We’ve reached day eight of these European Championships and the second round of group stage fixtures are firmly underway.
Netherlands have joined Italy in reaching the knockout stage thanks to 2-0 victory over Austria. Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries both scored in a convincing display to make it two wins from twin.
Earlier in the day, after Ukraine beat North Macedonia, substitute Kevin de Bruyne set up one goal before scoring the winner to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half.
Friday is headlined by England taking on Scotland at Wembley as the two Auld enemies face off. But first, it’s to Group E as Sweden take on Slovakia before Croatia look to get up and running against Czech Republic.
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Netherlands into knockout stage
Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries scored a goal each to give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Austria and a spot in the round of 16.
The Netherlands failed to qualify for the last two major international soccer tournaments but have won both Euro 2020 matches in Group C.
Depay kicked a penalty low into the corner in the 11th minute for his 27th goal in 66 international matches. Dumfries scored his second goal of the tournament in the 67th after an unselfish pass from PSV Eindhoven teammate Donyell Malen.
Austria was playing without banned forward Marko Arnautovic.
Day eight schedule
2pm: Sweden vs Slovakia, St Petersburg
5pm: Croatia vs Czech Republic, Glasgow
8pm: England vs Scotland, London
It’s day EIGHT at the Euros and all eyes will be on Wembley tonight.
Here’s the lay of the land…
Southgate to make Maguire decision
Southgate said Harry Maguire will be involved in the squad, having been out since May with an ankle injury.
The boss said: “Harry will be involved tomorrow, the decision we have got to make is whether he is ready to start.
“We are really pleased with his progress, he has trained with the team for four or five days now and he has had no reaction.
“He is on a really good path. We want everyone available, it causes difficult decisions but we have 26 players on the training pitch and that is a great position to be involved in.”
Southgate: England focused on result, not Scotland
England boss Gareth Southgate says his side are focused on qualification from Group B rather than the emotion of the game with Scotland.
The Auld Enemy visit Wembley on Friday for a crunch Group D clash, with a win for England virtually sealing passage to the knockout stages.
“We know that we have got to compete because otherwise you can get overrun in any game,” Southgate said.
“Our focus has got to be on performances getting better with every game we play.
“For the fans and us it is a big occasion but it is another opportunity for three points and our objective is qualification. That is what we have got to focus on.
“In the past we have done that very well. We did that on Sunday, Sunday was a big occasion for everyone and we handled it very well.”
Kane: Eriksen in all of our hearts
Southgate: Maguire will be involved
FT result: Denmark 1-2 Belgium
Belgium sub Kevin de Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to secure a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a Euro 2020 game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half.
De Bruyne came on after halftime for his first appearance since sustaining a facial fracture in the Champions League final and squared the ball for Thorgan Hazard to equalize in the 55th minute. He then scored in the 71st minute with a low shot from outside the area.
It was Denmark’s first game since Eriksen’s collapse, and the hosts started at a furious pace at a raucous Parken Stadium as Yussuf Poulsen scored with a low shot inside the far post in only the second minute.
Players from both teams then halted play after 10 minutes as the 25,000 fans rose for a minute of thunderous applause in tribute to Eriksen, who wears the No. 10 shirt for Denmark.
England press conference
England boss Gareth Southgate and Harry Maguire will face the media this evening, with their press conference set to get underway any moment now…
Yarmolenko follows Ronaldo’s coke lead
Ukraine skipper Andriy Yarmolenko became the latest player at the Euros to mess about with sponsors’ drinks bottles at a post-match news conference on Thursday.
Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo started the fad by moving aside bottles of Coca-Cola and pointedly grabbing water instead as he sat down to speak to the media on Monday.
After the snub – which was widely shared and viewed by millions around the world – stock in the drinks company and Euro 2020 sponsor dipped 1.6%, losing about $4 billion in value.
Yarmolenko, fresh from scoring in his team’s 2-1 win over North Macedonia, took advantage of the limelight for some mischief.
“Can I do something? I saw Ronaldo doing this,” he said, grinning. “I want to move the (Coca-Cola bottles) here and I want to move the beer here. Coke and Heineken, please get in touch.”
The 31-year-old then dissolved into laughter before moving the bottles back to their original positions in front of him.