Coupe de la Ligue

Monaco will change goalkeper and defence but in ofensive part they are strong..there are regular midfielders and deadly attacking duo Germain (5/3) and Toure (5/6)

Le groupe asémiste
Gardiens : 
Caillard, Sourzac
Défenseurs : Adriano, Appiah, Kagelmacher, Kurzawa, Labor, Phojo, Tzavellas
Milieux : Bajrami, Coulibaly, Dingomé, Dirar, Mendy, Poulsen
Attaquants : Germain, Touré

Laval 

Gardiens : Arnaud Balijon, Maxime Hautbois, Mike Vanhamel.

Défenseurs : Gaëtan Belaud, Pierre Talmont, Simon Falette, Makan Traoré, Lindsay Rose, Kévin Perrot.

Milieux : Anthony Gonçalves, Yohan Betsch, Vincent Le Baron, Ludovic Gamboa, Bilal Hamdi, Oscar Ewolo

Attaquants : Julien Viale, Fabrice Do Marcolino

Missing : Lhadji Badiane (blessé), Renaud Dreuslin, Romain Ciaravino, Ghislain Gimbert (blessé), Jérôme Lebouc, Jordan Adéoti, Martin Mimoun, Corentin Rocu, César Lolohéa et Ousmane Traoré.

Auxerre

Le groupe:

Sorin, Léon, Acapandié, Hengbart, Coulibaly, Ndong, Ebanéga, Jullien, Rivieyran, Mandjeck, Meïté, Segbéfia, Le Tallec, Ntep, Oliech, Langil, Makengo.

preview / line up

  Odense BK – Midtjylland  

 

 Montpellier – Toulouse  

Montpellier HSC

In:
Herrera (att 21/11, Unión Espanola), Mounier (att 29/8, Nice), Congre (df 37/0, Toulouse), Charbonnier (att 30/12, Angers)

Out:
Giroud (att 36/21, Arsenal), Dernis (mf 20/5, Brestois), Lacombe (att 0/0, Clermont Foot)

Champs susprised last season by winning title but seems that this season would be harder than ever. Specially it means because of strong (as squad, as in financial segments) Paris SG. They must sold best player, league topscorer Giroud to Arsenal (12 mil) and they bring 3 new, seems quality strikers to replace him. Other squad is almost same, didnt changed much so it can be big plus. Two weeks ago they had supercup game with lyon, played in US (Red Bull stadium, New York) and they loose on penaltyes, 2-2 in regular. Good squad with good cemistry but seems like PSG is too strong this season for all. We will see

Target: Winning title again will be very hard this season but top 3 fight is realistic

Toulouse

In:
Zebina (df 27/0, Brest), Blondel (gk 17/0, Troyes)
Out:
Congre (df 37/0, Montpellier), Bulut (att 31/5, Galatasaray – loan), Fofana (df 6/0, Reims), Riou (gk 0/0, Nantes), Deveaux (mf 22/2,  Reims), Loustallout  (gk 0/0, Rodez), Soukouna (att 2/1, Luzenac – loan)

Toulouse also keep their ‘team skeleton’. Only important leaving is standard defender Congre who is replaced by ex France International player Jonathan Zebina (roma, Juve). But i am little suprised that they didnt imporved their attack. They was scoring less than a goal per game last season (37 goals in 38 games) and they didnt stenght team with some offensive players. they would like more but my opinion is that they will have mid table finish.

Target:
Mid table finish is realistic (no matter they would like more)

For this game

Montepellier without: Marco Estrada (mf 30/1)m Younes Belhanda (mf 28/12), Anthony Mounier (new att from Nica, 29/8), Garry Bocaly (df 34/0)

Toulouse without: Paulo Machado (mf 24/3)

  Willem II – NAC Breda  

Willem II

In:
Snijders (winger, Vitesse), Jallo (defender, Heracles Almelo), Haastrup (defender, Helmond Sport), Hocher (midfielder, ADO Den Haag), Brands (midfielder, Telstar), Peters (defender, FC Den Bosch), Van Buuren (defender, FC Den Bosch).

