I wish I could have watched today’s Euro 2012 games live (curse you having to work! *shakes fist*) but alas I could not. So I resorted to reading about them after they have happened and watching highlight video clips to get the gist of the games.
Pretty much the Euro 2012 has so far delivered some wonderful twists and turns that are keeping things real in the tournament. I like that, for the most part, the heavy weight teams that were expected to steamroll everyone haven’t done so. I have a tendency to root for the underdog teams unless a personal favorite is playing.
Out of Group D’s games today we now have Ukraine at the head of the pack with a 2-1 over Sweden, and a draw from England vs. France 1-1. I would have honestly expected a clean win in the England vs. France match-up and the tie surprises me a little bit. However I did not get a chance to actually watch the game *shakes fist again* so perhaps both teams were playing at the pinnacle of their capabilities. Lol, probably not. But maybe.
After France’s nuclear meltdown in the 2010 World Cup I had no idea how they would do at the Euro. We shall see if they can make a comeback and have a decent showing in the tournament. England, of course, needs to put their cleats where their ahem balls are and prove that they can live up to the hype.
Yes, I really wanted Spain to win in yesterday’s game but Italy put up a tremendous fight so the game ended in a 1-1 tie. The game was tense and tough to watch with many a close-call in the goal department. I do believe that the lack of a Spanish striker from the beginning hurt them in their abilities to mount a satisfactory attack on the Italian defense.
There was one super weird moment where Mario Balotelli just stopped and didn’t shoot even though it was just him and the goalie Iker Casillas one-on-one. Like wtf? Why did he stop running? What in the world could he possibly have been thinking about to cause him to basically zone out and forget to take the shot? Super strange. I have honestly never seen this before ever. I didn’t want Italy to win but Balotelli should have scored in this instance. If he had scored here I’m pretty sure Italy would have won the game. What I want to know is what Casillas was thinking as Balotelli approached…..and approached…..and approached….but never took the shot and was subsequently taken out by Sergio Ramos.
My favorite picture from the Spain vs. Italy game.
One small Spanish man vs. half of the Italian team, lol.