Press round-up 10th June 2012
MARCA : “Forza Spain”
Spanish papers mainly focus on today’s game against Italy. If La Roja win they will have achieved 15 consecutive wins in official competition, they would be the first to do so. In light of yesterday’s news that Spain will receive rescue loans, the subheading reads “La Roja to the rescue [This country needs something to celebrate]”
About yesterday’s matches Holland v Denmark “The Oranje gets themselves into trouble” and the headline about Germany’s 1-0 win against Portugal Marca say “Luck smiles upon Germany” Referring to the many chances Portugal missed. At the bottom of the front page there is a reference to Messi’s hat-trick against Brazil.
AS: “La Roja to the rescue”
The big headline, again, reference to Spain’s economic problems. As assure us that “In Gdansk they are still showing optimism”. Meanwhile Casillas says he wants to win again. This newspaper just says “Holland is defeated by Denmark” and “Mario Gomez saves Germany’s match with a great header”.
A BOLA: “We have the right to believe”
Portuguese papers are not giving credit to the loss by Paulo Bento’s men, as they believe they deserved more. We can also read the subheading “Luck turned its back on our team”. Cristiano Ronaldo says they deserved more, but nothing is lost. Paulo Bento says “We paid a high price for our lack of aim and luck”.
Nani and Pepe hit the crossbar and Varela missed a clear chance facing the goal, despite this Portugal has shown they can face up to any opponent. According to A Bola, German player Lahm admitted Joachim Low’s men left happy with the result.
RECORD: “We deserved this goal”
‘This goal’ referring to the chance Varela missed “Flagrant occasion to equalise at the feet of Varela”. Paulo Bento: “We reacted fantastically”. Meanwhile Cristiano Ronaldo is quoted as saying “The opportunities we had speak for themselves”. Record says the “First big surprise” is Denmark’s 1-0 win over Holland.
O JOGO: “We didn’t kill but we died”
Once again we get that sense of injustice. O Jogo quotes Paulo Bento saying “We don’t like that we played like never but lost as always”. ‘Pepe and Nani hit the crossbar, Varela missed a chance in front of the goal and the Germans had to wait until the end to breathe easily’.
Cristiano Ronaldo doesn’t give up the fight just yet “In 2004 we started like this yet we made it to the final”. His Real Madrid team mate Pepe says “We were far superior to Germany on many occasions”.
GAZZETTA DELLO SPORT: “Longing for Italy”
The Gazzetta says that after so much bad news, we ask the ‘Azzurri’ for serenity and that they play a good game. Prandelli will rely on the Cassano-Balottelli tandem. The Italian coach considers the Manchester City striker a ‘secret weapon’.
About yesterday’s matches they go along the lines of other papers, they say Denmark surprised everyone, and about Germany the headline reads ‘Germany OK’.