Out:
Martens (midfielder, Veendam), Janga (winger, Excelsior), Gravenbeek (midfielder, FC Zwolle), Van Zaanen (winger, Almere City), Kolsi (midfielder, Celje), Swinkels (defender, Lierse).

After having played one year in the Jupiler League, Willem II will compete once more in the Eredivisie for the 2012/2013 season. For a long time it did not look like they would bounce back. Under new manager Streppel the team had to be rebuild last summer and as a result they didn’t get off to the best start. Despite having one of the best squads in the league they found themselves back in the mid table at times. In the end they did finish in the fifth position and as a result entered the play-offs for promotion. After beating Sparta in two close games they met up with Den Bosch in the finals. After an away draw they finished the job at home with a victory. The board immediately took action and strengthened the squad as they will have to step up in order to avoid immediate relegation again. Captain Swinkels left for Lierse but Willem II replaced him by signing no less than four new defenders. On the midfield Hocher already joined them during the winter break on a loan deal but he has now been officially signed. With Brands they signed another midfielder. All in all there won’t be too much changes in the Willem II side but Streppel will probably still be looking to add another attacker as they are a little light up front.

Target:
Willlem II will be happy if they stay up this season. They don’t have the financial means to immediately distance themselves from the relegation candidates but as other teams have pointed out in the recent years. Money is not everything in the Eredivisie and the club should be confident.

NAC Breda

In:
Sepp de Roover (defender, Lokeren – loan), Mark Looms (defender, Heracles Almelo), Thilo Leugers (midfielder, FC Twente – loan), Anouar Hadouir (midfielder, Alemannia Aachen)

Out:
Donny Gorter (defender, AZ Alkmaar), Florian Jozefzoon (winger, RKC Waalwijk), Jeffrey Sarpong (midfielder, Real Sociedad), Jimmy van Fessem (goalkeeper, unknown), Milano Koenders (defender, Heracles Almelo), Nourdin Boukhari (striker, unknown), Ömer Bayram (winger, Kayserispor), Robbert Schilder (midfielder, FC Twente), Roly Bonevacia (midfielder, Ajax), Santi Kolk (striker, Union Berlin), Stefano Seedorf (midfielder, unknown), Youssef El-Akchaoui (defender, SC Heerenveen)

NAC Breda didn’t perform well last season. John Karelse’s outfit even got involved in the bottom half of the table and they had to fight to avoid relegation football at the end of the day. The 13th spot was more than enough to secure Eredivisie football for another season, but it wasn’t satisfying for the fans, who expected more from their club, at all. There still isn’t light at the end of the tunnel though.. The Breda outfit had to deal with financial problems again, which resulted in a summer without the big signings. A lot of regulars left the club as well, which isn’t ideal during the preparation for a new season. Regulars like Donny Gorter, Milano Koenders, Robbert Schilder and Santi Kolk left the club and it won’t be easy at all for NAC to fill the gaps. The first new signing is Mark Looms. The experienced left back played for Heracles Almelo and he will become a regular in Breda. His performances won’t push this side to a higher level though. Sepp de Roover played in the Eredivisie for Sparta Rotterdam and FC Groningen and he will replace Koenders on the right. Thilo Leugers came over on a loan deal from FC Twente, but he still has to show his qualities in The Netherlands. The Breda outfit also has some potential though. Players like Alex Schalk, Nemanja Gudelj and Eric Botteghin are more experienced now and these players are capable of improving this year. It won’t be easy at all though to play for a top ten position in the Eredivisie as it could be a bridge too far. The support in the Rat Verlegh Stadium is always great, but the club didn’t have the funds to respond to the departures. The side could surprise, but a top ten spot will be extremely difficult at the end of the day. Karelse will motivate his team though and experienced players like Kees Luijckx, Jelle ten Rouwelaar and Anthony Lurling will have to lead this young and sometimes inexperienced formation. The KNVB Cup could a goal this season. The side are well-known cup fighters, but they were a bit unlucky with the draw in recent years to be honest. The motivation is definitely there and Karelse will have to look for a way to bag the points with fighting football.

