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More blathering from the Euros:
o How good is Danny Welbeck? The Manchester United man's backheeled winner against Sweden Friday showed the type of imagination that only the greats can produce -- more commonly known as something from nothing. Theo Walcott's introduction into the action -- and the resulting speed -- may have changed the course of the game, but it was Welbeck's fanciful legwork that finally separated the two sides in a game that was remarkably open for a major championship. It reminded me of a BPL game -- and that's a good thing.
o For my money, Nani is outshining his more famous countryman and former teammate, a certain Cristiano Ronaldo. While the latter man may have finally found the net against the Netherlands, it was Nani's footwork and passing that really caught the eye for Portugal. More so than the fleet footed Real Madrid superstar, it's Nani who Portugal can thank for advancing into the knockout round of the tournament.
o Forget the Dutch team, I have a bigger question mark: What the hell happened to Wesley Sneijder? Formerly one of the top players in the world -- an acccurate description as recently as the last World Cup -- the Dutchman has turned into a pale shadow of his former self, and was a total non-factor in the Netherland's brief cameo in Euro 2012. The fervent object of desire for many United fans has turned into an object lesson: sometimes the best deals you do are the ones you don't do.
o Spain vs Croatia was largely a Euro-flop from the fans' perspective. I tuned in hoping to see some attractive, attacking football, and instead was treated to a dour, defensive slim 1-nil victory for the Spanish. Call me crazy, 'cause Spain won the group, but I don't see them being good enough to win the whole enchilada this time around.
This is farlieonfootie for June 19.