Spain vs. Italy: Why Mario Balotelli Can Dominate Euro 2012 Final

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Spain vs. Italy: Why Mario Balotelli Can Dominate Euro 2012 Final
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Italy have reached the final of Euro 2012 at Germany's expense, where they will face reigning Champions Spain, thanks to a Mario Balotelli brace—and now, the king of crazy can go on and replicate his success on the very biggest stage.

A deft header and a thumping top-corner strike from "Super Mario" put paid to the German challenge and sent his side through to the final, leaving Balotelli as joint top scorer in the competition with three goals.

Spain will present very different opposition for Italy, though the two are well-acquainted, having fought out a 1-1 draw in the group stage earlier in the competition.

With everything up for grabs, it could take just a single moment of magic to win the entire tournament.

Here are five reasons why Mario Balotelli can take centre stage and dominate the Euro 2012 final.

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