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HindustanTimes Sat,20 Dec 2014

Mighty Russians in way of Polish dream

Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland are bracing for what looks the most politically-charged match of the tournament tomorrow here when they face Russia who are on a high after thrashing the Czech Republic 4-1.

Huntelaar's absence fuels dutch disquiet rumours

Fears of discontent inside the 2010 World Cup finalists Holland's Euro 2012 squad grew on Monday when it was announced star striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar would be the only player not talking to the Dutch press.

Shevchenko kicks off Ukraine party

Ukraine's Euro 2012 party started in style when they sealed a thrilling 2-1 comeback win over Sweden as Andriy Shevchenko struck twice to complete a perfect evening for the co-hosts in Group D on Monday

UEFA to investigate racist chanting at Euro 2012

UEFA is to investigate alleged racist chanting during the Euro 2012 matches between Spain and Italy and Russia vs Czech Republic, the governing body said today.

Demoralised Portugal take on spirited Danes

Denmark are confident they can continue a good run of results against Portugal and shut down dangerman Cristiano Ronaldo when the sides meet tomorrow in their second Euro 2012 game.

Czechs bounce back, Greece stare at exit

Czech Republic rode a stunning double strike in the early minutes to edge out 2004 champions Greece 2-1 and bounce back in Group A on Tuesday, after being hammered into submission by Russia in their opening game.

Van der Vaart sours Dutch mood further

Dutch vice-captain Rafael van der Vaart added to the turmoil within the Euro 2012 squad on Tuesday by saying he was extremely disappointed at not having started their opening match against Denmark.

Thank you for being ‘normal, civilised & white’

The deputy mayor of Euro 2012 host city Gdansk in northern Poland described the city’s residents as “normal civilised white people” in a radio broadcast Tuesday before apologising in a local newspaper.

Double penalty for an offence is against my conscience

The first game of a tournament is always the hardest for every team, especially the favourites. That's how the 1-1 draw between Spain and Italy came about. As usual we saw two teams playing neat, combination football without threatening the goal very much. Franz Beckenbauer writes.

Pushed to the brink

After the Denmark shock, the Dutch face an unenviable task against tournament favourites Germany.

Croatia in dock for fans’ flares, smoke bombs

Croatia are facing possible sanction after their fans lit flares and let off smoke bombs to celebrate two first-half goals in their opening Euro 2012 match against the Republic of Ireland, UEFA said on Tuesday.

Poland hold Russia to stay in Euro hunt

Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland kept their chances of a quarter-finals berth alive on Tuesday after drawing 1-1 with Russia, putting on ice their opponents' hopes of clinching the first slot in the knock-out phase.

Euro 2012: Germany resume rivalry with Netherlands

Long-standing rivals Germany and Netherlands meet in Euro 2012 Group B on Wednesday after two days in which co-hosts Poland and Ukraine took centre stage on and off the pitch.

Poland sorry for clashes, wants harsh penalties

Polish authorities apologised today for the violence that broke out around a soccer match with Russia and pledged severe penalties for hooligans detained after bloody clashes near the stadium and at a fan zone.

Offense is the best defence

Antonio Cassano believes Italy coach Cesare Prandelli will continue his attacking approach as the Azzurri tackle Croatia in their second Euro Group C match here on Thursday.
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