Platini wants a Germany and Spain final

UEFA President Michel Platini has revealed he is hoping to see Germany and Spain in the final of Euro 2012.

The two nations entered the finals as tournament favourites and they have lived up to their billing as both finished winners of their respective groups.

Platini is now hoping that the two sides will successfully navigate their way through the knock-out stages and to the final on July 1 in what would be a repeat of the 2008 European championship final, which Spain won by a solitary goal from Fernando Torres.

“I would like the final to be between Germany and Spain,” Platini told reporters at a press conference in Warsaw.

The former France international also expressed his surprise at the early elimination of the Netherlands and Russia whilst praising Italy for their new and more attacking approach.

“Netherlands going out shows that Euro 2012 is harder than the World Cup. The Netherlands’ exit really took me by surprise, as did the elimination of Russia.”

He continued, “He (Prandelli) has got his team playing football, it’s great to see. I was baffled when I saw that Italy had renounced their classic defensive style of play.”

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