Balotelli brace sends Italy into final

09:18 29/06/2012

Italy forward Mario Balotelli scored two superb first-half goals to steer his team to a 2-1 victory over favourites Germany on Thursday and into the Euro 2012 final where they will meet holders Spain.

The Italy forward struck twice in 16 minutes to silence critics with a glorious performance that snapped Germany's 15-match winning streak in competitive games.

The victory sets up an unexpected final in Kiev on Sunday with the world and European champions with whom the Italians drew 1-1 in the group stage of the tournament.

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