The UEFA Euro’s 2016 has reached perhaps its most interesting phase, the quarter final stage. Eight good teams, four exciting matches pretty much everything that a fan needs from a tournament that has already been an exciting affair. Portugal, Poland, Germany, Italy, Wales, Belgium, Iceland and hosts France make up the final eight. The matches take place from the 30th to the 3rd from which four will advance to the semi-finals. Here are the previews for each of the four games:
Poland vs Portugal:
The battle between two sides who before the tournament were all about their two talisman but things have been different for these two teams and their superstar captains. Poland on one hand have been left disappointed by the form of their star striker and captain Robert Lewandowski but a solid defense and disciplined team work have meant that they matched World Champions Germany toe to toe in the group stages and looking really good for further tasks. Portugal on the other hand have been led really well by their star captain Cristiano Ronaldo but have struggled overall as a team. Having not won a single game in the regulation time Portugal will be looking to change that come the crucial tie against Poland. Both teams have not been beaten in the tournament and will be looking to stay the same. A fascinating tactical battle coming our way, should an interesting one.
Wales vs Belgium:
A fixture that is sure to interest all fanatics who love some fast attacking football. Both these teams have already faced each other twice in the Qualifying competition with Wales getting the better of the World no.2 side winning one and drawing one game. Belgium started off slowly, losing to the Italians but have since hit their stride winning all their remaining matches. Wales’ golden generation have done a fantastic job so far in the tournament and have performed well in tough situations. Promises to be an exciting match between two entertaining sides and two exciting wingers in Eden Hazard( Belgium) and Gareth Bale(Wales) who are arguably the best in the business currently.
Germany vs Italy:
Possibly the tie of the round between two of the strongest sides in the tournament thus far. Germany, the World Champions will be looking to reach another semi-final in the tournament having achieved the same in both the 2008 and 2012 editions. Germany have played really well so far but have failed to convince the majority if they can go on to win the tournament. Italy on the flip side haven’t looked this confident in any of the recent tournaments that they’ve played recently. Another thing that goes for the Italians is that the Germans have never beaten the Italians in a major tournament match which makes it all the more interesting to see how this Champion German side break down the Italian defence.
France vs Iceland:
They’ve been the story of the tournament, Iceland in footballing terms have pretty much continued where Leicester City left off in England’s Premier League. Beating a below-par England was a tremendous achievement but now they face a side which are playing on their own turf and have an entire country’s backing. France have been brilliant this tournament and have only grown stronger as the matches have gone on. Iceland must be at the top of their game against an inform French side who have been particularly strong towards the second half of games. Both teams are unbeaten which only makes the tie interesting and one that fans of both sides will be eagerly anticipating. Another David vs Goliath battle on our hands but will we have another upset coming our way, only time will tell.
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