Euro 2012: Italy 1-1 Spain


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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4 Responses

  1. Rick says:

    Fear result for both teams as both teams came out with attacking style football looking for the win.

  2. KentDave says:

    I don’t think that Torres’ introduction vindicated Del Bosque’s decision not to start with a traditional striker. Regardless of how poor he was, Torres had several chances to score. Spain looked more potent with him than without him.

    The problem lies in that Torres should not have been the striker they played. In the absence of David Villa, Fernando Llorente, who scored 29 in 53 for Bilbao this season, should have played.

  3. Johnny says:

    Torres did not take his chances at all well, but I must agree with KentDave. Before his introduction, the Spanish wasted many passages of play (saving the goal, clearly, which was well taken) through the fact that they had so many players who seemed not to want to shoot, even in the box. This would appear to tie in with what the article says as well, mind, in that it does seem like a lot of players are far more concerned with nice passes for the sake of it than creating things.

  4. overseer says:

    the standard of inept refereeing….

    Balotti should have got a penalty – the tackle went through him – one red card.

    Torres should have gone for throwing an elbow….

    so many 2 footed and high studded tackles.

    this will all change for the Engerland match where the refs will do what they are ordered to . A french win .

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