Italy 2: Balotelli 20’, 36’
Earlier this week, Mario Balotelli was asked by journalists why he doesn’t celebrate when he scores for Italy. In reply, the roguish striker allegedly said: “I’m doing my job. When a postman delivers letters, does he celebrate?” It’s an interesting and typically witty comment for him to make, but by the end of Thursday’s semi-final against Germany, Balotelli was the only man doing the delivering.
Rarely can it be said that the German football team didn’t have history on its side. But in seven matches between Germany and Balotelli’s Italy in international tournaments, the Germans had failed to register a single victory. Indeed, the disappointment of a late defeat to the Italians in the 2006 World Cup on home soil was still fresh in the memory of Joachim L