UEFA European Football Championship 2012
The Headlines They Were Too Scared To Publish
Portugal 1 (Ronaldo 79’)
Czech Republic 0
21st June 2012
Guess who stepped up to put Portugal into the semi-finals. Yep, everyone’s favourite villain, Ronaldo. Brunginho seemingly had this lined up with a swift and clever:
Ronaldo books a-head for an early Czech out
Spaceman could not link the whole headline together but still managed to slip in a couple of puns.
Cristiano the redeemer cashes Czechs out
Brunginho’s effort takes the spoils in the first knock-out match.
Germany 4 (Lahm 39’, Khedira 61’, Klose 68’, Reus 74’)
Greece 2 (Samaras 55’, Salpingidis (pen) 89’)
22nd June 2012
Spaceman chose to sacrifice this match on holiday in order for a non-football based evening, unfortunately choosing to miss a six-goal thriller. Well, it might have thrilled for some of it, but the result was probably never in doubt.
Brunginho referenced the decision of the German coach to rest his first-choice strike trio, as well as the obligatory financial slant, with:
Germans don't spare changes leaving Greeks to bail out of Euros after floodgates open
Spaceman mumbled the somewhat more feeble entry:
Germans go fourth as Greece cooked
Brunginho takes a clean win.
Spain 2 (Alonso 19’, (pen) 90’)
23rd June 2012
By contrast, this juicy-looking match turned out to be an anti-climax, as France never really threatened (or looked like they wanted to) and Spain coasted to victory, although they only sealed the win at the end. Memory serves that spaceman went first here, slipping in both French and Spanish puns:
France merde-red by none too Xabi Spain
Brunginho, meanwhile, went for the broadly similar:
Not two Xavi? Spain's opposition Franc-ly poor
Given Brunginho went second here (probably), the points go to spaceman for originality, although Brunginho may not have seen spaceman’s entry – who knows?
Italy win 4-2 on penalties
24th June 2012
Another tournament, another exit on penalties, but at least this time we fully deserved to go out of the competition having been outplayed by the Italians, led by Pirlo’s distributive brilliance. There was no sense of feeling aggrieved, which was a shame, but also a blessed release. Despite going ahead in the shoot-out, we missed two and lost (a common occurrence in penalty shoot-outs generally it seems), with Brunginho noting the similarities in name of those who missed:
England stick to their Italian job well, but Ashley can't take penalties
Spaceman went for a more straightforward headline, linking penalty with fine:
England pay penalty for Italian fine performance
A draw here, but no chance for penalties.
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