Euro 2024 Friday Roundup

Luka Modric of Croatia
Luka Modric of Croatia

Wednesday, June 19

Croatia 2—2 Albania

In an incredibly up-and-down match, Croatia fights back to draw and pull ahead only to allow Albania to tie the game in the dying moments, likely dooming Luka Modric and company to an early exit from Euro 2024. The Albanians next meet Spain, while the Croatians need to defeat Italy to have any chance at progressing—though the Croats’ negative goal differential makes it difficult even then. 

Germany 2—0 Hungary

Germany, still playing in second gear but looking more formidable for it, defeated a game Hungary who were unlucky not to score. Nevertheless, the hosts progress and need only a draw with Switzerland in their last match to secure first place in Group A.

Scotland 1—1 Switzerland

Scotland score early but are unable to hold on as the Swiss punished a juvenile Scot mistake to draw even in the first half. The second half was spirited as Scotland still seemed to believe, but the Swiss held on for what should be all the points they needed to progress. Hungary and Scotland still have a chance to progress as third best if one beats the other, particularly by a wide margin.

Thursday, June 20

Slovenia 1—1 Serbia

Serbia’s Luka Jovic finally came through and scored in the 90+5 minute to snag a tie with Slovenia who were unlucky not to get the full three points. But now comes the hard part as the Serbs must defeat the Danes to progress.

Denmark 1—1 England

Denmark put themselves in the driver’s seat while complicating matters for England as the latter must beat Slovenia to ensure first place in Group C, while a draw would help the Danes progress while dooming the rest of the group to elimination.

Spain 1—0 Italy

Much ballyhooed Italian coach, Luciano Spalletti, squandered a great opportunity while playing a Spain in only third gear, by seemingly not being familiar with the Spanish style of play—possess, press, foul immediately upon losing possession. Thus Spalletti doomed his team to a defeat that now requires Italy to at least draw its final match against Luka Modric’s Croatia to progress. Spain, with six points from two matches and no goals against, will move on—and together with Germany, look the teams most in form at this time.

Friday, June 21

Slovakia 1—2 Ukraine

Slovakia kept the tournament record of early scores pulling ahead in the 17th minute only to see Ukraine grow into the match and reverse the scoreline with tallies in the 54th and 80th minutes. With Romania playing Belgium next, needing only a draw to likely progress, the Kevin de Bruyne generation might be in danger of failing once again and with a new coach. The Red Devils need to win to have a chance to progress and even then will need at least a point if not a win in their final match.  

Poland 1—3 Austria

Robert Lewandowski’s entrance in the 64th minute was too little too late for Poland as Austria scored two minutes later and again twelve minutes after that to put the match to bed and, given the draw between the Dutch and French, eliminating Poland from Euro 2024.  

Netherlands 0—0 France

In a very tense match that saw each side blow multiple scoring chances and VAR nullify a Dutch score, the Netherlands drew 0-0 with France. Les Bleus, who played without Kylian Mbappe, still nursing his broken nose and learning to wear his protective mask, were lucky to leave the pitch with a point as the Dutch national team played their best game in eons.

The result left the remaining matches as the group deciders with the Netherlands meeting Austria and France playing Poland to determine who progresses from Group D.

Let’s hope Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium and Luka Modric’s, Croatia find a way to progress, it would be sad to see these two superstars get eliminated early in these European Championships of 2024.

TAGS— Kevin de Bruyne, Robert Lewandowski, Kylian Mbappe, Luciano Spalletti, Luka Modric, Luka Jovic

Shutterstock photo ID: 1640377015, by Asatur Yesavants.

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