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24/06/12 - Euro 2012 Match Day Moments

Cometh the hour cometh the man!

Or in England`s case, eleven men!

Tonight the nation will be glued to coverage of the fourth quarterfinal as England clash with Italy. For the winners, there`s the daunting task of playing a rampant Germany side in the semi-final, on Wednesday, but that`s a story for another day.

It would appear that expecting your nation to underachieve is the perfect incentive for a side to achieve something and with Roy Hodgson being the most likeable England manager for many a year, things are looking rosy.

Chelsea supporters will be hoping that Ashley Cole, winning his 98th cap, and John Terry will lead the England charge, but we can foresee a tight game which could be settled by a single goal. Anyone care to nominate a hero, or if it all goes wrong, a villain?

Join us tonight as all the action unfolds as a nations sits in its armchairs expecting England to edge home.



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Writer: Merlin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Sunday June 24 2012

Time: 12:39PM

Your Comments

Sorry for the off topic but read somewere that abramovich hav agree with porto to sell hulk @ 35m & told sturridge that he's free to leave cause they are plannin to make an improve bid for moses. How true could these be?
prince china
Yea also off topic but is it just me or has nobody seen the new battersea stadium designs submitted by cfc i think it looks pretty smart and would be pucker if it could happen
Trouty_killer
These is the link. http://www.squeakybumtime.com/premiership/7126/hulk-deal-nears-completion-as-sturridge-told-he-can-leave-chelsea/
prince china
Trouty_Killer... I am sure most people have seen it, it's been floating around the internet, featuring on many sites.
stamfordblues5
Yea your right cant rearly not see it if u check out chels regularly just havent seen any one mention it yet, i like the design old imperial england converted into a modern stadium with a hint of stamford bridge feel about it to i like it hope roman gets his way
Trouty_killer
That reads like a bad Omen! - JT and AC leading the charge!! especially as they are defenders!! - Maybe its because England pass back to their own Gk so often you`ve confused them with Strikers! ;-)
mr Angry!
@prince china:-hope those are true.Sell studge for 20 mil get hulk+moses for 40 mil.
disco_iitm
Its going to be a tight affair today and the key battle will be in the midfield. Gerard/parker vs pirlo/de rossi. Looking forward to cheering for Ash & JT.
Chelz Akamz
Trouty_Killer... Normally an article will appear on the front page a day or two after hitting the public. Someone has to take the initiative to write one. It does look phenomenal, no doubt about that.
stamfordblues5
Chelz Akamz... I'll be interested to see if De Rossi even plays in the midfield. He has spent most of the tournament in the back three, almost as a sweeper. Marchisio has also been great.
stamfordblues5
isnt this going the way are UCL journey went.??? ITALY(napoli) then the best teamGermany(bayern muncih) and then the epic clash barcelona.!!!The only differnce is shrek(rooney) or wellback arent even close to the comitment of DD they will need caroll to try and do a drogba like performance
yash_blue
Hmm, any good enough centre forward in the Spanish team to trouble Terry? I reckon that Di Natale may be hard to mark with his movement. But Balotelli and Cassano should be bread and butter for him. As for their defence, Rooney will have to be very well partnered to break down that defence. As for the midfield, that should be interesting. I'm really looking forward to how Parker & Co. will cope with Pirlo. Interesting match, I just hope both will go for the win. It would pi$$ me off if both teams' game plans are defending.
FrLamp
Lol @Yashblue
SameX
I would play Steve G. behind Rooney with [Milner-Parker] in the pivot and [Baines-Young] on the wings. There is no need to use 2 strikers in this type of game as England will need all the help they can get in midfield. Rooney,Gerrard,Baines,Young, Milner and Parker will compress the midfield and make it hard for Pirlo to spread the ball. Baines is disciplined, skillful and fast, he will put in accurate crosses for Rooney to score. Young will help Johnson in defence and put in crosses for Rooney from the RW.
SameX
I think italy will win,i just cant see england winning the midfield battle...But i wil be glad if england wins it.
Desmondadonis
I think italy will win,i just cant see england winning the midfield battle...But i wil be glad if england wins it.
Desmondadonis
@samex parker milner in the pivot and walcott on right and chamberlian on the other wing.!!!!but id like to see caroll starting over rooney in cntrefrwrd posn.! young and wellback will be the reason for england losing they dont care and if you see the earlier game rooney only passed the ball to his fellow urinated players
yash_blue
yash_blue... You want Andy Carroll to start over Wayne Rooney? Just wanted to verify that.
stamfordblues5
Good talk @samex.... Your line up should be the best bet to do the job against spain or germany but against italy they need to be more adventurous or else but will be down to penalties.
