After a 1-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 epidemic, Europe’s biggest football festival – EURO 2020 finals officially kicked off at dawn on June 12. The top matches were very attractive and mixed with indescribable emotions when Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen suddenly collapsed in the match against Finland.
While the defending champion Portugal has not yet played, some of the “big guys” of Europe have gone to the battle and it is no surprise that they have all won.
The Italian team played the opening match and coach Mancini’s teachers and students did not disappoint the fans. After failing to concede the opponent’s net in the first half, the championship candidate created a jubilant second half and started with Demiral’s own goal on the Turkish side. Immobile and Insigne then scored to make it 3-0.
The jubilant victory on the opening day helped Italy easily get to the first place of Group A after the first match. In the other match, Wales and Switzerland shared points in a match with 2 goals.
In Group B, the Belgian “Red Devils” also had an extremely favorable opening match despite having to be a guest of the Russian “bears”. Romelu Lukaku only took 10 minutes to find the opponent’s net. Before the first half ended, Meunier doubled the lead before the first half ended. This full-back added an assist when passing the ball to help ‘Second Forest Elephant’ complete a brace in the 88th minute.
This victory also helps Belgium to take the top spot in Group B. Finland is equal on points but ranked in second place due to poor difference.
Meanwhile, in Group D, England also passed the first challenge named Croatia. Despite facing many difficulties before the 2018 World Cup runner-up, Sterling promptly shone to help “Three Lions” win all 3 points, and coach Southgate’s teachers and students temporarily held the top spot because the remaining matches had not been played.
Up to now, Group C is probably the group that owns the two most dramatic matches in the first round. The Netherlands and Ukraine create an exciting and dramatic chase. After the first 45 minutes without a goal, the Netherlands had 2 consecutive goals in the 52nd and 58th minutes.
However, Yarmolenko and Yaremchuk also scored consecutively in the 75th and 79th minutes to help Ukraine equalize. It was only in the last minutes that Denzel Dumfries promptly scored to help the Netherlands get a suffocating victory.
The North Macedonia team had a pretty good performance against Austria, but that was not enough for them to get points. Pandev and his teammates are temporarily at the bottom of the table after a 1-3 loss.