Portugal Win Against The Dutch
So after our last rant about anti football and watching Greeks we finally have the more pleasurable task about. Fluent attractive football is what the Euro championships should be about and the Portuguese and Dutch sides are both acknowledged as masters of this type of football.
The result of the match is almost irrelevant when watching the beautiful game played by two footballing nations of this pedigree unless that is if you have a bet on the game.
The Dutch who finished the last tournament they played in as runners up ( World Cup in South Africa ) have lost all 3 of their matches in this very toughest of groups. Last night they faded badly against the Portuguese despite scoring a fantastic first goal. Ronaldo scored twice for the Portuguese team who played for the first time in the tournament as a unit.
In the other evening match, the Germans overcame a game and plucky Danish side who have given their best and actually also managed to defeat the Dutch side in the opening group match.
Portugal now go on to face the Czech side who topped their group and must be odds on favourites to get to the semi final of the tournament. The Germans will face the Greeks in the other quarter final and i think you know who our money will be on in that match.
Tonights matches see Croatia face Spain and Italy take on the Republic of Ireland. This is also quite an interesting group as dependant on the results , and we figure that the Spanish should beat the Croatians , Italy could also be heading for an early exit if they do not score enough goals against the Irish. The whole backdrop of this game comes against an increasingly bitter spat betweenRoy Keane and Snr Trappatoni. The former seems to be making remarks re the Irish side that Mr. Trappatoni has responded to in the media.
Our money on tonights matches are for Spain and Croatia to make it through to the quarters at the expense of Italy.