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Jun 19, 2008



The group matches are over... now only 8 teams remain out of 16. Only One will rule them all & win the Euro...

Group A


Dramatic finish to an extraordinary match between Czech Republic & Turkey. The Czech seem to have already qualified with a 2-0 lead, but they couldn't have imagined what would happen next. Lax defending & a massive blunder from Petr Cech allowed Turkey to make a sensational comeback by scoring 3 goals in 12 mins. Turkey have thus beaten the Czechs on the post, gaining their qualification for the quarter-finals.
In the other game, a team B Portugal failed to score during the numerous opportunities they created & they were beaten 2-0 by hosts Switzerland, who end their tournament on a victory.

Group B


Croatia rotated their squad, but they still managed to beat a strong Polish side, thus making them Euro 08's hot outsider team.
Germany struggled to overcome the tournament's weakest team, Austria, but captain Michael Ballack led the way by scoring the only goal on a powerful free-kick.

Group C


France are out!!! World Cup finalists France leave the tournament without a single victory! After the humiliating defeat against Holland, France were beaten 2-0 by a vastly superior Italian side. The truth was that luck wasn't on the French side. They lost playmaker Franck Ribéry, just 9 mins into the game, who was crippled by a hamstring injury. He was replaced by Samir Nasri, who was himself taken off 15 mins later as Eric Abidal was sent off for a tackle on Luca Toni in the penalty box. Being the last defender & because the foul came from behind, the red card was inevitable. Pirlo coolly scored the spot kick & 10-man France were being led 0-1. In a controversial decision, Raymond Domenech sent in central defender Boumsong in place of midfielder Nasri, leaving France devoid of a playmaker... Unfortunately, France couldn't do much, except sustain the multiple assaults of the Italians. In the 2nd half, De Rossi's free-kick was deflected by the unlucky Thierry Henry, wrongfooting Coupet & allowing Italy to confirm its superiority. Only the most diehard of fans could believe in a comeback.. The tournament was already over for France!
Romania could have killed the previous game, if they had showed more enthusiasm towards securing the 2nd place. Instead of attacking a reshuffled Holland team, they preferred to wait & were thus beaten 2-0 by strikes from Huntelaar & Van Persie.

Group D


In this group, Russia humiliated Sweden 2-0 with an excellent display of attacking football from its young side. & it's the first time in history that Russia have gone in the quarter-final stage of a competition.
Spain, after their extravagant debut match, had to wait for the 88th minute to score the 2-1 winner over Greece. Greece, for their part, are the first defending champion to go home without a single point.

Portugal vs Germany
Croatia vs Turkey
Netherlands vs Russia
Spain vs Italy

The first & the last match is no doubt the most entertaining, but there can be only one master of the Ring winner.
I still believe that my 2 most favourite teams will meet in the final: Portugal vs Netherlands!

P.s. The first quarter-final has just started as I'm posting this...

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