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Louis Saha

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Germany squandered a four-goal advantage with 30 minutes to play as Sweden fought back to claim a 4-4 draw last night.

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Robert Lewandowski is big in Warsaw, the city where he was born and raised

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Trapattoni refuses to throw in towel

Giovanni Trapattoni insisted he would not walk away from the Republic of Ireland job, despite overseeing the country's worst competitive defeat on home soil.

Keith Andrews and Shane Long of the Republic of Ireland look disheartened after Germany's sixth goal goes in

Trapattoni in crisis after Germans run riot in Dublin

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Balotelli seizes moment to send Germany packing

The fireworks, the impromptu prison visits – even the studs-up challenge on Alex Song and the arguments with Roberto Mancini. All these things contributed to make a reputation for Mario Balotelli but what no one can argue with is the kind of performance that takes a tournament by the throat and changes it.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger has shown his versatility and has played an entirely different role in each of his first three matches of the tournament. He is the unsung hero in the midfield and dictates the tempo of a German side that looks difficult to beat. Whilst he is always picking at the weaknesses of the opposition defense, Schweinsteiger has also been providing excellent cover for his back four.

Germany midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger fit for Italy semi-final

Germany coach Joachim Low has revealed Bastian Schweinsteiger is fully fit and ready to start Thursday's Euro 2012 semi-final against Italy.

Miroslav Klose (R) scores during the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match Germany vs Greece

Germany into semi-finals as Greece resistance crumbles

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It's a sprint, not a marathon, as 'Jogi' presses fast forward to put Germany ahead of the rest

Coach Löw's methods have changed the nature of national side's game to produce a slick machine

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Mario Gomez is all smiles during a press conference for tomorrow’s game with the Netherlands

Germany striker Mario Gomez issues riposte to critics of his work-rate

Mario Gomez has hit back at criticism of his performance in Germany's 1-0 victory over Portugal in their opening game of Euro 2012.

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