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Czech Republic 2 – 3 Turkey

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  • What an outstanding game of football and what a comeback by Turkey
  • It was horrible to see “Cech”, one of the best goal keepers in the world performing such a blunder. Well, he seem to be having a nightmarish season and lucky for him, it has ended
  • Czech should have finished the game before. They missed some very good chances.
  • Nihat was absolutely superb. His last goal was terrific. No One could have stopped it
  • It was really surprising to see Volkan pushing Jan Koller when Turkey were in the lead. Foolish act
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Holland thrash France 4 – 1

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If any team deserves to win the Euro 2008, it should be Holland. In another scintillating performance, they outclassed France 4 – 1. So in two group matches, they have beaten the Word cup finalists in comprehensive fashion. There one touch passing, counter attack are the best. Here are my thoughts from the match

  • If you want to see the power of counter-attack, just watch the Dutch play. They move the ball from one side to another so quickly
  • Robben was just top class. Created the second goal and his superb effort might well be the best goal of the tournament
  • What was Malouda doing when Kuyt scored the goal. Instead of heading the incoming cross, he was holding Kuyt
  • Van Der Sar is an inspiring captain. He made some good saves
  • Van Nistelrooy is shocked by the Dutch display. Apparently he is not the only one. Almost everyone is shocked by there amazing performances. Before the tournament, I thought they will not go to round two and they are the first team to reach the QF. Amazing
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Croatia beat Germany 2 – 1

Croatia showed that they are the teams that have to be considered seriously. Beating Germany 2 – 1 is a great achievement. Here are my thoughts

  • Croatia showed that they deserve to be here. They beat England twice in qualifying and by beating Germany, they have proved that they have to be considered among the best
  • Croatia looked more organized than Germany. They passed the ball well and defended well
  • Once Germany were behind, they weren’t playing with enough concentration. You can see the frustration on there faces
  • Lehmann should be blamed for the second goal. He should atleast have a got a hand on the ball.
  • I still expect Germany to qualify by beating Austria.
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Portugal becomes first team to qualify

Portugal 3 – 1 Czech Republic

(Deco 8, Ronaldo 63, Quaresma 90)  (Sionko 17)

 

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Here are my thoughts from the match

  • Cristiano Ronaldo is in top form. Scoring one and creating another. If he plays like this, Portugal can surely win the tournament
  • The Czechs should be happy with there display. The nearly matched the Portuguese but were let down due to there poor finishing
  • The score line is harsh on the Czechs.
  • Portugal do have some defensive weakness which was exploited by the Czechs. They need to work on that or they might lose in the latter stages
  • Portuguese manager Scolari was named as the Chelsea boss during the Switzerland Turkey match. Can it effect the morale of the squad ?
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France held to a 0 – 0 draw by Romania

Domenech World Cup runners up France produced a boring display against Romania which makes qualifying tough for them in the group of death. They created very few clear cut chances and lacked there attacking rhythm. In the absence of Viera and Henry, the job was left on the youngsters but they failed to shine. With Henry absent, Anelka and Benzema started the forward line but they failed to provide any decent chance and Anelka could have done better with the few scoring opportunities that he got.

Romania also didn’t threaten much but they would be very happy considering that they prevented France from scoring and took a point of them. The only positive that France can take from the game is the link up play between Ribery and Benzema. Anelka was again out of form and i will be surprised if he is included when Henry is fit. But it is going to put doubts over whether France have enough quality to win the Euro 2008 or not. With there remaining matches against Italy and Netherlands, it is going to be a tough ride if they wish to qualify. Although for the underdogs Romania, it is a great result.

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Podolski Double sinks Poland , Croatia narrowly beat Austria 1 – 0

Germany 2 – 0 Poland

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Podolski opened the scoring Germany, one of the favourites for the Euro cup made a winning start thanks to two goal hero Lukas Podolski. Germany started well and should have gone ahead after just four minutes but Mario Gomez shot wide with just the goal at his mercy after an unselfish pass from Klose. It was Klose again that was responsible for the first goal. He broke through the defence and passed the ball to Podolski who slid the ball easily into the open net. Poland were nervy at the back and Germany were beginning to take full advantage with Ballack providing the main damage. Poland had a great chance too but Zurawski shot wide from a good position. It was one of the rare chances that Poland got and Germany should have made it 2- 0 eight minutes before the interval but Gomez’s finishing was again poor from a good position.

Poland started the game in an energetic fashion but still the opportunities were limited and the German defence was superb. In the other end Germany were creating there own chances and an inspired save from Boruc prevented Ballack from scoring in the 70th minute. But minutes later, Podolski got his second of the night to almost seal the victory. Klose’s misshit shot fell to Podolski who volleyed past Boruc to seal the victory for Germany. Poland’s Guerro had a great chance later on, when his good cross found Saganowski but his shot was blocked by Lehmann and Germany held firm to make a winning start to Euro 2008.

 

Austria 0 – 1 Croatia

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Modric with the penalty In the other match, the day was also bad for the other hosts Austria as they were narrowly beaten by Croatia 0 – 1. Judging beforehand, the game looked like a one sided affair but credit must be given to the Austrians. The performed well and should have all the reasons to be happy with there performance. It was the same case that happened with the Swiss the previous day.

Austria got to a bad start as they conceded a penalty in the 4th minute which Luca Modric converted. Austria created a lot of chances but were finding it hard to break the Croatians down. They were doing well at set pieces but somehow, they missed to find the back of the net. Even Croatia didn’t create any decent chance after there goal but they maintained possession and performed well in defence to claim the victory.

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