Mario Balotelli (2nd L) of Italy celebrates with team-mates Claudio Marchisio (R) and Daniele De Rossi (2nd R) after scoring his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2012 semi final match against Germany. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty…
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WARSAW, Poland - Mario Balotelli scored twice to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany on Thursday and an unexpected spot in the European Championship final.
Extending its winless streak against Italy in major tournaments to eight matches, Germany had no answer for Balotelli nor Antonio Cassano's creativity.
In the 20th minute, Balotelli had no trouble getting past Holger Badstuber to head in a pinpoint cross from Cassano. Then in the 36th minute, the 21-year-old striker received the ball behind the defense and blasted a long shot into the top right corner.
Mesut Oezil scored from the penalty spot in injury time for Germany.
Italy will face defending champion Spain in Sunday's final.
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