Mamma Mia! Manchester City star Mario Balotelli dedicates superb brace to mum after firing Italy into final

By Dean Wilkins

A superb brace from Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli dumped Germany out of Euro 2012 yesterday and secured the Azzurri’s place in the final on Sunday.

And the 21-year-old striker dedicated his first-half goals to his adopted mum, which saw Italy earn a 2-1 win despite Mesut Ozil snatching an injury-time penalty.

And at the final whistle ‘Super Mario’ embraced Silvia, who supported him from two years old after he was born in Italy to Ghanaian immigrants.

“After the game, when I went to my mum I said ‘these goals are for you’,” Balotelli said.

“I waited for this moment for so long and I wanted to make my mum happy.

“Tonight was the most beautiful of my life – but I hope that this Sunday is even better.”

The double took the No. 9’s goal tally for the tournament to three and is now favourite to clinch the Golden Boot Award.

“In the final I hope to make it four,” he said.

“I will try to score another goal but in football you can do that a lot and still never score.

“Sometimes you need a bit of luck.”

But his header and thunderous strike were not enough to win Man of the Match as playmaker Andrea Pirlo was selected.

“These two goals are really important,” Balotelli added.

“The first one was a really amazing pass from Antonio Cassano and then it was easy.

“The second one was a great pass from Montolivo, normally I shoot in the other corner but I went for the near post.”

The Itlains will have two days to prepare themselves for a juggernaut clash with defending champions Spain – after the sides drew 1-1 in the Group Stages two weeks ago.

“With Spain we are the two best teams in the tournament,” he said. “Can we win? I’ll tell you on Sunday.”

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