Super Mario Delivers Italian Job
Mario Balotelli, Italy
Love him or hate him, Mario Balotelli is my man of the match in Italy's 2-1 semifinal win over Germany.
Italy's problem child came good on Thursday in Warsaw for Azzurri with his brace.
Balotelli's 20th minute header and 36th minute breakthrough goal were enough for Italy to secure their final place against Spain on July 1.
The 21 year old against Germany also showed some rare maturity, a total contrast to his combustible disposition that has reared its ugly head since Azzurri arrived at the tournament.
His display on the night in Warsaw also epitomised Italy's perennial tournament stature with their unpredictability on the big stage especially when they shift into high gear.
On three goals now, Super Mario has a chance at a shot at glory in Kiev on Sunday against the European and World champions Spain.