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Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 , Warsaw, National Stadium, Poland / NationalTurk – Germany in tears, Italy in joy after Italy have pulled off the upset in the Germany vs Italy semifinal to book their ticket to the Euro 2012 Final, where Italy will face group-mates Spain again.
Mario Balotelli was the star for Italy as he showed some fine quality finishing in the first half of Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semifinal clash, scoring both of Italy goals in their unexpected 2-1 win vs Germany.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 : Italy perfected old school counter-attack football vs Germany
German manager Joachim Löw put out a surprising lineup for Germany vs Italy Euro 2012, but his changes didn’t pay off. Both of Thomas Müller and Marco Reus were kept on the bench in favor of Toni Kroos in the midfield, as Germany switched to a 4-3-3 and pushed German-Turk star Mesut Özil out wide and tried to lock Italy in the center of midfield where their maestro Pirlo have starred every game Italy played so far in Euro 2012. It’s helped them control the Germany vs Italy game for the most part, though they haven’t turned their positive play into goals, whereas Italy lectured Germany on how to play beautiful old school counter-attack football.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semifinal : Germany with some changes in lineup, Italy w. Mario Balotelli effective as hell
Germany started the Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 game with superb determination and build an early pressure araound Italian box. Germany generated Italy vs Germany game’s first big chance in the 6th minute, with defender Mats Hummels redirecting a Toni Kroos corner on target, but Andrea Pirlo helped his defense and blocked the shot off the goal line.Germany was the better team in the opening minutes of the match, but the Germany vs Italy match was turned on its head by Mario Balotelli and Antonio Cassano, who have harrassed the slow German defense and put the ball into German net in the 20th minute in a joint effort of cross-header combination.
Antonio Cassano provided a fantastic assist on the opener, turning Mats Hummels around on the left flank of the pitch before delivering a brilliant cross into the center of the box. Super Mario Balotelli have risen higher than German defender Holger Badstuber, reached the ball and headed a bullet past Manuel Neuer at the near post, putting Italy vs Germany up 1-0.
The following 16 minutes of Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 game continued fairly even, but Germany played aggressively in search of an equalizer. But their mirth at the start of the game was clearly gone stolen by the effectivness of Italy. Italy used Germany’s aggression and lack of defensive organization for their own favor and bit Germany again in the 36th minute, when the German back line was undone by a superb Mario Balotelli run and an even better pass by Riccardo Montolivo. Balotteli turned that pass into an assist as Hummels and Philipp Lahm were caught out by the bad-boy City striker, who timed his run perfectly to stay onside and leave German defenders in the dust as he ran onto Montolivo’s long ball. Balotelli held them off using his strenghth and hit a thunderbolt past great Manuel Neuer at his near post, doubling Italy’s lead. 0-2..and an utter shock for Germany.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semifinals : Second half Germany gambled was lucky not to concede the closer, but..
Löw knew that Germany needed a significant shot in the arm, so he made two halftime substitutions, slipping in Reus and Miroslav Klose for the ghosts of Lukas Podolski and Mario Gomez. New Dortmund signing Reus played very well in the second half of Germany vs Italy game and created a shot on target in the 48th minute, leaving many to wonder why he didn’t start the Germany vs Italy match.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Semifinal’s second half saw many half – goal chances created by Germany, but the Italian defensive back line and Italian goelkeeoer Gianluigi Buffon were always perfectly positioned. A real catenaccio so to say..
Philipp Lahm missed a good goal chance in the 49th minute of Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 match, which he should have done better with. In the 55th minute, Mesut Özil created a great chance with a ball cut back across the Italian box, causing a scramble there, but Italy eventually cleared like they had done all the Germany vs Italy game long.
Italian manager Cesare Prandelli made three very similar subs in the second half of Germany vs Italy clash, taking off tired or creative players for rested, energetic, industrious and talented players, a feature Italy should be proud and happy about for the years to come. Alessandro Diamanti, Thiago Motta and Antonio Di Natale all entered the Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 semifinal game in the second half, replacing Cassano, Balotelli and Montolivo. The Italian substitutes all did their jobs well, making life hard and at some points miserable for Germany.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 : Germany tried hard but this Italy team was impressive in the defense and quick on attack
Italy had three excellent chances to put the Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 game away that they didn’t take and missed licentiously, something this young and talented Italian players would eventually come to regret even though they were able to hold German attacks at bay on for the victory and for the sake of Euro 2012 final. Claudio Marchisio missed two great goal chances just wide, in the 67th minute and in the 75th minute. In the 82nd minute, Udinese attacante Di Natale went one-on-one with Manuel Neuer on a breakaway, but his shot found only the side netting of German goal. Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 game had entered then its final minutes.
Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 Highlights Video : Watch the video as the Italian catenaccio stopping the Germany engine with Balotelli goals
Things got heated in the first minute of stoppage time of Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 semifinals, when Germany were given a lifeline. Federico Balzaretti was whistled for a handball in the penalty area, and Mesut Özil converted the resulting penalty to chanhe the scoreboard of Germany vs Italy game to 2-1. Germany spent the next 3 minutes, their longest three minutes of the Euro 2012 tournament most likely, throwing every German player forward in a desperate attempt to force extra time with a second goal. Manuel Neuer had to clear and save two balls in the midfield with astonishing headers but Germany never created another clear goal chance as Italy defense, midfield and Buffon held them for a stunning win in Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 unforgettable semifinal.