Italy defeats Germany, will face Spain in Euro 2012 final

By REUTERS
June 28, 2012 23:54




WARSAW - Italy forward Mario Balotelli scored two superb first-half goals to steer his team to a 2-1 victory over favorites Germany on Thursday and into the Euro 2012 final where they will meet holders Spain.

The Italy forward struck twice in 16 minutes to silence critics with a glorious performance that snapped Germany's 15-match winning streak in competitive games and set up an unexpected final with the world and European champions with whom they drew 1-1 in the group stage of the tournament.

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil converted a penalty in added time after Federico Balzaretti had handled in the area but Italy held on for the victory. The Germans are now without a win against the Italians in all eight of their tournament meetings since their first half a century ago.

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