Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Sweden 2-0 France: EURO 2012 | June 19 Match

Sweden ended their EURO 2012 campaign with a win against France who progress to the last eight despite their loss. Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored first with a wonderful acrobatic goal in the 54th minute followed by Sebastian Larsson's late goal gave Sweden a victory as they bowed out of the UEFA European Championship 2012 tournament.

Below are the photos of the goal scorers.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic 54'

Sebastian Larsson 90'

Match statistics:

England 1-0 Ukraine: EURO 2012 | June 19 Match

England won 1-0 against Ukraine and are through to the UEFA European Championship 2012 quarter-finals as Wayne Rooney came to the rescue.  Rooney attempted a header early in the game but hit it wide but was successful in another header in the 48th minute.

Below is the photo of the goal scored. No videos today because I wasn't able to watch from my home theatre system wireless.

Wayne Rooney 48'

Match statistics:

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Croatia 0-1 Spain: EURO 2012 | June 18 Match

Jesus Navas came in as a substitute and scored the only and winning goal for Spain in their match against Croatia in the closing of the Group C match in the UEFA European Championship 2012.  Spain earned a hard-fought win against Croatia as Navas scored in the 88th minute sending Vicente del Bosque's side through to the EURO 2012 quarter-finals.

Below is the picture of the goal scorer of the match.

Jesus Navas 88'

Match statistics:

Italy 2-1 Republic of Ireland: EURO 2012 | June 18 Match

Antonio Cassano and Mario Balotelli scored a goal each to bring Italy through the EURO 2012 quarter-finals in their match against the Republic of Ireland. Cassano headed in Andrea Pirlo's corner kick in the 35th minute and then substitute Balotelli hooked in another goal late into the game to secure them the victory.

Below are the photos of the goal scorers in the match.

Antonio Cassano 35'

Mario Balotelli 90'

Match statistics:

Friday, June 15, 2012

Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland: EURO 2012 | June 14 Match

Spain earned a comfortable win against Republic of Ireland whose aspiration to make it to the UEFA European Championship 2012 quarter-finals ended. Fernando Torres opened the scoreline 4 minutes into the match  then David Silva scored the second goal early in the second half (49th minute). Torres added in his second goal in the 70th minute before Cesc Fabregas drilled in another 7 minutes before the end of the match.

Below are photos of the Spain 4-0 Republic of Ireland game.

Fernando Torres 4'

David Silva 49'

Fernando Torres 70'

Cesc Fabregas 83'

Match statistics:

Italy 1-1 Croatia: EURO 2012 | June 14 Match

Mario Mandzukic found a weakness in Italy's defense as Croatia fought back to earn a hard-fought goal in the Group C match of the UEFA European Championship 2012. Andrea Pirlo scored 6 minutes before the halftime but Mandzukic rifled in an equalizing goal in the 72nd minute.

Below are pictures of the goals scorers in this match.

Andrea Pirlo 39' 

Mario Mandzukic 72'

Match statistics:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Netherlands 1-2 Germany: EURO 2012 | June 13 Match

Netherlands is now in peril as Germany defeated them (Netherlands 1-2 Germany) in the 4th match of Group B in the UEFA European Championship 2012 tournament. Mario Gomez struck twice in the first-half and Robin Van Persie scored in the 73rd minute but was held by Germany after that.

Below are pictures of the goals of the Netherlands 1-2 Germany match.

Mario Gomez 24'

Mario Gomez 38'

Robin Van Persie 73
Match statistics of Netherlands 1-2 Germany game

Denmark 2-3 Portugal: EURO 2012 | June 13 Match

The winning goal was struck in the 87th minute by super substitute Silvestre Varela after Nicklas Bentner levelled the scoreline from being down from 2-0 to give their country victory, Denmark 2-3 Portugal in the 3rd match of Group B in the UEFA European Championship 2012 tournament.

Pepe headed in a goal in the 24th minute at the near post from a corner kick by Joao Moutinho and Helder Postiga drilled in a cross 12 minutes later to put Portugal ahead by 2 goals. Bendtner headed in goals in the 41st and 80th minute to even the score but Varela's winner gave Denmark the defeat. 

