The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2012, is now 18 days old – we are at the end of round one -and there has been a lot fo good and exciting football with 2 more teams through to the next phase . I will be writing a daily blog article with the salient features of all the games. Please send us your thoughts and comments on the form below. – Filip v d Plas-
FRANCE – SPAIN 0- 2
“Xabi Alonso scored twice, as Spain did what they had to do. France, meanwhile, turned up, but that’s about it” – is how Scott Murray described it in today’s Guardian UK when he wrote up this evenings match…………and that about is the gist of it.Euro 2012: Spain v France – as it happened http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2012/jun/23/euro-2012-spain-france-live-
For long stretches Spain ruled the field and the European and Worlds champion did what they had to do – and nothing more and won the match 2-0 –deservedly.
This result was due not only to the superior skill level of the Spanish team and their early goal, but also to play strange passive kind of play from the French “Equipe Tricolore”, who other than Frank Ribery seemed very lack lustre and without imagination.
The team of Laurent Blanc was very solid in defense but upfront in attack they made their moves too slowly –when at all – and rarely challenged the Spanish defence.
France now go home and concentrate their attentions to the World Cup 2014 qualifying games where they will face ….yes you guessed it Spain again! The must play them twice with the first meeting already scheduled for this coming October.
Spain will have 3 full days of rest until they go back to Donetsk to face Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal in their semi-final showdown – and then if they win the game – onto the final.
What did you think of the Refereeing at the EURO 2012? Please let us know and vote for or against what you thought about the REF – http://www.ota-berlin.de/blog/06/19/euro-2012-best-and-worst-wurst-referees-at-euro-2012-poll-by-contributor-ota-berlin-constituency-blog-contributor-mr-filip-van-der-plas/
Best place I have found to watch EURO 2012 in Berlin is at the PRATER beer garten on http://www.pratergarten.de/d/ on Kastanienallee 7 – 9 in Prenzlauer Berg. Very close to the OTA-Berlin Serviced Apartments buildings at Metzer Strasse and Schoenhauser Allee.
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EURO 2012 – Daily Report – DAY 18 SPAIN in boring game progress after beating FRANCE 2-0 – Later today ENGLAND vs ITALY in 4th and last quarter-final matches- by contributor OTA-Berlin Constituency Blog contributor Mr Filip van der Plas from OTA Berlin is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Germany License. If you use this article or parts of it, please refer to http://www.ota-berlin.de.
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