Super Mario muscles Italy into Euro 2012 final over Germany
The Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli performed brilliantly throughout the game. However, Mario Balotelli’s two goals in the span of 16 minutes were the reason behind the silence from his critics.
Germany played well but defensive naivety let them down in the game. Matt Hummels and Phillip Lahm played exceptionally but there were momentary defensive lapses in Germany’s defense.
Meanwhile, the Cesare Prandelli and his men strategy to keep the Germany at bay worked out perfectly. Germany was only able to score in injury time and that too through a penalty kick from Mesut Ozil.
With this defeat Germany lost their 15 match winning streak in competitive games and the chance to lift the Euro 2012 trophy.
Italy’s victory has setup an unexpected final against Spain, who won the last two major international competitions; Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup. Italy and Spain last met in the group stages of this tournament which resulted in a tantalizing 1-1 draw at Kiev.
Italy’s coach Cesare Prandelli reckons his men can continue to take advantage of the Azzurri curse in the Euro 2012 final. Cesare Prandelli also confessed that he would need Andrea Pirlo, who was once again in superb form against Germany, and Mario Balotelli to bring their A-game against Spain in the Euro 2012 final.
“He was excellent as was the entire team,” Cesare Prandelli said extolling his men and Mario Balotelli after the game had ended. “A team needs an idea of how they play and he prescribes to this playing style. He put in a really good performance. He was really in the game, was very focused and did exactly what I asked him to.”
Cesare Prandelli reckons his side was the better team in the night, although he did praise Germany for their outstanding performance.
“I am very proud of these young players, of this side. They (Germany) have very good players. They are a young side but we are a team that has a lot of ideas of how we want to play the game,” Cesare Prandelli said.
“We have no time to celebrate but must concentrate on the next game which is the most important one in the tournament. You dream but this is only the beginning of the dream,” he added.
Cesare Prandelli wants his men well rested before they head out too meet the hot favorites Spain on Sunday.
“Let's not talk straight away about Spain,” Cesare Prandelli said. “They are a terrific side but we will try to prepare well for Sunday's (Monday AEST) game just as we did for this evening.”