Euro 2008 via My PS3, Round One

Andrew BarrySenior Analyst IJune 17, 2008

I got this idea from the Sunday Tribune section, which once a month publishes the big games scores via the PS3. So here's my take on Euro 2008 via my PS3.

Welcome to my living room, where the scene is set for the Opening Ceremony of Euro 2008. The Doritos packets are scattered over the floor and two litre bottles of water are within arm's reach.

A few words from Martin Tyler and Andy Gray about the history of this tournament. The history of the hosts? Wrong.

In my eyes, it's being played in Ireland, in my living room on my television. Sorry Austria/Switzerland.


Round 1 from Group A

Switzerland v Czech Republic

The should-be hosts kick us off and the game slips into a cagey affair with very few mistakes. Frei and Baros go close for both sides and just before the whistle, Frei slips Yakin through and he clips the ball past Cech. 1-0

The second half sees the Czech's return more determined than the previous 45 minutes. Baros, Koller, and Rozenhal all go close, with the former striking the post. Within minutes of Rozenhal's miss, the giant Koller is tugged down inside the area and Baros converts on 67 minutes. 1-1

The Czech's are barely done celebrating as Yakin retrieves the ball on 70 minutes and launches it to Frei. His knockdown reaches Gelson Fernandez who lashes the loose ball past Cech. 2-1

The Swiss sit back and invite Czech pressure, but the hosts are in no mood to concede again and see out the remaining time to win the first Euro 2008 match 2-1.


Portugal v Turkey

Neither of these sides would accept a loss as tough assignments await, but it is the Turks who start the brighter, nullifying the threat of Ronaldo. The first chance, however, falls to Deco, who breaks from deep and fails to hit the target.

The game hinges when Quaresma cuts in from the left and is taken down by Emre Gungor. The ref automatically gives a penalty, but Turkey are furious with the decision. Who else steps up but Ronaldo; he duly obliges and hits it straight down the middle. 1-0

Turkey's bright start has been undone and they don't look like coming back into this game as the midfield triumvirate of Deco, Quaresma, and Ronaldo begin to pull the strings. Portugal score again, this time from Carvalho, who heads home a certain CR7's corner kick on 67 minutes. 2-0

Just as Turkey begin to show some attacking threat, Deco robs possession and feeds Simao, who beats two Turkish defenders and smashes the ball home. The last kick of the game, so it finishes 3-0.


Final Scores

Switzerland 2-1 Czech Republic

Portugal 3-0 Turkey

Join me tomorrow as Group B kicks off with Germany, Croatia, Poland, and Austria all in action.