We’ve reached day six of these European Championships and the second round of group stage fixtures are about to get underway.
Last night saw the first true heavyweight clash of the tournament as France beat Germany 1-0 in Munich thanks to a Mat Hummels own goal, while Cristiano Ronaldo made his mark with a late brace in Portugal’s 3-0 win over Hungary.
Today, Finland and Russia will be the first sides to play their second matches, the former having won their opener against Denmark in a game that will forever be remembered for Christian Eriksen’s horrifying collapse and the health of the Inter Milan midfielder is still at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
Later, Wales face a huge game against Turkey. Having taken a point from their opener against Switzerland, Robert Page’s side are well in contention but know they face the might of Italy on the final day and so need a positive result today.
The Italians then round off the day’s action and can become the first side to book their place in the last-16, should they beat the Swiss.
We’ll also have all the build-up to Friday’s huge clash between England and Scotland at Wembley, which is now little more than 48 hours away.
Follow all the latest Euros news in our live blog below…
Maguire could feature against Scotland
Harry Maguire is winning his race to make England’s showdown with Scotland on Friday.
The Manchester United centre back has been back in full training this week to press his case to start at Wembley.
Maguire has not played since damaging ankle ligaments against Aston Villa on May 9.But Gareth Southgate took a risk by naming him in his 26-man squad because of 28-year-old’s importance to the Three Lions.
England manager has been encouraged by Maguire’s quick recovery and his response to treatment at St George’s Park over the past two weeks. But he is determined to take a cautious approach with one of his key players, in the hope he will be able to see out the rest of the tournament once he makes his return to the pitch.
John Stones started alongside Tyrone Mings against Croatia on Sunday and Southgate is considering sticking with that partnership and giving Maguire a few days longer to work on his fitness.
Edinburgh: Make defibrillators mandatory after Eriksen collapse
Charlie Edinburgh admitted watching Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen collapse at Euro 2020 brought back “horrific” memories, but he hopes the crucial use of a defibrillator will help push through Justin’s Law.
The former Tottenham midfielder suffered a cardiac arrest during his country’s opening game with Finland on Saturday and had to be resuscitated on the pitch.
Eriksen remains in hospital but provided an update on his Instagram page on Tuesday saying “I feel okay”.
Ex-Spurs defender Justin Edinburgh, who died two years ago this month, also sustained a cardiac arrest while working out at a gym in Chelmsford but, with no defibrillator on site, he did not survive.
His son Charlie set up the Justin Edinburgh 3 Foundation to continue his dad’s legacy, with one of the goals to campaign for Justin’s Law, whereby it is mandatory for all health and sports facilities in the UK to be equipped with a defibrillator.
He told the PA news agency: “I was watching it live at the time with my mum and it was horrific, to be honest. It brought back a lot of bad feeling and emotion. We were sitting there in tears just praying he would be OK.
“Obviously the key factor of why Christian is still alive now and will be able to live to tell his story is because there was a defibrillator available and they utilised it as quickly as they could, so again for us it magnifies the work we are doing and why we are campaigning for Justin’s Law.”
Good morning and welcome back to Standard Sport’s live coverage of Euro 2020.
Day six of the tournament has arrived and this afternoon we get our first look at teams for a second time – if that makes sense?
Here’s what’s in store…
- Finland vs Russia (2pm)
- Turkey vs Wales (5pm)
- Italy vs Switzerland (8pm)
FT result: France 1-0 Germany
Mats Hummels’ own goal saw France seal a tight 1-0 win over Germany in Munich in their opening game of Euro 2020.
Hummels could not adjust his feet quickly enough, turning a Lucas Hernandez cross past Manuel Neuer after 20 minutes of the Group F clash.
Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema had goals ruled out for offside in the second half but it mattered little in the end as the world champions took a precious three precious points at the Allianz Arena.
Ahead of one of the most anticipated matches of the competition there was a bizarre incident just before the kick-off when a protestor parachuted into the stadium and almost crashed into supporters before landing heavily on the pitch and being led away by security.
With Portugal beating Hungary 3-0 earlier on in the other Group F game, it already leaves Germany with plenty of work to do to qualify for the knockout stages.
France vs Germany lineups
Here is the team news for tonight’s game…
France: Lloris, Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Lucas, Pogba, Kante, Rabiot, Griezmann, Mbappe-Lottin, Benzema
Subs: Lenglet, Lemar, Giroud, Dembele, Tolisso, Zouma, Mandanda, Digne, Coman, Ben Yedder, Maignan, Kounde
Germany: Neuer, Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger, Kimmich, Kroos, Gundogan, Gosens, Havertz, Muller, Gnabry
Subs: Halstenberg, Volland, Werner, Leno, Sule, Klostermann, Neuhaus, Sane, Trapp, Can, Koch, Gunter
Vieira issues Mbappe challenge
Patrick Vieira wants Kylian Mbappe to prove that he can put France before himself.
The PSG forward has been involved in a bizarre war of words with teammate Olivier Giroud in recent weeks with both making public gripes.
Speaking ahead of the game on ITV, Vieira wants to see Mbappe prove he is not focused on himself at Euro 2020.
“He came out with words that were unnecessary,” said Vieira. “So hopefully today he can show that the team are more important than him personally. “
Group F result: Hungary 0-3 Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo set a new European Championship goalscoring record as Portugal got their title defence off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Hungary in Budapest.
The Juventus forward’s 10th goal at the finals, via a late penalty, saw him surpass Michel Platini’s tally of nine, all of which were scored in the 1984 edition, and he added another in injury time to get to 11.
There was an element of relief for the Portugal captain as, embarrassingly for a player of his quality, he had missed a sitter to break the deadlock at the end of the first half.
That had emboldened Hungary to maintain their defensive resilience, only for it to be broken in an awful three-minute period for Willi Orban.
Six minutes from time Raphael Guerreiro’s shot took a huge deflection off the centre-back to give goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi no chance, and Orban then pulled back Rafa Silva to concede Ronaldo’s record-breaking penalty.
The 36-year-old, also setting another record in becoming the first player to feature and also score in five championships, then capped things off with his 106th international goal in 176 appearances after a smart passing move in the penalty area.
Bale: Turkish fans can spur on Wales
Gareth Bale insists Wales will be spurred on by partisan Turkish support at their second game of Euro 2020.
Around 34,000 are expected at Baku’s Olympic Stadium on Wednesday, with Turkey able to count on the vast majority of support inside the arena.
Thousands of Turkey fans will be in Baku for the crunch Group A game, including Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, while only a few hundred Wales supporters will be present.
Azerbaijan’s close cultural, diplomatic and economic ties with Turkey also means the local population are supporting Wales’ opponents at a stadium that will be nearly half-full to its 69,870 capacity.
“I think it’s good to be playing in front of big crowds,” Wales captain Bale said after a year when stadiums have mostly been empty because of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“It will be nice to have that atmosphere at the stadium and get back to a bit of normality.
“Obviously we’d prefer to be playing in front of 34,000 Wales fans, but it’s not meant to be.
“If anything it kind of spurs us on to be a bit more ruthless on the pitch, and hopefully we can keep them silent.”
Henderson tells England: ‘Bring it home’
Devastated Dean Henderson has told England’s players to “bring it home” after a hip injury forced him to withdraw from their Euro 2020 squad.
Henderson, who left St George’s Park on Tuesday afternoon, posted on Twitter: “I worked so hard to be in this position.
“I’m devastated to have to withdraw through injury!! I want to wish my team mates all the best for the up and coming games. BRING IT HOME.”