Rome screens Italy-Germany game

The capital is to screen the Euro 2012 Italy-Germany football game in Piazza del Popolo on 28 June at 20.45, according to the mayor of Rome Gianni Alemanno. The winner of the semi-final game, being played in Poland’s national stadium in Warsaw, will qualify for the final of the UEFA Euro 2012 European Soccer Championships. Whoever wins will face either Portugal or Spain in Kiev’s Olympic Stadium in the Ukraine on 1 July. However Italy coach Cesare Prandelli believes that Germany has an unfair advantage as their players have had two extra days’ rest while his side faces the Germans after a bruising two-hour marathon against England on 24 June. Prandelli is also aware that German coach Joachim Low rested his front three players against Greece in their quarter-final, to keep them at their attacking best. The Piazza del Popolo event follows a well-attended screening of the Italy-England match in the newly-restyled Piazza S. Silvestro on 24 June. On that occasion the city of Rome and the British embassy to Italy joined forces to install a giant television screen for fans to enjoy the game. After Italy knocked England out in a nerve-wracking penalty shoot-out, ecstatic Italians jumped into their cars and beeped their way around the centre. The British ambassador Christopher Prentice shook hands with the city's culture councillor Dino Gasperini and acknowledged that "it was a fair result."