Someone remind me what the Netherlands needs to pass through. Just a win?
Well things where looking good for us when we headed into the 20's We where leading with 0-1 thanks to beauty from Van de Vaart, and Germany was leading with 0-1. But then Denmark equalised and Portugal equelised..
Spoiler:- My latest challenge:
I have identified Netherlands problem and the main reason it's going out of this tournament. It's the side defenders. Willems is just bad and van der Wiel is absolutely shit. It's almost as if he's actively trying to help Portugal score, giving them assists and all. And of course the goal happened after Willems failed the clear the ball. They are both dreadful and there's no denying it.
If I was van Marwijk right now I'd take both of them out between halfs and replace them with a defender and a midfielder. 3-5-2 is the only way to save this game.
Oh and we are losing 2-1 now Fucking great.
Spoiler:- My latest challenge:
Yes! Portugal 2-1 Denmark, but we deserved more goals
Portugal VS Czech Republic!
Germany VS Greece!
Netherlands were absolute toilet, they started off very well but then the moment Portugal got their goal it looked like the Dutch could not be bothered...no, scratch that, they just weren't good enough.
For all the attacking players they had on the pitch at the same time, they looked far too reserved and unwilling to really get creative and attack. If they had played in a more total football style in the 3rd half of the pitch, with all the good attacking players they would have been able to fashion more chances than they did in this match.
I'm glad Ronaldo did his thing and am disappointed that he didn't get a hat-trick but this is another game which goes to show that people that say Ronaldo isn't a big game player have no clue what they are talking about and should stop watching football.
Ronaldo actually scored o_O
So, GERMANY AND PORTUGAL HAVE GOT THROUGH THE GROUP OF DEATH!!!!
The Netherlands haven't been up for it from day one IMO, don't know if it's fatigue or lack of team chemistry but what a poor showing overall as a team. I know it's the 'Group of death' but not getting a point is just as J-Myc said. Not good enough.
Nice fact I found out just now looking over some documents in my bedroom; When Fernando Torres scores, Spain never lose.
Awesome fact, and that's why Torres should start, but Cesc is my boy, so he should start too, but either on the wing or in midfield.
What on earth happened to the Netherlands? Arguably the poorest performances at this tournament. Suffering from a severe lack of team chemistry, and just not caring enough. So much for being the top seeded team in the group. On the other hand, Portugal played rather well and look capable of damaging any team on the day.
My prediction for a Germany vs. Czech Republic final is still on!
Ronaldo silenced the haters today, imo he really is the best in the world.
Sucks that Denmark didn't advance though.
Germany 2-0 Greece
Czech Republic 2-1 Portugal (extra time) (really want this upset to happen)
This is actually almost true, though, amazingly.
They lost to Macedonia on August 12, 2009, if I'm reading Torres' Wikipedia article correctly, but that's it I think.
Last edited by KickAsh; 18th June 2012 at 3:09 AM.
Pretty sure Spain have never lost to Macedonia, certainly not recently.
^You're right, Spain won 3-2.
Interestingly enough, Macedonia was winning 2-0 at the half. What an upset that would have been for 2009 Macedonia.
That's amazing that Spain has never lost when Torres has scored.
To be fair, Spain rarely seem to lose anyway...
Croatia va Spain and Ireland vs Italy today! My predictions are 2-1 to Spain and 2-0 Italy.