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Heading into Euro 2012, there wasn’t much at all in the way of discounting France as a legitimate contender for the crown.
France entered the tournament riding an unbeaten streak of over 20-plus victories, including friendlies and qualifiers.
However, France’s wishy-washy, roller-coaster ride has surprised many. A 1-1 draw against England to open the tournament didn’t excite many who thought France was the better team of the two. France came back to defeat Ukraine, 2-0, in its second match during the group stage, looking like the team critics thought that would roll through to the quarterfinals.
However, just when you thought France was back on track, the team dropped a shocking 2-0 upset to Sweden to close out the group stage. Ukraine lost to England, giving France a second-place finish in Group D and a chance to advance further.
The question with France is which team is going to show up. Will it be the team that dominated heading into Euro 2012, or the team we are seeing right now?
Only time will tell.