In the second round of matches at UEFA EURO 2008, Croatia upset the favoured Germans, Marco van Basten's Netherlands side put four goals past the normally rock-solid French defence, and supposed no-hopers Austria thrilled their fans with a spirited performance against Poland which earned them a precious point. Below, some more alphabetical musings on the highlights of a EURO tournament that has lived up to expectations and more.

G is for Golazo - the Spanish term for the sort of goal that makes you jump out of your seat, or drop scalding coffee onto your lap. And two Spanish-based players provided top-drawer golazos for the Dutch to put the seal on the 4-1 victory over France: first there was Arjen Robben's cracking narrow-angled strike as three defenders converged on him, and then Wesley Sneijder's classic pivot and right-foot rocket in the final minute of the game. Two of the finest goals of the tournament so far.

H is for heartbreak, which the Swiss co-hosts have experienced in abundance at EURO 2008. First there was the early injury to poor Alexander Frei, then the sucker-punch goal from Vaclav Sverkos that handed Kobi Kuhn's men a first-up loss. With Arda Turan's late strike in their 2-1 defeat by Turkey in difficult conditions at St. Jakob-Park Stadium, the Swiss misery was completed.

I is for Ibrahimovic. The Swedish striker, one of the stars of the tournament so far, has certainly answered those critics who have cast aspersions on his poor scoring record for the national side. Despite not having scored a goal for Sweden for nearly two years, "Ibra" struck a memorable half-volley to break the deadlock against Greece, and proved it wasn't a fluke by applying a close-range finish against Spain for his second goal in two games. Goal drought? What goal drought?

I is for the Joker, otherwise known as Croatia coach Slaven Bilic. The guitar-playing, wise-cracking Croatia boss is a breath of fresh air on the touchline, and the game against Germany proved him to be a shrewd tactician as well. If there were an award given to Personality of the Tournament, the former Everton and West Ham defender, who famously called for England to "Wake up!" after his team had eliminated them from EURO reckoning, would be the hot favourite.

K is for Knife-edge. Groups A and D feature final group matches between two sides jostling for a quarter-final spot, with penalty kicks on the cards for the Czech Republic and Turkey, should they be unable to reach a decision within the ninety minutes. As for Group C, if the Netherlands defeat Romania and Italy and France draw, a PhD should be offered to anyone able to work out who will be going through to the quarters alongside the Dutch.

L is for Late show, of which the Austrians have now proved themselves the undisputed masters. Austria's last appearance in a major international tournament was at the 1998 FIFA World Cup France™, in which they scored a goal in each of their three group games...and all three goals, extraordinarily, were scored in second-half injury time. Now they've done it again, with Ivica Vastic (who also, incidentally, scored one of those show-stopping goals in 1998) securing the co-hosts a point against Poland with a goal...in injury time.