Euro 2020 (Second Round – Part Two)
The focus shifted to Copenhagen on Monday evening, as the Second Round continued with Portugal squaring off against the Czech Republic at Parken. A solitary goal on the hour mark from talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was enough to send Portugal through to the quarter finals, with Valencia winger Gonçalo Guedes playing the full 90 minutes in the victory. Ronaldo also scored as Portugal recorded victory by the same scoreline against their opponents back in Euro 2012.
Joining them will be Germany, who enjoyed a comfortable 2-0 win over Bosnia & Herzegovina over in Saint Petersburg in the other game of the day. The attention was back in Western Europe on Tuesday as the final two games got underway. The first game of the evening, at Hampden Park in Glasgow, was decided by a solitary goal just 2 minutes from time. Poland had done brilliantly to hold off Spain, who were on top for large periods, but a mistake with just 2 minutes remaining handed the Spanish a penalty, which Real Madrid skipper Sergio Ramos duly converted to ensure Spain would progress into the quarter finals. José Gayà again played the full game in the victory, while it was less enjoyable for Carlos Soler, who came off the bench but lasted less than 20 minutes before picking up ankle injury. After the game it was confirmed the Valencia midfielder had sustained pulled ankle ligaments, which is likely to see him sidelined for around 2 weeks, which effectively put an end to his tournament regardless of his nation’s progress.
The final team in the hat for the quarter finals were England, who looked impressive again in their 3-1 win over Croatia across the pond in Dublin, a repeat of the 2018 World Cup Semi Final. The Aviva stadium saw one of the main hosts take the lead through Marcus Rashford 6 minutes into the second half. Croatia hit straight back, albeit somewhat fortuitously with a goal eventually chalked off as an own goal for Aaron Ramsdale. The lead was restored just after the hour mark through Raheem Sterling, before Harry Kane ensured the win just 2 minutes from time with a trademark finish to ensure revenge for England again, after that 2-1 defeat in Moscow.Share this: