Posted June 26, 2012 on AP on Fox
It seems like 2006 all over again. Just like in the World Cup semifinals six years ago, Germany is the favorite entering Thursday's European Championship semifinal match against a surprising Italy squad that is building momentum and maintaining focus despite a match-fixing scandal. Both teams like to attack constantly, setting up a tantalizing game in Warsaw. ''At this point, the squads that win are the ones that advance their defensive lines and that have the courage to attack,'' Italy coach Cesare Prandelli said. ''Some of these guys are just starting to realize the extraordinary things they're capable of.'' Adding to the luster is that Italy-Germany matches have often produced the extraordinary - and Italy has always come out on top at major tournaments. The 4-3 Italy win in the 1970 semifinals in Mexico City is still remembered as one of the greatest World Cup matches, and Italy's 2-0 win in extra time six years ago is also part of Azzurri lore. Veteran Germany forward Mir...
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