Target:
NAC Breda fans are hoping for a top ten finish, but achieving that would be a miracle to be honest. A finishing spot between places 11 and 13 is the goal this season and they will have to perform from the start on to prevent a battle at the bottom of the league.

Handball, Croatia – france

  • Golmani: Mirko Alilović (Veszprem), Venio Losert (Kopenhagen); lijeva krila: Manuel Štrlek (Kielce), Ivan Ninčević (RN Löwen); desna krila: Ivan Čupić (Kielce), Zlatko Horvat (CO Zagreb); lijevi vanjski: Blaženko Lacković (HSV), Drago Vuković (Lübbecke), Jakov Gojun (Atletico); srednji: Ivano Balić (bez kluba), Domagoj Duvnjak (HSV); desni vanjski: Marko Kopljar (Paris), Desni Buntić (Kielce), pivot: Igor Vori (HSV). Rezerva: Damir Bičanić (Chambery)
  • Golmani: Thierry Omeyer (Kiel), Daouda Karaboue (Toulouse); lijeva krila: Michael Guigou (Montpellier), Samuel Honrubia (Montpellier), desna krila: Luc Abalo (Paris); lijevi vanjski: Jerome Fernande (Toulouse), William Accambray (Montpellier), Daniel Narcisse; srednji: Nikola Karabatić (Montpellier), Guillaume Gille (Chambery); desni vanjski: Xavier Barachet (Atletico); pivoti: Didier Dinart (Paris), Bertrand Gille (Chambery), Cedric Sorhaindo (Barcelona).

Scotland Premier League

Aberdeen

man. : C. Brown
Northern Ireland N. McGinn (Brentford, 0 €) – 04 July 2012
Republic of Ireland J. Hayes (Inverness, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Republic of Ireland J. Shaughnessy (Forfar, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Nigeria D. Uchechi (Free) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Reynolds (Sheffield Wednesday, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Iceland K. Arnason (Rotherham United, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Algeria M. Chalali (Free) – 01 July 2012
France Y. Mawéné (Free) – 01 July 2012
Togo Y. Folly (Free) – 01 July 2012
Northern Ireland R. McArdle (Free) – 01 July 2012
Scotland D. Mackie (Free) – 01 July 2012
Scotland F. Fyvie (Wigan) – 16 June 2012
Celtic Glasgow

man. : N. Lennon
Scotland G. Spence (Hamilton, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Réunion Q. Boesso (Gazélec, 0 €) – 13 June 2012
England J. Thompson (Chesterfield, B.L.) – 08 May 2012
Denmark M. D. Rasmussen (Midtjylland, 0 €) – 01 Augu 2012
Sweden D. Majstorovic (AIK Solna, 0 €) – 01 Augu 2012
Scotland G. Spence (Raith Rovers) – 18 July 2012
Poland P. Brozek (Trabzonspor, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
South Korea D. Cha (Düsseldorf, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Netherlands G. Loovens (Real Zaragoza, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Mexico E. Juárez (América Mexico) – 05 June 2012
Republic of Ireland D. O’Dea (Free) – 02 June 2012
Dundee FC

man. : J. Scott
England I. Davidson (Raith Rovers, 0 €) – 11 June 2012
England C. Finnigan (St. Johnstone) – 01 June 2012
Scotland J. Baird (Raith Rovers) – 15 May 2012
England C. Finnigan (St. Johnstone, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Wales R. Weston (KR Reykjavik, 0 €) – 03 May 2012
Dundee United

man. : P. Houston
Scotland M. Gardyne (Ross County) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Millar (Falkirk) – 01 July 2012
Poland R. Cierzniak (Cracovia) – 01 July 2012
Czech Republic F. Mentel (Clyde, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Northern Ireland B. McLean (Preston NE, 0 €) – 14 June 2012
Argentina D. Casalinuovo (Raith Rovers, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
Scotland D. Hilson (Forfar, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Slovakia M. Lacny (Sparta Prague, B.L.) – 31 Dece 2012
Scotland S. Robertson (Blackpool, 0 €) – 27 July 2012
Slovakia D. Pernis (Free) – 01 July 2012
Scotland P. Dixon (Huddersfield Town, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Scotland D. Swanson (Peterborough United) – 06 June 2012
Scotland G. Kenneth (Free) – 14 May 2012
Heart of Midlothian

