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A showdown of Underrateds at Euro 2020

The whole tournament was in the front page because of the diversity of squads in every team. Matchday 1 of Euros did not disappoint the fans at all.

Except for Group F, all the groups can be named after the big team in it. Group A has the Italian Mafia vibe all over it, and the vibe did not go unaccounted for. Italy thrashed Turkey with a massive 0-3 win in Rome. An ill-fated own goal from Merih Demiral at 53′ founded the downfall of solid Turkish defense. The second game between Wales and Switzerland was a show of sheer defence. A goal from both sides scored by Kieffer Moore and Breel Embolo packed up the game as a draw.

A sad day for football as Christian Eriksen of Denmark had a sudden medical condition. Although the game was stopped temporarily, UEFA decided to restart the game from the last 4′ of first half upon the reuqests of both teams. Finnish striker Joel Pohjanpalo bagged the only goal in the game at opponents turf which sealed their win over the Danes. In the other game of Group B, Belgium outplayed Russia at their own turf as expected. Two goals from Romelu Lukaku and a goal from Thomas Meunier sealed their 3-0 win.

Austria V North Macedonia was a game of records. Austria seals their first ever EURO victory while Goran Pandev, a 37 year old veteran scoring the first ever goal for his side in the EURO. The second match between Netherlands V Ukraine had all sorts of excitement fans could hope for. A brace from the Dutch right after half time did not break the Ukraine nationals as they bag two more in the 70s. A late clutch from Denzel Dumfries sealed their victory of 3-2 over Ukraine, earning him the Man of The Match.

Although grasping the headlines, England V Croatia from Group D could not provide the excitement everyone was counting on. A late goal from Raheem Sterling locked England with their first victory of 1-0 against Croatia led by Luka Modriç. But the other match between Scotland V Czech Republic resulted in a 0-2 victory forthe Czechs. Crosses from Liverpool Fullback Andy Robertson made sure the game upholds the legacy of excitement from Group D.

A game of controversy and defiance between Poland and Slovakia. Krychowiak getting a consequential red card was the moment of breakdown of Lewandowski’s side. An impossible curl from the Slovak Robert Mak from their own half bounced off the bar to Wojciech Szczesny which ended up as an own goal! On the other match no goals from either side but Spain recorded 917 passes with 85% possession! A lesson for the La Rojas of playing a legit finisher in the front with proper leadership?

The Group of Death! Hungary V Portugal at the Budapest. Holding performance from the side of Ádám Szalai until the substitutions from Fernando Santos. A wonderful show of Football from Raphael Guerreiro proved to be fruitful as he broke the deadlock in the 80s! A brace from Cristiano Ronaldo sealed their victory over Hungary with 0-3. Cristiano breaks the record of the top scorer of Euro. In the most anticipated game of MD1, an own goal from Mats Hummels let the French take away the game from the Germans!

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