Preview: 2nd Euro 2012 Semi Final – Germany Vs ItalyJune 28, 2012
Today while Spain and Portugal are ready for a battle to fix their position in the final of Euro 2012, Germany and Italy on the other hand is ready for the second semi-final match which is to be held at National Stadium, Warsaw on June 28, 2012 at 18.45 hours to set a match against the winner of the first semi-final. Germany is in a leading position in this tournament because of their unbeaten campaign so far with four of four victories. However Italy is also competing fabulously in this major tournament although they have to struggle to be in the semis. Although three times champion Germany is the favorite but these Italians are capable of upsetting these ruthless Germans to step in to the final round.
With their superb performance level from the qualifying matches, Germany has been a pre-tournament favorite and as this tournament progressed, they proved themselves as unstoppable. In all the three group stage matches, they outsmarted their opponents quite easily without facing any tough challenge and then in the quarter final, they dispatched Greece in 4-2 score line to fix a spot in the semi final against Italy. In each and every match, Germans gave a spectacular performance and in their last match, their maintained their dominance over their opponent after resting three of their leading strikers. The co-ordination among the team players is so strong and deep that along with the experienced ones, the youngsters are also giving hit to the team’s score sheet. So far they have hammered nine goals which have earned them the title of maximum goal scorer in this tournament so far. Mario Gomez and Mesut Ozil form a strong backbone of the attack while the solid defense needs to be more consistent because in the last match, they have conceded two goals and this time it is Italy who are expert in taking such advantages.
While Germans have almost made an easy way to the semi final, Italy have huffed and puffed to reach this position. Also, they have not lost any match in this tournament so far but have only cherished one victory. This is a solid come back for this team in this tournament after getting derailed in two previous major tournaments. Antonio Cassano, Mario Balotelli and Antonio Di Natalie are outstanding strikers in the attack but in their last match against England, they failed to manage any goal through English defense. The most important player is Andrea Pirlo who needs to expose his skilled tactics once again in this match to smoothen their way to the final. Although dispatching the Germans seems to be impossible for the Italians but if they manage to end the game in penalties just like the previous one, there is a possibility for the Italians to turn the game to their side. Moreover, Italian defense is quite strong and so far in this tournament, they have conceded only two goals. So they can put an end to the German campaign with their extensive defense strategy.
Unlike other matches in this tournament, it is quite hard for the Germans to get an easy win in this match because Italy is a tough and challenging rival. Both the teams are quite competent for this championship title but the main difference lies in the attack. When Germans can reveal their outstanding attack in the absence of three lead scorers, Italy has given only four goals in four matches. So in the comparison table, Germany is one step ahead of Italy but ultimately this match will reveal who is ahead of whom.
The bookies are offering different betting odds for this match. For a glorious victory in German squad, William Hill, BetFred, Bet365 and Coral are offering 10/11, Paddy Power, Ladbrokers and Betvictor are offering 19/20, 17/20 and 9/10 respectively while for Italy’s win, all the bookies are offering 7/2 except Betvictor who is offering 15/4. For a draw score line in this match, BetFred, Bet365 and Betvictor are offering 12/5, Paddy Power, William Hill, Ladbrokers and Coral are offering 23/10, 11/5, 9/4 and 21/10 respectively.
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