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All credit to Greece, well played by them. They defended well and took advantage of the one moment of slack defending by the Russians.
The Czech Republic won as expected and I ended up being right about them finishing first in the group. :P
It was unfortunate for Russia, but they played worse every game after the 4-1 thumping that they gave to the Czechs.
Well done Greece and Czech Republic!
Wow man I still can't believe Russia is out. And I was rooting for Poland too. My two picks got out... but man it feels so surreal.
Greece once again surprised me. It's kinda acceptable if Poland doesn't pass the group stage, but if Russia doesn't pass too, they are just unlucky, I guess.
Complete shocker for Russia to be eliminated, they had one of the easiest groups on paper but Greece pulled a miracle out and quite deserved their spot.
Hoping for Netherlands to pull a miracle, which is not unlikely but I don't think they'll be able to do it. If they are eliminated from the group stages, it'll be first time it has happened since 1980
I will pray and try dark magic to make sure they don't advance
Portugal all the wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy~~~~~~
It's not like my predictions for Group B are right. I went Holland and Germany as 1-2, and even if Holland does manage to qualify, they'll be second in the group, so I'll have been wrong about the order, which is all that matters.
This is a very tough day for Netherlands, even a win isn't enough, they need two goals score difference against a team which they beat only once in ten matches. They'll also wait for Germany's win against Denmark which isn't a given considering that Germany has already qualified and has no reason to put much effort into today's game. Klaas-Jan Huntelaar had a very successful performance in Euro 2012 qualifiers and Bundesliga being the top goalscorer in both, if he finds a place in the starting line-up and Ronaldo continues his disappointing performance, a surprise may ensue though, Netherlands has the necessary talent to pull off a win.
Germany isn't exactly in the next phase already. They could potentially lose their place if they take like 6 goals (lol yeah sounds ridiculous but I'm just stating it XD) and portugal also wins. So they should at least play for the draw.
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Woooo Portugal a deserved win. Sorry Netherlands fans but this was the most over rated team I've ever seen. Their attack was good but that's it their deffense sucked balls plus they had weak spirit cuse they would only play greatly when they had the advantage. We could also see the group falling apart from the coach and even from each other.
And this sum what I said about them right at the beginning they are good but don't play like champions. Being a champion means facing hard times head on just like Chelsea did this year Netherlands was unable to recover whenever they were losing, they couldn't even handle themselves when they started winning the game.
Ok such a long post.
I felt bad for Denmark in the end, but that's life.
Way to fail, Holland!
It was almost impossible for Netherlands to win with such poor defending, Portugal totally deserved to win and advance to the next round. Netherlands lost all three matches which IMHO is the biggest surprise of the tournament. They were considered to be favorites by many fans.
I hope Italy and Croatia win tonight! That would make my day! Seeing Spain crash out during the group stages would be awesome!
FU Barcelona! FU Madrid!
Man,every team I'm rooting for sucks lately.I'm afraid Spain might not even make it past this round...
Yeaaaaah!Spain did it. I didn't expect the end to be this exciting. Croatia really had some good chances at the end and I thought they'd score for sure. But in the end, Spain managed to score and get out of the group as the first team. Wonder what team they'll play against in the Quarter Finals.
Last edited by Googlez_kun; June 18, 2012 at 03:44 PM.
Finally a group that ends exactly how I expected it. Too many disappointments in this tournament. Spain were so below their level it was unreal at times but credits to Croatia for keeping their defence so solid for such a long time.
I have to say I really don't like Del Bosque's system of no strikers though...