Italy’s World Cup team are in a race to be the first team to beat Germany in the final of the 2008 World Cup.
The Italian champions, Juventus, were beaten 3-1 by Spain in their quarterfinal match on Thursday and will now face the hosts in the semi-finals on Sunday.
The Italians are now just one point behind the runners-up in second place, France, who will play in the quarterfinals on Tuesday.
Italy beat Germany 3-0 on Thursday in the third round of the tournament.
Italy’s star striker, Gianluigi Buffon, scored twice in the win.
“It’s a dream for us.
The fans, the club and myself are so proud of this team,” Buffon told the Juventus official website.
The Italians were a wildcard in the World Cup qualifiers, having been dropped in the group stage after being knocked out in the last eight.
But they were able to secure a spot in the tournament through a late run to the final against Spain, who defeated Italy 4-0 in their semi-final.
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