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article imageBalotelli brace against Germany fires Italy into Euro 2012 final

By Kev Hedges     Jun 29, 2012 in Sports
Warsaw - Mario Balotelli's two-goal salvo fired Italy into Sunday's Euro 2012 final, where they will face Spain. The mercurial Italian described the victory as "the best night of my life."
The 21-year-old's goals tore a rather subdued German side apart. His first coming after just 20 minutes, a bullet header from close range. The second came after 36 minutes when the Manchester City striker struck from outside the area on the volley and while running with the ball. A truly remarkable goal from a player so often in the headlines for all the wrong reasons.
Germany were somewhat out of character in Warsaw on Thursday night. They did manage a consolation goal in the 91st minute when Ozil netted from the penalty spot after Italian forward Federico Balzaretti handled in the area.
Germany's coach, Joachim Loew could barely look at the game as his side failed to find the form that had so many touting them as firm favourites to lift the crown. Italian midfielder Pirlo and Montolivo ran the show in midfield, just as they did so against England in the quarter finals.
BBC anchor man, Gary Lineker, said that the Germans did not have a word or term for "bogey team" but they might like to start thinking of one. This is the eighth match in a row where Germany have failed to beat Italy. Eight competitive games that take in five clashes at the World Cup and three in the Euro Championships, reports the BBC.
If Spain win in Sunday's final, they will make history as the first nation to rack up three straight continental and world titles, something no side has ever achieved, reports UEFA.com
The final between Spain and Italy takes place in the Olympic Stadium in Kiev on Sunday, kick off is at 1945BST (1445EDT).
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