Tue, Jul 5, 9:20am by Staff Writer
It’s Semi-Finals time at Euro 2016.
It’s been an exciting competition with last-minute winners and stomping penalty shootouts. But it wouldn’t be a major international football tournament without being able to laugh at an overrated England side being dumped out by a country that has a population smaller than the average attendance of four Manchester Utd home games.
Or being slightly confused by a German side that looked distinctly average in the group stage only to go on and make it to the semi-finals. It’s been a great spectacle apart from the fighting off the pitch and all that’s left to answer is, who will make it to the final?
Semi Final 1 – Portugal v Wales
The European Championships have had some shock winners throughout the years. The Czech Republic, Denmark and Greece have all been crowned as Champions of Europe and many people think, me included, that Wales could be added to that list.
The Welsh shocked the world with their 3-1 quarter final win over Belgium and proved at the same time that they don’t just rely on Real Madrid Star Gareth Bale to win the important matches for them.
Out of contract striker Hal Robson-Kanu sent Twitter into meltdown with his solo effort against the Belgians and will give the Portuguese something else to think about. But there is no doubt how this match will be billed, Ronaldo v Bale. So who will come out on top? I have a sneaky feeling it will be Bale all the way.
Semi-Final 2 – Germany v France
For many people whoever wins this tie will go on and win the title. The Germans are the current world champions and have done their usual trick of finding form just at the right time.
They are struggling with injury though and could be without Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira for this particular clash. Not only will they be depleted but they’re up against the host nation and team in fine fettle.
France came in to this competition with big question marks hanging over their defensive capabilities, but who cares about that when you have an engine being controlled by Paul Pogba and Dimiti Payet pulling the strings in attack. This one has the potential to an all time classic, but I can’t look passed the Germans.
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