Euro 2024 Tuesday Roundup

Kylian Mbappe
Kylian Mbappe

Romania 3-0 Ukraine

Romania outplayed Ukraine and scored at the 29th, 53rd, and 57th minute to grab three points and a +3-goal differential in Group E as favored Belgium lost, giving Slovakia hope. The Romanians looked the better side and figure to play a bigger than expected role in Group E.

Belgium 0-1 Slovakia

Belgium were lethargic in large swaths of their opening match in Euro 2024 and were unable to turn their 61% possession into a score line advantage. Slovakia scored early (7th minute) and mostly hung on but also created some good counters that kept the Belgians on edge. This was the type of early upset not expected as much at Euro 2024 as in the upcoming Copa America 2024.  

Austria 0-1 France

France, as has been the case as far back as World Cup 1998, rode some tournament good luck, winning on an own goal by Austria’s Maximilian Wober at the 38th minute. Unfortunately for France, Kylian Mbappe broke his nose on a face-to-shoulder encounter with an Austrian defender and will miss France’s next match against the Dutch. That match has the potential of being the next big Euro 2024 surprise result.  

Turkey 3-1 Georgia

Turkey 3-1 Georgia In a back-and-forth match of good quality Turkey outshone Georgia who were unlucky to score at least as many goals as the Turks. There were two potential goals of the tournament scored by Turkey—the opening tally by Mert Muldur at the 25th minute and Real Madrid starlet Arda Guler’s strike at the 65th which ended up being the winning score. The third goal was scored when Georgian keeper, Giorgi Mamardashvili, decided to go up for a last minute corner opportunity and could not make it back in time to stop Muhammed Kerem Akturkoglu from running down the length of the field unopposed and tapping into an empty net at the 90+7”.

Portugal 2-1 Czechia

In a very nervy game that saw the Czech Republic hold its own for nearly seventy minutes, Portugal finally broke through on a fortunate own goal by defender Robin Hranac who could not get away from keeper’s, Jindrich Stanek, parry which bounced off Hranac’s shin for the score. Lukas Provod equalized at the 62nd minute with a marvelous strike set up by a great Czech counter. The game then seemed settled given the resolute resistance of Portugal’s opponents. But at the 90+2 minute, Roberto Martinez’s very late substitutions proved fortunate as Francisco Conceicao was the recipient of another Stanek spill (actually a decent save he could not redirect) and the 21-year-old forward hammered home from close in, to secure Cristiano Ronaldo’s side its opening win.

Tags: Cristiano Ronaldo, Arda Guler, Lukas Provod, Francisco Conceicao, Euro 2024, Kylian Mbappe

Shutterstock photo ID: 1669991473, by Romain Biard.

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