Germany vs. Italy: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Semifinal

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Germany vs. Italy: 6 Things We Learned from Euro 2012 Semifinal
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It was all decided. It had all been preordained. Many planned for it at the beginning of the tournament, and it was a foregone conclusion that it would happen once both teams made the semifinals.

Germany and Spain, the two best teams on the planet, were always expected to face each other in a thrilling final at Euro 2012.

Then Italy came along.

The Italians, with two goals from Mario Balotelli and some heroic defending, crashed the party to clinch a meeting in the final with Spain.

Here are six things we can take from an exhilarating game of football.

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