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2216: Last throw of the dice by Loew: He takes off Boateng and replaces him with Mueller, an attacking midfielder.

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2214: Di Natale replaces Balotelli. So, no chance of a hat trick tonight _ and you have to wonder if the manager has an eye on the final and fears Mario may do something rash here and earn a second yellow.

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2211: Marchisio just had an opportunity to put this game beyond doubt, but he blasts his shot wide of a relieved Neuer’s goal. Just over 30 minutes to go here.

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2205: Germany so close to getting a goal back, but Reus’ curling free kick is spectacularly tipped clear by Buffon, the ball clipping the bar on the way over.

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2203: Balotelli, on a hat trick, beats two players on the right edge of the box but blasts a powerful shot to the left of Buffon’s goal.

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2200: A great sliding tackle from Bonucci stops Klose who was bursting into the box. There was no margin for error but his timing was perfect. For Italy, Diamanti, who scored the winning penalty against England, replaces Cassano.

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2157: The German fans are refusing to give in, singing, clapping and roaring on their team. And given their nation’s record, who can blame them? There’s a half-chance for Khedira but he finds himself suddenly surrounded by five Italian defenders who clear the danger. The German chanting’s getting louder!

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