Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Euro 2008: Dutch and Italian delight

Group C: Holland and Italy advance
  • Holland 2-0 Romania
  • France 0-2 Italy

  • Holland did their part by winning their 3rd straight group game and knocking Romania out of Euro 2008. As expected, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar started for the Dutch and scored a goal. How much longer can he stay at Ajax? Surely a bigger club will snatch him up. Van Persie stayed on his feet and blasted in a powerful second goal to finish off an impressive first round for the Dutch. Holland won their first three games 3-0 over Italy, 4-1 over France and now 2-0 over Romania. Out of the 9 goals the Dutch have scored, seven different players have found the net -- Van Nistelrooy, Sneijder (2), Van Persie (2), Van Bronckhorst , Kuyt, Robben and Huntelaar.

    Italy got a stroke of luck with their second goal when Thierry Henry deflected De Rossi's free-kick into the French net but overall, I cannot feel any sympathy for France, even though they lost Ribery to an early injury. The best chance France had was when they were 2-0 down with Benzema striking a beautiful curler but Buffon made a remarkable save. If the French Federation does not fire Raymond Domenech in the next 24 hours, then well there is no future for French soccer.


    Brown Country said...

    I was expecting a Euro cup film festival here, like Copa America film festival. Hope it will start from the quarter final stage. With almost all quarterfinalists having an excellent film culture, apart from the soccer credentials, I think we can expect a tight competition for the celluloid championship also. Whoever qualifies last, be it Russia or Sweden, we are going to get dark horse films.

    Sachin said...

    Actually I finished my Euro Cup film festival earlier than expected, back in March. Here are my results. I was planning on comparing the film results with the actual game results near the tournament's end.
    But I was not planning on watching new films as per the quarter finals.

    Thanks for dropping by :) And yes, all the teams so far for the quarters would have made for some interesting film viewing.