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The Odd Couple down Germany

Italy's Mario Balotelli is congratulated by Antonio Cassano after scoring his second.
Italy's Mario Balotelli is congratulated by Antonio Cassano after scoring his second. Credit: PA

The prolific relationship between Italy's two controversial strikers Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli has, arguably, been the story of the tournament. Credit must go to Cesare Prandelli for finding a way to harness the mavericks for the greater good.

Low point for German fans

A German fan looks dejected in the stands after the game.
A German fan looks dejected in the stands after the game. Credit: PA

Can Jogi Low still hang on to his job as Germany coach after his tactical bungling in last night's semi-final? After changing things up for the Greece victory, Low switched things around again with Toni Kroos preferred to Muller, Reus and Klose.

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We know how it feels, Thomas!

Germany's Thomas Muller reacts during the semi-final in Warsaw.
Germany's Thomas Muller reacts during the semi-final in Warsaw. Credit: PA

Thomas Muller can't hide his anger after Die Mannschaft blew a golden opportunity to move one step closer their first tournament win since Euro 96. Next stop, Brazil.

Low upbeat despite Italy defeat

Germany crashed out of Euro 2012, after reaching the last four for the fourth tournament running, meaning they have not won a trophy since Euro 96. Coach Joachim Low, though, was proud of his troops and saw plenty of positives.

We've had two great years. The team has really developed well. We won 15 games in a row but lost today against an incredibly strong Italian side, with a strong axis and two great strikers.

There's no reason to doubt ourselves. Our team was the youngest team here. Even though there's disappointment today, we played a wonderful tournament and I am sure we will be able to cope with this defeat.

– Germany coach Joachim Low

Balotelli: The best evening of my life

This was the best evening of my life. I hope on Sunday to experience even stronger emotions....I've waited for this moment so long. My mum came to the match, and my father is coming to the final. I hope to celebrate goals with him. I want to score a fourth goal....Will I return to Italy in the near future? No. Everything's good in England. The fans there continue to love me even after I helped Italy to knock their national team out.

– Mario Balotelli, quoted in Gazzetta dello Sport
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