Latest 2020 UEFA European Football Championship news, updates and more
Latest 2020 UEFA European Football Championship news, updates and more
England successfully entered the final of the Euro 2020 for the first time in the history of the competition after defeating Denmark 2-1 in extra time! All eyes are on Wembley Stadium for England’s hotly-anticipated clash with Italy in the Euro 2020 Final.
Gareth Southgate’s side beat Denmark in front of 66,000 fans at Wembley and 30 million watching live from their homes. Mikkel Damsgaard’s gave the Danes the lead, stunning the Wembley crowd after netting a free-kick, but England found the motivation to hit back.
The tension intensified after Danish keeper, Kasper Schmeichel, denied Raheem Sterling from a close-range shot, shocking England fans. However, an own goal from Danish captain, Simon Kjaer, who put past his keeper in an attempt to stop Sterling from connecting with Bukayo Saka’s low cross, levelled out the scores – putting England back in the game.
Neither team could find the winner with the score tied, sending the players into extra time.
With Wembley on the edge of their seats, Raheem Sterling drew a foul from Joakim Maehle, Makkelie and confirmed a penalty for England. Harry Kane sent Wembley ablaze, with men, women and children leaping out of their seats, spilling drinks and chanting to the skies as he converted the rebound after Kasper Schmeichel saved his penalty.
Kane’s goal led England to their most significant victory in the Euros this far, with their defining moment serving as a great example of resilience and teamwork. In true England fashion, players and fans united in celebration, singing ‘Sweet Caroline’, causing mayhem on the pitch.
The final whistle brought on scenes of jubilation and sent fans off to celebrate across England. July 7th 2021, marked the first time in men’s football that England were European Championship finalists – a feat almost as extraordinary as the World Cup win in 1966!
Former England striker, Gary Lineker, reported to BBC One that “it finally happened”, showcasing his happiness and pride for England.
Although the Danes were drained, they fought till the end of the match in a well-admired effort, and while Kasper Hjulmand’s team left without a win, this was a pilgrimage – the end of an incredible and extensive voyage. There’s no doubt that Euros 2020 will have a lasting effect on the memories of English players and fans forever.
The Danes had already suffered a setback that will haunt them for a long time when Christian Eriksen suffered a cardiac arrest during the game against Finland and laid lifeless on the pitch. Fortunately, after successful surgery, Eriksen’s inspiring recovery proceeded to uplift them. Thus, despite the loss against England, Denmark left Wembley with their pride and faith in miracles intact, proud of their players and how they supported one another.
Wembley became a temple of joy and hope for many fans on Wednesday. With Kyle Walker throwing some grass in the air for good luck and Sterling praying (both kneeled together), the British lions controlled the second-half well, allowing the team to stay calm until the moment they won. England fans were easily recognisable, kitted out in England football strips and the iconic Three Lions symbol. Men and women gathered throughout the streets of London, chanting “football’s coming home”, bursting with exhilaration and overcome with ecstasy for England.
Gareth Southgate, England’s coach, proudly expressed that he was “so pleased for our country”, evident by his fist-pumping the air following the final whistle. He went on to say, “we know what our country, like others, have been through”, referring to everyone’s experiences with lockdown restrictions over the past year, and that to happily enjoy the “happiness and journey for another four days” is a treat in itself.
Wednesday’s victory was a historical moment for Southgate, coaching his team to get to the finals. Sunday’s game will reinvoke memories of when he stepped off the Wembley pitch after missing a penalty against Germany in the Euros 1996 semi-final penalty shootout. Can England put themselves back on the podium and become European champions?
England is aspiring to win Sunday’s match when they go head-to-head with Italy on our home ground in the Euro 2020 final.
Italy and England will meet for the first time on Sunday since a 1-1 draw at Wembley in March 2018. Jamie Vardy put the Three Lions on level terms, scoring an 87th-minute equaliser from the penalty spot. The Three Lions will clash with the Azzurri in their 10th major tournament final and fourth European Championship final.
In spite of COVID regulations, England fans will be symbolically holding hands in anticipation for Sunday’s match – praying that England will earn their long-awaited title of European Championship finalists.
Will England bring another moment of jubilation for the whole country? With the entire European Championship coming to a close, it’s a weekend you don’t want to miss!
Update 07/07/2021 - Italy v Spain, who will make it through?
At 8pm, live at Wembley Stadium, Italy, will be playing Spain in the Euro 2020 semi-finals. The two teams have met five times at significant tournaments, so they are no strangers to one another, and one of these two football teams will play in the finals on the 11th July, against England or Denmark.
Tonight’s game will be a difficult one as Italy beat Spain in the Euro’s 2016. However, this could potentially mean that Spain has had the time to improve its skills and tactics.
Italy suffered an unfortunate loss after one of their best performers, defender ‘Leonardo Spinzella‘, suffered a muscle injury that ruptured his Achilles Tendon in Italy’s last game. As a result, he may not play again for the next six months due to his recovery period. Player’ Dani Olmon’ could take Spinzella’s place in tonight’s game. Will this come as an advantage for Spain?
