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The Morning Score: Friday

Let’s do this.

Lukas Rosol eats turf after beating Nadal.
Lukas Rosol eats turf after beating Nadal.
Image: Anja Niedringhaus/AP/Press Association Images

Every weekday morning TheScore.ie brings you all the sporty nuggets of wisdom you need to know before that first cup of coffee.

1.#SUPER MARIO Italy once again proved that crisis is their friend last night as the brushed aside the hotly-fancied Germany to advance to the Euro final on 2-1 scoreline.

Two first half goals from Mario Balotelli were enough to seal the the result before Mesut Ozil pulled late goal back from the penalty spot.

Read Miguel Delaney’s big game analysis.

2.SW19 SHOCK Another tournament favourite was knocked out of Wimbledon. World number three, Rafael Nadal, was the unlucky man on the end of one of the biggest shocks in the modern era of Wimbledon.

The Spaniard was knocked out of the second round by 26-year-old Czech, Lukas Rosol. The world number 100 won by three sets to one with a comprehensive scoreline of 6-4,6-4,2-6, 6-4. Read all about it, here. Andy Murray, Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams all avoided shocks.

3.IRISH OPEN Padraig Harrington led the Irish charge on day one of the Open’s return to Northern Ireland at Royal Portrush. The Dubliner shot a round of 67 which leaves him on five under par, two shots off the joint leaders, gregory Bourdy and Jeev Milkha Singh.

Day two is already underway, but you can catch the full round-up of yesterday’s cards here.

4. THE OTHER EUROS Ireland are enjoying considerably more success at the European Track and Field Championships.

Jessie Barr, Brian Gregan and Stephanie Reilly all qualified for their finals in the 400m hurdles, 400m and 3000m  steeplechase respectively.

Barr and Gregan will race in their finals this evening.

5.#GAA we’re braced for another pulsating weekend of Gaelic games here in TheScore.ie war room. Yesterday, Tyrone named an unchanged side for their Ulster SFC semi-final meeting with Donegal.

In Leinster, Wexford will welcome back captain david Murphy and forward Ciaran Lyng for their date with Dublin in Croker. Though few are expecting Dublin to go the way of Nadal, Bernard Brogan has insisted that Dublin must be at their best to overcome Wexford.

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