Below are pictures of the goal scorers.

Pepe 24'

Helder Postiga 36'

Nicklas Bendtner 41'

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Ukraine 2-1 Sweden: EURO 2012 | June 11 Match

Ukraine was given a dream start by their captain, Andriy Shevchenko, as he struck twice to win 2-1 against Sweden. The first half was marginally in favor of the co-hosts but a close-range finish by Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the 52nd minute put them behind. But Ukaraine team captain Shevcenko put in a powerful header 3 minutes later to level the match. Then he put them in front in the 62nd minute to make their EURO 2012 tournament debut memorable. Below is the video of the three goals of the match.

Match statistics for Ukraine 2-1 Sweden game

Goals scored - Ukraine 2, Sweden 1
Attempts on target - Ukraine 5, Sweden 6
Attempts off target - Ukraine 8, Sweden 6
Corners - Ukraine 3, Sweden 2
Fouls committed - Ukraine 12, Sweden 20
Yellow cards - Ukraine 0, Sweden 2
Red cards - Ukraine 0, Sweden 0

France 1-1 England: EURO 2012 | June 11 Match

France drew 1-1 with England in the opening match of Group D in the UEFA European Championship 2012 tournament. England had a good first 20 minutes and took the lead in the 30th minute as Joleon Lescott headed in a free kick taken by Steven Gerrard. 9 minutes later, France levelled with a fine strike by Samir Nasri. France dominated possession towards the end of the match but a draw was the only thing both teams could come up with. Below is the video of the two goals in the match.

Match statistics for France 1-1 England game

Goals scored - France 1, England 1
Attempts on target - France 15, England 1
Attempts off target - France 4, England 2
Corners - France 11, England 4
Fouls committed - France 9, England 7
Yellow cards - France 0, England 2
Red cards - France 0, England 0

Monday, June 11, 2012

Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia: EURO 2012 | June 10 Match

Mario Mandzukic struck twice to ruin Ireland's long-awaited comeback to a EURO finals as Croatia defeated Republic of Ireland. Mandzukic headed in a goal as early as the 3rd minute - the 6th fastest goal in EURO history. Ireland levelled through a header by Sean St. Ledger in the 19th minute. Nikica Jelavic reclaimed the lead two minutes before half time and a second goal by Mandzukic in the 49th minute sealed the victory for Croatia.

Match statistics for Republic of Ireland 1-3 Croatia game

Goals scored - Republic of Ireland 1, Croatia 3
Attempts on target - Republic of Ireland 5, Croatia 9
Attempts off target - Republic of Ireland 8, Croatia 6
Corners - Republic of Ireland 1, Croatia 7
Fouls committed - Republic of Ireland 12, Croatia 18
Yellow cards - Republic of Ireland 1, Croatia 2
Red cards - Republic of Ireland 0, Croatia 0

Spain 1-1 Italy: EURO 2012 | June 10 Match

One of the most anticipated games of the UEFA EURO 2012 group stage was this encounter between Spain and Italy which produced a 1-1 draw. Substitute Antonio Di Natale struck first in the 61st minute followed by Cesc Fabregas who levelled the match 3 minutes later.

It was a through ball from Andrea Pirlo that gave Di Natale the chance to take the lead and struck it precisely. But quick passing from Andres Iniesta and then David Silva found Fabregas in front of the goal to kick it past Gianluigi Buffon to level the score.

Match statistics for the Spain 1-1 Italy game

Goals scored - Spain 1, Italy 1
Attempts on target - Spain 9, Italy 6
Attempts off target - Spain 9, Italy 4
Corners - Spain 7, Italy 2
Fouls committed - Spain 12, Italy 19
Yellow cards - Spain 3, Italy 4
Red cards - Spain 0, Italy 0

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Germany 1-0 Portugal: EURO 2012 | June 9 Match

Germany earned 3 points from a win over Portugal as Mario Gomez headed them a goal in the 72nd minute of their match for the EURO 2012 Group B match. It was a tense Group B opener but the opportunity from a cross by Sami Khedira was hungrily taken by Gomez as he nodded the ball past Rui Patricio.

