Ramelow predicts Spain will beat Italy in Euro 2012 final

The former Bayer Leverkusen defender believes that Germany will bow out of Euro 2012 at the penultimate hurdle, and La Roja will go on to win the competition
By Dennis Weinacht

Former Germany defender Carsten Ramelow believes that his compatriots will lose in the Euro 2012 semi-finals to Italy.

The Nationalelf cruised into the knockout rounds with three victories from their group stage campaign, and were dealt a favourable draw against Greece.

However, should they overcome the Euro 2004 winners on Friday, the will face either the Azzurri or England in the semi-finals, and Ramelow believes they will come undone against Cesare Prandelli's men.

"Italy are always good for a surprise, and they are always the favourites," the former Leverkusen man told Goal.com.

"I think it depends on the form on the day. Italy are the secret favourites, and therefore I'd tip them to win."

Ramelow went on to say that he would back Spain to overcome Portugal if both teams are able to advance to the semi-final.

"I think that Spain are the favourites. Portugal are strong, and I could see them reaching the final if they were facing a different opponent, but they will bow out to Spain."

Ramelow then predicted that La Roja would beat Italy in the final to win their third consecutive international tournament.

"I think that Spain will step up a gear, and defeat the Azzurri 3-1. They look to be happy, and play effectively. They shouldn't lose when it matters, because they're Spain."

Ramelow represented Germany at Euro 2000 and the 2002 World Cup, and won a total of 46 caps for his country.