Before any more games are played at these European championships, I must finish off what I set out to do and that was to predict who will win the tournament. If you got the chance to read my posts regarding the different groups and information on all the teams playing, you may have noticed I put my neck on the line and predicted who would finish as winners, runners up and also rans. The games kicked off on Friday evening after all the build up leading to the competition and didn’t disappoint at all. The drama in the first game was sensational with the referee giving one of the Greek players 2 cheap yellow cards resulting in his dismissal just after the co-hosts had taken the lead. The 2nd half was even more exciting even if a little short on quality. Firstly, Greece equalize against the run of play then the Polish ‘keeper gets himself sent off and concedes a penalty only for the new goalkeeper to save it. After that they have a goal narrowly disallowed. stunning, but the game pitered out to be a bit lame in the end.
Russia and the Czech Republic were next up and this was nothing short of excellent. Russia really put a marker down after dismantling their opponents 4-1. Andrei Arshavin was outstanding and assisted in 2 of the goals as was Alan Dzagoev who looked a constant threat all night getting 2 goals for himself. In stepped Roman Pavlyuchenko in the 2nd half and scored a stunning goal to put the icing on the cake. Thoroughly deserved win.
Yesterday was a bit drab given the teams on show. The hyped up Dutch didn’t show up at all and were beaten by a goal that was scored against the run of the play. They may find it hard to get out now. The Germany-Portugal game was slightly better but was largely an anti climax. Germany scored in the 2nd half to win 1-0 with Mario Gomez netting. Portugal only turned up for the last few minutes. Some of these results might have had a bearing on my group predictions but I’ll have to stick by them and so here are my final predictions before I’m accused of double standards. Hope you enjoy/agree/disagree.
Winner Group A- Russia v Runner-up Group B- Holland
Winner Group B- Germany v Runner-up Group A- Czech Republic
Winner Group C- Spain v Runner-up Group D- England
Winner Group D- France v Runner-up Group C- Ireland
Winner 1- Russia v Winner 3- Spain
Winner 2- Germany v Winner 4- France
Final; France to beat Spain
EUROPEAN CHAMPIONS 2012…………………..FRANCE