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Spain are favourites to win Euro 2012, says Prandelli
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy head coach Cesare Prandelli has underlined that his side are underdogs for Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Spain despite beating Germany 2-1 in Thursday's semi-final.A late penalty from Mesut Ozil was not enough to deny Italy a place in the showpiece decider after the Azzurri had taken the lead in the first half with two goals from Mario Balotelli.After the match... Full Story »
Lahm rues 'dumb' Germany mistakes in defeat to Italy
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Philipp Lahm believes that Germany only have themselves to blame after two defensive mistakes proved costly in their 2-1 loss to Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final.Germany were billed as tournament favourites throughout the championship and boasted a 100 per cent record heading into the last four, but came up against a Mario Balotelli-inspired Italian side, who will no... Full Story »
Italy qualify for 2013 Confederations Cup
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy will be eligible to take part in the 2013 Confederations Cup after successfully earning a place in the final of Euro 2012.Fifa began running the tournament in 1997, initially staging it every two years until 2005 when the decision was made to change the schedule to every four years.The competition now acts as a precursor to the World Cup and is competed for by th... Full Story »
Pirlo: Italy have not done anything yet
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Italy playmaker Andrea Pirlo has warned his team-mates not to get carried away following their 2-1 victory over Germany in the Euro 2012 semi-finals.The Azzurri put in an impressive display on Thursday evening to see off Joachim Low's men - who had been tipped as favourites for the match - and join Spain in the final.Italy have performed well above expectations in Poland an... Full Story »
Del Bosque: Spain will never regret not sending Italy out with a 'biscotto'
29/06/2012 by Goal.com
Spain head coach Vicente del Bosque has assured that he has no regrets for not sending Italy out at the group stage of Euro 2012 with a 'biscotto'.Prior to the last round of group fixtures, there were fears that Spain and Croatia could arrange a 2-2 draw in their match - a result which would automatically knock the Italians out of the tournament.However, La Roja won the gam... Full Story »
Balotelli dedicates double to adoptive mum as Italy star savours best night of his life
29/06/2012 by Dailymail
Mario Balotelli's two goals fired Italy into the Euro 2012 final - then he dedicated the double to his adoptive mum.Balotelli's first-half brace was enough to secure a 2-1 win over Germany in Warsaw, and book a showdown with champions Spain on Sunday.And at the final whistle, the Manchester City star embraced Silvia, who brought him up from the age of two after he was born i... Full Story »
Balotelli double ends Germany dream
29/06/2012 by ESPNSTAR.com
A first-half double from Mario Balotelli sealed Italy's 2-1 win semifinal over Germany sealed a spot in the Euro 2012 final against Spain for the Azzurri.The Manchester City man rose to power home Antonio Cassano's 20th-minute cross to put the underdogs in front.Then he smashed an unstoppable shot past Manuel Neuer to double Italy's lead and take him joint-top of the Golde... Full Story »
Germany and Italy set for Euro semi-final showdown
29/06/2012 by YAHOO Sport
WARSAW (Reuters) - Three-times winners Germany take on feared foe Italy in the second Euro 2012 semi-final in Warsaw on Thursday, looking to set up a showdown with holders Spain who dispatched Portugal on penalties in a Donetsk nail-biter on Wednesday. Joachim Loew's young side have looked strong in the tournament, which ends on Sunday with the final in Kiev, but Germany hav... Full Story »
De Rossi ready to give no quarter
28/06/2012 by UEFA.com
Suspended for Italy's 2006 FIFA World Cup semi-final defeat of Germany, Daniele De Rossi is determined not to miss out on another "historic night" as the giants meet in Warsaw.Cesare Prandelli and Daniele De Rossi speak at a press conference on the eve of their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final Daniele De Rossi has said that Italy have no intention of changing their style for thei... Full Story »
Italy ready to stand up to Germany
28/06/2012 by Goal.com
Joachim Löw says Germany are brimming with confidenceShowered with plaudits during UEFA EURO 2012, Germany "can beat any side in the world" according to Joachim Löw – though the coach knows his team's burgeoning potential is not enough in itself to guarantee a semi-final victory against Italy.Germany have scored freely and generally set pulses racing with their attacking styl... Full Story »