Euro 2024 Day 7: England battles Denmark as giants Spain and Italy meet in Gelsenkirchen

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Euro 2024 Day 7: England battles Denmark as giants Spain and Italy meet in Gelsenkirchen

Yesterday Albania and Croatia played an entertaining 2-2 draw to put the Croatians on the brink of exit. Substitute Gjasula scored an own goal to p

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Yesterday

Albania and Croatia played an entertaining 2-2 draw to put the Croatians on the brink of exit. Substitute Gjasula scored an own goal to put Croatia 2-1 ahead and also scored a very late equaliser in the 95th minute to snatch a point for the minnows Albania. The game ended 2-2 with Croatia feeling very disappointed.

Host Germany won 2-0 against highly spirited Hungary in Stuttgart. Jamal Musiala and skipper Gundogan scored goals in each half to secure Round 16 qualification for the host.

Scotland bounced back from the 5-1 embarrassing defeat against Germany on Friday to draw 1-1 against Switzerland. Manchester United’s McTominay’s strike was cancelled by former Liverpool winger Xherdan Shaqiri’s beautiful strike. Scotland dominated the second half and improved massively compared to the 5-1 thrashing by Germany.

Thursday

Slovenia who drew 1-1 with Denmark will play against Serbia at 1 pm. The Slovenians are led by the evergreen Jan Oblak of Atlético Madrid and young striker Benjamin Sesko. These are the two key players all eyes will be on against Serbia who lost 1-0 agagagainst Englandmatchday 1. Skipper Tadic came from the bench in their defeat against the Three Lions but he’s expected to start alongside Sergej Milinkovic Savic as the main playmakers to create chances for Aleksandar Mitrand and Dusan Tadic. Filip Kostic is also expected to play a key role against Slovenia as they cannot afford to lose once again.

England will lock horns against Denmark. They played against each other in the semi-finals of Euro 2020 with England winning 2-1 at Wembley. The Three Lions narrowly pipped Serbia in matchday 1 but it was not to the satisfaction of many. The post-match was dominated by Trent Alexander-Arnold’s role in midfield as many think he did not impress so Southgate must use a natural central midfielder. Denmark on the other hand disappointingly drew against less fancied Slovenia in their opening game and will be eager to avoid defeat against England.

Spain and Italy will finish the day with probably the first biggest game of the competition on paper. 5 titles won among these two European heavyweights, and both are coming into the game after winning their first games. Defending champions Italy’s 2-1 triumph over Albania was not that encouraging even though they did the business. Spain was impressive in the first half against Croatia in their 3-0 win and will hope to replicate that performance against the Azzurri. Dimarco and Lamal are expected to battle on the left-hand side of Italy.

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