2153: Lahm gets himself into a good position after a one-two on the edge of the area but fires well over the bar, prompting an anguished howl from Germany coach Joachim Loew _ but at least the Germans are getting into goal-scoring chances. They’re dominating possession now.
2151: Reus immediately gets himself into the action but scuffs his shot weakly into Buffon’s arms after breaking into the area.
2139: Italy has never lost to Germany in seven meetings at major tournaments and the Azzurri are poised to extend their unbeaten streak. Balotelli scored a fine goal against Ireland in the group stage but was criticized for wasting numerous chances against Spain, Croatia and England. Today, though, he’s the main man once more and Germany will need to claw a goal back as soon as possible in the second half or they’re headed home.
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.
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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