Monday, June 16, 2008

UEFA Euro 2008: Day 11 Previews

Romania, France and Italy are in a three-way battle for second in Group C, while Holland can enjoy the show.

France vs. Italy
The venue: Letzigrund Stadion, Zurich, Switzerland
The broadcast: ESPN, 2:45 pm ET
The storyline: It's the fourth big meeting between these countries in less than two years, following the '06 World Cup Final and two Euro qualifiers. Neither side has a win in the tournament, with each getting thumped by Holland and drawing with Romania. If Romania fail to beat Holland, the winner here gets a Sunday date with Spain in the quarters.
The prediction: Henry? Ribery? Toni? Who's gonna be the hero? Here's guessing a tense affair falls 1-0 to Italy.

Holland vs. Romania
The venue: Stade de Suisse Wankdorf, Berne, Switzerland
The broadcast: ESPN Classic, 2:45 pm ET
The storyline: Holland are on cruise control, having already wrapped up the group's top spot. Of the three teams battling for second, Romania have the upper hand, knowing a win sends them through regardless of the France-Italy result.
The prediction: It's tough to gauge what type of effort Holland will bring, but their wide-open style pitted against a Romania squad that has to win should produce an entertaining affair. A 2-2 draw leaves Romania on the wrong side of the equation.

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