Thursday, 19 June 2008

Euro 2008 - Day 12

Spain 2 - 1 Greece
Russia 2 - 0 Sweden

Well as we all thought, Spain and Russia have progressed to the next round. After watching Spain against Russia in the first game in this group I was convinced they would both go through and so it has happened.

Spain made major changes for the match leaving out the lethal dou of Villa and Torres. Greece went 1-0 up which was shock, but you never thought that Spain wouldn't get back in the game. And so it happened. Ruben da Le Red on his full international debut scored a great goal finishing off a flowing move. Alonso nearly chipped the keeper from 50 yards and Guiza stepped outof the shadows to fire home to make it 2-1 in the dying seconds. Spain look great and it will be interesting to see how they get on in the kock out stages.

Russia were impressive. I know that Greece have not been great this tournament, but Russia played with creativity - mainly through Arshavin who was outstanding, and Pavulychenko who ran the greek back line ragged. The more I see this Russian side the more I am impressed with their style of play - strong in defence and scintilating going forward - they could be an outside contender to progress to the final.

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