IT’S THE MATCH THEY’RE NOT CALLING ‘THE CREDIT CRUNCH CLASH’ TONIGHT ISN’T IT?

Sure is. Greece, with their thin, weedy economy are up against the Germans, masters of European financial things and stuff and armed with a pretty decent football team as well. 

It’s probably down to the fact that they’re not poor and can afford to eat whatever the German equivalent of two Weetabix is every morning. Meanwhile, the Greek lads are foraging for nuts and berries and whatever they can find in the bins near their training camp. Perhaps we’re generalising. We doubt it though.

That’s why we’re putting a shiny golden EuroBalls coin on the Germans to trounce the Greeks by five goals to zero. That’s available at 28/1 with William Hill right now.

For a slightly more likely bet, why not plonk your fat quid on Germany to win in 90 minutes with a goal from Mesut Ozil in among their haul. You can have 4/1 on that one if you like.

BUT CAN EITHER SIDE STOP CRISTIANO RONALDO?

If last night’s commentary from the BBC’s Jonathan Pearce is anything to be believed, the answer is no. Pearce fawned his way through the whole 90 minutes of Portugal v Czech Republic, casting Ronaldo as the man who is too awesome to hang out with The Avengers or even One Direction. 

Luckily for J-Pea, C-Ron came good and scored the winner. We even got a glimpse of his polar opposite, the granite-faced Portuguese defender Rolando. Amazing scenes…

WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON IN EURO 2012 WORLD?

Italy are heading into Sunday’s quarter-final match with a slightly depleted team, which can only be good news for England. Thiago Motta is a doubt, and could join the already-crocked Giorgio Chiellini, who will definitely miss the match.

Meanwhile, France boss Laurent Blanc says that there’s definitely no rift in the French camp. Oh no, no way. Even though he says that words were exchanged after the Sweden defeat and some players were angry, it’s all fine really. Spain next for them…

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