Italy and Germany went at each other with such energy and endeavour in Dortmund last night that it seemed like a continuation of the 2006 World Cup semi-final. It appeared as if the last four years hadn't happened, as if time had stood still, and the sad thing is that for the Azzurri it had.
During those wasted years, Marcello Lippi promulgated the myth that Italy's young players were weak, fragile and unreliable, that they would wilt the moment you put them on the field against international class opposition. How wrong he was.
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