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« Reply #30 on: June 24, 2012, 03:15:47 PM »
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The last quarter final of Euro 2012 will be between England and Italy at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. The victory over co-hosts Ukraine helped England avoid meeting reigning champions Spain in the quarter-finals, but that may not necessarily be a good thing seeing they will face suprising-good Italy. The winner of this match will play in the second semi-final against Germany in Warsaw.


After a tight 1-1 draw with France England came from behind to win an exciting, crazy five-goal thriller against Sweden (3-2). Their last group match was against co-hosts Ukraine caused some anxious moments, which they won 1-0 thanks to a goal just after half time from Wayne Rooney, making his first appearance at the tournament due to suspension. Rooney's return to the starting lineup gives England an extra option going forward. The only worry is that he hasn't played many full time match lately so two or more games in a week may be too much for him. Manager Roy Hodgson opted for a defence-minded approach and his tactics has produced excellent results. The team looked extremely vulnerable at the back but completely out of ideas up front, but they showed enough character and some quality to go knock-out stage.

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« Reply #31 on: June 27, 2012, 09:20:27 AM »
Euro2012, 1. Semi-final: Spain vs. Portugal   1.85 3.40 4.50 Bet NOW

The first semifinal of the Euro 2012 between the defending champions Spain and their Iberian neighbours Portugal. The two nation are old enemies and local rivals. Their eyes will be on Portugal's star player Cristiano Ronaldo as he comes up against a number of his Real Madrid colleagues in the other team. Spain is the obvious favorites, but Portugal should not be underestimated, especially after their great campaign so far.

Tournament favourites and reigning world champions Spain started with a 1:1 draw against Italy. This result that was highly criticised but looking at Italy going through to semi finals it doesn't look so bad from this perspective. The first match-draw was followed by wins against Ireland and Croatia at the group stage and continued their charge in the quarter-finals in what looked on paper like a tough match against France, but which ended up being a disappointing event as the French never really got into their stride. A first half header and a last-minute penalty, both from Xabi Alonso, was enough them for a comfortable win. For the third time in four games, Vincent del Bosque fielded a side without the recognized forward, although Fernando Torres did come on midway through the second half. Coach Vicente Del Bosque focused on the team's offensive side by reverting to the old system of using six midfielders. So they come into this semifinal high on confidence, and they have no injuries or suspensions to worry about, allowing Del Bosque to pick the best and most adequate team for this match.

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« Reply #32 on: June 28, 2012, 09:04:04 AM »
Euro2012, 2. Semi-final: Germany vs. Italy   1.90 3.40 4.50 Bet NOW

In the second semi-final of Euro 2012 Germany and Italy will meet at the National Stadium in Warsaw. Germany may be considered favourites in their semi-final clash with Italy, but it is worth pointing out that Nationalelf has never beaten Italy in a competitive game. Tiredness could be a major factor in this game giving Germany a full two more days to recover!


After winning all ten of their matches to qualify of the tournment, they followed this performance with an unblemished play in ĄGroup of Death". They started with a narrow 1-0 win over Portugal before dismissing the surprisingly out-of-form Netherlands 2-1. In their las group game against the Danes managed to draw at half time, but Lars Bender's late goal saved their match. Germany winning run continued in the quarter finals with a comfortable 4-2 victory over Greece. Philipp Lahm opened the scoring in the first half and the Germans looked on course for a straight forward victory. Greece then equalised in the beginning of the second half through Samaras. After the equalizer's goal Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus put the result beyond doubt and the late Salpingidis penalty was just consolation for the Greeks. Mesut Ozil was the star of the night once again, with two assists and a multitude of intangibles that propelled his team to another convincing victory. I think their impressive defensive showings and intelligent play helped them win all four games, so this squad looks menacing!

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« Reply #33 on: July 01, 2012, 12:30:15 PM »
Euro2012, FINAL: Spain vs. Italy   2.10 3.40 4.00 Bet NOW

After almost a month Euro 2012 comes to a conclusion with the final between Italy and Spain at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. This is the second time in this tournament that these two teams have met as both were in Group C and faced each other in their opening game. That time, the match couldn't separate them as it finished with 1-1 draw. Antonio Di Natale opened the scoring for Italy but Cesc Fabregas equalised for Spain just a few minutes later.

The two teams met in the quarter final on this competition four years ago. The match was goalless and Spain ended up winning on penalties 4-2. Their last met in their Group C match ended 1-1 thanks to goals from Cesc Fabregas for Spain and Di Natale for Italy. Spain played 62% of the possession but it was pretty even on clear cut chances. It should be noted that Spain have never beaten Italy in normal time in a competitive match, and there has only ever once been more than two goals in a match between the sides (a 2-1 Italy victory in the 1994 World Cup quarter final)

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« Reply #34 on: July 02, 2012, 12:20:16 PM »
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