June 11, 2012 by Adam Gray
Group D, Donbass Arena, Donetsk,
Monday 11th June 18:00
After all the well-documented problems England have experienced with injuries going into the tournament, it is France who approach Monday’s game in Donetsk with a few selection problems whilst England have all 23 players who made it to the tournament available. Blasé Matuidi missed last Tuesday night’s rout of Estonia with a thigh injury but he was likely to be a squad player, so the ankle injury Arsenal target Yann M’Villa picked up against Serbia remains Laurent Blanc’s only real injury problem. Alliou Diarra is expected to fill in for him alongside Newcastle’s Yohann Cabaye.
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June 11, 2012 by Cesar Hernandez
Croatia 3-1 Republic of Ireland
It at first looked like the Irish had a chance. A sea of green jerseys waited in anticipation in the stands. Easily out-numbering the Croatian fans, the Irish followers filled the stadium with hope for their underdog favorites. For lack of a better word, they looked like a lucky team. That optimism lasted three minutes into the first half.
June 10, 2012 by Chris Hames
We’ve now seen half of the teams competing in this years tournament play their opening hands, and none of the games have yet failed to entertain. Already we have had it all; Red cards, controversy, penalties and penalty decisions, great goals and shocks – all of this has happened however under a blanket of cheap yellow cards and soft decisions, bringing into question what the sport has come to in terms of being a contact sport.
June 10, 2012 by Saikat Chatterjee
Score : Germany 1-0 Portugal. (Mario Gomez 72 minutes)
Germany (4-2-3-1): Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Holger Badstuber, Philipp Lahm; Sami Khedira, Bastian Schweinsteiger; Thomas Müller, Mesut Özil, Lukas Podolski; Mario Gomez.
Portugal (4-3-3): Rui Patrício; João Pereira, Bruno Alves, Pepe, Fabio Coentrão; Miguel Veloso, João Moutinho, Raul Meireles; Nani, Helder Postiga, Cristiano Ronaldo.
Joachim Low’s decision to leave out the veteran striker, Miroslav Klose and opting for Mario Gomez very nearly came under scrutiny, as the Bayern Munich striker struggled to make an impact on the stubborn Portuguese defence before finally grabbing a priceless goal late into the second half to reward his manager’s faith in him.
June 10, 2012 by Cesar Hernandez
For both teams, this first game might prove to be the most pivotal of the group stage. Whether they admit it or not, nobody will be betting on Croatia or Ireland to be getting out of the first round. Taking this into account a win will be crucial, especially when the rest of the competition consists of the Spanish and Italian national teams.
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June 10, 2012 by David Bolt
Substance defeated style in the opening game of Group B, as Denmark punished the Netherlands for their profligacy in front of goal, after Michael Krohn-Dehli’s superbly-taken goal gave Denmark a hard-fought 0-1 win.
The Dutch dominated for long spells in the game, but thanks to a combination of the wastefulness of their strikers, some tenacious Danish defending and a well-organised, disciplined, Danish midfield, they couldn’t score and in truth, rarely tested Stephan Andersen in the Denmark goal.