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Jun 28, 2008



The semifinals didn't produce any shockers, but we witnessed two great matches!

Germany vs Turkey


That was an incredibly tight match, with Turkey having the most possession & looking the most threatening. After hitting the wood at the 12th min, it was unsurprisingly Turkey who opened the score at the 22nd min with Boral. But Germany responded back immediately with Schweinsteiger intelligently flicking the ball in between the posts. Turkey kept up the pressure until the second half resumed. & at the 74th min, Germany struck gold. On a disastrous sortie, very like in the Portugal match, Turkey goalkeeper Rustu completely missed the ball & allowed Klose a free header. However, Turkey are not any team - they are the comeback kings! & hence 4 mins before the end of the match, Turkey equalised, thanks to Senturk. But you can't write off Germany either, & unfortunately for Turkey, they used their own tactic against them. At the end of normal time, defender Philipp Lahm powered up on the left flank & with a one-two with Hitzlsperger, scored the winning goal. Germany's efficiency has paid off over Turkey's persistence - in the whole match Germany had only 3 shots on goal & they scored all 3 of them.

Russia vs Spain


After beating Holland, everyone thought Russia would be a fierce opponent to tame. But none of this happened as Russia played just like they did during their first match. Playmaker Andrei Arshavin was anonymous during the full 90 mins. While the first half was uneventful, Spain upped the tempo & scored within 5 min into the 2nd half. Iniesta provided a pin-point pass for Xavi to drill in. The game was killed at the 74th min, when Fabregas lobbed the ball to Guiza, who wrong-footed Akinfeev to score. & finally David Silva hammered in another nail into Russia's coffin, with yet another pass from Fabregas.

The Final
Germany vs Spain

An epic final between two footballing superpowers. Spain is the only team to go unbeaten in this tournament & they are highly motivated to win their 2nd trophy. Yep, the only final Spain won was the Euro 64, 44 years ago. Although, they've lost Euro top scorer David Villa, they still have Torres & the excellent Fabregas to supply him. Slight advantage to Spain. But don't write off the Germans! Their efficiency in front of the posts is lethal & they are ready exploit any defensive error. Led by inspirational captain Michael Ballack & playmaker Schweinstaiger, it will be difficult to stop them... Get ready for an explosive final!!

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