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Germany 1 Italy 2: Magic Mario makes his mark as Azzurri extend tournament hoodoo
Posted Friday, June 29, 2012 by Dailymail

Germany 1 Italy 2: Magic Mario makes his mark as Azzurri extend tournament hoodoo
Booked: French referee Stephane Lannoy had no option

Germany did improve after the half-time changes, and for a spell in the second half they dominated. But Italy were a league above them last night. At the back they were excellent, and in players like Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi they delivered a passing masterclass — something that will certainly impress the Spaniards.

Pirlo was a ubiquitous presence, even clearing a Mats Hummels effort off the line in the fifth minute.

But if the opening 20th minute goal was the result of a fine piece of attacking football, the defending would have incensed Low. It was not just the way Hummels and Jerome Boateng allowed Antonio Cassano to slip away from them to deliver the cross, it was the abject failure of Holger Badstuber to stop Balotelli scoring with a thumping header.

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    Rank Team W/D/L Pts

    Cities & Stadiums

    The Top 3 Teams of Previous Tournaments

    Year Winners Runner-up Third place
    2008SpainGermanyRussia / Turkey
    2004GreecePortugalNetherlands / Czech Republic
    2000FranceItalyNetherlands / Portugal
    1996GermanyCzech RepublicFrance / England
    1992DenmarkGermanyNetherlands / Sweden
    1988NetherlandsSoviet UnionItaly / West Germany
    1984FranceSpainDenmark / Portugal
    1980West GermanyBelgiumCzechoslovakia
    1976CzechoslovakiaWest GermanyNetherlands
    1972West GermanySoviet UnionBelgium
    1964SpainSoviet UnionHungary
    1960Soviet UnionYugoslaviaCzechoslovakia