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Euro 2012

Round one of the group stages: Five of the best

14 Jun 2012

Total Football’s George Milburn analyses five of the best of Euro 2012 following the first round of group games. Best team Russia: Russia v Czech Republic Russia produced a powerful performance in Wroclaw to dismantle...
 

Germany too strong to leave Dutch in danger

13 Jun 2012

Netherlands 1-2 Germany Germany proved too strong for The Netherlands, to leave the Dutch in danger of missing out to Portugal in the Group of Death. Nothing has been settled yet but Germany now have six points from their first two...
 

Netherlands v Germany: The mother of all international rivalries

13 Jun 2012

The rivalry between Germany and Holland may have toned down in recent years but it remains a fixture loaded with history, both sporting and otherwise. Franz Beckenbauer defined its particular nature as "matches which always...
 

Late goal wins it for Portugal

13 Jun 2012

Denmark 2-3 Portugal Denmark came from 2-0 down to level after first half goals from Pepe and Helder Postiga had put Portugal in control, before a superb late strike from Silvestre Varela earned Portugal victory. Portugal took the...
 

First Euro strike no consolation for St Ledger

13 Jun 2012

Leicester City defender Sean St Ledger could take no consolation from scoring the Republic of Ireland’s first goal of Euro 2012, due to the way in which his side slumped to defeat against Croatia. The 3-1 defeat left a bitter...
 

Hatem Ben Arfa can come good for France

13 Jun 2012

Hatem Ben Arfa has endured a turbulent time since making the switch from Ligue 1’s Marseille to Newcastle United. Initially signed on loan, the French winger scored on his full debut for the Toon Army, but just weeks later...
 

BBC pushes ITV into the shade of its coffee shop parasol

13 Jun 2012

If you are an England fan you are likely very satisfied with the 1-1 draw against France. A new manager, a young(ish) team, against a resurgent nation unbeaten in the last 21. If you are a fan of excellent television production, you are likely...
 

Euro 2012 daily digest: Balotelli’s agent hits out at UEFA boss

13 Jun 2012

Mario Balotelli’s agent Mino Raiola has accused UEFA president Michel Platini of having a weak stance on racism. Raiola’s comments came after Spanish supporters were accused of directing racist chants at his player in Italy’s...
 

Poles peg back Russia

12 Jun 2012

Poland 1-1 Russia A superb second half equaliser from Poland's captain Jakub Blaszczykowski earned his side a draw, after Alan Dzagoev had given Russia the lead with his third goal of Euro 2012. Blaszczykowski, who saw his father...
 

Czechs bounce back with victory after stunning start

12 Jun 2012

Greece 1-2 Czech Republic The Czech Republic went into this game knowing defeat would signal the end of their Euro 2012 campaign but they held on for victory, after scoring twice in the first six minutes. The Czechs were in front...
 

Euro 2012: The opening round’s stars

12 Jun 2012

Total Football's Tom Norton assesses who made the biggest impact for each nation in the first round of Euro 2012 group games. Poland – Robert Lewandowski: 8/10 Lewandowski didn’t take long to demonstrate exactly how he...
 

Euro 2012 daily digest: Injury curse claims next victim

12 Jun 2012

Roy Hodgson has endured a tough start to his England management, with injuries to key players Gareth Barry, Gary Cahill and Frank Lampard. Unfortunately for the ex-West Brom boss the injury list keeps growing, but it is the latest...
 

Shevchenko double sees Ukraine top Group D

11 Jun 2012

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden Andriy Shevchenko's brace of headers saw Ukraine come from behind to beat Sweden 2-1 and sent the co-hosts to the top of Group D. The 35-year-old scored twice in six second half minutes to overturn a 52nd minute...
 

France v England: France team profile

11 Jun 2012

Dark horses, enigmatic, unpredictable. These are words commonly used to describe the French national football team. Like England, France often underachieve at major tournaments. However, if you thought England’s highs were ecstatic...
 

Croatia beat Ireland to top Group C

11 Jun 2012

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia Croatia proved too strong for Ireland as they recorded a win that sent them to the top of Group C. The game exploded into life inside the first three minutes. Croatia forced a corner that Ireland...
 

Italy impress but Fabregas strike earns Spain a draw

11 Jun 2012

Spain 1-1 Italy A Cesc Fabregas goal saw Spain come from behind to earn a draw in their opening game against Italy. The Italians entered Euro 2012 in turmoil, but the power that lies in the conjuncture of talent and belief was on...
 

Gomez goal earns Germany victory against Portugal

11 Jun 2012

Germany 1-0 Portugal A late header from Mario Gomez (pictured) settled a game of few chances. Until his goal on 72 minutes, a shot from Portugal's Pepe - which hit the underside of the bar and bounced off the line - was the only...
 

Danes shock Dutch with Group B victory

11 Jun 2012

Netherlands 0-1 Denmark A well-organised Danish side secured a shock win against The Netherlands courtesy of a first half strike from Michael Krohn-Dehli (pictured). The Netherlands went into the game as favourites and enjoyed...
 

Euro 2012: Tournament A-Z

11 Jun 2012

A is for Adidas Tango 12 Adidas’ latest contribution for the European Championships is reported to have corrected some of the flaws of the much-criticised Jabulani ball, which featured in South Africa two years ago. ...
 

Euro 2012: Golden Boot contenders

11 Jun 2012

Mario Gomez (pictured), Robin van Persie and Cristiano Ronaldo are among the favourites for the Euro 2012 Golden Boot award. Gomez leads the pack All three strikers feature in the tournament’s ‘Group of Death’ and Gomez...