What is the point of watching a game in which everything goes according to plan? When things go contrary to expectations, it is when you start experiencing the taste of spice. Hence, upsets are the beauty of any game and soccer is no different. Greece won the Euro 2004 and no one saw it coming. With upsets happening every year there are some that are expected to happen at Euro 2012 too!
Here are some of the upsets we look forward to:
June 13: Portugal Vs Denmark (Denmark)
With a single player dictating the game for an entire team there is not much Portugal with Christiano Ronaldo along with other talented but average players can do. They go as Ronaldo goes, hence they are always on the upset alert. Denmark has already stunned all soccer pundits after their win against Netherlands. With Portugal’s offense and defense, both out of form, Nicklas Bendtner will definitely be able to make another upset.
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June 14: Spain Vs Ireland (Ireland)
Since Giovanni Trappatoni took charge in 2008, Ireland’s performance has improved substantially. The team has only lost twice in competitive matches under Trappatoni. Their recent defeat against Croatia did provide them with a shaky start, but with one of the best wing pairings in the form of Aiden McGeady and James Mclean Ireland is capable of performing more than an upset against their next encounter against Spain, a side lacking luster when it comes to defense.
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June 16: Greece Vs Russia (Greece)
When it comes to surprises Greece is one side that cannot be sidelined. The side emerged as an out of the blue winner of Euro 2004 and they intend to produce something similar this time. Even though their start has not been as impressive as expected, but with the side qualifying in the event as toppers of their group is anticipated to make an upset against their upcoming match with Russia, the most stable team of the group A.
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June 16: Czech Republic Vs Poland (Czech Republic)
For Czech Republic a 4-1 defeat against Russia is definitely concerning. Even with their world-class keeper Petr Cech the offense lacked creativity. However, with players like Milan Baros and Tomas Rosicky they have a chance to upset the points table with their surprise entry. Poland does have the advantage of home ground and also a more stable position in terms of points. But, it is precisely these factors which will provide Czech Republic the opportunity to capitalize on.
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