Friday, 27 June 2008

Euro 2008 - Semi-Final #2

Russia 0 - 3 Spain

For all my hopes that the Russians could win the tournament it is now impossible. They were once again, for the second time in this competition, out classed by a skillful, well disciplined Spanish side.

The first half saw a fairly even contest. Although Spain always looked the most likely to score, the Russians did hold their own. However the second half took a different complexion. The Spanish visibly upped their game and the Russians were left floundering. Arshavin looked a shadow of the figure he had done in the past two games and Pavyluchenko got no service into the box where he is most lethal. The Spanish on the other hand - even without David Villa due to an early injury - were creating chances a plenty. Torres looked powerful, Fabregas' passing was sublime. The finishes from Xavi, Guiza and Silva were all fantastic.

The final is far to hard to call. The fast breaking powerful Germans versus, the quick thinking, intelligent, skillful running of the Spanish. A game that will be entertaining if both teams don't get cagey because it's a final!!!

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