Parlour, Owen, Wright & more: Twitter reacts to Spain win
Spain cruise to a 2-0 victory over France to set up a Euro 2012 semi-final with Portugal, prompting an avalanche of Tweets
Xabi Alonso scored twice to help Spain ease to a 2-0 victory over France in Donetsk and set up a tantalising semi-final against Germany at Euro 2012.
The former Liverpool midfielder netted either side of half-time to help end Spain’s miserable record against the French, and current and former professionals were generally impressed by the manner of the victory.
Here are some of our picks from the Twittersphere.
1min: Leicester City striker Paul Gallagher (@Gally_7) is eagerly anticipating what on paper should be a great clash: “Should be a good game tonight .. Come on Spain! #EURO12”
2min: Meanwhile, Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun (@YossiBenayoun15) is upset at Spain’s tactics: “No Torres..no striker again..why,why???”
19mins: Former Wimbledon striker Jason Euell (@jasoneuell) sees the benefits of playing no strikers: “Midfielder scores.. Who needs forwards.. Haha! Just playing! 1-0 Viva Espania!
19mins: Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe (@RealJoeCalzaghe) is impressed by Xabi Alonso’s header: “Good Goal!! Spain 1-0!”
21mins: Celebrity Jonathan Ross (@wossy) is a bit late to the Spain party: “Wow. Spain are good.”
30mins: England legend Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) is very much worried as part of the strikers’ union: “If Spain go on to win #Euro2012 playing this way, strikers could well become an endangered species.”
45mins: Former Liverpool defender Neil Ruddock (@RealRazor) reckons France can still get a result: “Spain pass so well don’t think it’s over yet though.. More goals me thinks !!!”
50mins: Arsenal legend Ian Wright (@IanWright0) wants France’s big stars to perform: “Really hope that Ribery does something in this game, seen a lot of him now, can’t see what all the fuss is about.”
60mins: Netherlands legend Ruud Gullit (@GullitR) reckons Vicente Del Bosque’s side could be unbeatable: “Who can beat this Spanish team?”
65mins: Former Sunderland midfielder Michael Gray (@mickygray33) is not impressed by the spectacle: “Worst atmosphere of the tournament and one of the worst games I’ve watched…”
70mins: England coach Gary Neville (@GNev2) has been listening to more of Roy Hodgson’s fables: “Spain are like a woodpecker! Eventually the timber falls!”
70mins: Former Wales international Robbie Savage (@RobbieSavage8) is underwhelmed by Blanc’s side: “France very poor lethargic performance!”
80mins: Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba (@fmuamba) believes the holders are well-placed to retain their crown: “The way Spain play, they will cause any team a problem. #Fact”
87mins: Daniel Pacheco (@dani37pacheco) gives his former team-mate a thumbs up after his second: “Alonso!”
Post-match: Chelsea midfielder Yossi Benayoun (@YossiBenayoun15) is hoping for a second mouth-watering semi-final: “So we have one great semi-final already. I hope the second will be Germany v England another big one!”
Post-match: England legend Michael Owen (@themichaelowen) is backing Spain to win: “Nothing I’ve seen has made me change my mind. Spain to win it, beating either England or Germany in the final.”
Post-match: Former Wimbledon striker John Fashanu (@JohnFashanu) is typically blunt in his opinions: “Well that was boring. Sick of Spain now. All the verbal noshing is annoying. It’s like watching paint dry most of the time. France were embarrassing. Benzema has been a huge disappointment.”
Post-match: Arsenal legend Ray Parlour (@RealRomfordPele) is ready for Sunday’s big game: “Two favourites through into the semis so far. Italians must be slight favourites tomorrow. Come on England.”
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