Chelz Akamz
*or else it will be down to penalties.
Chelz Akamz
Starting Ox and Walcott on the wings will put England in trouble, Baines and Young are also adventurous but will also help in defence. You have to be very cautious and careful in the euros as one goal can spoil everything.
SameX
Lol @YashBlue but i think Rooney must start, England need his drive and spirit on the pitch.
SameX
a brace for JT from set pieces?
analooish
Young starting against italy might not work as ita£ly are too physical for his style..They need caroll against italy.But they need rooney too
Desmondadonis
i have always liked italy. Hope they maul england. I think midfield wise italians are better than english.
Blue India
surprisingly england is better than Italy in defence.!!!! @samex i just cannot stand those urinated scums..!!!He actualy stole gerrards goal n got all the aclaim.!!!wtf.!!!! m supporting england for cole and JT
yash_blue
2- 1John Terry to score from a setpiece Ballotelli to score against hart but the second goal ?
AMENS
half hour to kick off, not nervous in the slightest, after all its not CHELSEA is it!
merlin
Neither am i,if spain crash out or germany,portugal or england.I dont give a feck abt any of the team..I am jst whiling away time with the boring euros :-(
Desmondadonis
C'MON ENGLAND!!!
CalculatedKalou
should be another exciting one...
Latunvic
whaoooo.... great save by Buffon, I already shouted goal... a pulsating start for this....
Latunvic
Welback defending realy well for italy
yash_blue
I'm loving Montolivo's play... great passes and movement....
Latunvic
Why the hell is wellback der.? Danny studge is 500times better
yash_blue
pirlo's still quality,reminds me a bit of modric.
bluenath86
montolivo.. the guy is good.. can play deep too but we missed out on him for FREE. smh. we need a deep play maker (Keisuke Honda, Mouthino, Sahin) im not interested in lamps playing the role. e should be back up because he cant keep te ball any at all.. these players inthe bracket do this with ease..
denverblue
Exciting match so far ... and can only get better
ZeeNut
England drove one of them London double deckers to the stadium today. Is this football or a military march parade? Files of defenders?
traykidd
Interesting first half.. Dont think Wellbeck has done anything wrong, his movement has been decent... How on earth did we let Millan get Montolivo, why are we not after him instead of wasting our time over Modric???....
Latunvic
Not as tight as i tought it woule be. The match ve been an open affair and chances have been created by both sides. There might be no need for penalties afterall.
Chelz Akamz
Some people will come here soon to call the match boring, I wonder what some people here want from or look out for in football matches these days...
Latunvic
James Milner has been very poor in this game, well hes always is.
RayBell
The Italian midfield play is so compose here, de Rossi, marchisio and pirlo have been brilliant
chelsea44
Roman Pls Get PIRLO
blueblood4life
C'mon England!!!
chelsea44
haha...funny, even Parker felt sorry for De Rossi for missing that...
Latunvic
good substitutions there by Roy, Milner and Welbeck off
RayBell
Rooney and Caroll playing together?? Don't know what Hodgson is up to, thought Caroll is better as lone striker
chelsea44
PIRLO is an absolute MONSTER. What a class of a player
blueblood4life
Pirlo makes all the england mid fielders look overated.
RayBell
parker is a poor passer, terry is key to dat defence
o'brain
Not necessarily looking forward to another 30 minutes of this.
stamfordblues5
Great match ... set to continue :-)
ZeeNut
Though penalties woube such drama, i expect something has to give first ... a goal or two must surely be nigh, after all those chances missed ???
ZeeNut
God I was hoping it would憂t come to this. Fraking extra time!
traykidd
Pirlo: that's the type of playmaker we need. Why didn't we get him in stead of going for modric. Josh could have learnt so much from pirlo. Brilliant, just makes the game look so easy.
Blue1989
Lotsa Guts from England ... but the chances are mostly Italy's.
ZeeNut
Scott Parker, Welbeck, Ashley young, Milner, all giving the ball away consistently as if there is a medal for it.
RayBell
Great match.... Hope extra time produces a winner and no need for shoot out, the winner of this match will meet Germany and have just 2 days of rest while Germany will have 4 days.... Not too fair..
Latunvic
Yeah I agree with many here saying we need someone like Pirlo, he's been brilliant and he loves to chip the ball isn't he? Lol
chelsea44
Wow Zeenut. Standing around your 18 yrd biox and putting only 2 players up front. That takes a lot of courage...
traykidd
TrayKidd, tactics may be wrong, but what i mean is that the lads are giving their all.
ZeeNut
If only England could press when the Italians have the ball, the space Pirlo and his men are having is enormous.
RayBell
I feel that Chamberlain lad would have really stirred things up .... but the 3 subs are over .... sigh
ZeeNut
The funny thing is Italy are playing like England of old while England are playing like classic Italy.
