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It seems like 2006 all over again. Just like in the World Cup semifinals six years ago, Germany is the favorite entering today’s European Championship semifinal at Warsaw, Poland, ( 11:30 a.m. on ESPN) against a surprising Italy squad that is building momentum and maintaining focus despite a match-fixing scandal. Both teams like to attack constantly, setting up a tantalizing matchup. Adding to the luster is that Italy-Germany matches have often produced the extraordinary – and Italy has always come out on top at major tournaments. The winner will play Spain in the championship match on Sunday in Kiev.– Associated Press


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