We are down to four!! The European Championships are now set for the semifinals this week. The final four teams are Germany, France, Portugal, and Wales. The Iceland dream is over, but two teams will get the chance to win the European title.
Portugal vs. Wales
Wednesday, June 6th at 3:00 pm EST on ESPN
The first semifinal game is tomorrow between Portugal and Wales. Portugal are looking to make it to their second European final ever. They made it to the finals in 2004 and lost the game to Greece. Wales are in their first ever European Championships and could make their first ever major international final. Portugal have drawn their last five games in the European Championships. They will be without William Carvalho who is suspended. Wales are now the darlings of the tournament. They are the underdogs but have one of the world superstars. This game is being billed as the battle between Ronaldo and Bale, the battle of Real Madrid teammates. Gareth Bale has been sensational this tournament and has led Wales to their first ever semifinal. Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies are suspended for this game. These could be huge losses for the Welsh team. Portugal has failed to win a game in 90 minutes. It will come down to which superstar has a better game. This should be a great game.
My Pick – Wales
Conor’s Pick – Wales
Germany vs. France
Thursday, June 7th at 3:00 pm EST on ESPN
This is going to be a game for the ages, the hosts France face the World Champions Germany. These two teams have been favorites from the beginning and both nations will be expecting a trip to the finals. France has won the European Championships twice, in 1984 and 2000. Germany has won the championships in 1972, 1980, and 1996. They are looking to end a 20 year wait. The Germans are going to missing a bunch of players for the semifinal. Mario Gomez and Sami Khedira are both out for the rest of the tournament with injury. Mats Hummels is suspended for the game. France, however, are back to fully fit. Adil Rami and N’Golo Kante are back from their suspensions but both might not come straight back into the team. These are two of the best footballing nations and there is a lot on the line. Germany will need to get over the loss of those key figures if they are to overcome the hosts. We can only hope that this game is a better game than the last time Germany faces a host nation at a major international tournament.
My Pick – Germany
Conor’s Pick – France