- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Germany plays Italy Thursday with a place in the final of Euro 2012 at stake. Follow the action here. All times are Polish.

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2117: We’ve passed the 30-minute mark and the Italians are looking hard to break down. They’re slowing the game down a little in midfield and the Germans are struggling to find the final ball. A big cheer for some skilful play by Pirlo who backheels the ball to escape the attention of his marker in the center circle.

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2114: Oezil tries his luck from outside the area but he’ll have to connect better than that to trouble Buffon who easily collects.

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2107: It was coming! Cassano wriggles free from two defenders on the left and puts over a perfect cross for Balotelli to head in from close range.

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2106: GOAL! Germany 0, Italy 1 (Balotelli)

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2104: Good effort from Montolivo from outside the box, but Neuer dives to his right and gets both hands on the shot. A minute later, Cassano tries an ambitious effort from a similar distance but that one is more comfortable for Neuer. The Italians are having a good spell here.

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2100: Two saves in as many minutes from Buffon to keep the Germans at bay. An uncharacteristic spill, though, from the Italian goalkeeper in the first attempt. But he got away with it.

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2057: It’s been a good opening, with both teams going on the attack and some half chances in both goalmouths. Balotelli looking lively, but the question is whether he can be more accurate in front of goal compared to the game against England.

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