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Ballack bollixes up Austria

David Hirshey and Roger Bennett review Monday's games and eye Tuesday's matches. Diary

Updated: June 17, 2008, 12:26 PM ET
By David Hirshey and Roger Bennett | Special to Page 2

Who's afraid of the big, bad Germans now? Only a week ago, the pre-tournament favorites came marauding over the Alps to lay waste to Euro 2008. But two games in, the confidence and resolve that have long been hallmarks of German soccer took an unexpected battering at the feet of a faster, slicker Croatia team. And on Monday even Austria, the Barbados of Euro, got in the face of their bitter border rivals before finally succumbing, 1-0, thanks to a Michael Ballack V-2 rocket.

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