Robert Mancini commented that Spain has an extraordinary way of playing and that Italy ‘cannot turn into Spain overnight; however, they will try and play their game.’
The Italy team hasn’t been beaten in almost three years and is considered one of the best teams playing in the Euro’s 2020 – be sure to watch the game tonight as it will be quite a dirty one. Throughout the 2020 Euros, both managers agreed that Italy and Spain have ‘enjoyed their great success’ from being their bosses compared to some of the other teams.
Spain is known to have dominated football, with their slick style of playing and have emerged as the top scorers for the Euro 2020, thrashing lots of teams as they play. In the five games that Spain has played, they have scored twelve goals, with ten of those goals coming from just two matches! With that being said, it looks like Italy has got an eventful night ahead of them if they are to get the winning goal. Although, we can’t forget that Italy has a winning streak of thirteen games in a row thus far.
Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, Italy and Spain supporters cannot travel to London’s Wembley Stadium, as they are required to quarantine for ten days under UK government rules.
Manager Robert Mancini (head coach of Italy’s team) delivered a statement, admitting that he found restrictions on travel ‘very unfair’, noting that the fantastic thing about sport is that if there is a crowd cheering you on, you can play no matter what.
However, he does understand the current situation as Covid-19 still poses a threat to public health. Later, he went on to say that he hopes many UK citizens will support Spain or Italy by streaming the match live.
Let the competition commence! Fans will be eager to see which team will come out on top.
Update 06/07/2021 - Italy set for semi-finals against Spain
After an intensive game, Italy defeated Belgium 2-1 and is now eligible to go against Spain during the semi-finals.
First, Italy’s Nicolo Barella skilfully surpassed 3 of Belgium’s defenders and secured a goal, then Lorenzo Insigne curled another. This impressive play led to their victory against Belgium and firmly increased their chances of stepping closer to becoming Euro 2020 Champions. Despite, Belgium’s loss, they still showed remarkable resilience towards the end of the first half, where star player Romelu Lukaku scored a penalty.
Spain vs Italy is known for having one of the biggest rivalries in European football history after Italy defeated and stripped Spain of their eight-year European championship reign. However, Spain is also known for winning all 4 of their previous Euro cup semi-finals, leaving viewers wondering if history is likely to repeat itself?
Italy has now reached the semi-finals for a major torment for the 12th time. They have made it clear that they are the team to watch out for, hence why this game against Spain will be highly competitive. Will Italy be able to secure a place in the Euro 2020 final?
Update 05/07/2021 - England turns focus towards Denmark
For the first time since 1966, England could secure a place in a major final if they are victorious against Denmark this Wednesday. Throughout Euro 2020, England’s journey has been outstanding, leading them to a well-deserved place in the semi-finals.
After a phenomenal performance against Ukraine last Saturday, England secured a 4-0 victory with Harry Kane, defender Harry Maguire and Jordan Henderson, currently, England’s biggest win in European Championship history and is bringing them one step closer to claiming the Euro 2020 title.
The Three Lions held their own throughout the match. Despite a well-deserved celebration, England now needs to focus on defeating Denmark this Saturday on home soil, at Wembley Stadium. Up to 60,000 fans will be ready in attendance to cheer and support England as they become just days away from potentially bringing the Euro Championship Home.
Denmark has had a bittersweet Euro 2020 experience so far, following the cardiac arrest of Christian Eriksen. This sad event occurred during their opening match and left fellow teammates and all football supporters nationwide highly concerned. Nevertheless, Denmark has managed to make it through to the Euro 2020 semi-finals in the face of it all. This strong resilience may be all it takes to defeat England and take home the trophy after a devastating start to the Euro 2020 games.
Update 02/07/2021 Switzerland Eliminated France
Switzerland secured the biggest shock of Euro 2020 by knocking out favourite France in the last 16 of the European Championship. After saving a penalty, Vladimir Petkovic’s team took the lead and showcased dedication to storm back from two-goal downs to France in extra-time.
At 90 minutes, the Swiss were seconds away from losing the game, with France’s Karim Benzema scoring twice and Paul Pogba putting France 3-1 up with a screamer. That was until Haris Seferovic secured Switzerland’s second goal with an impressive header and substitute Mario Gavranovic brought in a last-minute equaliser, resulting in the game progressing into extra-time.
Kylian Mbappe missed an excellent opportunity for the world champions to secure their place in the quarter-finals. Crowds will never forget that Mbappé was the only player that failed to score in the shootout after an impressive Yann Sommer save. This gave the Swiss their moment in the spotlight, celebrating with one another after Mbappé’s fatal mistake!
