Euro 2020 (Second Round – Part One)
Another packed out Wembley Stadium played host as the knockout stages of the European Football Championships began with a mouthwatering clash between European giants France and Italy. The French took the lead 3 minutes before the break through Anthony Martial, who repeated the trick three minutes after half time, claiming his second from the spot. A late Andrea Belotti goal with 10 minutes to go was not enough, meaning the Italians now head home.
Attention then switched to Amsterdam for the second game of the day, when the Johan Cruyff ArenA saw Denmark and Austria meet. Denmark, with Daniel Wass of Valencia in the starting XI, took just 18 minutes to have a 2 goal advantage, first through Pione Sisto, then Jacob Bruun Laarsen. It got better still just after the half hour mark, as Andreas Christensen of Chelsea scored, before the rout was complete 2 minutes into the second half thanks to Yussuf Poulsen. Austria did grab a late consolation strike through Michael Gregoritsch of Augsburg.
Bilbao was the location Sunday as Russia booked their progress into the quarter finals with a narrow 1-0 win over Finland at San Mamés. The only goal of the game came 15 minutes in, courtesy of experienced Zenit striker Artem Dzyuba. Over in Budapest, the Puskás Arena played host to the biggest shock as Sweden dumped out one of the tournament favourites Belgium, scoring twice before half-time to secure an impressive 2-0 victory in front of over 68,000 fans. In a game in which Belgium had the better chances, Sweden were gifted the lead when they were handed a penalty after 38 minutes, Marcus Berg duly converting from the spot before Juventus youngster Dejan Kulusevski added the second minutes before the break.Share this: