Italy defeated Germany 2-1 on Thursday courtesy of a pair of goals from controversial striker Mario Balotelli. When you have Balotelli and world class goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon having their best day on either end of the pitch, there is little you can do, to win. Balotelli was at his lethal best, scoring twice in the first half. The first one was cleverly set up by Antonio Cassano, who ran into two German defenders, turned past them to find Balotelli, who drilled a powerful header past Manuel Neuer. This one could be attributed to a major defense lapse, as Balotelli's marker Holger Badstuber did not even attempt to defend it.