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Who will be Victorious in the Euro 2012 Quarter-Finals

Euro 2012 has reached the knockout stage where every game is a cup final. Will the quarter-finals throw up any surprises?

This summer's tournament in Poland and Ukraine has lived up to expectations so far with plenty of goals, talking points and entertainment. There is sure to be plenty more as the competition narrows down to eight teams at the quarter-final phase. Only two of them will match at the euro 2012 final.

Czech Republic proved to be one of the surprise packages of the group stage, recovering from a crushing defeat by Russia to overcome the hosts Poland and book a place in the last eight. However, they will have to be at their very best to beat a Portugal side which impressed against Holland, especially with Cristiano Ronaldo looking imperious. The Czechs will have to do it without injured influential midfielder Tomas Rosicky.

Greece will have to produce a similar shock if they are to get past tournament favourites Germany. They too will miss a key player with captain Giorgos Karagounis out through suspension. Meanwhile, Joachim Low's German side has plenty of riches to choose from. With the likes of Miroslav Klose to make an impact from the bench, they will fancy their chances.

Perhaps the most intriguing tie of the round sees France take on Spain. The world champions haven't yet hit top form. Meanwhile, Laurent Blanc will be keen to bounce back after his side suffered their first defeat in over 20 matches against Sweden in their final group match.

England and Italy complete the quarter-final schedule. This looks set to be a tight game with neither side having caught the eye yet. However, both Cesare Prandeli's team and Roy Hodgson's 'Three Lions' will be desperate to reach the semi-final stage, which will be viewed as a successful return.