I was going to spend some time writing about the Emmanuel Adebayor/Alex Hleb rumours today. But then I read The Man From East Lower’s latest post and realised he had already summed it up perfectly for me. Check it out and you’ll see what I mean.
Since I last blogged three sides have progressed through to the semi-finals at Euro 2008 and three sides have gone out. Truth be told, the three sides that went through were the ones that I thought would be exiting.
Firstly a very defensive Turkey side unjustly overcame Croatia on penalties after an insane final minute of extra-time. Then Russia surprised everyone (except perhaps South Korean and Australian fans) by knocking out Holland 3-1 after extra-time.
Spain completed the semi-final quartet by beating Italy on penalties in what I thought was the worst game of the tournament so far. Cesc Fabregas scored the final penalty to finish off the Italians in a moment that every Arsenal fan – Spanish or otherwise – would have enjoyed. It’s easy to forget he’s just turned 21 when you see how confidently he stroked home the winning kick. Fantastic stuff.
On another note, I have to say I’d love to see Arsene Wenger make a move for David Silva after the tournament. I’ve always viewed him as a good prospect and he’s been arguably Spain’s best midfield performer in this tournament. He plays a bit like Tomas Rosicky and given the injury-prone nature of the Czech they could be rotated with great effectiveness. Loves to have a shot too, which would no doubt go down a treat with some Arsenal supporters. Let me know what you think.
So, the two semi-finals sees Germany take on Turkey and Russia playing Spain for the second time in this tournament. I’m very confident of Germany making it through and still see them as the most likely winners and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Guus Hiddink and Russia turn the tables on Spain and win that contest, especially if Andreii Arshavin and Roman Pavlyuchenko keep up their remarkable form.
Incidentally, those hoping for the former to join Arsenal will be disappointed to hear he fancies a move to Spain. Oh well.
Anyway, time for me to catch up on my sleep before the first semi-final. Have a good one.
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