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Poland vs Portugal
Poland took perfect penalties in the last round and Portugal nearly had to do the same as it took the entire ninety minutes plus most of extra time for them to even get a shot on target.
Therefore This game has all the hallmarks of being pretty tight, especially with the likes of Lewandowski and Ronaldo both not having things go their way.
This will either be decided by one goal or it'll go all the way to penalties. After seeing Poland against Switzerland Portugal will hate that.
Ronaldo wouldn't miss a penalty would he?
What's happened to Ronaldo. Can someone please diagnose this situation for me in the comments because I'm all out of reasons. I thought he came back against Hungary then he just melted against Croatia again. He's literally unrecognisable. Something is up!
Wales vs Belgium
Is Eden Hazard back? This wasn't the Belgium we were seeing at the start of the tournament was it?... This is a Belgium that has transformed in the last few weeks.
Flourished within the EURO's. Hazard plus his immense supporting cast could be too much for Bale and his boys this time. But you never know - if Belgium foul anyone within 30 yards of their goal it's game ON!
Germany vs Italy
We saw England play Slovakia and hailed the Slovakian defence as Italy-esque....then we saw Germany play Slovakia. Honestly watching Slovakia crumble at the hands of the Germans was terrifying. It really highlighted what a superior team Germany are and how it probably wasn't an incredible Slovakian defence after all. It was England who were s#£!.
I feel like Germany are cranking up the level here and are going to really test the resilience of this Italian defence.
France vs Iceland
Iceland did it. can you believe it? With their population the size of the London borough of Wandsworth they beat us and made it through to the quarter finals. Legends.
There's a handful of players who are starting to shape this tournament now. And one of them is Antoine Griezeman. My god he's good, like proper good, make the difference, get the goals, game changingly good!
Iceland are going to have a tough time taking him out of the game. But I think their time is up.
In the news today
Penalty shoot outs aside... Mesut Ozil became the first German to miss a penalty in a European Championship game. Combine this with Granit Xhaka's HORRIBLE penalty miss for Switzerland and Arsene Wenger's getting nervous.
It seems like everyone in the Wales squad will miss a wedding if they get through the next round... Joe Ledley will have miss his own ceremony and Chris gunter is going to miss his brother's - he has arranged to make the best man's speech through Skype. I wonder if Ledley could actually get married over Skype?
And there's another video out of Joe Ledley dancing! Ok we all need to stop encouraging Joe Ledley to dance now. The sequence has grown longer the videos online are endless and it's edging towards that fine line of performance art. A little jig of happiness in celebration of a goal is a o k - an entire pre rehearsed dad sequence for laughs and likes is not. It's just getting too much.
In the last round we lost the Irish. It's sad to see them go home. But what a tournament they had. The fans that is, the flags, the songs, the serenades, fixing a Frenchmans car, singing to babies and they just spend the whole time laughing. What a difference to the trouble that marred the beginning of this competition. Bordeaux particularly loved them and it's sad to see them leave. The renamed Irish party tunnel has reopened to traffic and now features a small green clover etched into it's stonework forever.
The groups stages are done and dusted and no one made it look easy. The World Cup winners made a meal of it, the greatest player around is having a nightmare and more than a few of the teams just about scraped through, cough England cough.
In what has already been possibly the most entertaining Euros to date the competition has already brought us a shed load of hilarious moments. In conclusion of the group stages here are my Top 5 moments from the 2016 Uefa European Championships so far...
5. Gianluigi Buffon Runs the entire length of pitch to celebrate in front of his own fans. Regarded as having the safest hands in the competition, the idea of Buffon dropping anything is hard to comprehend. But as he jumped to grab the crossbar he actually dropped himself! falling to the ground.
4. Switzerland v France looked like there were superhuman displays of strength on the pitch as every time a Swiss player was touched their shirt would just rip from their body. Not to be upstaged, the match ball decided to get in on the action and burst.
