EURO 2012: 16 June 2012: Open Thread

Yesterday we witnessed some very exciting football (and rain). First we saw the France - Ukraine game suspended after four minutes of play for quite some time because of what has to be one of the biggest storms in European Championship history. After the restart France controlled the game and finally broke through in the second half. After wasting several chances Jérémy Menez scored the opener and just three minutes later Yohan Cabaye scored his first ever goal for Les Blues. Ukraine threatened to at times score but France's victory never looked in any danger.

In the second game we saw some of the most entertaining football of the EURO 2012. England took the lead when Andy Carroll headed in a Steven Gerrard cross and held the lead until halftime. Sweden, however, came storming out of the gates after the break and just four minutes in Glen Johnson tried to clear the ball off the line but ended up tying the game. Ten minutes later Olof Mellberg put the Swedes in front only to see the lead disappear after the introduction of Theo Walcott. The Arsenal player tied the game with a long range effort and then assisted on Danny Welbeck's brilliant back-heel goal that turned out to be the game winner.

Group D:

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
France
2 1 1 0 3 1 2 4
England
2 1 1 0 4 3 1
4
Ukraine
2 1 0 1
2 3 -1 3
Sweden
2 0 0 2 3 5 -2 0

And now we're back where we started; in Group A.

The format of the schedule changes today as both games of each day will be played at the same time, at 8:45 CET. This way all teams have to work hard because you can't take any result for granted.

Nothing is decided in this group right now, as every team can still progress and every team can still drop out of the competition. Greece, however, need almost a miracle to advance while a draw is enough for Russia. Even a loss can be enough for the Russians but they would surely like to finish in first place so they can avoid the winner of the Group of Death.

The game between Poland and Czech Republic should be a very interesting one. The winner of this game will definitely go through to the Quarter-Finals but while the Czech's hold the advantage in the table at this point you cannot discount Poland, especially considering they are playing at home in front of their faithful fans. Though, knowing what is at stake this has the potential to be a very nervy affair.

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Russia 2 1 1 0 5 2 3 4
Czech Republic 2 1 0 1 3 5 -2 3
Poland 2 0 2 0 2 2 0 2
Greece 2 0 1 1 2 3 -1 1

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