Euro 2012: Contests That Will Be Over by Halftime

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Euro 2012: Contests That Will Be Over by Halftime
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Here's a look at why two upcoming Euro 2012 matches will be determined within the first half.

After two fantastic weeks of group stage fixtures, we have finally reached the last two days of the Euro 2012 group stages. Sweden and Republic of Ireland face an early exit, while England, France, Italy, Croatia and host nation Ukraine fight for the last four spots in the quarterfinals.

No longer does a simple win, draw or loss determine a nation's fate in a tournament, as goal difference and other statistics place a country head to head with its opposition. 

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