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Italians look set to reach Euro 2012 Final

Italy's Mario Balotelli, top left, is celebrated by teammates after scoring the opening goal during the Euro 2012 Semi Final Credit: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda

With just 15 minutes to go in the Euro 2012 Semi-Final match between Italy and Germany, the Italians and 'super Mario' are close to causing a major upset. Two goals by striker Mario Balotelli has put Italy in a a great position to reach the final. The winners will face Spain.

Italy's Mario Balotelli celebrates scoring his side's second goal by taking off his shirt Credit: AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda


Balotelli puts Italy 2-0 up against Germany

Italy have taken a surprise lead against Germany in the Euro 2012 Semi-Final match. The Italians are winning 2-0, with Mario Balotelli scoring both goals.

Manchester United's Rio Ferdinand has been tweeting the action:

The teams have 30 minutes left to play. For updates see ITV Sport's Euro 2012 page.

Police speak to two teens over racist tweets aimed at England stars

England manager Roy Hodgson with Ashley Young (l) and Ashley Cole (c) after losing in a penalty shootout against Italy.

A police force has spoken to two teenage boys after racist tweets were sent during England's Euro 2012 quarter-final defeat by Italy.

Ashley Cole and Ashley Young were singled out for abuse on Twitter after they missed penalty kicks during the match on June 24.

A 13-year-old boy from Gloucester and a 15-year-old boy from Tewkesbury admitted writing tweets in which they used offensive words in reference to England players.

The 13-year-old was spoken to under caution and the 15-year-old will be issued with a formal warning as he had previously been arrested for offences not related to racism.

Gloucestershire Police said while the boys had written tweets about Cole and Young, they were not responsible for those that made national headlines following the match, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan Police.

UEFA charges Spain and Russia over fans' 'racist behaviour'

UEFA has charged the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) and Russian Football Union (RFS) for racist behaviour and racist chanting by their national teams' fans during Euro 2012 matches.

European soccer's governing body said:

UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Royal Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group C match against Italy in Gdansk on Sunday 10 June.

UEFA added in a statement:

Disciplinary proceedings have also been opened against the Russian Football Union (RFS) for the improper conduct of their supporters (racist behaviour, racist chanting) at the UEFA Euro 2012 Group A match against the Czech Republic in Wroclaw on Friday 8 June.

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