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2133: HALF-TIME: Germany 0, Italy 2.

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2126: The Manchester City striker got a yellow card for his celebration. Knowing Balotelli, what are the odds that he’ll get a second in this game and miss the final if Italy qualifies? It was high time the showman made an impact at this tournament.

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2124: What a finish by Balotelli! Running onto a through ball from Montolivo, he fires an absolutely unstoppable shot from the edge of the area into the top right-hand corner. He takes off his shirt, flexes muscles in celebration. The Germans are really up against it now. Can they find a way back into this game?

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2123: GOAL! Germany 0, Italy 2 (Balotelli).

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2122: A great effort fro moutside the box by Khedira who volleys a powerful shot on target but it’s saved by Buffon.

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2120: Boateng breaks down the right wing for Germany and gets a cross over, but Podolski fails to connect with any power. The Italians then go up the other end and after a great touch by Cassano, Montolivo fails to take advantage and falls instead of shooting.

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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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