Euro 2008 via My PS3, Round Two
After yesterday's successful beginning to the virtual Euro 2008, Group B gets the spotlight for today, Germany, Poland, Croatia and Austria.
Just a quick look at yesterday's results, we saw Turkey get stuffed by Portugal (no pun intended) 3-0 and should be hosts Switzerland edge Czech Republic 2-1. So Group A is off to a flyer, over to today's fixtures.
Austria v Croatia
There has been severe criticism of this Austrian team even in the virtual world. They're only here because the game demands it, Croatia however dumped England out and are the reason why I'm not conspiring against the Three Lions.
Croatia start strong with Kranjcar going close on two occasions before Austria go into complete self destruction. Patoka attempts a long back pass, clearly forgetting Eduardo (FIFA don't have his leg hanging off) and the Arsenal man easily finishes on 34 minutes.
Austria begin to put up a fight but the half time whistle interrupts their momentum and Croatia come out stronger without adding to the scoresheet.
Late on Pogatez takes out Eduardo in the box and Modric nails the Austrian coffin on 89 minutes. 0-2.
Germany v Poland
Germany kick off, (technically Poland as the strikers are Klose and Podolski) and begin applying early pressure. Boruc has to be on his toes to deny Ballack and Metzelder, the former's free kick extremely close. Poland however stun the Germans with a length of the field counter attack, finished by Saganowski on 36 minutes.
The Germans need to get in to the dressing room but disaster strikes on 44 minutes as Lahm is judged to have tugged Zurawski's shirt in the box. The Germans are going crazy at the virtual ref but Zurawski has the ball and sends Lehmann the wrong way.
Second half sees Germany push forward and Podolski strikes the post while Frings draws a sensational save from Boruc. Just as the Poles look to have been let off the hook by poor finishing, substitute Gomez lashes the ball home to set up a grandstand finish on 78 minutes.
The Poles are desperate for the win and everybody is behind the ball. The Germans are battering on the door and it's the fourth striker on the pitch Kuranyi who has a key role in the goal, he forces the save from Boruc but an open goal falls to Podolski. 2-2 and this time he celebrates as the PS3 is ignorant of his nationality status! 2-2.
Croatia were comfortable 2-0 winners and Germany saved a point against a wasteful Poland. That sets the games in four days time up nicely with Croatia v Germany and Austria v Poland set to be key.
Join me tomorrow as the Group Of Death gets underway and will Les Bleus and the Azzurri cope any better via my PS3?
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