26 June 2008

Euro 2008 Semi Final: Spain v. Russia

Today is the second semi final match of Euro 2008. And we'll see two very creative attacking teams go head to head as an experienced Spain take on the youngsters in Guus Hiddink's Russia. Let's hope that Mother Nature doesn't try to spoil our fun like she did yesterday!

Spain analysis: The Spaniards finally finally finally advanced out of the quarterfinals and against the stickiest (no offense) of foes, the Italians. They should be riding a wave of confidence going in to today's match, knowing they can dig down deep and grab the ugly victory. But fortunately for Spain, and fortunately for the fans, that is not their style. They have a speedy attack with a lot of creativity coming out of the midfield. David Villa has more goals than anyone in this tournament, and look for him to add to his collection today. Torres will also be anxious to make his mark!

Russia analysis: What do you get when you mix some of the youngest, fastest players in the tournament with a veteran coach with the reputation of turning a pile of clay in to a work of art? You get Russia! Guus Hiddink knows how to put together a team and how to inspire his players, and you saw that team dismantle what was a seemingly unstoppable Netherlands. Russia are fearless and have perhaps the fastest offense in international football at the moment. Look for Andrei Arshavin to not only be the maestro for Russia in the middle, but he'll probably be connected to every scoring chance Russia sees.

Final Prediction: Russia 2 Spain 1

Photobucket v. Photobucket

No comments: