Jun 27 2012
We are nearing the end of the Euro 2012 tournament and tonight & tomorrow the semi-final matches will be fought. As I predicted (Roshtradamous is me) it will be holders Spain vs their Iberian neighbours Portugal and Germany vs Italy. Very strong looking lineup indeed. Let’s look at how they got here.
Portugal seem to be riding on the goals on Ronaldo and their captain is peeking at the right time. Once again he provided the goal, the lone strike against a brave Czech side. They will look to him to lead them against a tough Spanish side who are still hungry for trophies but are a tad weaker side than what we saw at the last world cup. Spain however did enough to win 2-0 and see off France in the quarterfinals. This time Xabi Alonso was the hero scoring both goals including an injury time penalty to see Spain safely through. Will he continue to shine? Will Fernando Torres start?
Germany have impressed everyone with their form in their tournament. The youngest side at Euro2012 defeated Greece 4-2 with goals from four different players with the surprise omission of Mario Gomez & Lukas Podolski up front. And the final quaterfinal match was between England & Italy with penalties proving to be the English side’s undoing again. After 2 extra times the game went to a shootout but England had impressed in places. However was veteran Andrea Pirlo and his Italians going through 4-2 winners in the shootout.
Which two teams will make it to the finals? Tonight it’s Spain vs Portugal & tomorrow it’s Germany vs Italy. Spain vs Germany is my prediction. But the Italians can thrown up a surprise or two.