man. : J. McGlynn
Scotland C. Thomson (Suduva, B.L.) – 30 July 2012
Scotland D. Thomson (Raith Rovers, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland J. McGlynn (man., Raith Rovers) – 21 June 2012
England J. Sutton (CC Mariners, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
Scotland J. Stewart (Raith Rovers, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Spain S. Santana (Tenerife) – 06 July 2012
Scotland C. Kane (Dunfermline Athletic) – 01 July 2012
Scotland I. Black (Free) – 01 July 2012
Slovakia M. Kello (Free) – 01 July 2012
Uganda D. Obua (Free) – 01 July 2012
Portugal Paulo Sérgio (man., Free) – 07 June 2012
Republic of Ireland S. Elliott (Free) – 21 May 2012
Scotland G. Glen (Free) – 21 May 2012
Poland A. Mrowiec (Free) – 20 May 2012
Hibernian

man. : P. Fenlon
Scotland L. Griffiths (Wolverhampton, L.) – 21 July 2012
England B. Williams (Colchester, 0 €) – 10 July 2012
Scotland P. Cairney (Partick Thistle) – 02 July 2012
Republic of Ireland T. Clancy (Free) – 01 July 2012
Republic of Ireland K. Byrne (Ross County, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
Scotland S. Taggart (Stranraer, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
Scotland D. Handling (Berwick Rangers, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Scotland J. Forster (Berwick Rangers, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
England L. Horner (Stirlingshire, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Honduras J. Claros (Motagua, B.L.) – 01 Febr 2013
England I. Osbourne (Blackpool) – 20 July 2012
Scotland G. O’Connor (Tom’, 0 €) – 12 July 2012
Republic of Ireland M. Doherty (Wolves B, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Republic of Ireland R. O’Donovan (Coventry, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England T. Soares (Stoke City, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England G. Francomb (Norwich, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland L. Griffiths (Wolves, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Scott (Ross County, L.) – 28 June 2012
Inverness

man. : T. Butcher
Scotland G. Morrison (Grindavik, B.L.) – 26 Augu 2012
England R. Draper (Macclesfield) – 06 July 2012
England G. Warren (Newport) – 01 July 2012
England J. Byrom (Stevenage) – 01 July 2012
England D. Raven (Free) – 28 June 2012
England J. Oswell (Crewe) – 28 June 2012
Spain A. Reguero (Free) – 28 June 2012
France K. Gillet (AEK Larnaca) – 19 July 2012
France C. Gnakpa (Walsall, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England S. Winnall (Wolverhampton, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England S. Williams (Bradford, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Austria T. Piermayr (Free) – 01 July 2012
England G. Tansey (Stevenage) – 01 July 2012
France G. Tadé (St. Johnstone) – 01 July 2012
Republic of Ireland J. Hayes (Aberdeen, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Scotland R. Tokely (Ross County, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Spain R. Golobart (Wigan, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
England C. Hogg (Free) – 01 June 2012
Kilmarnock

man. : K. Shiels
Netherlands J. Tesselaar (Free) – 25 June 2012
Scotland R. McKenzie (Brechin City, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Scotland G. Fisher (Cowdenbeath, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Czech Republic Z. Kroca (FASTAV Zlin, 0 €) – 02 July 2012
Scotland L. Toshney (Celtic Glasgow B, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Portugal David Silva (Olhanense) – 17 June 2012
England B. Gordon (Chelsea B, B.L.) – 14 May 2012
Senegal M. Sissoko (Udinese B, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
Motherwell

