Spain, the strong favorite will take on France in the third quarter-final of Euro 2012 tomorrow at Donetsk, Ukraine. This is one of the most eagerly awaited games of this years Euro Cup and promises to be a thriller.
The two teams have had contrasting routes to the quarter-finals. Spain as predicted topped the group C though the match against Croatia for the defending champion La Roja might have sounded warning bells as to their fallibility when the defence of the opposition team holds up to the scrutiny of the Spain attack. None of the all-star Spanish squad have played outstanding till now but they have the potential to beat any nation with incredible talent and plenty of experience.
France‘s survival on the other hand came with lessons learned from Sweden and due to a promising England team beating Ukraine and clearing their path to the Quarter-finals. And it does seem that the lack of leadership from Frank Ribery and his poor form in the mid-field may have an adverse impact on their progression beyond the Quarter-finals.
Spain vs France Previous Meetings.
Head to head.
March 4, 2010 Spain 2-0 France (trial)
February 7, 2008 Spain 1-0 France (trial)
June 28, 2006 Spain 1-3 France (World Cup)
Last Five Matches Spain:
June 10, 2012 Spain 1-1 Italy (Euro 2012)
June 15, 2012 Spain 4-0 Ireland (Euro 2012)
June 19, 2012 Spanish Croatia 1-0 (Euro 2012)
June 4, 2012 Spain 1-0 China (trial)
May 31, 2012 Spain 4-1 South Korea (trial)
Last Five Matches France:
June 20, 2012 France 0-2 Sweden (Euro 20 012)
June 15, 2012 France Ukraine 2-0 (Euro 2012)
June 11, 2012 France 1-1 England (Euro 2012)
June 6, 2012 France 4-0 Estonia (trial)
June 1, 2012 France 2-0 Serbia (trial)
So what’s likely to happen in today’s game?
Fernando Torres is likely to be the key for Spain and I predict he will rise to the occasion and score the decisive goal for the Spanish.
Prediction: Spain 3-2France.