3. Antonio Conte is no stranger to blazing passion on the sidelines. And to celebrate Italy taking the lead against Belgium he smashed his face into on of his coaching staff. Cue his right hand man trying to wipe the blood from his face. It didn't stop Conte though. I get the impression nothing would.
2. Joe Ledley was happy when Wales qualified for the round of 16. So happy he brought out his classic celebratory dance for the whole of Europe to see. The Ledley shuffle actually forms part of a longer routine that is quickly becoming an entire sequence. Expect more dancing from Ledley of Wales go further...or not, actually I take that back expect less dancing. If Wales go much further Ledley will have to move his wedding date! His wife to be will not be impressed. He best not dance.
1. Ozan Tufan - Now imagine it's your first game of the European championships and you're making your debut in the competition. As the ball falls to Luka Modric there's a list of things to not do. At the very top of that list is lose concentration, second on the list is fiddle with your hair! Tufan did both...and opened up to the most beautiful goal of the tournament to date. The media furore has hit Tufan hard, he claims its damaged his confidence. Well, sorry about that Turfan, but I think that will have more to do with you letting in that goal.
If we had time I'd have made this a top 29. There's been a hell of lot of stupidity so far. I haven't had a chance to mention Northern Ireland's manager Micheal O'Neil shoving a player back onto the pitch when he came wondering up to the touch line thinking he was being subbed. I haven't been able to mention Albania's manager slapping his assistant round the face, Slaven Billic loosing his mind or Joachim Low being disgusting. And to think the round of 16 is only just beginning. It can only get...
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Croatia have pulled a genius pre tournament move lining up a friendly against San Marino. San Marino have a population of just over 30,000. Which is the size of a small Italian village. Inevitably Croatia won 10 Nil and team morale going into the EURO's has never been higher.
The Swedish national team are playing for Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer and in their group games they play in Nice, where Zlatan has already scored this season, Toulouse, Zlatan scored two goals there this season and Stade de France where Zlatan has scored two goals and won two trophies just this season. They know there in good hands.
Marcus Rashford has made the England squad and it took him no longer than 3 minutes of his debut to convince Roy Hodgson that he had to take him to the EURO's. He's only 18 and were hoping the start of his England career is more Michael Owen than Theo Walcott.
Joe Ledley has been selected to play for Wales only 1 month after breaking his leg. He's either got super human healing skills or Bale has his work cut out. Does it even make a difference to Gareth Bale if he's got a team mate with a broken leg?
I love a bit of family politics to kick off a EURO's and one to watch is Granit Xhaka who just signed to arsenal for £35million and plays for the Swiss national team because he will be facing his brother Taulant who chose to play for Albania. I wonder what Christmas must be like in thier place - awkward probably.
The World Cup winners are back in their first tournament since lifting the trophy in Rio - Germany are a power house who are close favourites to win the tournament but they've slipped behind France who have Martial, Kante, Pogba, Lloris, Payet, Griezmann... I'm done!
In the news today!
After he was practically karate kicked in the face Harry Kane is calling for EURO referees to 'stay strong'. Kane has been praised for not rolling around in the floor like a beached dolphin when in all fairness the connection probably really hurt, but instead Kane acted like a decent human being and got back up after the terrible tackle. Which, let's be honest, is damn rare on the pitch nowadays. Kane wants to encourage refs to make bold decisions despite theatrics or lack of them in the EURO's.
Rooney has called for England to be 'spectacular' and hopes to end 50 years of hurt. I think the term Spectacular is a stretch for any England team. I'd settle for the word 'decent' or well. I'd like England to play....well. Every fan I've spoken to here is the stereotypical caricature of and England football fan. Packed for two weeks and haven't even unpacked just in case.
On the Rooney theme - England manager Roy Hodgson has come out and said Rooney's best position is Anywhere. That's the sort of insight we've come to expect from the England manager. Just play anywhere Rooney.
Assistant coach Roy Keane wants to kill some of his republic if Ireland team after they lost to Belarus. He's joking of course. But he wants to kill them.
Robert lewandowski says Poland has what it takes to win and the final is in Paris which is currently flooded No Big Deal. We're on it.
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