Germany vs. Italy Betting Euro 2012 Semi-Finals Odds
|Written by Matt Stevens|
|Thursday, 28 June 2012 02:07|
Germany more than a passing dispute the final tournament of the highest-level continental selections, in itself valuable. The Teutons are faced with one of the few "ghosts" that are left to mature in a sport in which they have imposed their law through the decades.
The "Nationalelf" will face one of the very few teams (and practically only) that has rebelled against his power historically. Italy has been the executioner of the Germans in virtually all official tournaments in which they have seen their faces. Probably the most painful defeat for the Germans was the World Cup semifinals in 2006 when the "Azzurri" bowed 2-0 to a Germany led by Jürgen Klinsmann and seeking the dream of lifting the Cup at home.
Joachim Loew, who was on the bench as an assistant on that tragic night Teutonic, has the challenge to clear the transalpine hegemony on a computer that has so far worked well in the Euro. The "Mannschaft" is the only team that has won all four games in this tournament, swept the "Group of Death" in accounting for Portugal (1-0), Holland (2-1) and Denmark (2-1 .) In addition to spending above clearly on Greece in the quarterfinals 4-2.
The German power, favorite to win the tournament, presented another face in their range of virtues in the game against the Hellenic. The addition of Andre and Marco Reus Schürrle instead of Thomas Müller and Lukas Podolski struck by the long shot of Loew, but the dynamic forward explosion was more so, after 90 minutes, the German strategist gave a lesson in knowledge campus and an alert message in reference to the quality and now amount you have the Teutons.
Despite the good results which featured the lineup against Greece, it is highly likely the return of Müller and Podolski to ownership, as well as Mario Gomez instead of experienced Miroslav Klose. However, it is possible that Loew retain some of the elements that formed the attacking trio against the Hellenic, and a hypothetical inclusion of Toni Kroos in the equation, an element that would help bring the dangerous onslaught in Italy.
But the big question revolves around Bastian Schweinsteiger. Bayern midfielder, one of the bastions of this squadron, it drags a sore ankle following an operation earlier this year. Although "schweini" it says ready and recovered, the decision to align or give your partner the opportunity to still Kroos Loew's head round.
Opposite is an Italy almost renewed and that (along with Germany itself) represents the long-awaited generational change in several European teams and having the opportunity to return to the final of Euro after 12 years.
The new face of the "Squadra Azzurra" goes beyond the names. Coach Cesare Prandelli first challenged the basic principles Italian and has been, as he promised to take office after the 2010 World Cup which meant one of the saddest episodes for the Azzurri.
Gradually, Prandelli has departed the famous and historical school "Catenaccio" (lock), defensive almost exquisite, from Italy, with love for the world. If it continues with a reliable back led by Daniele de Rossi, rightly delayed by the Italian helmsman position used for this Euro.
Italy gets stronger midfield forward. Although Mario Balotelli still drag criticism (even with a gorgeous goal against Ireland), Antonio Di Natale has managed to shore up the offensive.
The "Azzurri" arrive here after a party memorable defeat to England on penalties. This meeting also served as a morale blow towards the conquest of the Euro, initiated by the bravery of one of the most experienced in this box: midfielder Andrea Pirlo.
The Juventus injected vitality into your computer to collect his penalty to the famous "Panenka style", just as Italy was against the wall by the failure of Montolivo in the second shot. After many trials before the start of the Euro, the clean soul of Pirlo could serve not only to beat England, but his hard face challenge to the "Mannschaft".
Apparently at a disadvantage with the talented German, Italy appeal to compact and highly effective game that has been shown and which enabled him to negotiate the group stage after a draw with the champion Spain and Croatia competitive, both with score 1-1 and after defeating Ireland 2-0.
The bad news for the selection four times World Champion will be the absence of defender Christian Maggio, suspended for yellow card accumulation. Angelo Ogbonna is emerging to take its place, however, its inclusion would return to a line of four defenders where De Rossi would be incorporated into midfield to help a beleaguered Pirlo.
Germany has never beaten Italy in official matches have met seven times, totaling four draws in exchange for three victories azurris.
Two of those ties were in European Championships:
* Group stage in Germany 1988: 1-1 with goals from Roberto Mancini (52 ') and Andreas Brehme (55')
* England Group stage 1996: 0-0 (Germany was left with 10 players from 60 per elminuto expulsion of Thomas Strunz)
The other five games were World Cup, matched scoreless when they met in the group stage of Chile 1962 and Argentina 1978. In the direct elimination games ever won by Italy:
* Semifinal Mexico 1970, the party won century Italy 4-3 in overtime.
Germany comes with four consecutive victories in the Euro, the historical record is five, is shared by France (in 1984), Holland (four in 1988 and one in 1992) and Czech Republic (one in 2000 and four in 2004). Also, has 15 consecutive wins in competitive matches since losing to Spain in the semifinal of South Africa 2010.
Italy only won one of the six matches in 2012, Ireland 2-0 in the group stage at Euro tournament that drew his other three games, before she lost two friendlies. However, it has 14 official matches in a row without defeat since losing to Slovakia in South Africa 2010.
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Germany vs. Italy betting odds:
Currently at BetOnline Sportsbook Germany a -130 match favorite, the draw line was listed at +400.