Italy enters Euro 2012 final

Mario Balotelli finally showed some quality finishing, scoring twice Thursday to give Italy a 2—1 win over Germany and an unexpected spot in the European Championship final. Extending its winless streak against Italy in major tournaments to eight matches, Germany had no answer for Balotelli nor Antonio Cassano’s creativity. Germany failed to trouble Italy for much of the match, but Mesut Oezil scored a consolation penalty in injury time after Federico Balzaretti was whistled for a handball. Italy will face defending champion Spain in Sunday’s final in Kiev, Ukraine a rematch of their 1—1 draw that opened Group C. While Italy has won four World Cups, it’s only European Championship title came in 1968.

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