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Germany vs. Italy Start Time: Preview and Predictions for Euro 2012 Semifinal

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 27: Mario Gomez looks on during a Germany training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match against Italy at the National Stadium on June 27, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland.  (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 28, 2012

Now that Spain has advanced to the Euro 2012 finals with an epic victory over Portugal, it is time for Germany and Italy to take the pitch in order to decide who will face the reigning champions.

Die Mannschaft certainly has the advantage and will be making a legit attempt at solidifying their country’s position as the top team Euro team of all time (wins in 1972, 1980, 1996, second-place in 1976, 1992, 2008).

The Azzurri are hoping that they can pull off an incredible upset after clawing their way this far through the tournament. It will not be easy, but they have a roster that is capable.

Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about this game and a prediction on how it will end.

 

Where: National Stadium, Poland

When: Thursday, June 28 at 2:45 p.m. ET

Watch: ESPN

Live Stream: ESPN3

Line: Germany -330, Italy +250 (via Bovada.lv)

 

Players to Watch

Andrea Pirlo, Italy

Pirlo is the most dangerous weapon the Italians possess and Germany will have to do everything to lock him down and keep the ball away.

The man has been a involved with every single goal for the Azzurri in this tournament and struck perhaps the most brilliant one himself.

Expect the Germans to keep sending younger, faster athletes his way in order to tire out the 33-year-old.

 

Mario Gomez, Germany

Super Mario isn’t a guarantee to even start or see the pitch much, but he’s notched three goals thus far in Euro 2012 and does not look he will be slowing down anytime soon.

The Bayern Munich star will be eager to prove to his self, the fans and the world that he deserves to be the No. 1 Die Mannschaft striker over Miroslav Klose.

 

Prediction

Germany 1 – Italy 0

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