Euro 2020 Round-up: England win opener for the first time
Yesterday – Monday, 14 June
Group D: Scotland vs. Czech Republic (6.30 p.m.* in Glasgow)
Group E: Poland vs. Slovakia (9.30 p.m.in St. Petersburg)
Group E: Spain vs. Sweden (12.30 midnight in Seville)
Today – Tuesday, 15 June
Group F: Hungary vs. Portugal (9.30 pm in Budapest)
Group F: France vs. Germany (12.30 midnight in Munich)
Compiled by Ranjika Perera
Italy beat Turkey 3-0
The most-awaited Euro 2020 kicked off in Rome on Friday (11). Italy hosted Turkey in their Group A clash. After a quiet first half, the Italians took over the game. The first goal came through when Dominico Berradi’s “crossed” was deflected in by Turkish defender Merih Demiral. Ciro Immobile doubled the lead with a close-range shot and Insigne put the icing on the cake with stunning curler from the edge of the box.
Switzerland vs. Wales 1-1
On Saturday (12), Switzerland faced Wales in Baku. First half was dominated by the Swiss but they had nothing to show for it. However, they found the opener through Breel Embolo. Swiss was the dominant side between the two but Wales somehow found equaliser through Kieffer Moore’s header in the 79th minute.
Finland beat Denmark 1-0
The Denmark-Finland clash in Group B took the headlines for the worst possible reason. In the first half, Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen collapsed and was taken to the hospital after a cardiac arrest. The game was suspended initially, but after reports came out that Eriksen is stable, the two teams decided to continue. Finland found the winning goal through Joel Pohjanpalo to secure a 1-0 win.
Belgium beat Russia 3-0
Russia hosted Belgium in Saint Petersburg. The world No. 1 seed Belgium had no trouble in sweeping off the hosts. Romelu Lukaku scored two goals in each half while Thomas Meunier scored the third to register a 3-0 win for Belgium.
England beat Croatia 1-0
On Sunday (13), England hosted Croatia at the Wembley Stadium. The hosts started off well, threatening the Croatian defence with their pace. But they were just unable to find the net in the first half. It took England 57 minutes to find the opening goal. Kalvin Philips sent the ball into space in the box and Sterling managed to beat the keeper to find the back of the net. The score remained the same at the final whistle, giving England a winning start to their campaign.
Austria beat North Macedonia 3-1
Austria took on tournament debutants North Macedonia in their Group C clash. Stefan Lainer opened the scoring for Austria. North Macedonia found the equaliser through their veteran striker Goran Pandev. However, Austria scored two late goals to win the tie by 3-1.
Netherlands beat Ukraine 3-2
The most thrilling game so far in the Euro 2020 was between Netherlands and Ukraine. After a quiet first half, the two teams stepped up to produce a thrilling second half. Gig Wijnaldum opened the scoring for the Dutch. It was doubled by Wout Weghorst to put the Dutch on top. However, Ukraine responded with two quick goals. The first one was the best in the tournament so far when Andriy Yarmalenko curved the ball from outside the box. With ten minutes remaining on the clock, Netherlands pushed on and found the winner through Denzel Dumfries.