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Euro 2020 arrives on Friday, matchday eight, as England face Scotland in one of the much-anticipated group stage matches at Wembley, bringing back fond memories of the Euro 96 and Gazza’s wonder goal.
This is the evening game before we have Sweden against Slovakia from St. Petersburg (2 p.m. GMT) and Croatia against the Czech Republic from Hampden Park in Glasgow (5 p.m.), which gives the tournament a second look at the impressive Patrik Schick after he made the Scots world famous on Mondays.
On Thursday, brave Denmark lost 2-1 to Belgium after a brilliant start when Kevin De Bruyne came off the bench to take command, while Ukraine beat North Macedonia 2-1 and the Netherlands beat Austria 2-0 Group C.
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A lack of composure undermines the benefits of the Scottish 3-5-2 system
Scotland’s line-up didn’t quite work in their favor against the Czechs on Monday when they lost 2-0 in Hampden and lost a devastating double from Patrik Schick.
Alex Pattle takes a look at Steve Clarke’s strategy and how a lack of composure undermined his first-time virtues.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 12:40 PM
The making of John McGinn, Scotland’s humble superstar
Speaking to David Longwell, who coached the Aston Villa midfielder for 13 years while he was with St. Mirren, Jamie Braidwood shares his insight into a man who is now one of the most important creative forces on the Scottish team.
Scotland need McGinn to be at their best today if they are to sink England.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 12:20 pm
The “magical” 60 seconds of Euro 96 that changed England’s tournaments
It wouldn’t be England versus Scotland without a heavy dose of € 96 nostalgia.
Who could forget the moment when Uri Geller moved the ball with his mind to make sure Gary McAllister missed his crucial spot kick in the second half, which allowed Paul Gascoigne to reach the other end of the field and …
Here is Richard Evans reliving a Saturday afternoon baking a quarter of a century ago with the help of Darren Anderton.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 12:00
England’s players pride themselves on humility, says Southgate
OK OK, back to the Three Lions.
Gareth Southgate has insisted that his team are conscious of always showing humility amid further allegations of arrogance, with some of the Scottish players taking this as motivation.
Andy Robertson fueled an ongoing problem by saying that it doesn’t feel like his side is adequately “respected”. Southgate insisted it didn’t and that their players only have the right confidence.
Here’s Miguel Delaney what he had to say.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 11:40 am
Uefa “confident” semifinals and finals of Euro 2020 will remain in London, but will grant “emergency plan”
The governing body of European football has admitted that it has an “emergency plan” for the Euro 2020 semi-finals and final in the event that Wembley Stadium is unable to host the games as intended due to growing coronavirus concerns.
The London venue allows 25 percent of its 90,000 fan capacity to be used during England’s group matches.
Wembley will then host two round of 16 games, aiming for 50 percent capacity before the semi-finals and the final of the tournament.
Uefa has expressed confidence that its plans will turn out as hoped, but has admitted that it has a replacement plan.
Alex Pattle has the details.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 11:20 am
Netherlands secure their place in the round of 16 with a comfortable win against gloomy Austria
In the match last night, the Dutch put down a thoroughly professional shift to defeat a disappointing Austria 2-0. Memphis Depay bucked a trend for the tournament by coolly taking a penalty and securely tied to Everton Denzel Dumfries sank in a second after halftime.
Melissa Ready has this report.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 11:00
Ukraine is holding back North Macedonia to keep hopes of qualification alive
That was undoubtedly the game of the day yesterday, but we still have two other interesting Group C games to recap.
In the first game on Sunday, Ukraine recovered from their 3-2 heartbreak against the Netherlands, beating North Macedonia 2-1.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk made things comfortable for Andriy Shevchenko’s boys before Ezgjan Alioski missed a penalty, but hammered the rebound for an exciting finish.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 10:45 am
De Bruyne proves class with “PlayStation Goal”
There is no question, however, that the Manchester City maestro’s appearance brought the game to an end and his staging of his side’s equalization for Thorgen Hazard was absolutely stunning.
Jack Rathborn is looking at this again.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 10:30 am
Poulsen’s goal paints a powerful and poignant picture of football
Denmark attacked and attacked yesterday, but always had to build on their excellent start and despite the rickety and aging defense in front of them, they simply couldn’t find a way past Thibaut Courtois.
But it is the start of Youssef Poulsen after about 90 seconds that should be remembered, a wonderful, cathartic moment that Denmark and the entire football world needed after the Eriksen horror on Saturday.
Tom Kershaw has that appreciation.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 10:15 am
Denmark and Belgium applaud Christian Eriksen after the 10th minute
The teams stopped playing at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen after the 10th minute to applaud Christian Eriksen, who was still in hospital after a heart attack on the pitch against Finland on Saturday.
The moment was chosen because Eriksen wears his country’s number 10 and fans and players came together to cheer his recovery.
Here is Jack Rathborn’s report.
Joe SommerladJune 18, 2021 10:00