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Germany 1 (Laudehr 26) Italy 0
They were not at their best and only a scrambled goal saw them through but Germany's defence of their European crown continues and they will be relishing a semi final date with hosts Sweden.
Germany did pick up the pace early on and fashioned out two good chances. First, Simone Laudehr's pass was headed over by Anja Mittag, who took away what looked to be a more straightforward chance for Lena Lotzen, and then Laudehr herself sent a free header over following a good cross from Celia Okoyino da Mbabi.
However the pressure eventually told midway through the first half when a Nadine Kessler corner was half punched away by Chiara Marchitelli as far as Laudehr whose shot was not cleanly struck but bounced through a crowd of players and into the back of the net.
Italy responded well to the setback and should have been back on level terms seven minutes later. Melania Gabbiadini made a good run down the right and sent over a superb cross for Elisa Camporese who got inside her marker but headed over from inside the six yard area - a miss that is likely to haunt the midfielder.
As Italy finished the first half strongly, Patrizia Panico saw a far post shot deflected into the side netting from a corner. The resulting corner, taken by Alice Parisi, was flicked goalwards by Panico but Leonie Maier was well placed to clear off the line. Daniela Stracchi brought out a save from Nadine Angerer as Germany held on to their lead going into the break.
Parisi fired a volley over the bar early in the second half but from that point Germany assumed control again and never really looked in danger. Laudehr was at the heart of most things and almost added a second when Cecilia Salvai's slip let her in but she was denied by a point blank save from Marchitelli.
Da Mbabi and Lotzen both headed just wide from Laudehr crosses as the Germans pressed hard for a second goal which never came. They also needed to withstand some fierce, often bordering on brutal, tackling from the Italians and Alessia Tuttino, who had already been booked, was extremely lucky to stay on the pitch following an outrageous barge on Nadine Kessler as the teams lined up for a German corner.
Kessler almost exacted her own revenge when she was inches away from reaching a Lotzen corner with her head but the midfielder had no excuses for not doubling Germany's lead late on. Dzsenifer Marozsan drove a free kick against the bar and the rebound fell for Kessler who blazed over with an open goal in front of her.
The miss did not prove to be costly though and Germany comfortably closed the game out to take themselves to within one game of yet another appearance in the Final, however the formidable Swedes now stand in their way.
Germany: Nadine Angerer, Leonie Maier, Jennifer Cramer, Saskia Bartusiak, Annike Krahn, Simone Laudehr, Lena Goessling, Nadine Kessler, Lena Lotzen, Celia Okoyino da Mbabi (sub Sara Dabritz 68mins), Anja Mittag (sub Dzsenifer Marozsan 52mins).
Italy: Chiara Marchitelli, Elisa Bartoli, Francesca D'Adda, Alessia Tuttino, Raffaella Manieri, Daniela Stracchi, Cecilia Salvai (sub Federica Di Criscio 69mins), Melania Gabbiadini, Patrizia Panico, Elisa Camporese (sub Sandy Iannella 45mins), Alice Parisi (sub Ilaria Mauro 75mins).
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