Euro 2012: Balotelli leads Italy past Germany and into final

While Italy largely sat back and protected its lead in the second half, the Azzurri did produce some dangerous counterattacks. Claudio Marchisio shot just wide in the 67th and 75th and substitute Antonio Di Natale missed another chance in the 82nd.

Di Natale came on in the 70th after Balotelli went down with a cramp to his left leg.

White-clad German fans greatly outnumbered Italian supporters, unveiling a huge banner before kickoff that featured a giant “G” for Germany. However, most of the stadium was filled with Polish fans who supported Italy.

They had plenty to cheer about.

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