Euro 2012: Stars Who Need to Turn Around Poor Form

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Euro 2012: Stars Who Need to Turn Around Poor Form
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The knockout stage is finally upon us at the 2012 Euro.

Some squads were able to limp into the quarterfinals, but are still far from being at full form, while a few other sides saw a reemergence of their stars to propel them out of the group stage.

Portugal saw star striker Cristiano Ronaldo come back from the dead to finish second in the group of death. 

If he continues his strong play, the Portuguese will be a force to be reckoned with in the knockout stage.

Meanwhile, Italy used a brilliant goal from star striker Mario Balotelli in the final minutes to sink the Irish and advance.

Balotelli will need to keep his emotions in check and keep his mind on the pitch if the Italians plan to play on.

Mario Gomez has found the net three times as the German football machine has been firing on all cylinders.

The Germans at 3-0 are the team to beat at this point, and the side that plans to beat them will need their stars to be shining brightly to complete the task.

As the pressure ratchets up, here are the stars that will need to be at full form for their sides to advance:

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