|The Poland – Ukraine twins, Slavek and Slavko|
As play on day 2 wraps up, we’ve seen low scoring matches today between some of the highest ranked teams, with the Netherlands losing to Denmark and Germany beating Portugal.
We didn’t make it into the fan zone. I made the mistake of having my camera in my purse. Apparently they’re forbidden. I didn’t want to leave my DSLR camera in the “deposit” room, kind of like a coat check, so we walked down to the old square for a cold one and tapas. We used to joke about telling someone, “I’m in the old square by the fountain.” It’s funny because there are four fountains, one in each corner. The equivalent joke now could be, “I’m in the old square, sitting by the Irish fans.” They’re everywhere! We saw a few Croatians. The Italians, the third team playing in Poznan, have yet to make an appearance.
Tomorrow, Ireland and Croatia play the first match in Poznan, and I’m in the fan zone grandstands or tribune as they call them here.
It’s ironic that with all of the bad press Poland and Ukraine received before the Euro that the only incidents thus far have been a string of fights in both countries with Russian fans beating Polish stadium stewards and Ukrainian fans. . . no surprise there. I’ll leave it at that.