man. : S. McCall
England S. Ramsden (Bradford) – 01 July 2012
Scotland N. Devlin (Stenhousemuir, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
France L. Bovari (Corte) – 24 June 2012
Scotland J. Pollock (Clyde, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Scotland J. Halsman (Greenock Morton, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Republic of Ireland T. Clancy (Free) – 21 June 2012
England S. Lawless (Partick Thistle, 0 €) – 15 May 2012
Northern Ireland S. Craigan (Retired) – 14 May 2012
Ross County

man. : D. Adams
Scotland R. Tokely (Inverness, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Scotland A. Cooper (Elgin City, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland R. Duncan (Peterhead, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland R. Naismith (Nairn County, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Scott (Hibernian, L.) – 28 June 2012
Scotland G. Glen (Free) – 16 June 2012
Scotland D. Soutar (Forfar) – 02 July 2012
Scotland G. Miller (St. Johnstone) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Gardyne (Dundee United) – 01 July 2012
Northern Ireland J. Flynn (Falkirk, 0 €) – 08 June 2012
Republic of Ireland K. Byrne (Hibernian, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
St. Johnstone

man. : S. Lomas
England R. Vine (Free) – 31 July 2012
Republic of Ireland P. Cregg (Free) – 13 July 2012
Netherlands N. Hasselbaink (Free) – 01 July 2012
France G. Tadé (Inverness) – 01 July 2012
Scotland G. Miller (Ross County) – 01 July 2012
Scotland T. Scobbie (Falkirk) – 01 July 2012
Scotland Z. Clark (Elgin City, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
Scotland S. Higgins (Ayr United, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
Scotland M. Durnan (Elgin City, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
Scotland L. Caddis (Arbroath, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
England C. Finnigan (Dundee FC, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Scotland S. May (Alloa, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Canada M. Haber (Stevenage) – 06 July 2012
Scotland J. Keatings (Celtic B, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England J. Compton (Falkirk, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
England J. Morris (Bristol City, 0 €) – 13 June 2012
England C. Finnigan (Dundee FC) – 01 June 2012
England K. Oyenuga (Tottenham B, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
Republic of Ireland C. Sheridan (CSKA, B.L.) – 01 June 2012
England L. Croft (Derby County, B.L.) – 14 May 2012
St. Mirren

man. : D. Lennon
Scotland J. Naismith (Greenock, B.L.) – 01 Janu 2013
England S. Parkin (QotS, 0 €) – 01 July 2012
Scotland J. Robertson (Cowdenbeath) – 01 July 2012
England L. Guy (Free) – 01 July 2012
Scotland J. McKernon (Ayr United, B.L.) – 01 July 2012
Scotland M. Lamont (Dumbarton, B.L.) – 13 May 2012
Scotland J. McShane (Hamilton, B.L.) – 07 May 2012
Scotland J. McShane (Hamilton) – 01 July 2012
Scotland J. Naismith (Greenock, L.) – 01 July 2012
Australia A. Mooy (West Sydney) – 01 July 2012
Scotland S. Thomson (Free) – 01 July 2012
Netherlands J. Tesselaar (Free) – 17 May 2012
Netherlands N. Hasselbaink (Free) – 17 May 2012
Scotland S. Thompson (Dover, 0 €) – 14 May 2012
England A. McHugh (Free) – 13 May 2012
Scotland G. Smith (Free) – 13 May 2012
Scotland H. Murray (Free) – 07 May 2012

 

Hearts -St.Johnstone

First round of new season in Scotland higher league; could be a risk bet on an opening match, but Hearts seems – more or less – in same situation of Stabaek in Norway, that decided to play with young players.

The same happens here: in summer market hosts sold more then 15 player and made no acquisitions.

They are in the hands of many promising youngsters that should try to give to the team another year in Premier League

At least 14 of their players have less then 25 years, many are 21 years old or less and only two- three of them had some role as regulars in last season.

More, for this match Hearts has also two defenders unavailable, Hamill ( 28+1 2g) injuried since April, and banned Grainger ( 27). This further reduce the choices and the experience of the team- the sector in which the are more experienced players remain just the defence).