Switzerland Captain, Petkovic, holds onto the idea that he “wants to go a step further” in the Euro 2020, claiming that he won’t be “overwhelmed after eliminating France ”. However, with encouraging captain Granit Xhaka, out of the picture due to receiving two yellow cards in the match against France – will Switzerland’s progression to the top stop? Despite the yellow cards, the Arsenal midfielder was awarded the man of the match for his skills and talent in that decisive game.
Are the odds against the number one ranked team in world football, Belgium? The potential absence from Kevin De Bruyne and captain Eden Hazard has caused serious doubts for Belgium and their fans, many of whom have been left wondering about the future of the team’s starting 11.
De Bruyne was unfortunately replaced during the 2nd half of Belgium v Portugal 1-0 game. It was evident that Kevin de Bruyne was in apparent pain after Palinha rammed into him. It was later confirmed to be an ankle injury, which many fans could see being treated with an ice-pack after TV footage was released. There has been growing doubt amongst punters over whether De Bruyne will participate in Belgium’s match against Italy, which has led to bets against Roberto Martinez’s side in Munich.
Boss Roberto Martinez has commented that both players are “50/50” to feature against Italy in Munich on Friday and can still play a vital part. Although Martinez admitted that “they are both not 100 per cent fit” he said “we are using every day to get them as fit as possible,” reassuring fans that De Bruyne and Hazard will be returning to the pitch soon.
The only factor standing in Ukraine’s way in Saturday’s quarter-final is Gareth Southgate’s men in Rome.
There is no denying that Euro 2020 has defied the odds over the last two months. One rule that England fans are abiding by is to never rule out the underdog. However, Ukraine is managed by a former player – Andriy Shevchenko, a 2004 Ballon d’Or winner who impresses many by making their own European Championship history.
It was Artem Dovbyk’s late header that resulted in Ukraine placing in the quarter-finals against England. Ukraine has previously beaten England once in the World Cup, qualifying in a 1-0 success in 2009, resulting in Ukraine ranking 24th in the world. Although the most significant threat for England is Andriy Yarmolenko, Shevchenko is anxious about whether his top player is fit for Saturday after suffering an injury during an FA Cup game.
The uncertainty has left England speculating how well Ukraine will perform with the change to their formation, from a 4-3-3 set up to a new 3-5-2 shape, for the first time since the last-16 win over Sweden. Southgate already voiced that England will be mirroring Germany’s 3-4-3 shape, but will England’s boss be tempted to change the formation again?
No matter who plays on the pitch, it will be an intense game over the weekend, as Shevchenko knows British strategy and will undoubtedly prepare well for the upcoming game!
Update 30/06/2021 England beats Germany in the last eight
What a game for England supporters. Five o’clock kick-off straight after work and a 2-0 score for England at their home ground Wembley Stadium! The game didn’t start too promising for England, however in the 75th minute, Raheem Sterling changed the game leaving England fans in shock…
Throughout the first half of the game, England supporters were sitting on the edges of their seats, wondering if the cup would come home. With deadly players such as Grealish, Foden and Mount on the benches, England fans could tell that Gareth Southgate had a plan in mind. Germany started in the first half dominating the game, showing England their skills; however, in the second half, England jumped into action, changed the game, and the competition began to take place.
Manager Gareth Southgate released the weapon ‘Grealish‘ onto the pitch after halftime. With the collaboration of Grealish, Kane and Sterling, England got straight in the box and took over the game. A swift touch from Grealish and Sterling scored; the crowds went wild! Not long after, captain of the team Harry Kane scored his first goal of this year’s Euros after trying in most of the games so far.
With Germany, unfortunately, going home, England will now proceed to go against Ukraine in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals this Saturday. England fans are more than ready for this game, bringing them a few steps closer to getting the cup home and winning the Euro 2020 Championship.
It was a tense atmosphere throughout Sweden’s showdown against Ukraine yesterday. The crucial penalties resulted in the Mallmo Champions leaving the 2020 Euros. A winning result for Ukraine at Hampden Park and an unfortunate consequence for Sweden is returning home.
The game started with Sweden dominating Ukraine; however, upcoming to halftime, they almost started to lose their concentration, and this was when Ukraine scored their first goal of the match. Ukraine continued with their outstanding performance throughout the rest of the game and achieved the last-minute penalty goal!
Sweden started the game by dominating Ukraine, but soon after, Ukraine got their game on. With a 1-1 result at halftime, both teams needed to up their game and ensure they would be the winning team. When the ref blew the whistle for full time, it was time for the penalty shootouts between the two groups. Fans watching from the edges of their seats as the penalties were skimming past the goal post, Danielessons unlucky red card changed the way the teams played. What started as an average game soon turned into a dangerous competition.
Ukraine will now be going through to the quarter-finals to play against England this Saturday. Both England and Ukraine need to be prepared for this upcoming game and take one step at a time.
Update 29/06/2021 France Defeated by Switzerland
After an intense match, Switzerland defeated France 5- 4 on penalties after a shocking miss from Kylian Mbappe. This crucial penalty led to the World Cup champions being out of the European championship.
