The first semifinals of the 2006 world cup features the hosts Germany and Italy. The Germans do not have happy memories of past encounters with the Azzuri in the past. In a warm-up encounter before the world cup saw the Italians come up victors with a 4-1 scoreline.
It was a very rare sight to see the Italians win their match against Ukraine with a score of 3-0. Most of the times, the Italians find it difficult to score goals. With the strong defence and the newfound confidence, the Italians can embarrass Ballack and company.
The Germans have played good football except in the match against Argentina. The likes of Podolsky and Klose can score goals with Ballack controlling the midfield. The suspension of Frings can cause some problem, though.
The match promises to be a close encounter.