I think this will be similar to the Group A second round results. Croatia will play better than they did against Austria. But Germany will play better than they did against Poland. Modric will struggle against Ballack and Frings in the center of the field and will start drifting to the wings to find more room and time. No double for Podolski this time. I think it’s time for Ballack and Gomez to score. Klose will have at least one more assist. Lehmann gets a clean sheet. Interesting to see if Olic and friends can make things a bit more difficult for the slower Metzelder and Mertesacker.
Austria will give Poland a run for their money but the Poles will come through – they have to with Croatia having beaten Austria. However, it’s going to be tight. Austria know that if they lose this game, they have a high likelihood of getting blanked at this tournament with Germany being their next and last opponent. A draw is likely but I give the nod to Poland as I still think they go through ahead of Croatia.
Germany 2 Croatia 0
Poland 2 Austria 1