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Warsaw: Two brute-force goals by Mario Balotelli were enough to give Italy a 2-1 win over Germany in their Euro 2012 semifinal Friday, setting up a final with Spain.

Balotelli headed home an Antonio Cassano cross on 20 minutes before doubling the lead on 36 minutes by lashing in Riccardo Montolivo's through ball.

Mesut Ozil scored a late penalty after Federico Balzaretti handled in the box.

Italy face Spain in Kiev in Sunday's final after the Spaniards beat Portugal in the other semifinal Thursday.

 

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Donetsk: Spain reached their third-successive Euro final Thursday, beating a defiant Portugal 4-2 on penalties after their Euro 2012 semifinal ended goalless after extra time.

Cesc Fabregas scored the winning penalty off the post to send Spain through, after Portugal's Bruno Alves hit the crossbar and Iker Casillas saved Joao Moutinho's spot kick.

Sunday's final in Kiev will be against Germany or Italy, who play in Warsaw Thursday.

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Rio de Janeiro: The father of Real Madrid playmaker Kaka is reportedly negotiating with Italian football club AC Milan for his son's return to the San Siro.

Bosco Leite had flown to Milan for talks with Rossoneri vice-president Adriano Galliani about signing the 30-year-old, reported Xinhua.

According to Brazil O Globo newspaper, Kaka's family has maintained close ties with the Serie A outfit since the star's departure in 2009.

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Kiev: Italy beat England 4-2 on penalties on Sunday after their Euro 2012 quarter-final in Kiev failed to produce a goal after 120 minutes.

The Italians won through to a semi-final against Germany in Warsaw on Thursday thanks to the winning penalty from Alessandro Diamanti after Ashley Young and Ashley Cole missed for England.  

Italy had the better of the chances throughout - a swerving effort from Daniele de Rossi hit the post after just two minutes setting the tone.

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Gdansk (Poland): Germany booked their place in the last four of Euro 2012 as Joachim Loew's side hammered Greece 4-2 after dominating their quarter-final. Germany ran riot yesterday as captain Philipp Lahm, Sami Khedira, veteran striker Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all got on the score-sheet to cancel out Giorgos Samaras' and Dimitris Salpingidis' second-half strikes for the Greeks.

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Kharkiv (Ukraine): Two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo gave Portugal a 2-1 comeback victory over Netherlands and a place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2012, as the Dutch exited with three defeats from three games.

Portugal's win puts them second in Group B, the so-called Group of Death, on six points behind Germany, who won all of their matches.

Rafael van der Vaart opened the scoring for the Netherlands with a long-range curling shot on 11 minutes.

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Kolkata: The fervour surrounding the ongoing Euro Cup 2012 has reached prisons of West Bengal and authorities have given their nod to soccer-mad jailbirds' fervent pleas to be allowed to watch the clashes live on TV sets.

"With a view to engaging the inmates in something positive, we have arranged for live viewing of the Euro Cup games inside the correctional homes (jails). We have been receiving requests for the same from inmates across the state," Inspector General (Prisons) Ranvir Kumar told IANS.

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Paris: AC Milan has confirmed the club is in negotiations for the sale of star Brazilian defender Thiago Silva.

The Rossoneri's vice-president Adriano Galliani met with Paris Saint-Germain officials in the French capital Tuesday where he received a 50-million euro offer for the centre-back, Xinhua reported.

"There has been no agreement yet. We need to take our time but we will know shortly," Galliano said.

Silva's agent Paulo Fernando Tonietto said he was still uncertain about the 27-year-old's future.

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Donetsk (Ukraine): Goals from two Manchester City players saw England and France share the points in a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2012 Group D opener here Monday.

English defender Joleon Lescott stretched to head in Steven Gerrard's free kick to open the scoring on the half-hour mark.

France midfielder Samir Nasri levelled the score nine minutes later, lashing the ball under an unsighted Joe Hart at his near post from the edge of the box.

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London: The British government will boycott Euro 2012, citing concerns about justice in co-host country Ukraine, the UK Foreign Office said.

Senior politicians from Germany, France and the European Commission have all announced that they will not travel to Euro 2012 games in Ukraine, amid protests over the treatment of jailed Ukrainian opposition leader Yulia Tymoshenko.

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