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Euro 2012, Day Eight: Open Thread

Time for Karim Benzema to get serious.
Time for Karim Benzema to get serious.

The last group stage day played in different time slots. Sad. On day four, co-hosts Ukraine defeated Sweden 2-1 with a double from Andriy Shevchenko, while France dominated England but only managed a 1-1 draw.

Ukraine vs. France, 12 noon ET

Expect an electric atmosphere in Donetsk. The co-hosts would go through with a win, but Les Bleus will defend better than the Swedes. With the first match enthusiasm exhausted, watch for a letdown by Ukraine. If so, Karim Benzema and company will be ready to pounce (get it?).

Sweden vs. England, 2:45 pm ET

A traditionally difficult opponent for the Three Lions. Zlatan Ibrahimovic has already demonstrated his credentials for the Golden Boot. England would be okay with a draw, perhaps, but the Swedes need all three points. If Roy Hodgson opens up a bit, we could see a fantastic match. But I expect the first goal to carry the day.