Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Euro 2008 Hots Up as Big Boys Advance
It's taken me a while to write anything about Euro 2008 (please note nice flags). Maybe that is because England obviously are not there and it was just too painful. Anyway, the tournament is now heating up, having already turned in some scintillating games. Tomorrow, we reach the quarter finals with the exciting prospect of the pretty boys of Portugal playing their jogo bonito against the German machine. Italy, very lucky to survive their group, will play Spain while Croatia plays Turkey who, almost unbelievably, beat the Czechs in their last group game to qualify. The Czechs were 2-0 up with 15 minutes left to play and still leading with just three minutes left. Somehow, they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory, much to the consternation of the Czech nationals down at SoBo in Denver. Grown men were crying, I kid you not. The other quarter final has still to be decided with the classy Dutch due to meet either Russia or Sweden depending on today's results. My prediction for what it's worth. Holland will beat Portugal in the final June 29.