Euro 2012: Italy's Keys to Derailing Germany and Advancing to the Final

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Euro 2012: Italy's Keys to Derailing Germany and Advancing to the Final
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After 120 minutes of passing, pressing and not scoring in Kiev, Italy finally saw off England at the penalty spot to advance to the semifinals of Euro 2012.

Waiting on the other side of draw was Germany, whose players were probably sitting around, sipping pilsners and chuckling giddily as the Italians were made to play the extra half-hour.

With two days of extra rest and an enthralling choice of attacking talent, the Germans probably feel pretty confident heading into Thursday's semi-final.

But to rule the Italians out is a grave error (World Cup 2006, anyone?). Keeping in mind the following factors, the Italians have every right to think that they are destined for the final of Euro 2012.

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