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Semi-final picture takes shape

Published: Monday 25 June 2012, 9.45CET
Semi-final picture takes shape
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Published: Monday 25 June 2012, 9.45CET

Semi-final picture takes shape

• Following Italy's dramatic penalty shoot-out win against England, just four teams remain in the running to hoist the Henri Delaunay Cup aloft at Kyiv's Olympic Stadium on Sunday 1 July.

• Holders Spain are aiming to become the first team to win three consecutive major tournaments but will have to get past Portugal in the first semi-final in Donetsk to keep that dream alive.

• The winners of that match will then keep a close eye on the action in Warsaw as Germany take on Italy for the right to join them in the showpiece.

• Joachim Löw's current crop are in excellent form at UEFA EURO 2012, being the only team to win all four of their games. They are also the competition's top scorers so far, adding four more as they saw off Greece in the last eight.

• Italy have kept a lower profile, meanwhile, though they earned plaudits for their opening 1-1 draw with Spain and reached the last four by holding their nerve from the spot in Kyiv.

 
Last updated: 25/06/12 9.52CET

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