"Matched at a high of 40.039/1 to win Euro 2012, Italy now trade at 2.6613/8. Spain are 1.594/7 to retain their crown."
Few players split public opinion more than Mario Balotelli but the Manchester City man will be feeling the love of 60m Italians tonight after his fantastic double dumped the heavily fancied Germany out of Euro 2012.
In a remarkable first-half performance Italy rocked the Germans thanks to two Balotelli goals, one from his head the other a right-foot rocket struck on the break.
Even more remarkable however, was that Germany - the tournament entertainers with nine goals in three group matches and one quarter-final - could not find a way through Italy's rearguard until Mesut Ozil's 91st minute penalty. Too little, too late.
So, it is Cesare Prandelli's men who will play Spain in Sunday's final while Germany, joint favourites to win the tournament before the semi-final and backed at 2.35/4 to win the competition, go home.
Jogi Low's team were backed at a low of 1.794/5 to win the game, with Italy matched at a high of 5.49/2. An Italian clean sheet was backed at a low of 1.11/10 before Ozil's penalty. The 2-1 final score traded at a high of 24.023/1.
Matched at a high of 40.039/1 to win Euro 2012, Italy now trade at 2.6613/8. Spain are 1.594/7 to retain their crown.
The two teams met in the opening Group game of Euro 2012, the match finishing in a 1-1 stalemate.