Germany Vs. Italy, Euro 2012 Semifinals: Mesut Özil Penalty Makes It 2-1

A lifeline for Germany! A series of crosses into the Italy box aren't adequately cleared and eventually a ricochet strikes first Leonardo Bonucci's and then Federico Balzaretti's hands. The Germany players scream for a penalty; Stéphane Lannoy points to the spot, and Mesut Özil dispatches his shot past Gianluigi Buffon high to his left to make it 2-1.

There are about two minutes left for Germany to score, though, so this looks like far too little, too late. Manuel Neuer keeps coming forward, which resulted in a hilarious diving header on the halfway line, but it really, really looks as though Italy will go through despite that goal. They deserve it, too -- they've been superb.

So much for Germany as favourites to win the competition, eh?

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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