Stingy Spain worried about Balotelli, Italy

PAUL LOGOTHETIS
updated at 08h27
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Stingy as it may be, Spain's defenders are still a little worried about their rematch with Mario Balotelli and Italy in the European Championship final.

 Photo: AP in English
Mario Balotelli is on the minds of Spain defenders as Italy tries to derrail the defending European champions in Sunday's final. Balotelli scored both goals in Italy's 2-1 win over Germany in the semifinals.
Photo: AP in English

Spain's bid to win a third straight major title comes Sunday at Kiev's Olympic Stadium, where the Mediterranean rivals meet for a second time after starting Euro 2012 with a 1-1 draw.

Spain has reached the final with the fewest goals conceded since West Germany went on to win the tournament 40 years ago. Spain's defense hasn't conceded a goal in its last nine knockout games.

Balotelli scored twice against Germany in the semifinals. Defender Sergio Ramos says "it would be a lie to say I'm not worried about them, but we are not obsessing over" Italy.

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