Friday, 22 June 2012
Ding Dong the Dutch have gone! What a fizzer, pre-tournament front runners gone without a point. This goes to prove the universal truth that no good sporting team play in orange. Greece, proving much more resilient than its economy. They have shown a strong defensive resolve and showing some of the form which surprised everyone eight years ago. However their fairy tale will end against the Germans. Czech Republic have out done all expectations after an opening day loss to Russia. The less said about the Russians, and my prediction, the better. Ronaldo is finally living up to the hype and Portugal are looking better than anticipated. A narrow loss and some solid wins on the back of flowing play mean they are now a real contender. Spain, not as good as they think thought they were? Certainly they haven't been as convincing as they were two years ago. However they are still one of the best in Europe and will make the final and find their rhythm. Italy should make the semis, but again not a realistic final contender. Go England! Expected to struggle to get out the group, but no, they topped it. Not entirely a convincing back four but did the job. There is a belief in the team and if they stick to the game plan they may just wear down Italy in the next round. France, struggled and will not be happy dropping points against England and again failing to trouble the scorer against Sweden. A great step forward for them, actually making it out the group after recent tournaments. So my early prediction stands, Germany v Spain final but keep your eyes on Portugal.