Day 10 review
Austria 0 Germany 1 (predicted: 0-3)
The scoreline may not have reflected the German dominance but they were worthy winners against a brave effort from limited Austria. The 10,000 people who signed the petition calling for the nation not to compete and embarrass itself should be the ones left a little red-faced tonight. Despite a world ranking of #92 they battled gamely without looking like turning those rankings on their head.
Mario Gomez missed from about 3 yards out when the ball appeared to bobble up just before he swung at it. Regardless it was a shocking miss from a player who previously had struck 6 times in 12 games. Austria kept the lacking Germans at bay for most of the half and the most exciting part of the half was when both coaches, Joachim Low and Josef Hickersberger were sent to the stands for arguing.
The Germans played with renewed vigour after the break and once Michael Ballack slammed home from 30 yards there was only one likely outcome. Frings, Klose and Neuville all had chances as the game came to a close and the Austrians had to make do with a few half-chances.
Good effort from the hosts and they “go home” with their heads held high.
Poland 0 Croatia 1 (predicted: 2-1)
Even against a Croatian team showing 9 changes, Poland failed to impress. Despite some early pressure where Dudka headed wide, Croatia soon settled in and created several chances; Celtic keeper Artur Boruc keeping them at bay.
Poland battled on but once news of Germany’s goal came through their last glimpse of hope seemed to vanish. Ivan Klasnic – a player who last year underwent kidney surgery – scored the only goal soon after.
With three wins from three Croatia are being considered a dark horse for the tournament. They meet an unpredictable Turkey side in the quarter-final in what is shaping up to be a wide open tournament.
Day 11 preview
Ok I intended to write this part today but I was busy and had no time.
In a nutshell Italy are better than France.
Predicted: France 0 Italy 2
In a nutshell Romania will be strong enough to get a draw with a slightly weakened Dutch side (but one that includes Robben and van Persie).
Predicted: Netherlands 1 Romania 1