Goalcast #2 - James Richardson and the goal.com team assess the Euro 2012 quarter-finals




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Streamed live on Jun 20, 2012

Listen again as James Richardson hosts and goal.com correspondents Wayne Veysey, Raphael Honigstein and Julien Laurens discuss Euro 2012 so far, and assess what may happen during the knockout phase.

Czech Republic vs Portugal - Who will get through?

Raphael Honigstein: "I don't think the Czech Republic's chances are very good. Portugal were unlucky to lose to Germany in the first game and are one of the few teams to have actually performed as close to their real potential.

"With Ronaldo now taking the chances that he perhaps missed against Denmark and Germany, I think they can go very far. I think they can get to the final. The Czech Republic got lucky the way they got out of the group and they have the leakiest defence."

Germany vs Greece - What is the mood in Germany ahead of the game?

Raphael Honigstein: "The general public is very confident in Germany. There are jokes that a bailout won't help them this time. I think the team is a lot more wary of the fact that, like Denmark, they can really frustrate them and it's almost as if teams are starting to get wise to Germany.

"Germany don't have the players, with the exception of Ozil, who can shine without space. It's not going to be as straightforward as it looks on paper."

Spain vs France - Can France recover from their defeat to Sweden?

Julien Laurens: "I can't figure out how France could play so well against Ukraine and then so poorly against Sweden.

"They had no motivation, no commitment, no fighting spirit -- even when they went 1-0 down they didn't react and hardly created anything. Sweden could have scored five or six easily so there are a lot of corrections to make for Laurent Blanc."

England vs Italy - Will England be glad to have avoided Spain?

Wayne Veysey: "Italy's a very difficult game because you've got two teams who would prefer to nullify and play on the counterattack. I can see this being a draw and going to penalties. England's results have exceeded expectations.

"I don't think we could have expected fluid football -- he's only been manager for 7 weeks and if he'd been manager for 7 years we wouldn't get it! Gerrard's the key to this team, he's growing with every game, he's growing with the captaincy."

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