Too bad Sweden didn't find yesterday's defensive performance a week earlier. Nice win for your guys AND ONE SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE GOAL BY IBRAHIMOVIC That was a joy to watch.
Per wrote:Sweden eliminated, but at least we left on a high note, beating France 2-0.
Quarter finals are set:
Portugal vs Czechs *CHECK*
Spain vs France *CHECK*
Germany vs Greece *CHECK*
Italy vs England *CHECK*
I predict semi finals as Portugal vs Spain and Germany vs Italy. *CHECK*
Spain and Germany square off in the final.
I'll be rooting for Spain, but think Germany will win.
rockalt wrote:Well Spain has now taken down my two teams in a row. Bastards!
I thought Portugal were the better team in the first 90 minutes but were clearly wearing down in extra time as Spain took full advantage. As much as reports may bemoan the Spaniards' inability to dazzle with their play, they were effectively shut down by an ultra aggressive Portuguese squad. Nevertheless their playing style allowed them to expose the Portuguese near the end when they simply had more left in the tank. Some clutch saves by the Portuguese goalie to push it to shootout only to ultimately lose in the coin toss. That definitely stings but I thought it was a good game between two excellent squads.
I have been saying it all tournament but I think the real strength of Spain is the intimidation factor. The French effectively defeated themselves but the Portuguese on this night truly believed they could win and played accordingly. It should be a very interesting final providing Germany advances as predicted. This Spanish squad is still an absolute beast but I think they can be had.
CrzyCanuck wrote:But... finding it difficult to keep following Italy after the World Cup last time. There's not one particular player on the team right now I really like besides Buffon. (But he's been on the decline)
CrzyCanuck wrote:I've long been an Italy supporter since 1994 when Baggio missed that f'ing shot.
But... finding it difficult to keep following Italy after the World Cup last time. There's not one particular player on the team right now I really like besides Buffon. (But he's been on the decline)
Having said this,
Per wrote:I predict semi finals as Portugal vs Spain and Germany vs Italy. CHECK
Spain and Germany square off in the final. CHE...errrrr
I'll be rooting for Spain, but think Germany will win. CHE...errr
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