- Associated Press - Thursday, June 28, 2012

WARSAW, POLAND (AP) - Mario Balotelli scored twice as Italy beat Germany 2-1 on Thursday to advance to the Euro 2012 final against Spain. Here’s the best of the action. All times are Polish.

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2239: Germany goalkeeper Neuer twice advanced deep into Italy’s half in a desperate attempt to save the match, but the Italians have done it. They’ve deserved it on the night. The Germans were uncharacteristically weak at the back _ and Italy showed all its traditional qualities of defending tightly and being comfortable in possession. They could’ve scored even more. It’s Italy vs. Spain now on Sunday for the Euro 2012 title. For Germany, the Italian jinx continues.

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2238: FULL-TIME: Germany 1, Italy 2.

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2236: A handball in the area and Germany gets a last-gasp penalty, Oezil converting calmly. Surely they can’t find another. Or can they?

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2235: GOAL! Germany 1, Italy 2 (Oezil, pen.)

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2233: It’s not Germany’s night. Hummels fires in a goal-bound shot from close range _ but it’s straight at Buffon. Four minutes of extra time.

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2226: Di Natale breaks the offside trap and has a great chance but fires into the side netting. Italy then has the ball in the net seconds later but Balzaretti is flagged offside before scoring. Germany looks finished here, leaving big gaps in midfield and at the back.

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2220: Marchisio again wastes a chance to finish the match off. After some fine link-up play by Pirlo, he breaks into the box but instead of crossing to the unmarked Di Natale, Marchisio goes for goal and fires wide. Suffice to say his teammate isn’t happy with that decision. Just over 10 minutes left here and Germany is on the brink of being eliminated.

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