Tuesday, 10 June 2008

Euro 2008 - Day 3

France 0 - 0 Romania
Netherlands 3 - 0 Italy

What a night for the so called 'group of death'. Two surprising results and still every game so far has at least one clean sheet!

I watched the France Romania game in between preparing dinner - to be honest preparing dinner was more entertaining. Other then Ribery there seemed to be little going on at all. Neither keeper were troubled and it was an all round stale affair. I liked the commentators comment about France 'Well they must be planning to beat Italy and Holland as I don't think they are going to beat Romania!' On the evidence of last nights performance, Romania have more of a chance as they were resolute in defence and looked solid, without being dangerous.

I missed the later game as I was at badminton, but caught the highlights when I returned home. What a performance from the Dutch. They were definitely up for it. I have never seen an Italian defence destroyed as they were last night. Who says total football is dead! The names are numerous that could be mentioned on the Dutch side. I know that the pundits loved Van Nistelrooy's contribution (easy to see why) , but I thought the moivement of Kuyt and Sneijder made it easy for him to do what he was doing. If Holland play like this for the tournament they could be battling Germany to win.

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