Tommy Smythe could not get over how good Spain looked in their match - he also gave the U.S. team a lot of credit for apparently convincing Spanish coach Luis Aragones to put Villa up top with Torres. So perhaps friendlies aren't pointless.
They had solid chances against Spain, though, they just mucked them up.
Defending champions could be out of the tournament soon. Though I love the story of the little country making it big - I don't like their style of play, so I wouldn't mourn overmuch.
Portugal: Already in the next round and looking in fine fettle.
The Swiss misters are out - though there's individual talent on the squad, it never seemed to gel. Looking back perhaps their loss to the U.S. was prophetic.
Ibrahimovic! Freddy Adu's favorite Swedish player finally shows up big for his national team. Great goal.
Everybody else is voicing their position on the offside call - here's my take. Buffon hit his own defender, yes, but what if Panucci hadn't moved completely over the goal line? What if he had stayed just on the edge of the field? Would he still count as part of the play? I'd venture to say yes, and then to me there's no difference that he was a bit further back. Either whistle the play dead for an injury (which is a different matter altogether) or count the defender as part of the play no matter which direction he rolls.
The dangerous sleepers of the tourney.
Lukas Podolski's subdued celebration versus Poland reminded me of how Herculez Gomez barely acknowledged scoring a goal for the Rapids against the Galaxy. Luis had this whole theory that there's a little loyalty to his old fans there on Herc's part- or in Podolski's case, to his heritage, that tones down the normal goal reaction a bit.
Perhaps they're finding a bit of the form that drove them to great results in 2002.
Total football reloaded.
After a disappointing World Cup, the Euros mean much more for this country, but they'll have to take on the Turks to advance.
Can either co-host survive?
I wonder how it reflects on the U.S. that the two European teams they beat recently have done poorly in the tourney thus far?
A decent result by this squad could determine Italy's fate.
Les Blues need to step it up to even advance out of the Group of Death.
And a little Euro eye candy