Germany: What Lineup Decisions Caused the Germans to Falter Against Italy

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Germany: What Lineup Decisions Caused the Germans to Falter Against Italy
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After a very intriguing semifinal match, Germany will not be featuring in the final match against Spain. 

Italy took the lead in the 20th minute with a header from Balotelli from a great Cassano cross. He used some great trickery to get through three German defenders and play in a nice cross. 

Then in the 36th minute, Mario Balotelli scored another goal on the counter attack thanks to a nice ball from Riccardo Montolivo.

Germany found themselves in a deep hole for the rest of the match. 

In stoppage time, the Germans found themselves with a penalty, and Özil put away that penalty with finesse then quickly grabbed the ball to continue play.

In the next minute of play, the German goalkeeper, Neuer, came forward to try and help, but nothing could be salvaged.

The Italian players broke out into celebration with the blow of the referee's whistle. 

There were a few aspects of Germany's lineup that seemed to hinder the Germans from doing well in this match.

So, here are the players that should or should not have started or even played in this match.

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