The game started with a goal from Switzerland’s Haris Seferovic. His clean header put Switzerland at an immediate advantage until France’s Karim Benzema scored twice, while Paul Pogba took France up 3-1. Seferovic then made another remarkable header and to equalise the match, then came Mario Gavranovic with an outstanding last-minute goal.
To finalise the game, penalties were taken from both teams. After an impressive save from Yann Sommer, Mbappe failed to score his penalty and led to Switzerland’s victory. This is currently deemed as one of the biggest shocks in the Euro 2020 games so far, leaving fans and viewers everywhere in complete shock.
Switzerland will now proceed to go against Spain in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals this Friday as France make their way back home. Swiss fans are extremely excited for this match as they are one step closer to the finals and potentially winning the Euro 2020 championship.
28/06/2021 Croatia v Spain
Croatia v Spain
After an astonishing 8-goal thriller during the Spain v Croatia match, Spain will progress to the Euro 2020 quarterfinals after securing a 5-3 victory.
Spain began with absolute domination until an own goal from their goalkeeper, Unai Simon. Fans in Parken Stadium were left devastated and confused after an accidental backhand from the goalkeeper after a strong start. Despite this own goal, they didn’t let this mistake overcome them. Their strong recovery led to numerous fantastic goals from Pablo Sarabia, Cesar Azpilueta and Ferran Torres throughout the match leaving viewers more confident with their performance.
Croatia then had a strong comeback as Mislav Orsic scored during the final 5 minutes and a phenomenal header from Mario Pasalic during the extra time. However, Spain then secured two more goals from Mikel Oyarzabal and Alvero Morata leaving them victorious and extreme competitors in the Euro 2020 quarterfinals.
Update 28/06/2021 Wales defeated Denmark
Denmark had a truly defining moment in Euro 2020, eliminating Wales who had lost consecutive major tournament matches for the first time in their history. The gripping match saw star player Kasper Dolberg take Denmark straight to the quarter-finals in the second round of the tournament.
Watched over by a crowd of 16,000, almost all wearing Danish’s colours, Kasper Dolby led Kasper Hjulmand’s side. He surprisingly curled in a 27th-minute strike while striking again in the 48th minute – resulting in substitute Neco Williams smashing in from a close range.
Putting Wales in a tight spot, which they struggled to get out of, Joakim Maehle added a late third for the ecstatic Danes. Harry Wilson was shown a prominent red card for a late foul on Maehle just moments before Martin Braithwaite managed to bring the fourth goal in added time, permanently ending Wales’ campaign.
Denmark is notorious for providing an uplifting story in any final, showing admirable resolve to dominate players and impress their viewership. Wales has unfortunately returned home exhausted but proud of their efforts and dedication for their third appearance in a major tournament.
Wales’ long journey back home
Football fans can describe Wales’s journey during Euro 2020 as long and onerous. However, with the loss of last weekend’s match, a blow has been made to their scores, with Denmark securing four goals, making it more vital to claim a comeback for the next stop.
With this match a third game away from four for Wales, the game was initially deemed to favour Wales’s side, allowing Captain Gareth Bale to send a 20-yard shot. However, the shot went wobbling just wide with this dangerous move before effectively finding an opening for his fellow attackers. Then, however, the match shifted to be Denmark’s victory story as Dolberg produced an excellent goal that changed the game for Wales.
Pressure can now be seen on Wales’ players faces as they found themselves retreating further into their half. They attempted to balance back in the game while coping with the injury to right-back Connor Roberts and a Kieffer Morre’s yellow cord, hindering their performance.
In the build-up to Denmark’s second goal, Moore did not win a free-kick, aggravating the player as Simon Kjaer manhandled him. Ultimately, a two-goal defeat is upsetting to any player, but the final five minutes placed Wales at a further disadvantage, conceding two late strikes and Wilson’s red card, further allowing the game to fall apart for Wales.
Denmark will continue their rise in the Euro 2020 in Baku with the Netherlands or the Czech Republic next Saturday.
Although they may not have the advantage of a thousand fans in Amsterdam or the backing locals and neutrals at the Johan Cruff Arena, Denmark expects to be utterly dominant against any other team: they will give fans an action-packed tournament that can only be seen in Euro 2020.
Fans can be sure that once Dolberg is on the scene, Denmark can take control of any tournament that they perform in!
Update 25/06/2021: Belgium take on Portugal
It’s a significant weekend for Euro 2020, with two days of highly anticipated matches taking place to see who will come that step closer to the title.
Sunday will see Belgium take on Portugal, with both sides containing Euro 2020 top scorers. Romelu Lukaku currently has three goals to his name against Cristiano Ronaldo’s five, leaving him proudly standing in first place.
Kevin De Bruyne continues to be one to watch after his brilliant performance against Denmark. Paired with Lukaku, the duo could prove to be a force to be reckoned with but will the rest of Martinez’ side be up to scratch?
