Germany 1-2 Italy Highlights – Euro 2012
Mario Balotelli scores two superb goals as Italy shock Germany 2-1 to book a Euro 2012 final showdown with Spain in Kiev.
Watch Euro 2012 semi-final match, Germany Vs Italy highlights here.
Venue: National Stadium, Warsaw
Date: Thursday, 28 June
Kick-off: 19:45 BST
0-1 Mario Balotelli 20′
0-2 Mario Balotelli 36′
1-2 Ozil (pen) 92′
The sides have met seven times in competitive games, all of which came at either World Cups or European Championships. Germany have yet to win (D4, L3). Italy beat the Germans in the World Cup semi-finals in 1970 and 2006.
The two previous European Championship clashes both ended in group stage draws; 1-1 in 1988 and 0-0 in 1996. The latter result eliminated Italy.
The Germans have won their last 15 competitive games, a new world record, according to Uefa.
They have previously contested six European Championship semi-finals, failing to reach the final just once – a 2-1 defeat to the Dutch in 1988. Overall, they have reached the semi-final of major tournaments 17 times, losing on just six occasions.
According to Opta, Mats Hummels and Sami Khedira are the only outfield players to have completed four Euro 2012 games without conceding a single foul.
Italy have failed to reach the final in two of the 10 semi-finals they have played at major tournaments. They lost to USSR at Euro 88 and to Argentina (on penalties) at the 1990 World Cup.
They have failed to score in their two previous European Championship semi-finals. They progressed to the final in 1968 after winning a coin toss following a 0-0 draw with the USSR. The Soviets exacted revenge 20 years later, winning 2-0 at the same stage.
The Italians have been involved in eight goalless draws at European Championship finals – more than any other side.