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Jun 19, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Instinctive Balotelli now the key for Italy

KRAKOW, Poland, June 19 (Reuters) – The form of Italy’s
unpredictable Mario Balotelli, who struck a superb late goal in
the 2-0 win over Ireland, will be a key factor in their chances
of getting past the quarter-finals at Euro 2012.

Cesare Prandelli’s men reached the last eight as Group C
runners-up thanks to goals from forwards Antonio Cassano and
Balotelli with the only negative on Monday being a thigh injury
to Giorgio Chiellini which could keep the centre back out.

Jun 18, 2012

Confusion reigns over head-scratching head to heads

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Euro 2012 has again highlighted the arithmetical gymnastics which teams, fans and the media must sometimes perform to work out groups when head to head records come into play but UEFA is sticking with the system for the moment.

Sunday’s final Group B games were a case in point where the list of possible permutations stretched into eight paragraphs and meant fans at Germany v Denmark and Portugal v Netherlands had to repeatedly check the scenarios as every goal went in.

Jun 18, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Confusion reigns over head-scratching head to heads

KRAKOW, Poland, June 18 (Reuters) – Euro 2012 has again
highlighted the arithmetical gymnastics which teams, fans and
the media must sometimes perform to work out groups when head to
head records come into play but UEFA is sticking with the system
for the moment.

Sunday’s final Group B games were a case in point where the
list of possible permutations stretched into eight paragraphs
and meant fans at Germany v Denmark and Portugal v Netherlands
had to repeatedly check the scenarios as every goal went in.

Jun 17, 2012

Italy must avoid falling into Irish trap

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Giovanni Trapattoni may be a proud Italian but he knows he has a professional duty as Ireland coach to try his hardest to deny Italy a passage into the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Monday.

Italian media is obsessed with fears Spain and Croatia will play out a 2-2 draw in the other Group C game and knock out the Azzurri even if they beat the Irish in Poznan.

Jun 17, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Italy must avoid falling into Irish trap

KRAKOW, Poland, June 17 (Reuters) – Giovanni Trapattoni may
be a proud Italian but he knows he has a professional duty as
Ireland coach to try his hardest to deny Italy a passage into
the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Monday.

Italian media is obsessed with fears Spain and Croatia will
play out a 2-2 draw in the other Group C game and knock out the
Azzurri even if they beat the Irish in Poznan.

Jun 16, 2012

Czech delight as Poland dream shattered

WROCLAW (Reuters) – The revitalised Czech Republic surprised even their own fans by reaching the Euro 2012 quarter-finals as Group A winners on Saturday as the hopes and dreams of co-hosts Poland came crashing down to earth with a thunderous thud.

Petr Jiracek’s neat 72nd-minute strike sealed a 1-0 win and sent Poland out to the delight of a small corner of the rain-soaked Wroclaw stadium, where the majority of red and white clad fans could only rue a host of missed chances in the first half.

Jun 16, 2012

Soccer-Euro-Czech delight as Poland dream shattered

WROCLAW, June 16 (Reuters) – The revitalised Czech Republic
surprised even their own fans by reaching the Euro 2012
quarter-finals as Group A winners on Saturday as the hopes and
dreams of co-hosts Poland came crashing down to earth with a
thunderous thud.

Petr Jiracek’s neat 72nd-minute strike sealed a 1-0 win and
sent Poland out to the delight of a small corner of the
rain-soaked Wroclaw stadium, where the majority of red and white
clad fans could only rue a host of missed chances in the first
half.

Jun 15, 2012

Ukraine suffer stormy defeat by France

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Euro 2012 hopes were dampened by a 2-0 defeat by France in a Group D game that was suspended for 55 minutes because of a thunderstorm on Friday, causing England’s match against Sweden to be delayed.

Superb goals from Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye in the second half made France look like real contenders for the title and lit up the Donbass Arena in Donetsk much like the lightning flashes had done at the start of the Group D match.

Jun 15, 2012

Euro – Ukraine game temporarily suspended by storm

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Euro 2012 Group D match against France was suspended for 55 minutes because of a thunderstorm on Friday before resuming at 0-0 after the rain eased and groundstaff worked wonders on the soaked pitch.

Lightning flashes lit up the Donbass Arena in Donetsk and enormous claps of thunder drowned out the anthems before the referee took the players off after five minutes of slippery play and fans in uncovered seats scampered up the stands.

Jun 15, 2012

Ukraine game temporarily suspended by storm

KRAKOW, Poland (Reuters) – Ukraine’s Euro 2012 Group D match against France was suspended for 55 minutes because of a thunderstorm on Friday before resuming at 0-0 after the rain eased and groundstaff worked wonders on the soaked pitch.

Lightning flashes lit up the Donbass Arena in Donetsk and enormous claps of thunder drowned out the anthems before the referee took the players off after five minutes of slippery play and fans in uncovered seats scampered up the stands.