Although many of the football big guns have sailed through to the knockout stages, we believe there are a few dark horses to watch out for.
Sweden managed to top Group E, remaining unbeaten, and could cause a stir in the final 16. Janne Andersson’s will take on Ukraine next Tuesday and could go on to threaten the likes of England or Germany.
Despite their loss against England at Wembley stadium, the Czech Republic has also made some promising performances against Croatia and Scotland. Sunday will see them take on the Netherlands at Ferenc Puskás Stadium as it’s hoped that Patrik Schick will replicate his top performance against his Scottish rivals.
It’s been a mixed bag for Switzerland so far during Euro 2020, losing 3-0 to Italy, but if Petković’s side can repeat their final group performance against Turkey, they could pose a real threat.
Tomorrow sees Wales take on Denmark as Welsh defender Connor Roberts admits that “99% of the world” will be against them.
Denmark has been the centre of an uplifting narrative during Euro 2020 as the beginning of the championship saw Christian Eriksen recover from a cardiac arrest.
Wales has recognised their status as underdogs in the tournament but could throw a curveball, as seen during their showdown against Turkey.
One thing is for sure; it is certain to be an action-packed weekend for football fans everywhere!
Update 24/06/2021 Germany advance to final-16
Germany secured their place in the final-16 yesterday thanks to equalisers from Chelsea’s Kai Havertz and Leon Goretzka as they took on Hungary at the Allianz Arena.
As expected, Germany took control from the outset and proved to be a challenge for Hungary’s defence. Whilst the hosts were able to maintain their authority; they failed to make the most of opportune moments in the final third, with a 2-2 draw.
Hungary midfielder Roland Sallai said he was proud of his team’s performance, although he was disappointed for falling short.
The result sees Germany finish second in Group F, meaning they will take on the Three Lions in what is set to be an epic match.
Football fans eagerly await England’s showdown with their German rivals next week as both teams make it through to the knock-out stages.
Forty-five thousand football fans will head to Wembley Stadium to witness the Three Lions biggest international game at Wembley since their notorious loss against Germany during Euro 1996. So naturally, the match has prompted a significant demand for tickets.
If England proves to be successful next Tuesday, they will head to Rome to face the Sweden vs Ukraine match champions.
Cristiano Ronaldo has cemented his status as Euro 2020 top scorer thanks to two goals during Portugal’s match against France yesterday, where they knocked the former European champions out of the Euros.
The match proved to be a dramatic meeting, fulfilling football fan’s expectations. Whilst Portugal came out on top, we also saw moments of brilliance from France, particularly from Paul Pogba.
Portugal will next take on Belgium this Sunday at Estadio de La Cartuja, but who will prove victorious?
Update 23/06/2021 England Tops Group D as Saka becomes unexpected star
England successfully accomplished their first mission of Euro 2020 yesterday as they secured a 1-0 victory against the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium, pushing them to the top of Group D. So far, during the Championship, England has remained undefeated during their three matches without conceding a goal.
While Raheem Sterling delivered once again, providing the winning goal, the surprise star of the match was Bukayo Saka, who also plays for Arsenal. The 19-year-old showed tremendous strength, with his performance undoubtedly contributing to Sterling’s goal. Manager Gareth Southgate commented on his fantastic performance, stating that he was super impressed.
Saka’s defensive work ultimately prevented the opponents from securing an equaliser, taking England through to the knockout stages. The Three Lions will next play on 28th June against the runners up in Group F, which will be either France, Germany or Portugal.
It was a disappointing day for Scotland yesterday as their 3-1 defeat against Croatia knocked them out of the Championship.
Manager, Steve Clarke, pledged to build on the team’s progress in what has been their first major tournament in 23 years. Whilst expressing his disappointment, Clarke said the team would look to see what they can do better and vowed that it would not be another 23 years until the next tournament.
Scotland Captain Andy Robertson noted that Croatia displayed why they managed to get to a World Cup final and acknowledged that a better team ultimately beat Scotland.
Croatia’s performance puts them as the runner up for Group D and will take on the runner up of Group E on 28th June 2021.
Update 21/06/2021 Italy continue to be the early favourites for Euro 2020
Yesterday marked Italy’s third consecutive Euro 2020 win as they took on Wales at the Stadio Olimpico, cementing their reputation as Champion favourites.
While Wales could put up a surprise stellar performance against Turkey last week, they could not break Italy’s intensity throughout the game. Nevertheless, as a team that has become accustomed to losses, Wales put up a respectable performance against their tough opposition.
Wales manager Robert Page declared the game felt like a win regardless of the result, with the team still through to the knockout stages. Page stated that the team were bursting with pride and never to underestimate Welsh character.
Wales captain Gareth Bale, who has just finished a season-long loan with Tottenham Hotspur, admitted that the team knew it would be a challenging game but that they ‘got the job done’ regardless. With Italy standing as four-time world champions and claiming the Euros title previously, the match’s outcome is no surprise.
