Spain v Russia - Tivoli Neu Stadium (30,000)
<-(Tyler's gay for #9 Fernando Torres. Mostly I suspect because he had a great season for Liverpool. But partly the blond hair.) The picture pretty much says everything and Spain pretty much took a stroll in the park against Russia today winning with a 4-1 stomping. In all honesty, it could have just as easily been 3-2 or even maybe an 3-3 draw if Russia could have capitalized on their chances. For some odd reason I've noticed a lot of wide open chances are being shot directly at the keeper. I don't know if they're just so surprised they have the ball in open space the player panics or what but enough of that. David Villa's hat trick was well deserved and Spain looked much more comfortable on the pitch than in the friendly with the USA. (Here's a video of all the goals)
4-1 Spain vs. Russia Goals - MyVideo
Greece v Sweden - Wals-Siezenhem Stadion (30,000)
Seeing the the roster for Greece looked like someone spilled a can of alphabet soup all over the lineup. Must make an announcers life hard. And for the first half the Greek squad held down the fort like they were guarding one of Zeus's nail clippings. It looked like a 5-5-0 lineup for most of the match and Greece looked like they didn't even want to bother with an attack. They tried to completely rely on the counter attack and it failed. Now the letter jumble of a national team (and defending Euro cup champs I might add) get to face the likes of Spain and Russia. They really need three points in the next one if they want to advance. Sweden on the other hand had a delightfully mediocre day but with one solid strike Zlatan Ibrahimovic ended the stalemate and the Swedes had it locked up from there. (here's another video of the events)
Schweden vs. Griechenland-EM 2008 - MyVideo
Tomorrow back to Group A for two more group round matches.