This was a real test for the Germans; the first time they had trailed in a competitive match for 1,313 minutes, or 22 hours, dating back to the third-place game at the 2010 World Cup.
Sami Khedira did force Gianluigi Buffon to make one of a number of fine saves, but when Riccardo Montolivo picked out Balotelli from deep inside his own half with a terrific diagonal ball in the 36th minute another goal followed. Balotelli took full advantage of the fact that Philipp Lahm had played him on side by beating Manuel Neuer for a second time with a stunning strike.
Cities & Stadiums
The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments
|2008||Spain||Germany||Russia / Turkey|
|2004||Greece||Portugal||Netherlands / Czech Republic|
|2000||France||Italy||Netherlands / Portugal|
|1996||Germany||Czech Republic||France / England|
|1992||Denmark||Germany||Netherlands / Sweden|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union||Italy / West Germany|
|1984||France||Spain||Denmark / Portugal|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||Belgium|