The next challenge for Wales will be in Amsterdam next Saturday as they take on the Group B runners-up, which is likely to be Russia, Finland or Denmark.
It was an electrifying moment as Attila Fiola took Hungary into the lead last Saturday at Ferenc Puskás Stadium. The crowds roared and will undoubtedly become an iconic moment for Hungary football fans.
The celebrations, however, were short-lived thanks to a goal from Antoine Griezmann. France, who were in lively form, are also world champions and have also been tipped as potential title winners for Euro 2020.
That being said, football fans expect great things from France, and the draw did little to live up to such high hopes.
Both Hungary and France are set to play their final Group F matches on Wednesday. Hungary head to Munich to take on Germany while Portugal goes head to head with France in Budapest.
There was plenty of action and iconic moments as Portugal took on Germany last Saturday at the Allianz Arena. It was a solid win for Germany as they secured a 4-2 victory in Munich.
Despite the disappointing outcome for Portugal, it was a momentous occasion for Cristiano Ronaldo, who secured his 107th International goal and led the way for Euro 2020 top scorer, with three goals.
Germany fought back hard with goals from Chelsea midfielder Kai Havertz, Ruben Dias, Raphael Guerreiro and Robin Gosens.
Portugal conceded four goals to Germany during the 2014 World Cup, where they lost 4-0 to their German rivals.
The nation geared up last Friday, expecting great things for England versus Scotland following their brilliant win against Croatia. Many hoped it would repeat their historic game against Scotland back during Euro 96, featuring Paul Gascoigne’s infamous dentist chair celebration.
Instead, Gareth Southgate’s men delivered a goalless performance, with the match soon turning into a night of frustration. That being said, it was not a disastrous display, with promising moments shown from the likes of Mason Mount and Reece James.
Will England step up during tomorrow’s game against the Czech Republic in the last of the Group D matches?
Update 18/06/2021 England v Scotland predictions
Following their sensational win against Croatia last weekend, the nation eagerly awaits to see if England can recreate their Euro 96 success as they take on Scotland this evening at Wembley Stadium.
The Three Lion’s win against Croatia places England as the favourite to come out on top in Group D. Steve Clarke’s side, however, will be feeling the pressure having lost against the Czech Republic thanks to two goals from Patrick Schick.
Realistically, Scotland would need a result against Gareth Southgate’s men tonight to qualify for the knockout stages, but the odds are in England’s favour. Will the match prove to be as iconic as the 1996 showdown?
The Netherlands has made it through to the final 16 thanks to a solid win against Austria last night at the Johan Cruyff Arena in front of 12,000 football fans. Netherlands Head Coach Frank de Boer stated that the performance against Austria was the opposite of what was witnessed against Ukraine. “We dominated the ball but in defence lacked some quality,” said de Boer.
The stars of the show were Denzel Dumfries and Memphis Depay helping The Dutch to progress to the knockout stages, a feat which has not occurred since 2008.
Austria’s fate will be decided as they take on Ukraine next Monday whilst the Netherlands take on North Macedonia for the final of the Group C games.
Belgium Vice-Captain and Manchester City Midfielder, Kevin de Bruyne put up a fine performance against Denmark last night, taking full control of the game with the help of the Hazard brothers and Romelu Lukaku.
The 29-year-old underwent surgery before the tournament to repair a fractured eye socket. If yesterday’s performance was de Bruyne not in full force, it will be interesting to see how future Euro 2020 games progress when he is 100%.
Belgium’s next challenge will be their game against Finland next Monday at Krestovsky Stadium – can Belgium replicate their recent victory?
Update 17/06/2021 Goals from Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey secure Wales win against Turkey
Yesterday saw Wales secure a tremendous win against Turkey, much to the surprise of many football fans. Playing in front of a primarily Turkish crowd at Baku Olympic Stadium, Wales silenced their critics with a remarkable 2-0 victory. Many have argued that the win was Wales’ best performance since Euro 2016, where they reached the semi-finals.
The ultimate combination that is Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey provided the goals with performances reminiscent of their former Euros success. Bale noted that whilst Wales’ performance could not compare to Euro 2016, it was a fantastic win regardless.
The real challenge will be how Wales fare against Italy as they take on the Euro 2020 favourites at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
Roberto Mancini’s side is the first nation confirmed to go through past the group stages at Euros 2020, becoming the favourite to go all the way. The Azzurri sailed through their match against Switzerland yesterday, claiming a 3-0 win at the Stadio Olimpico, marking ten consecutive game wins.
Italy has since been described as a ‘winning machine’ by Everton midfielder Leon Osman but do they have what it takes to take the crown for Euro 2020?
Mancini noted how his side loves to take risks but added that every match is difficult. Only time will tell if Italy will come out on top. For now, we look towards their upcoming fixture against Wales.
