Soccer’s Elite Collide In Euro Cup Semifinals

June 27, 2012 | Ryan Hiken


Today kicks off the semifinal round of the Euro Cup, with a match between rivals, Portugal and Spain.  Spain is the defending champion of this tournament and Portugal made an appearance in the 2004 finals, where they would lose to the champion Greece.  This is Portugal’s third consecutive trip to the semifinal round and Spain’s second consecutive trip to the semifinal round of the Euro Cup.

Portugal and Spain are neighboring countries and rivals on the pitch.  This is the equivalent of Yankees and Red Soxs, Ravens and Steelers, Duke and North Carolina.  These teams aren’t just two of the most talented in the world, but they are neighboring enemies.  Spain is a world powerhouse that plays a finesse style with high efficiency.  Portugal is an accomplished team that lacks the titles to show for it, but they have one of the most talented scorers on the planet in Cristiano Ronaldo.

 This is going to be an incredible match and the pitch will be filled with stars capable of scoring goals.  Spain is led by one of the world’s best in Fernando Torres.  I believe Portugal will come out playing an aggressive style and look to get the ball to Ronaldo.  Portugal will score the first goal of the match around the 30 minute mark by finding Ronaldo for a header.  Spain will respond with a goal of their own late in the first half.  In the end, I think Spain will be too much offensively for Portugal and Spain will net the game winner around the 75 minute mark.
Prediction: Spain wins 2-1 to advance to Euro Cup Finals