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EURO 2012 LIVE: Germany 0 Italy 2

 German fans cheer before the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP ...
 Italy fans smile as they arrive at the stadium prior to the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Italy and Germany, in ...
 Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Pola...
 Germany's Lukas Podolski, left,  challenges Italy's Federico Balzaretti during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and ...
 Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy ...
 Germany's Holger Badstuber heads the ball in front of Italy's Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between German...
 An Italian soccer fan waits for the kickoff of the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursda...
 A German fan reacts to the camera as he waits for the kickoff of the  Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy at the ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

German fans cheer before the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursday, June 28, 2012. (AP ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Fans

Italy fans smile as they arrive at the stadium prior to the start of the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Italy and Germany, in ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates his second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Pola...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Germany's Lukas Podolski, left, challenges Italy's Federico Balzaretti during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy ...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

Germany's Holger Badstuber heads the ball in front of Italy's Mario Balotelli during the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between German...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

An Italian soccer fan waits for the kickoff of the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy in Warsaw, Poland, Thursda...

Soccer Euro 2012 Germany Italy

A German fan reacts to the camera as he waits for the kickoff of the Euro 2012 soccer championship semifinal match between Germany and Italy at the ...

Germany plays Italy Thursday with a place in the final of Euro 2012 at stake. Follow the action here. All times are Polish.
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2123: GOAL! Germany 0, Italy 2 (Balotelli).
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2122: A great effort fro moutside the box by Khedira who volleys a powerful shot on target but it's saved by Buffon.
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2120: Boateng breaks down the right wing for Germany and gets a cross over, but Podolski fails to connect with any power. The Italians then go up the other end and after a great touch by Cassano, Montolivo fails to take advantage and falls instead of shooting.
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2117: We've passed the 30-minute mark and the Italians are looking hard to break down. They're slowing the game down a little in midfield and the Germans are struggling to find the final ball. A big cheer for some skilful play by Pirlo who backheels the ball to escape the attention of his marker in the center circle.
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2114: Oezil tries his luck from outside the area but he'll have to connect better than that to trouble Buffon who easily collects.
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2107: It was coming! Cassano wriggles free from two defenders on the left and puts over a perfect cross for Balotelli to head in from close range.
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2106: GOAL! Germany 0, Italy 1 (Balotelli)
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2104: Good effort from Montolivo from outside the box, but Neuer dives to his right and gets both hands on the shot. A minute later, Cassano tries an ambitious effort from a similar distance but that one is more comfortable for Neuer. The Italians are having a good spell here.
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2100: Two saves in as many minutes from Buffon to keep the Germans at bay. An uncharacteristic spill, though, from the Italian goalkeeper in the first attempt. But he got away with it.
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2057: It's been a good opening, with both teams going on the attack and some half chances in both goalmouths. Balotelli looking lively, but the question is whether he can be more accurate in front of goal compared to the game against England.
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2052: Great chance for Germany, but Hummels' header is cleared off the line by Pirlo, the ball bouncing straight back into a grateful Buffon's hands.
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2050: Some early encouragement for the Italians, with Balotelli close to getting on the end of a pass into the box from Montolivo.
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2045: Italy gets the match underway. Both teams in their "home" kit tonight, the Italians in blue and white, Germany in white and black. A big atmosphere building, with the Germans outnumbering their Italian opposition in the stands. A big Polish turnout, too.
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2030: Just 15 minutes until kickoff in the second semifinal of Euro 2012. For Italy, Giorgio Chiellini returns from injury at left back and Federico Balzaretti moves over to right back in place of Ignazio Abate, who exited the last match with a muscle problem in his left leg. For Germany, striker Mario Gomez reclaims his starting place.
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2030: Germany: Manuel Neuer, Holger Badstuber, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Mario Gomez, Lukas Podolski.
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Federico Balzaretti, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele De Rossi, Claudio Marchisio, Riccardo Montolivo, Andrea Pirlo, Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano.


Updated : 2020-12-04 07:52 GMT+08:00