Monday, 25 June 2012

Germany vs Italy semifinal

Germany will take on Italy in the semifinals while the other game sees neighbours Portugal take on Spain.

Germany were the co-favourites to win along with Spain and it could lead to a final between the 2 European football powerhouses. With that in mind it could also be Portugal vs Italy in the final as the last 4 standing teams are all strong and all have an equal shot at winning the tournament.

Germany may be without the services of Bastian Schweinsteiger. He has an ankle problem which Samaras from Greece was more than happy to make worse. The German coach Loew is also upset that someone within the German camp is leaking out information about the starting lineups hours before the match. This is probably some useful information that someone is getting paid to leak. Germany didn't start striker Mario Gomez in the last game but came on as a late substitute most likely to rest the player and only put him on when needed. He will probably be starting and so could Miroslav Klose.

Italy meanwhile has taken out England and ended their fans hopes and dreams of winning a title with their last coming nearly 50 years ago. Italy are not normally known for their strikers but this tournament they seem to have a good mix of them featuring Mario Balotelli, Antonio Cassano and Antonio Di Natale. The rest of the team has been playing well and with Buffon in net this team is tough to beat whether they play defensive or plan to release a counter attack on teams by pulling in the players closer.

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