Germany Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Semifinals: Chances At Both Ends

Before Mario Balotelli broke the deadlock, it probably would have been fair to say that Germany were well on top. Their midfield had pretty much complete control of the match, they were getting all of the chances. Since, it's been very different, and the game has been back and forth between both sides.

For example, both teams might have scored in the span of about a minute. Antonio Cassano works hard on the Italy left to play in Riccardo Montolivo, who's completely clear in the penalty area, but the midfielder dallies far too long on the ball and allows Holger Badstuber to clear. That was a great opportunity.

Second after the blown Montolivo chance, Sami Khedira tries a long-range effort and forces a brilliant save out of Gianluigi Buffon - that ball was hammered towards the top corner and was very, very close to an equaliser. One of these teams will score again soon...

We have live coverage of the match in our Germany vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Semifinals StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on Twitter.

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