The first round of matches reaches its conclusion today, as Group D kicks off in a little over an hour. Croatia seized control of Group C yesterday with a convincing win over Ireland, while Italy and Spain fought to a 1-1 draw that leaves both alive but eager for a win on Thursday.
Today, France battles England and Sweden takes on hosts Ukraine. The media always hypes up France vs. England ... personally, I think the French just have them outclassed this particular summer. Nothing against England or the English game (they do have some talent), I just think the injuries, coaching changes, and a few other factors will be leave them in trouble. But I've been wrong before.So far, the tournament's big winners have been Croatia, Denmark, Russia, and the Bundesliga: Lewandowki, Gomez, Mandzukic, and new Wolfsburg signing Vaclav Pilar have all found the net.
Tonight, we'll check in with a full recap of the first 4 days, including looks at the group tables, an examination of our blogger bracket challenge, and maybe some video. For now, let's just enjoy 2 good games today, and hope Ribery keeps the run of excellence from Bundesliga players going.
As always, be polite and refrain from personal insults and ongoing vendettas. Thanks.