Related Betting Tips
Euro 2012 - Group D Matchday 2 Recap

France and England in Group D driving seat after wins in match day two

Group D

It took Mother Nature to grind an exciting Euro 2012 to a temporary halt on Friday evening as fork lightening crashed down over the Donbass Arena in Donetsk just minutes into France’s crucial encounter with co-hosts Ukraine.

The players were forced off the field for the best part of an hour until the stormy conditions passed through the city after it initially appeared as if the match would be abandoned until the following day.

Understandably, the game took a little while to get going upon resumption and honours were even at the break despite some concerted French pressure towards the end of the first half.

And it was Les Bleus who started the second period in full flight, scoring twice within the space of three minutes through Jeremy Menez (53) and Yohan Cabaye (56) to establish a lead that would prove unassailable.

France are fast becoming the feared dark horses at the tournament under the guidance of the shrewd Laurent Blanc, who is evidently a real asset in the dressing room as coach due to his career success and exploits with the national team when captain.

A draw is now all that is required for France to progress to the knockout stages however they will be all out to beat the eliminated Swedes in Kiev in order to swerve current champions Spain in the quarter-finals.

England also require just a point to progress against Ukraine in Donetsk but things may not be so straightforward if they defend as badly as they did against Sweden.

Although the Three Lions prevailed 3-2 to claim second spot in Group D going into match day three, they turned in a horror display overall and one which will give them real problems if replicated against the co-hosts.

Ukraine need to beat England in order to stay at their own party and are likely to attack from the first whistle in search of three valuable points.

England will probably be content to sit deep and utilise the counter attack at every opportunity, meaning a thrilling finish to Group D could be on the cards.

Regardless of the result in Donetsk, France will top Group D with success over the Swedes meaning that either England or Ukraine should face the daunting prospect of Spain in the last eight.

And depending on how results fall in Group C, France could square off with Italy in the quarters in what would be a highly anticipated repeat of the 2006 World Cup final and Euro 2000 showpiece.

Titan Bet has all the odds and markets available for the remaining Group D fixtures which should prove an intriguing finish to the opening stage of the championship.