Barrie watches EURO 2012

Where to watch EURO 2012 in Barrie? Generally, most establishments with a TV, but pubs and bars are your best bet. Some locales may favour a national side – the outside of the Queen’s in downtown Barrie sports a row of Dutch flags. Spain, the reigning European and World champ, is favoured to win the cup. Enjoy the spectacle.

• EURO 2012 teams
• EURO 2012 schedule/tournament map
• EURO 2012 stats
• UEFA EURO history
• EURO 2012 groups and standings: a) Russia, Greece, Poland, Czech Republic; b) Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Portugal; c) Spain, Italy, Croatia, Ireland; d) England, France, Sweden, Ukraine
• EURO 2012 team blogs
• Match locations in Poland and Ukraine
• The group of eight

The Beautiful Game Has Arrived

• June 15, 2012 – England meets Sweden

Sweden made an early exit from EURO 2012 following a dramatic win by England in group action. The 3-2 win propels England into the group of eight quarter finals.
England took an early lead in the first half on a goal by Andy Carroll. Going into the later stages of the game, a 2-2 tie was broken when Danny Welbeck found the back of the net.
Sweden Sweden’s two markers were collected by Olof Mellberg, who also forced an own goal from Glen Johnson. Theo Walcott netted England’s third.
For more on the game, click here.
• Next games: Sweden takes on France, June 19, while England meets Ukraine.

• June 14, 2012 – Italy versus Croatia

Italy continued to stagger towards the EURO 2012’s group of eight with a 1-1 draw over Croatia. The Italians led the game on a goal by Andrea Pirlo, a lead that held until the 72nd minute when Mario Mandžukić notched the equalizer.
• Name game: Croatia meets Spain, June 18, while Ireland meets Italy.

• June 14, 2012 – Spain meets Ireland

Ireland found its run at EURO 2012 ended by what is arguably the best side in world footballs, when reigning European and World champs Spain handed the Celtic warriors a 4-0 defeat.
Fernando Torres picked up two, while David Silva and Cesc Fàbregas rounded out the scoring for Spain.
• Name game: Croatia meets Spain, June 18, while Ireland meets Italy.

• June 13, 2012 – Portugal against Denmark

Portugal continued to find its footing in EURO 2012 with a late-game goal to earn a 3-2 win over Denmark.
It took until the 87th minute of regulation time before Portugal notched the win, on a goal from substitute Silvestre Varela. Until then it looked as if Denmark might continue its surprising run, holding Portugal to a 2-2 game.
The Danes went down early, 2-0 in the first half on goals by Pepe and Postiga. However, a pair of goals by Nicklas Bendtner brought the Danes close, only to be denied by the late goal.
• Next game: June 17, Netherlands takes on Portugal, Denmark against Germany.

• July 13, 2012 – Netherlands versus Germany

After dropping its opening game to the Danes, the Dutch needed to be flying against the Germans. Unfortunately for the orangemen, it was not to be as German held on to a 2-1 win to put the Dutch on the doorstep out of EURO 2012.
Germany went up early in the first half on two beauties by Mario Gomez. Despite chances, the Dutch could only respond with one by Robin van Persie.
• Next game: June 17, Netherlands takes on Portugal, Denmark against Germany.

• June 12, 2012 – Poland against Russia

Poland, co-host of EURO 2012, has a locked on group-of-eight action following a 1-1 draw with Russia, Tuesday, and a 1-1 tie with Greece in the tournament opener.
Jakub Błaszczykowski‘s tally for the home side, eventually securing the tie, brought the home side even after Russia’s Alan Dzagoev‘s 37th-minute marker to put his side ahead, if only briefly.
For more on the game, click here.

• June 12, day 5: Greece against the Czech Republic

Seeking redemption following a 4-1 drubbing at the feet of Russia, the Czech Republic ran to a 2-1 win over Greece, now winless in two after drawing Portugal 1-1.
The Czechs got off to a quick start, connecting for the fastest two-goal lead in EURO history on tallies from Petr Jiráček and Václav Pilař, putting their team ahead by two before six minutes had elapsed.
Fanis Gekas pulled the Greeks to within one, but alas for their fans, that was all she wrote.
For more on the game, click here.
• Next games: The Czechs take on Poland, Friday, while Greece meets Russia, also on Friday.

