Friday, June 13, 2008

Euro 2008 - Part 3 (Germany Dunked!)

Arguable the first and most spectacular upset in Euro 2008 thus far. The scoreline eerily suggest this could still be the Euro of upsets. Croatia qualified for Euro 2008 in grand fashion by beating England on two occasions to ensure they qualified on merit.

Germany has impressed in their first match against Poland but Croatia was at best tepid in their match against co-host Austria. Both have won their opening matches. Both needed a win to seal their march to the next round.

Dark Horses indeed, Croatia pulled the rug from under the Germans to come away with all 3 points but had to endure the last 10 minutes in agonising fashion despite going 2-0 up courtesy of Dario Srjna and Ivica Olic but Podolski sealed his third in the tournament to ensure a nail biting finish but it was a night the Germans would rather forget as they were made to look second best to a much improved Croatia side who proved yet again their pedigree. They could yet be the team that rises to the occasion to take the cup this time round.

Meanwhile, Poland and Austria kept their hopes alive as they shared the spoils in the other match of the night in a 1-1 draw.

Tonight however its D Day for Italy as they fight for survival and nothing less than a win is required when they play Romania. Long gone are the days of Georghe Hagi but the Romania of today plays a tight game and Italy cannot afford to be defensive. But, the night's match would probably belong to France versus Netherlands. Both teams have real talent in them with France more of a clockwork team against the fluid flair of the Dutch. Its a MUST WATCH game tonight. I will be rooting for the Oranj because of their sense of adventure!

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