traykidd
England are giving the ball away to easily taking the long ball route.
ZeeNut
England just trying to hold on ... sigh
ZeeNut
Last Minute !!
ZeeNut
And Penalties it is !!
ZeeNut
penalties... can England scale through???
Latunvic
I'm picking Hart to carry Engand through.
ZeeNut
2-1 England after 2
ZeeNut
Yes !!
ZeeNut
2-2 after 3 .... sheesh
ZeeNut
C'mon Cole
ZeeNut
Oh God !!
ZeeNut
Well thats that.
ZeeNut
Massive disappointment, both Ashley's miss the pens..:( Again England lose on penalties
chelsea44
Well, great game, England fought really hard, not a poor loss... So Italy moves on...
Latunvic
Coles penalty was poor .... but the pressure was on after Young missed. Young did notlook confident, but he was unluck to hit the bar. Hart was static, he needs to fient more so that the penalty taker gueses wrong.
ZeeNut
Now the press need to give Chelsea the credit we deserves, If you wanna win it 'the Chelsea way' you must be efficient and effective in front of goal and that includes penalty kicks.
RayBell
That Pirlo's penalty was wickedly awesome.... great confidence. Not a poor tournament for England, can build on this for the world cup, though Italy were the better team tonight, England showed passion and grit...
Latunvic
Passion & Grit .... i agree. Better team selection might have helped to.
ZeeNut
Hart was winding up players instead of concentrating on keeping their shots out, i think he lacks confidence to stop penalty kicks, i remember doing same to Lampard in the league game against City, Lampard said Hart was playing mind games but he ignored him.
RayBell
Oh please Raybell so much for the so called 揅helsea way. Who knows naybe if Hart used the Grobellar spaghetti legs he might have saved Pirlo憇 penalty. I really hope this is the last time Chelsea is assosiated with ultra defensive football.
traykidd
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KAKUfrank
I hope this is the last time Chelsea is associated with England. Chelsea beat Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, Napoli, Benfica, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. England drew with France (overrated team), beat Ukraine and Sweden (not top European teams). Tonight, they got saved by the cross bar twice, got a lucky call and had Balotelli, De Rossi and Nocerino missing easy chances my grand mother could have put away. England didn't really get tested till today and they got exposed. Relying on the defense of Chelsea to take you to the finals is not enough. Your attack has to do their work and England quite frankly possess a bunch of useless/overrated attackers and midfielders - Carroll, Milner, Walcott, Welbeck, Young, and Downing. Not sure any team in the Euros possess a bunch of average footballers in attack like England. If JT was injured from day one, most likely England would have not made it past the group stages. They better pray he is not found guilty and banned from the international squad because they should kiss their 2014 hopes goodbye. The ***** teams Greece, Ireland and co were knocked out in the group stages. The overrated teams have been knocked out in the qualification stage. Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo Pirlo. Forza Italy.
KAKUfrank
Exactly my point, @KAKUfrank.
RayBell
Chelsea played too much defensively in some games but the team took its chances at the moment that matters that, the press never gave the team credit for, they likened any team that plays very defensive to chelsea. @traykidd i was more or less saying there is nothing like 'Chelsea way' really.
RayBell
I cant wait until the world cup in 2 years...hopefully our midfield will be more respectable... Wilshere, Rodwell and hopefully McEachran will be in it.
Ess...DaBison
I think England and Italy are just on same level in terms of attack prowess or quality and productivity of attackers, especially in today's game, the edge Italy had was midfield, the combo of Pirlo, Montolivo and De Rossi was too strong for England to handle, they had all the possession and did all the playing...I feel England could have probably gotten a goal if with more possession but the midfield couldn't provide the possession... Only the big boys are on now, England/Italy were the weakest quarter-finalists anyway and I dont see Italy beating Germany....
Latunvic
@Latunvic. Italy is actually the most underrated team in the Euros to be honest. Their and Croatia. Lets not forget, Italy drew Spain and they look like the only team closest to beating Spain in the last 2 years. They were close and Croatia as well. In hindsight and looking at the disaster that is the Netherlands, Croatia, Spain and Italy's group looked like the group of death. I also think ITALY has more productive attackers than England by far. Balotelli was really wasteful today. I think I even saw Borini and of course Di Natale and Giovinco were on the bench. Prandelli just did not use them.......If I was Germany, I will be *****ting my pants. I can't remember the last semi-final the Italians lost. I quite frankly think they have a better chance of advancing to the finals than Portugal.
KAKUfrank
If you watched Pirlo today and still think Raul and Lamps are good enough for the deeplying role next season, then something must be wrong somewhere.