• June 11, day 4: England against France

Absent players may have had English fans fearing for the worst, but their side rose to the challenge and held a French side to a 1-1 draw in group action, Monday.
With a number of players injured and Wayne Rooney suspended, the match could have been a rout for the English if not for the determination to make it not so. In fact, the English struck first to take the lead on a Joleon Lescott goal.
Samir Nasri levelled the game for the French, sending both sides into the second half with one apiece.
For more on the game, click here.
• Next games: Sweden takes on England, Thursday, while Ukraine meets France, same day.

• June 11, day 4: Sweden against Ukraine

Fortune favoured the home side on Monday as Ukraine rallied from behind on a pair of goals from its caption to take a 2-1 win over the Swedes.
Even though it had the better first half, the tournament’s co-host found itself behind when Zlatan Ibrahimović put the Swedes ahead in the 52nd minute of the match. However, the lead didn’t last long as Andriy Shevchenko scored two in quick succession to put the home side ahead.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Sweden takes on England, Thursday, while Ukraine meets France, same day.

• June 10, day 3: Spain against Italy

The only problem in watching these two sides meet early in the tournament is that it may preclude a spectacle later on. The game showed why Spain and Italy are among the very best, with the 1-1 outcome a deserving result.
The match thrilled and chilled with both sides having numerous opportunities to take the lead, which didn’t happen until Cesare Prandelli found the back of the net in the 61st minute, to give the Italians a 1-0 lead.
It don’t last long though, as Cesc Fàbregas brought Spain back level a short time later.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Spain meets Ireland on Thursday, June 14, while Italy takes on Croatia the same day.

• June 10, day 3: Ireland against Croatia

Ireland’s return to a EURO tournament was celebrated by fans, but they are nonetheless likely disappointed in their team’s 3-1 loss to Croatia in Group C action.
Playing in the first EURO in 24 years, Ireland and its fans are happy to be on the big stage, but no doubt wanted more. However, a pair of goals by Mario Mandžukić dampened the mood early in the rain-soaked game, as he found the back of the net in the opening minutes of the game.
Sean St Ledger got one for the Irish, but Mandžukić’s second and a tally by Nikica Jelavić put a lock on the game for the Croatians.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Spain meets Ireland on Thursday, June 14, while Italy takes on Croatia the same day.

• June 9, day 2: Germany against Portugal

In a match of two of the game’s titans, Germany proved the stronger side, earning a 1-0 win over Portugal.
Mario Gomez gave the Germans the winner with his header in the second half of a hard-fought game that Germany had to take from Portugal.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Germany meets the Netherlands, Wednesday, while Portugal goes against Denmark, also Wednesday.

• June 9, day 2: Netherlands against Denmark

In the biggest upset of the early days of EURO 2012, and one that might prove doom for a dominant side, Denmark shocked the football world with a 1-0 win over the flying Dutchmen.
It was the Danes’ first win over the Netherlands in nine games, creating uncertainty in a group the Dutch were expected to win handily.
Considering that the Dutch faced off against the Spanish in the World Cup final two years ago, the win by Denmark is all the more remarkable.
Michael Krohn-Dehli tallied the lone goal for Denmark, but it was enough to sink the Dutchmen who had many splendid opportunities to score, but couldn’t find the back of the net.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Denmark plays Portugal, Wednesday, while the Dutch take on the Germans, also on Wednesday.

• Opening day, Friday, June 8 – game 1

Greece 1, Poland 1

The opening day of the tournament featured two games, but only one of significant meaning to the home side.
However, the lords of football failed to favour the Polish side, which ended in a 1-1 draw with Greece.
It started well for the Poles who grabbed an early lead in the first half on a goal from
Robert Lewandowski. However, the Greeks, down to 10 men after Sokratis Papastathopoulos was sent off, got the equalizer on a goal by Dimitris Salpingidis.
Click here for more on the match.
• Next games: Poland’s next match is against Russia, Tuesday, June 12; Greece takes on the Czech Republic, also on Tuesday, June 12.

• Friday, June 8 – game 2

Russia 4, Czech Republic 1

Whenever a team scores four goals in a football match, it’s a pretty safe bet it’s on the winning side. So it was with Russia’s convincing 4-1 win over the Czech Republic.
Alan Dzagoev netted two for the winning side, while Roman Shirokov and Roman Pavlyuchenko picked up the other two. Václav Pilař replied for the Czech Republic.
For more on the match, click here.
• Next games: Russia’s next match is against Poland, Tuesday, while Greece meets the Czech Republic.

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