber and bang his attack accomplished Neuer.
It was the aboriginal time back the Euro 2008 final Germany had collapsed abaft in a European Championship bout afterwards their ten wins in condoning and their four wins so far at Euro 2012.
The abashed looks in the German ranks told their own tale.
Rattled, the Germans approved to acknowledge themselves with Mesut Ozil and Gomez both abandonment bisected chances, but Italy captain Gianluigi Buffon stood up to the claiming in ambition afore the Azzurri addled again.
A abstract canyon from Fiorentina’s Montolivo breach the German defence and gave Balotelli all the amplitude he bare to coil his attempt accomplished Neuer on 36 minutes.
With the Germans now reeling, Reus was bound into the activity afterwards replacing Podolski and activated Buffon with a well-struck free-kick with an hour gone.
But the Italians were not to be denied their aboriginal European final back their Euro 2000 defeat to France if Claudio Marchisio accursed advanced on 67 account and afresh eight account later.
Balotelli fabricated way for Antonio Di Natale on 70 account and with time active out, the Udinese advanced absent a aureate adventitious with the German defence all at sea.
A handball by Federico Balzaretti in the 92nd minute gave Germany abrupt achievement as adjudicator Stephane Lannoy acicular to the atom and Ozil accursed home the spot-kick, but it was too little, too late.
The Azzurri can now dream of abstinent apple and European champions Spain a third after above appellation on Sunday.
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