Germany Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Semifinals: Score Update - Mario Balotelli Strikes Again

UPDATE: Italy 2-1 Germany, Final Score

Right! Riccardo Montolivo blew a chance to put Italy 2-0 up, so the half-German makes amends for his error with a jaw-droppingly beautiful through ball for Mario Balotelli. Seriously, that was great - he picked out Balotelli's run perfectly and twisted the German centre halves inside and out. There was still plenty for the Manchester City man to do, of course, but he was calmness personified as he strode towards Manuel Neuer's goal, waiting for him to come out before dispatching a vicious shot into the top corner.

An absolute beauty, and Italy are in dreamland - you can't imagine that they'd ever have been expecting a 2-0 first half lead. Even Mario Balotelli, who early claimed that he doesn't celebrate goals because scoring is his job, is thrilled. Sort of. I mean, he ripped off his shirt, but didn't smile. My postman doesn't do that when he delivers my mail, Mario.

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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