Balotelli aims for “amazing” finale

Mario Balotelli says it will be an amazing feeling if Italy are able to win Sunday’s Euro 2012 final against Spain (Spain 6/5, draw 11/5, Italy 13/5 – Match Betting).

The 21-year-old was the star of the show on Thursday night in the Azzurri’s semi-final with Germany, scoring twice in the first half as they beat Joachim Low’s men 2-1.

Having upset one of the pre-tournament favourites to reach the final, the Italians are now looking to cause another stir by beating the reigning European champions.

The two nations met in the group stage, with Italy managing to take a point by drawing 1-1.

Italy are the only team to have managed to breach the Spanish backline in the tournament, although the goalscorer on that day was Balotelli’s replacement, Antonio Di Natale.

Manchester City’s Balotteli has had a mixed tournament but his performance against Germany on Thursday showed that with the right attitude he can be more than a handful for any defence.

The 21-year-old has three goals to his name and is 11/8 to be crowned the top goalscorer as he looks to hit the back of the net in Kiev on Sunday.

While Balotelli has received accusations of being selfish at times during his career, he seems ready to put any thoughts of personal glory aside to help his nation become European champions.

“If we win and I score, it will be amazing,” he said. “If I don’t score and we win it will still be amazing.

“I am really happy at the moment and on Sunday I hope I will be even happier.

“We are in the final. We are one of the two best teams in the tournament. We have to go there and play to win.”

Should Italy win on Sunday then Balotelli will have a European Championship winner’s medal to add to the Premier League, Serie A, FA Cup, Champions League and Uefa Super Cup ones he has already.

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