Short Takes: Mole hunt under way

Click to follow
The Independent Football

Germany coach Joachim Löw is out to unearth a mole who has been tipping off the German media about his starting line-ups.

"It is true that the coach talked to us about it and he was not happy," said midfielder Andre Schürrle. "I do not think it is someone from the team because I cannot imagine it being someone from the team."

Rouble trouble

The Russian FA were handed their third fine of the tournament, albeit a mere £28,000, after fans set off and threw fireworks and displayed illicit banners during their team's final match, a 1-0 defeat against Greece at the National Stadium last Saturday. That's £148,000 in total and a suspended six-point deduction for earlier offences.

Greece are shot-shy

Greece may have exceeded expectations by reaching the last eight before losing to Germany, but statistically they were disappointing. Manager Fernando Santos saw his team have fewer attempts on goal than any other at the tournament, managing 14 in four games.

Postiga out

Striker Helder Postiga will miss the rest of the tournament with a thigh strain suffered in the quarter-final win over the Czech Republic. Portugal's first-choice centre-forward was carried off after pulling up late in the first half.

Comments