Euro 2016

Mario hails 'greatest night'

Italy striker overjoyed after heroics seal final spot

Mario Balotelli: Branded Italy's win 'the greatest night of my life'

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Mario Balotelli branded Italy's 2-1 Euro 2012 semi-final victory over Germany 'the greatest night of my life' but is hoping to top it in the decider against Spain.

The Manchester City frontman enjoyed an impressive evening in Warsaw, firing two first-half goals past the Germans to inspire a 2-1 Azzurri win.

Cesare Prandelli's men will now go up against defending champions Spain in Sunday's final in Kiev and Balotelli is keen to make that night even more memorable.

The delighted striker said after Thursday's triumph: "This is the greatest night of my life but I hope Sunday is going to be even better."

Luck

While Balotelli scored against Republic of Ireland in the group stage, the striker was criticized for wasting numerous chances against Spain, Croatia and England.

The young Italian admits luck was not on his side in earlier games, adding: "In the opening matches I had a lot of chances, and I wasn't able to finish them. But In football you also need luck."

Italy midfielder Claudio Marchisio believes his side have proved they have nothing to fear ahead of Sunday's decider.

"We showed we're on Spain's level and that's where we started this run," he said.

"It's no longer a question of fear. Now we've got to pull out everything we still have inside ourselves."