Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Euro 2008 - Day 11

Italy 2 - 0 France
Netherlands 2 - 0 Romania

France are out, Italy are through and the Netherlands march on - it's the Romanians who I feel sorry for, if only Mutu had scored that penalty!!!

The Italians were good value for their win. The French have looked out of sorts all tournament and that continued last night. Thuram didn't play and didn't even make it to the bench; Abidal, his replacement in the centre of defence managed to get himself sent off early on. Their night didn't get any easier after that - Ribery - their best palyer by a street - went off with a nasty injury, Pirlo scored the penalty to make it 1-0 and then a deflection off of Thierry Henry into the wrong net for a change, made it 2-0. That all said - the Italians worked hard and Luca Toni was a constant threat. It is only a matter of time before he does scoe in this tournament surely!

The Netherlands rested several key players - in fact the ench resembled the proper side rather than those on the pitch. They didn't disappoint though. Even their reserve side would walk into most others at the moment!! Huntelaar scored the first early in the second half and Van Persie finished the scoring with a great finish fom tight in on the lefthand side, almost taking the roof of the net out. To their credit, Romania did well, but were always second best to what must be the new tournament favourites. However there is still an awful lot to play for.

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