EURO 2012: 10 June 2012: Open Thread

Well, Day Two wasn't quite what we expected, or hoped, for. It started with Denmark upsetting Netherlands, with Barcelona's own Ibrahim Afellay in the starting line-up, by the score of 1-0 with Michael Krohn-Dehli scoring the lone goal. This result in my opinion means that the Group of Death is even more deadly than we thought because even Denmark, who everybody gave about 0% chance of advancing to the next round, can contend for a place in the quarter-finals.

For the Dutch, however, this means quite a kick in the stomach. The Oranje came into the EURO 2012 in good form and it was expected of them to dispose of Denmark but they couldn't. Sure they created many chances but the finishing from their forwards was abysmal, especially by Robin van Persie and Arjen Robben. The Dutch now have a lot of work to do to finish the Group Stage in one of the first two positions.

In the second game of the day Germany barely managed to hold off Portugal for the 1-0 victory. Mario Gomez was the only goalscorer but that could've been very different had several members of the Portuguese team not made a complete mess of some golden scoring opportunities.

Group B:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Germany
1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Denmark
1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
Netherlands
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
Portugal
1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

Today we will see several Barcelona players in action as Spain take on Italy at 6pm CET. While Spain will certainly miss two of their biggest superstars, Carles Puyol and David Villa, but Italy has a different set of issues to work with. Sure they have their own injuries to worry about, but the (latest) match-fixing scandal has raised a lot of dust and it will be interesting to see how focused the Italian players are at this point.

The match starting at 8:45pm CET will see the Republic of Ireland take on Croatia. There are quite a few good players on the Irish team, but I just don't see them posing a real threat to Croatians. My southern neighbors might not have a Davor Šuker type player in front anymore, but this is a very talented team which could pose a real threat to many teams.


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