Germany vs. Italy : 6 Tactical Observations from Euro 2012 Semifinal

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Germany vs. Italy : 6 Tactical Observations from Euro 2012 Semifinal
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Germany's dream is over—Italy are through to the final to face Spain.

Die Mannschaft were widely expected to reach the final at a minimum, with the large majority back home demanding nothing less than the trophy itself.

Italy have surprised most by getting this far, but judging by their performances, they deserve it. It's all down to Cesare Prandelli's tactical brilliance and his players' belief in the system he employs.

Here are six tactical observations from the second semifinal of Euro 2012.

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