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ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30:  Robin van Persie of Netherlands jogs during the International Friendly between the Netherlands and Slovakia at De Kuip Stadion on May 30, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJune 9, 2012

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Euro 2012 kicked off with a bang on Friday and we're only getting started. Group play will end Tuesday, June 19, so there is plenty of football to be played and watched.

Here are some contests that will go down to the wire. 

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Netherlands vs. Germany - June 13

This game will be the best of the group stages.

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 30:  Wesley Sneijder (#10) and Stijn Schaars of Netherlands speak during the International Friendly between the Netherlands and Slovakia at De Kuip Stadion on May 30, 2012 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropou
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Netherlands vs. Germany will bring you everything you want in a Euro 2012 contest. It will bring you star power, anticipation, quality football, dazzling buildups and, hopefully, a winner.

Germany and Portugal are stealing a few headlines from Netherlands, but they are surprisingly accustomed to sliding under the radar. This is the role that they thrive on.

They can't wait for their opportunity against a team slotted one spot ahead of them in the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Rankings. 

Prediction

Netherlands 2, Germany 1

Arjen Robben scores the game-winning goal against a country where he plays his club football. 

 

Spain vs. Italy - June 10

Spain's spread-you-out, break-you-down style versus Italy's stout defensive tactics is going to be something special to watch.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - JUNE 03:  Jesus Navas of Spain looks on during the International Friendly match between Spain and China at La Cartuja stadium on June 3, 2012 in Seville, Spain.  (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
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Which team's style will break through?

Italy is strong on set pieces and they will need to be in this game if they plan on walking away with three points.

They won't have the majority of the possession because Spain generally dominates in that category, but they they can still splash down on set pieces.

Prediction

Spain 2, Italy 1

Watching Spain play football is extraordinary to watch. The way they keep possession, provide quality passes and pick their spots is something to behold.

When they find holes in Italy's defense, they will capitalize. 

 

Sweden vs. France - June 19

This game might determine who walks away with the second position in Group D.

PARIS, FRANCE - NOVEMBER 11:  Franck Ribery of France in action during the International Friendly between France and USA at Stade de France on November 11, 2011 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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France has been awful in national tournaments of late and Sweden is a team led by Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the best strikers in the world, but a player who can become invisible for the national team.

Ibrahimovic has only scored 31 goals since joining the Swedish national team in 2001. It's time for him to step up to the plate and deliver with a big-time tournament.

It may be unfair to label it all on one guy, but he needs to at least show up to the party.

France was horrific at World Cup 2010. It was just a disaster. They couldn't generate offense, man-marking was non-existent and the chemistry was completely haywire. 

We are due for an intriguing game if indeed this is the game that decides who goes through to the knockout stages.

Prediction 

Sweden 2, France 1

Sweden is a team that will surprise some people this Euro. Ibrahimovic is ready to prove that he is one in the best in the world. 

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