Cesare Prandelli urges Italy to 'turn the page' from England game

Euro 2012: Germany v Italy

  • Venue: National Stadium, Warsaw
  • Date: Thursday, 28 June
  • Kick-off: 19:45 BST

Coverage: Live on BBC One, BBC Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website

Italy coach Cesare Prandelli says his team have already put aside thoughts of their Euro 2012 quarter-final win over England in Kiev.

The Azzurri beat Roy Hodgson's team on penalties after a goalless draw to reach the last four of the competition for the first time since 2000.

Italy in the Euros

Italy have appeared eight times in the finals of the European Championships. They won the tournament in their first appearance in 1968, and were runners-up to France in 2000. They went out in the group stages in 2004 , after Denmark and Sweden drew 2-2 in their final game. Four years later, they were beaten in the quarter-finals by Spain on penalties, after a goalless draw.

Prandelli says Italy have turned their attention to Thursday's semi-final against Germany in Warsaw.

"We have only celebrated for 10 minutes," he said.

"We have turned the page and our focus is already on Germany."

The Germans have won all of their games so far in Poland and Ukraine, and particularly impressed when beating Greece 4-2 in their quarter-final on Friday.

Prandelli accepts that Joachim Low's side are one of the tournament's form teams.

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We were better than them, we created so many goalscoring chances

Gianluigi Buffon Italy captain

"The Germans, alongside Spain, are favourites to win the European Championship," he said.

"I'm not the first to discover how good they are - they are playing very well."

Captain Gianluigi Buffon says that Italy will not be satisfied unless they win the tournament. The Juventus goalkeeper was part of the World Cup-winning Azzurri side of 2006, and is eager to add the European Championship to his medal collection.

"We cannot forget that we have only overcome the quarter-final stage," Buffon said.

"I cannot start jumping for joy after taking a spot in the semi-finals. I will only do that when we win something as a team.

"Those of us that have won something important want to repeat that and achieve it also for those that haven't won a trophy yet."

Buffon, who saved Ashley Cole's penalty in the shoot-out, feels that Italy were the superior side over the whole 120 minutes of normal and extra time.

"We deserved the win considering what we did throughout the game," he said.

"We were better than them, we created so many goalscoring chances.

"We were even physically stronger than they were and we showed that until the last second of extra-time.

"We have to continue on this path."