Euro 2012: Italy shock Germany with 2-1 semi-final beating

  • 29 June 2012
Mario Balotelli celebrating in Italian shirt

Italy's Mario Balotelli became the hero of his nation with two goals that sank Germany's youthful team.

The 2-1 victory powered Italy into the Euro 2012 finals and saw Germany out of the competiton, against all expectations.

It means the Euro 2012 final on Sunday 1 July will feature Spain and Italy.

Germany clawed back a late goal with an injury time penalty but it was too little, too late for a team that usually dazzles its opponents.