Euro Semi Final Predictions
By: Henry Whitfield
And then there were four.
The quarterfinals were all too predictable, the right teams won and only one match was forced into the cruel end that is penalty kicks
We went 3/4 with our predictions last round, predicting England would sneak a very lucky win but the luck was with the Italians as they won in extra kicks after a huge save by Buffon and an audacious chip by Pirlo.
That leaves us our Semi-final matchups, here we go:
Spain v Portugal
The heavy favourite is Spain; defending World Cup and European Cup champions, a team locked and loaded with world-class players top to bottom.
The underdog, the plucky Portuguese led by their talismanic stud Christiano Ronaldo; it is unfair to stick the hopes on just one player, but that is the fate of this team from Portugal.
Almost everywhere I look people are predicting 2-1 or 2-0 wins for Spain, but they forget that this is European football and anything can happen.
Spain have lost before (Switzerland anyone?), and will lose again, but Portugal will need a lot of luck and a perfectly tactical approach to take this one.
Maybe it’s the English in me, maybe it’s my love of an underdog story but…
My Prediction: Spain 1 – 2 Portugal
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Germany v Italy
One team comes into this match off a dominant display, while the other was unable to break down their opponents and were stuck taking a win off penalty kicks.
Germany absolutely picked apart Greece, while resting three starting players no less, and the Italians for all their talk were forced into penalties against England.
I think it’s hard to look past Germany; quick, skilled, powerful on the ball and crafty .
The Italians have said that England played like Chelsea and that they were the better team, but still they failed to score against England, leaving questions up front about Mario Balotelli. Balotelli deserves credit for making himself chances, but unable to finish against England just adds more doubt.
Italy has failed to impress in front of net and will need ‘Super’ Mario to make his mark if they are to take something from this match.
Unfortunately, Germany are just too strong in every department and have had no lack of goals from each area of the park.
My Prediction: Germany 3 – 1 Italy
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Henry is a writer for Sportstream.ca and part of the Bill McLean Sports Show on 88.1 CKDU every Thursday Morning at 9am. You can follow him on twitter at @HenryWhitfield , he’ll be bringing daily updates throughout the entire European Championships.