The second semi-final was the last to be played in Poland, contested in the National Stadium in Warsaw. This game was a hotly-contested game between two powerhouses in the tournament: Italy and Germany. Italy came into the game into the game with an undefeated record against the Germans and planned to continue this outstanding record. Italy extended this record by beating the Germans 2-1, both Italian goals scored by Mario Balotelli and Mesut Ozil scoring a penalty for Germany.
1. Super Mario Shows His Brilliance
For all the criticism he has received from the pundits and media (I’m looking at you, BBC pundits), not to forget the amount of racial abuse he has received during the tournament. Mario Balotelli’s mission was to not only make it into our Team of the Round, but also to prove all of his critics wrong. That’s what he achieved tonight, scoring both of Italy’s goals. He proved to be a handful for Badstuber and Hummels, both who have had excellent tournaments, by using his pace and knowledge of attacking positions in order to score the goals via a header and beating the offside trap. I told you to look out for him, didn’t I?!