Euro 2012 Group Predictions, how did we do?
By: Henry Whitfield
The wild roller coaster of the Group Stage is over, but the ride is far from over for the eight teams who have made it through to the knockout rounds.
Greece and Czech Republic are unlikely members of the final eight, while Germany dominated the Group of Death and the Dutch were unable to get a single point out of their three matches.
England were surprise winners of Group D, turning a poor performance in their final game against Ukraine into a vital three points.
With the opening round of the tournament complete, here’s a wrap up of where everyone sits and how our predictions went:
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My Prediction – Russia, Czech Republic,
Actual Standings – Czech Republic, Greece,
Who saw this one coming? Russia dominated the Czech Republic in their opener 4-1, sending waves through the tournament but they were unable to replicate that performance and crashed out. Greece snuck into the final rounds, using their defensive nature to scratch out results.
My Prediction – Netherlands, Germany,
Actual Standings – Germany, Portugal,
What went wrong for the Netherlands you ask? Everything. After losing their opener against Denmark, the Dutch were in tough and never seemed to get started. Germany rolled through the group, picking up all nine points, while Portuguese star Ronaldo finally showed up against the Dutch and booked his team a place in the final eight.
My Prediction – Spain, Italy,
Republic of Ireland, Croatia
Actual Standings – Spain, Italy, Croatia,
Republic of Ireland
Spain and Italy made short work of the Republic of Ireland and Croatia, Spain did however look questionable in their final match against Croatia. Italy looked strong defensively and were able to get the points needed to progress.
My Prediction – France, England,
Actual Results – England, France,
England clawed and scratched their way through, it wasn’t pretty and it was often ugly, but they drew France and picked up vital wins over Ukraine and Sweden. France were frustrated by England on opening day but were able to beat Ukraine to ensure their progression, but concern will be abound after a convincing 2 – 0 loss to Sweden in their final match.
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Correctly predicting 6 of the 8 teams to progress wasn’t too shabby, but i’d have to question anyone’s sanity who was able to correctly put the Czech Republic and Greece through. Insanity indeed.
Predictions for the Quarterfinals will be coming soon!