Italy get the better of England but Germany and Spain remain firm favourites for Euro 2012 crown

The Azzurri needed penalties to progress against the Three Lions but will face an entirely different beast in Joachim Low's side in the semi-finals
The four quarter-finals went with the formbook for the most part as Portugal, Germany and Spain all secured their places in the next round.

Italy's game with England saw the bookmakers and punters unable to split the two teams and Cesare Prandelli's side secured their place in the last four with a win over England on penalties, meaning it is now just one victory in eight attempts for the Three Lions.

Euro 2012 - Winner

Odds courtesy of Sportingbet
Germany 17/10
Spain 33/20
Portugal 11/2
Italy 11/2
Portugal may have only beaten Czech Republic 1-0 in the first match but the dominance with which they did so will act as a warning to Spain, who they face in the next round.

Paulo Bento's side have played some impressive football and look to be improving with every game but are made long outsiders at 11/2 (6.50) with Sportingbet to beat the reigning world and European champions.

Vicente del Bosque's side continued their impressive record of beating teams "to nil" in the knockout stages of major tournaments, seeing off France 2-0  at a canter on Saturday, courtesy of a double from Xabi Alonso.

They are now 33/20 (2.65) with Sportingbet to defend their European crown but are still marginally behind Germany in the running after Joachim Low's side eased into the semi-finals themselves.

Unlike the two matches mentioned above, Germany's game with Greece was high on drama and goals. Joachim Low's side ran out 4-2 winners against a Greek side that many were surprised to see make the knockout stages.

They will now face an Italian side that had to play 120 minutes of football against England.

Germany will also have the added benefit of an extra two days' rest ahead of the semi-final. They are now 17/10 (2.70) to win the tournament and they look in ominous form, particularly having been able to rotate their attacking front three against Greece. Italy are  11/2 (6.50)alongside fellow outsiders Portugal and will know they need to significantly improve if they are to progress.

Cristiano Ronaldo closed the gap on Mario Gomez in the race for the golden boot and the Real Madrid forward is now level with the German heading into the semi-finals, and it is a distinct possibility that both of them could play a part in the final on July 1. Ronaldo is now 15/8 (2.88), with Gomez marginally ahead at 17/10 (2.70).


Germany to win at 17/10 (2.70) with Sportingbet

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Jim Knight is Betting Editor at and has been tipping football games since he was old enough to place a bet. He is a Leicester City fan, writer and member of the We Are Going Up Podcast
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