Euro 2012: 6 Reasons Germany vs. Italy Will Be a Classic

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Euro 2012: 6 Reasons Germany vs. Italy Will Be a Classic
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Alessandro Diamanti powered his penalty past Joe Hart to book Italy's ticket to the Euro 2012 semifinals Sunday and set up a monster clash with old foe Germany on Wednesday. 

The Azzurri fought through 120 minutes, and then some, of 0-0 football against England, and they were even down in the penalties before Gianluigi Buffon, as usual, came to their rescue. 

Germany meanwhile, struggled for a few minutes of their quarterfinal clash with Greece, which took place last Friday, but they eventually cantered into the semis with a 4-2 victory that wasn't as close as the final score indicated. 

Germany vs. England would've been a fun matchup, as it always is, but even more so this year after the controversy that surrounded Germany's 4-1 win over the Three Lions in South Africa. Italy more than earned the right to take on Germany though, and as it usually is when Italy and Germany do battle, this semifinal is sure to be a classic. 

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