Hangover also among germany’s em group opponents

hangover also among germany's em group opponents

"I can’t criticize the fans," said portugal coach paulo bento after the boo-filled loss in leiria to macedonia – number 98 in the FIFA world rankings. "They spent a lot of money for the tickets and wanted to experience a better game."But even from superstar cristiano ronaldo was only little to see.

Danemark’s morten olsen also had to make amends on the first european championship test match weekend after the 1:3 against brazil. 40,000 red-white fans had made a special pilgrimage to hamburg and witnessed their team’s tactical and playing deficits. "We have trained physical things so far, now we have to go to the tactical and mental area", olsen apologized on saturday.

Oranje coach bert van marwijk was served by the disappointing 1:2 loss to underdog bulgaria in amsterdam. The former BVB coach grumbled that the test match had been "very annoying" in parts. "But especially in the last half hour we did everything wrong and completely lost our organization."

The dutch could never really get schalkes klaas-jan huntelaar into the game. Even bayern munchen’s dribbler arjen robben, who has been heavily criticized lately, did not put any exclamation marks after his substitution midway through the second half. At least the oranje supporters welcomed him with applause.

Van marwijk must get to grips with a tactics debate ahead of the final round in poland and ukraine. Because against bulgaria he once again put his two top goalkeepers robin van persie and huntelaar together in the starting lineup – and earned heavy criticism for it. "Van marwijk has put up names and then looked for positions for the players," marco van basten told dutch tv station SBS6.

The "three lions" were among the few halay happy EM participants. The englander gave their new national coach roy hodgson a 1-0 win in norway. "It’s been a fantastic start," the number 13 on the english coach’s bench rapped the advertising drum on his own behalf. "We could have been a bit more positive, but we’ll have to work on that in the coming days."

Defending champions spain could once again rely on their fund of classy kickers in a 2-0 win over serbia. Coach vicente del bosque gave debut to five players in view of the long injured list – among them the protector for the 1:0, atletico’s adrian. "He did a good job," said the coach.

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