Tonight sees the Netherlands take on Austria in Amsterdam but the outcome remains uncertain. With both teams having a win under their belts, it will be interesting to see how the game progresses. The Netherlands got off to a flying start in the championship, having beat Ukraine 3-2. Likewise, Austria managed to gain 3 points, beating North Macedonia but facing the Netherlands is likely to be a more formidable challenge.
Taking place at the Johan Cruyff ArenA, football fans eagerly await tonight’s result.
Update 16/06/2021 Cristiano Ronaldo close to beating Ali Daei’s world record
Cristiano Ronaldo may have only played one Euro 2020 game so far, but Portugal’s captain is already breaking records. When stepping onto the pitch during Portugal’s fixture against Hungary yesterday at Ferenc Puskás Stadium, he became the first player to appear at five men’s European Championships.
He then surpassed Michel Platini’s feat of nine European Championship goals after scoring twice against Hungary during last night’s game, sealing an impressive 3-0 victory.
The 36-year-old also managed to secure his 11th goal within the Euros championships and 106 international goals, adding to his list of remarkable achievements. The significant number is just three goals short of Ali Daei’s world record of 109 goals. Could Ronaldo beat the record during Euro 2020?
Diogo Jota, who also plays for Liverpool, assisted in Portugal’s victory yesterday, playing for 81 minutes before being substituted for Andre Silva. Jota will be back in action on Saturday as Portugal take on Germany.
It was a shocking moment during the France v Germany fixture at the Allianz Arena yesterday evening as a parachute protestor emerged onto the pitch. The Greenpeace paraglider who had ‘Kick Out Oil’ displayed on the back of the parachute delayed the game and injured several people.
UEFA has labelled the act as inconsiderate and highlighted the dangerous consequences for the football fans in attendance. Those injured have had to receive hospital treatment, and law authorities are taking the necessary action.
There were high hopes for France’s fixture against Germany last night, but the mounting excitement soon deflated into disappointment thanks to Mats Hummels’ own goal. Germany coach Joachim Löw stated that the team was not clinical enough and noted how France showed resilience and assurance throughout their performance.
It was a disappointing start for attacking midfielder Kai Havertz, who also plays for Chelsea, having been previously hailed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo – a name difficult for any footballer to live up to.
Saturday will see Hugo Lloris’ side taken on Hungary Ferenc Puskás Stadium. Will Hungary show a more robust performance than what we witnessed against Portugal?
Tonight sees Wales take on Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium, in what will primarily be a Turkey home crowd. Whilst the odds may be against Wales, the team are hoping to silence Turkish crowds. In the words of Wales Captain and Tottenham Hotspur player, Gareth Bale ‘when you come into an away stadium, you know you’re going to get abuse.’
Turkey hopes to bounce back from their opening Euro fixture against Italy, losing 3-0 in Rome. Turkey captain Burak Yilmaz, however, believes that playing at home will make all the difference.
It’s no surprise that England captain Harry Kane is a favourite to take the top scorer crown for Euro 2020, given that he won the title during the 2018 World Cup.
Inter Milan and Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku are also tipped for success this summer, already securing two goals against Russia.
Czech Republic forward Patrik Schick is another favourite, given his two goals against Scotland on Monday at Hampden Park.
It goes without saying that Cristiano Ronaldo is also a clear contender following yesterday’s impressive performance against Hungary.
Ones to watch will also be France forward Kylian Mbappe, France striker Karim Benzema and Poland captain Robert Lewandowski.
Update 15/06/2021: England can’t afford to be football snobs says Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate has commented that England cannot afford to be football snobs if they want to go all the way in Euro 2020. He highlighted the importance of the team varying their style, using a range of long and short passes to disrupt their European opponents. “The variety is important against top opposition,” said Southgate. Could this tactic be the key to England’s success this summer?
The Three Lions showcased a fantastic performance against Croatia last Sunday, and it’s hoped that their success will continue as they face Scotland this Friday at Wembley Stadium. Although the victory will have provided England with a boost of confidence, there remain many obstacles to overcome…
Whilst England are well set up to come out on top against their upcoming fixture against Scotland, former England captain Wayne Rooney stated that he is cautiously optimistic going forward in the Euros. Rooney highlighted that the win against Croatia was a massive feat for the team but advised that England should not become too relaxed.
Rooney stated that The Three Lions will likely secure a comfortable win against Scotland but will face more significant challenges when up against the likes of France and Portugal. As a result, it’s crucial that England continue to have their wits about them to proceed to the next stage of the championship.
Despite the buzz around Glasgow yesterday and the high hopes that Scotland could push beyond their past experiences, the team sadly lost 0-2 against the Czech Republic at Hampden Park.
The crowd rejoiced each time Scotland made it past the halfway line and was soon followed by the sound of disappointment as countless opportunities were missed.
Whilst the 9,000 strong crowds soaked up the thrilling atmosphere at Hampden Park, the sadness also hit hard as Patrik Schick scored the second goal for the Czech Republic, cementing their victory.
