Euro 2012 Viewing Thread: Match Day 18

WARSAW, POLAND - JUNE 27: Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany attends a training session ahead of their UEFA EURO 2012 semi-final match against Italy, at the Municipal Stadium on June 27, 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. (Photo by Alex Grimm/Getty Images)

Die Nationalelf battle the Italians for a spot in the final. The winner will take on Spain this coming Sunday.

Line-ups are announced, and the fans are taking their seats. Very loudly. For Germany:

Neuer, Hummels, Badstuber, Lahm, Boateng, Khedira, Schweinsteiger, Özil, Kroos, Podolski, Gomez

For Italy:

Buffon, Chiellini, Balzaretti, Barzagli, Bonucci, Marchisio, De Rossi, Montolivo, Pirlo, Balotelli, Cassano

So all the big guns are on board. Bastian's ankle is feeling good enough to go, our Front 4 are the same as in the early matches, and Italy is gambling on Balotelli's fragile emotional state. I don't want to sound over-confident, but that starting 11 for Germany looks damn near unbeatable. I guess my biggest fears are set pieces and the quick counter-attack. Just like a Bayern match.

Please try to be civil in the comment section. We'll be back afterward with a recap and video highlights, if any. D, DUA!

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