Also St. Johnstone suffered the departure of two keyplayers, Jody Morris (midf. 28+1) and topscorer Sandaza ( striker 29+1 14g), and trainer hopes that will not suffer an injury crisis during teh season, because the team has a very slim bench, but their team seems have a more competitive team and in this match will debut new striker Vine, for many years involved in English Championship,while there aren’t missings for this round.

Another thing that plays in favour of the guests is the fact that St. Johnstone already played two competitive matches in EL, where was put out from Turkish Eskisherispor with a loss in Turkey and a drawon his own field.

In my opinion guests can gain at least a draw here
Published Aug-03-2012, 21:57 CET

Betting option: Draw No Bet
Pick: St. Johnstone dnb
Odds: 2.9 (by mrgol)

Can Croatia qualify for the quarter-finals of Euro 2012?

Croatia face a crucial Euro 2012 clash with European and world champions Spain this evening.

The Croats are level with their opponents on points in Group C and know that only a victory will guarantee them passage into the quarter-finals of the competition.

Draw

A draw could be enough for both sides to progress depending on the result of Italy’s clash with the Republic of Ireland.

However the Spanish are unlikely to settle for a draw in Gdansk and will be looking to secure a quarter-final place with a victory.

Difficult

It will be difficult for Slaven Bilic’s men to get the victory that they so desperately want. It won’t be impossible for Bilic’s men though. His side has made a really good impression in their first two games of the Euro’s and won’t want their tournament to end here.

Impressed

I have to admit that Croatia is one of sides that have most impressed me at Euro 2012. Their victory over Ireland in the first game was achieved in very comfortable style and a draw with Italy was a decent result.

They were always going to be underdogs to Spain and Italy in the group but I have a feeling they may just go through to the quarter-finals.

Unlikely

If Croatia achieve the unthinkable and defeat the Spanish and Italy beat Ireland Spain could go out. That’s an unlikely scenario but we have seen it before at previous tournament and even at this one with favourites going out at the group stage.

It would be a massive shock if Spain were eliminated from the competition but anything can happen in football. The Croatians are certainly a far better side than the Republic of Ireland and won’t be as easy to beat as Spain’s last opponents.

Quality

Spain and Barcelona midfielder Xavi has revealed that he believes it will be a “beautiful game for the fans and players”. The Croatians definitely have quality players in their ranks such as Tottenham midfielder Luka Modric and Wolfsburg striker Mario Mandzukic.

The striker is joint-top goalscorer at Euro 2012 with three goals so far this tournament and is hoping to move on this summer. His German club is believed to want to sell the striker but might have second thoughts after his performances so far at the Euro’s.

Mandzukic has already been linked with a move to Premier League Everton, where he could link up with international teammate Nikica Jelavic. The striker is likely to be in-demand this summer.

Swansong

Croatian boss Slaven Bilic will be leaving his position at the end of this tournament, with his contract expiring this summer. He won’t want his last game in charge of his national team to be a defeat and I’m sure he will do everything in his power to help his country progress to the knockout stages.

Bilic was heavily criticised in his homeland for the country’s failure to qualify for the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. There were even calls for his head from some of the media back home but the Croatian FA believed in the former-West Ham defender and refused to sack Bilic.

The Croatian FA don’t want Bilic to leave his position but it seems that he wants a new challenge this summer. It looks like a return to club management could be on the cards for the highly-rated coach. I’m sure he would love to go out on a high as Croatia boss though.

Close

I think this will be a very tight affair and Spain won’t find Croatia an easy opponent. Should Croatia manage a 2-2 draw with the European champions then they would go through at the expense of the Italians.

I wouldn’t put it past Croatia to get the draw they need to progress. They have looked dangerous on the attack but I don’t think their defence is as watertight as Croat teams of the past. I don’t think they will beat Spain but if they do I think it would open the competition right up.

The way they have played so far Croatia don’t deserve to go home and I hope they get a good enough result to go through to the quarter-finals. Whatever happens though they have given a superb account of themselves and Slaven Bilic can be proud of his teams performances at Euro 2012.

Will Croatia progress into the quarter-finals of Euro 2012?