Euro 2012 Quarter Final Round Up...

Sunday, 24 June 2012

But Sunil, all of the quarter finals haven't been played yet I hear you cry.   Very true, but I have bugger all to do before today's game, I am feeling a bit hungover after getting in at 4am, the weather is $hit outside, and so I thought I would do it anyway.  A summary of the England defeat to Italy on penalties will follow later on during the week ;-)

Germany Vs Greece
Another Germany game, another handsome victory for Europe's economic powerhouse.  As if the state of the Greek economy wasn't bad enough, the Germans decided to rub the Greeks noses in it with a terrific performance to cruise into the semi-finals.

The Germans decided to send out the reserves for this one, which was a massive gamble. It certainly fooled me, who naively bet on Podolski to score at anytime (and he didn't even make it off the bench).  The result was no different than expected and aside from a mad 5 minutes after the break, the Germans were extremely accomplished throughout.

The Greeks as expected decided to park the bus but its fair to say their anti-football tactics were pretty terrible to watch.  Having somehow got through the group stages it would have been nice to have seem them be a bit forceful but instead they allowed wave after wave of German attack to slice through before the inevitable happened and Lahm smashed one from 25 yards.

At half time, it seemed just a question of how many but a classic breakaway allowed Jesus to bundle home the equaliser, before the Germans class showed and they hammered in a few more goals to give a more realistic look to the scoreline.

Not much controversy in this game and even less humour in this very boring match report so I am just going to chuck in some look-a-likes that I observed from this game to lighten the mood.

Jesus & Samaras

Gomez and Mr McFly (Back to the Future)

Ozil and Stewie Griffin

Spain Vs France
I watched this game in the pub on Saturday night but pretty much nearly fell asleep during the game if I am honest. Bizarre French tactics of trying to defend all game plus the inevitable Spanish procedure of passing the opposition to death led to an absolute coma of a match.  A bit like walking into a room and finding your parents having sex, tuning into this game is something which you probably never wished you had done (and something which would also need to be removed from the memory as soon as possible)

Portugal Vs Czech Republic
There are many mysteries in life. How does James Corden manage to get so much work?  Why do people still pay for porn?  Why do girls insist of f*cking with your mind at every opportunity?  And add to this list the greatest mystery of them all.  How does the fake Ronaldo get so much oil into his hair before kick off?  Seeing him in this game was like watching a greased up version of Clarke Kent and in true Superman style he came to rescue with a late winner to break Czech hearts and also meant that my bet for the Portugese to win the 2nd half came good (get in you beauty!).

The Portugese are slowly growing into this tournament although it is hard to see how they would fair if the opposition could find a way to snuff out Ronaldo.  My personal tip would be to man mark him with about 5 players because the rest of the team don't seem to be up much let's face it.


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