Germany vs Italy Euro 2012 quarter final: Live scores, blog
The final for Euro 2012 will be known in a few hours time when powerhouses Germany take on Italy for the right to play Spain on the weekend.
Italy completed England’s traditional rite of passage on Monday morning with a penalty shootout victory over the Three Lions, but it would be remiss of me to not point out just how dominant the Azzurri were.
Germany were at their brutal best with a 4-2 win over Greece, but again, the final score isn’t a reflection of just how good the winning team was.
Proving just how versatile the Joachim Low’s squad is, there were a host of changes including top scoring Mario Gomez starting on the bench – but it’s not a bad luxury to have Miroslav Klose leading the line in his stead, and the Lazio man continued his brilliant form for the national team, grabbing the 64th goal of his international career.
One stat that I’ve been hearing a lot this week (and no doubt the Germans have too) is that Germany have never beaten Italy in a major tournament. If ever there was a chance for that to change, it’s now. This German team have been red hot favourites throughout and face by far their biggest test of the competition.
Italy, despite coming into the competition with little fanfare are now just one game away from a final, against a team that already had to come from behind to take a point from them earlier in the tournament.
Will it be shades of the 2006 World Cup semi-final when Italy snatched it in extra time, or will the Germans finally break the curse? We’ll find out in a few hours.
Join us just before 4:45am for all the line-ups, team news and formations.