Scotland Manager, Steve Clarke commented ‘we had our chances to get back and we didn’t take them. It’s a good learning experience.’ Although a slow start for Scotland, the team must pick themselves back up and focus on their fixture against England on Friday.
Spain’s fixture against Sweden yesterday resulted in a goalless performance, marking a disappointing start for Group E at Estadio de La Cartuja, Seville. Whilst Spain certainly had the upper hand throughout the game, with 87% possession, they lacked that extra zing to see them through to triumph.
Former England captain Alan Shearer said that Spain had themselves to blame, noting that the team created plenty of chances but showed poor finishing.
Although it has been a slow start for Spain, there is hope that the side could still make significant progression within the championship. In the words of Cesc Fabregas, it’s not how you start; it’s how you finish.
Group F has been hailed as ‘the group of death’ throughout the Euro Championships, usually consisting of a group of strong contenders with one major team always missing out on the next phase of the tournament.
For Euro 2020, Group F consists of the likes of France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary; however, is there any real threat this year given that the three favourites are likely to progress? Football fans are confident that France, Germany and Portugal will all proceed to the next stage. Only time will tell if the Group of Death still holds its power.
Update 14/06/2021: Christian Eriksen in stable condition after suffering cardiac arrest
UEFA European Football Championship 2020 kicked off last Friday, and what a journey it’s been so far, just three days into the championship. Football fans were distraught last Saturday as 29-year-old Christian Eriksen collapsed during Denmark’s fixture against Finland.
Denmark’s team doctor, Morten Boesen, confirmed that Eriksen is now in a stable condition after suffering a cardiac arrest. During a press conference on Sunday, Boesen stated that the midfielder stopped breathing and had to be resuscitated on the pitch. Still in hospital and undergoing observation, Boesen confirmed that there is currently no explanation of why this happened.
The decision to resume the fixture after the incident has been met with criticism, which saw Demark lose 1-0 against Finland. Demark manager Kasper Hjulmand admitted that it was a difficult decision for his team to consider, given that they were still in shock and concerned for their friend and teammate. However, reports confirm that Demark team members have received counselling to deal with the trauma of the event.
Demark is now preparing for their upcoming game against Belgium on Thursday also at Parken Stadium, Copenhagen. Whilst this will undoubtedly be a difficult match, the team’s spirits have been raised after speaking with Eriksen via video link yesterday. Eriksen commented that the team were probably feeling worse than he was and how he felt as though he was about to go back into training.
Denmark’s match against Finland marked Eriksen’s, who also plays for Inter Milan, 66th game in one year since the resumption of football after COVID-19. Players’ union FIFPro had already raised concerns that this level of play could take a significant physical toll.
Notable football players Tweeted messages of support for Christian Eriksen, including Tottenham Hotspur vice-captain and former teammate, Harry Kane. Eriksen was with Spurs for seven years, scoring 69 goals in 305 appearances.
Football fans across the UK celebrated joyously yesterday as Raheem Sterling scored the winning goal against Croatia, securing a 1-0 result at Wembley Stadium. The highly anticipated game saw 10 million football fans across the UK tune in and a record 3.9 million online streams. England also set a record for winning a championship opener, securing three points.
Wembley stadium allowed 22,500 fans to watch the game socially distanced ahead of the proposed full lifting of coronavirus restrictions on 21st June. UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, will announce on Monday if there is a delay on the reopening.
England’s next game will be this Friday as they take on Scotland. Whilst marking a fantastic start for Group D, England manager Gareth Southgate stated that the upcoming match against Scotland would be incredible but also a challenge. “It’s a positive step in terms of qualification, but one of the hardest things in sport is to come back to that point you were at before the kick-off for the next game,” said the England manager.
Scotland manager, Steve Clarke, commented that his men would give their all throughout the tournament. The team will aim to reach the knockout stages, which would be a first.
Football fans also eagerly await the outcome of today’s fixture as Scotland takes on the Czech Republic. Clarke noted the importance for the team to keep calm during the game and to enjoy the experience.
Having been delayed from summer 2020, the Euros so far has been about more than just football. Witnessing Demark immediately crowd around their teammate and the fans’ reactions highlighted the emotional connection between footballers and fans and the strong communities involved.
It was an iconic moment for Italy last Friday during the championship opener, who was finally able to host a match with spectators at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, with fans banned from stadiums since March 2020 due to coronavirus.
Sunday saw the Netherlands claim a narrow victory against Ukraine, with the win certainly not going down as one of their best. The close call has led many to question the abilities of Netherlands manager Frank de Boer.
But as the new week begins, we look forward to a fresh set of games and wonder what surprises could be in store this time around.
|Latest Euro 2020 Results|
| Italy – 1 (3)
England – 1 (2)
| England – 2
Denmark – 1
Spain – 0
|Euro 2020 Top Scorer|
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