Germany doesn’t look like the same team that reached the SF of the World Cup. They are lacking there attacking flair
Austria are not that bad as they are made out to be. They played decently against a tough German side
Michael Ballack’s free kick was just superb. The first goal of the tournament from a free kick i guess
How is Mario Gomez playing. He has missed so many chances in the whole tournament. He can’t score from six yards with a tap in and then does nothing when the ball was in the air. I don’t think he deserve to play
The best incident of the first half was the sending off of the two coaches
Germany 2 – 0 Poland
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
(Modric pen 4)
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.