|Wednesday, June 27||20:45||29||Donbass Arena, Donetsk||Semi-finals||Portugal||Spain|
|Thursday, June 28||20:45||30||National Stadium, Warsaw||Germany||Italy|
Portugal vs Spain:
Semi Final between these two old rivals will probably be going along the same lines. Spain, like in every match, will enjoy most of the possession, while Cristiano Ronaldo will try and strike back through counter attacks. Playing three in the middle of the park, like always, with Meireles, Moutinho and Veloso might only be there to disrupt the Spanish passing game, not cancel it completely.
Prediction – Like every match with Spain, it’ll be about frustrating their opponents into losing the will and patience to play sensible football and becoming desperate. Portugal have Cristiano Ronaldo, but Spain simply have a team that seems to be one level above the competition.
Germany vs Italy:
No one expected Germany’s win over Greece to be easy, and there were the moments of fright during a few moments in the second half, after the Greeks equalizer. But Germany have a lot of variety and depth in their squad, soon taking over the match.
Italy faced quite a challenge with an England team that quit 60 minutes into the match, sending everyone back and just fighting to carry the match into a penalty shootout. It’s going to be interesting if Prandelli tries the 4-3-2-1 tactic that’s actually very good at retaining possession and created a lot of chances for his team, or go back to a 5-3-2 and try and absorb the German pressure. Getting your mind into the underdog set does strange things to teams, forgetting how well they can play attacking football.
Prediction – Prandelli will probably go for what worked for him in the group stage against Germany, hoping he can find holes through their defense with long balls. It won’t be enough against a German team.