Balotelli shines for Italy, Alba off to Barcelona and Scholes absence lamented
Following his brace against Germany that secured Italy a spot in Sunday's Euro 2012 final against Spain, Mario Balotelli has described last night as the best game of his career.
The enigmatic striker, who has scored three goals and 15 fantasy football points in the competition so far, told the BBC: "This was the greatest night of my life and I hope Sunday will be better."
Italy will face Spain on Sunday in a repeat of the quarter-final four years ago and Cesc Fabregas believes that it is a "miracle" that Spain have made it to their third major final in as many tournaments.
The Barcelona midfielder, who has tallied six Fantasy League points so far, claimed to have had a premonition that he would net the deciding penalty against the Azzurri, the Guardian reports.
"I had a funny feeling about the penalties and I was thinking about them this afternoon.
"That life has given me another chance like this is really incredible," said the former Arsenal captain.
Meanwhile, according to the Daily Mail, Spain full-back Jordi Alba is set to join Barcelona from Valencia in a move worth €14million.
The Spanish international has amassed 22 fantasy football points at the Euros to date and will look to make the left-back spot his own at the Catalan club.
In other news, Ray Wilkins has said that England's destiny at Euro 2012 could have been completely different had they selected their very own Andrea Pirlo - Manchester United legend Paul Scholes.
Scholes returned to competitive football in January following a six-month-long retirement, scoring three goals in 14 games for United on his way to 12 Fantasy League Classic points.
Talking to TalkSPORT, Wilkins said: "England do have their own Andrea Pirlo, and it’s Paul Scholes," he said.
"He’s a couple of years older but he is equally as good, if not better [than Pirlo].
"I just wish someone could have convinced him to go to Euro 2012.
England could have got hold of the ball and then played some football."