Match statistics for Germany 1-0 Portugal game

Goals scored - Germany 1, Portugal 0
Attempts on target - Germany 4, Portugal 7
Attempts off target - Germany 8, Portugal 4
Corners - Germany 2, Portugal 11
Fouls committed - Germany 14, Portugal 19
Yellow cards - Germany 2, Portugal 2
Red cards - Germany 0, Portugal 0

Netherlands 0-1 Denmark: EURO 2012 | June 9 Match

The Netherlands tried one chance after another but it was Denmark's goal via Krohn-Dehli that gave the victory for the Danes in the opening match of Group B in the EURO 2012 tournament. The many chances came for the Oranje but it was the finishing touch that eluded them.

Meanwhile, the Danes' combination of defiance and one clinical finish gave the favorites their defeat.  The pass from Simon Poulsen to Michael Krohn-Dehli was like a partnership of roger & gallet and proved to be the winning move for the Danes.

Match Statistics for Netherlands 0-1 Denmark match

Goals scored - Netherlands 0, Denmark 1
Attempts on target - Netherlands 8, Denmark 8
Attempts off target - Netherlands 20, Denmark 0
Corners - Netherlands 11, Denmark 4
Fouls committed - Netherlands 8, Denmark 12
Yellow cards - Netherlands 1, Denmark 2
Red cards - Netherlands 0, Denmark 0

Saturday, June 9, 2012

EURO 2012 on Cable

It's EURO 2012 mania again and I'm glad that the cable ties and subscription I have includes the channel where I can watch the matches in the UEFA Chamionship 2012. Many of the countries who participate in this tournament are usual participants of the FIFA World Cup so it's like a preview of the World Cup. The two groups I am excited to see are Groups B and C where Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Spain are. I will be posting updates and videos of goals of the finished matches here so please subscribe if you are interested in following my posts.

Russia 4-1 Czech Republic: EURO 2012 | June 8 Match

It was a flying start for Russia as it won against the Czech Republic 4 goals to 1 after the opening games of the EURO 2012. Alan Dzagoev scored double and Russia showing a convincing victory.

Roman Shirokov struck nine minutes after Dzagoev's goal in the 15th minute. Czech Republic found hope in Vaclav Pilar's goal but their fire was puffed out by Dzagoev's 79th-minute goal and Roman Pavlyuchenko's in the 82nd minute. The win by Russia left them on top of Group A in the UEFA European Championship 2012.

Match statistics for Russia 4-1 Czech Republic, EURO 2012 match

Goals scored - Russia 4, Czech Republic 1
Attempts on target - Russia 7, Czech Republic 10
Attempts off target - Poland 10, Greece 6
Corners - Poland 3, Greece 5
Fouls committed - Poland 13, Greece 15
Yellow cards - Poland 0, Greece 0
Red cards - Poland 0, Greece 0

Poland 1-1 Greece: EURO 2012 | June 8 Match

Greece foiled Poland's winning start as Dimitris Salpingidis scored on the 51st minute from a cross to the near post by Vassilis Torossidis in the UEFA European Championship 2012 opening match . The hosts looked like they were in full swing at half-time after showing their dominance and a 17th minute header by Robert Lewandowski but Greece escaped with both teams getting a point each in Group A of the EURO 2012's group stage.

Both teams ended with 10 men as Sokratis Papastathopoulos and Wojciech Szczesny were both dismissed. Greece might have won the match if Giorgos Karagounis scored from a 71st minute penalty but Przemyslaw Tyton saved the kick. 

Match statistics for Poland 1-1 Greece, EURO 2012 match

Goals scored - Poland 1, Greece 1
Attempts on target - Poland 4, Greece 3
Attempts off target - Poland 9, Greece 5
Corners - Poland 4, Greece 4
Fouls committed  - Poland 22, Greece 16
Yellow cards - Poland 0, Greece 4
Red cards - Poland 1, Greece 1