SameX
Pirlo is the epitome of deeplying playmaking, I will pick him ahead of Xavi and Alonso, he is incredibly brilliant in that role, and the only player that is close to him and is available is Modric. Josh can also become a Pirlo and i think that was why Carlo played him from deep.
SameX
Well @Kaku... I feel the Italy vs Spain game wasn't a real test for Italy, the tournament was just starting then and the false 9 idea made the job easier for Italy. Italy's attack has not done too well so far, 1 goal and at most 2 goals is the best they've done, England has gotten more goals than Italy, Italy's only win and 2 goals was against Ireland, the worst team. I don't see their attack as efficient so far and I don't think Borini, Di Natale and Giovinco can do much better, not against England's defense and certainly not against Germany. A win against Germany will come as a big surprise for me... though Italy sometimes appear as silent killers in tournaments and just go through, I don't see it happening this time. I personally wasn't expecting them to get to the semi's, I feel England gave them too much freedom and the match against Germany will be their bus stop....
Latunvic
Nah @Latunvic the Cassano-Ballotelli or DiNatale-Giovinco combos are better than the Rooney-Welbeck and Carrol-Ox combos. Italy are better in both attack and midfield but the England defence is better than that of the Italians.
SameX
The Germany - Italy game will be a cracker, the key will be who wins the midfield battle Bastian-Ozil-Khedira vs DeRossi-Pirlo-Marchisio-Montolivo.
SameX
@SameX, how has Italy shown that they have a better attack combo than England, how many goals have Balotteli, Cassano, Di Natale and Giovinco scored individually? or Italy as a team? Even Croatia got 3 against Ireland.. On paper Italy's attackers may appear better than England's but not much difference on field.... I agree that Italy is a better, stronger and more prepared team though...
Latunvic
The English pl is a very demanding league and i think that affects the national team in major tournaments. englang barely touched the ball in the second half of extra time, they were too tired! rooney lacks match fitness, Gerrard was visibly tired and struggling with cramp, cole & johnson couldn't take advantage of italy's narrow midfield because they just didn't have the energy to bomb forward when england had the ball (despite having plenty of space to run into), quite a few of their players (jt, parker, cole, johnson) were carrying injuries. and if they had somehow made it past italy to play a well rested (and rotated) german side, they would have had their behinds handed to them! the germans pass the ball around much more quickly than italy and they have width and creativity in the final third. that being said, blue has always been the color for me! FORZA AZZURRI !!!!!!!!
blus4eva
at least cole saved his best penalty for the most important game!!
bluenath86
from what I've read (was never going to watch England vs Italy) Italy had 30 shots at goal, 62% possession and 8 shots on target (not bad for a naturally defensive team) yet England (representing the best League in the world) had 8 shots at goal, 1 (ONE, UNO) SHOT on target and 38% possession...
@Mq
The stats speak for themselves
@Mq
They*
KAKUfrank
Horrible football from England. Pirlo was toying with England the whole night.
foreign_viewer
England were very wasteful in the game.
Kendemsblue
Come on Team GB! Always been more of an Olympics man than Euro Championships! Ahem.
SpanishBlue
Italy were the better team and deserved their semi final berth. when we were linked with pirlo 2 yrs before every one was angry for chasing a old player but this is what a player like pirlo can give to any team. Form is temporary and class is permanent. he is a class above every one in this tournament. If not for ballotelli pirlo could two or three assists in this match itself. i still wish chelsea bid for Pirlo because he is like scholes has 4 or 5 yrs of good period more. his penalty was insane. that penalty showed his overall performance in that match.
arun.superstar18
People are obsessed with age on here, the likes of Pirlo, Scholes and Lampard show how stupid that is! I'm actually glad we didn't get Pirlo but not because of his age. For all his undoubted quality, I'm just not sure it would have worked out fro him in the Prem with less time and space on the ball. He's better off in Italy and strutting his stuff on the international stage.
SpanishBlue
@spanishblue : Most teams we face in the pl park the bus, force us to play sideways n then hit us on the break. Pirlo would have been the perfect solution for that as he operates from deep and stretches the opposition with his range of passing. Alonso was a big hit for liverfool and pirlo is a class above him.
blus4eva
You must defend well to move forward, but defending without moving forward will always hit back at you since the opposition team will realize this and will be on you at any given time.
Kendemsblue
Of which Italy are experts in doing that.
Kendemsblue
 

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