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The Euros 2020 Recap: Group Stage – Matchday 2

We bring you all the biggest headlines from the second matchday of the group stages at the European Championships. France host Germany, England take on Scotland, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchday 2.

Ronaldo at the double for Portugal

Portugal have gone to the top of Group A after they secured a comfortable 3-0 win over Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. 

Despite a largely solid defensive performance from the hosts, Fernando Santos’ side went ahead on 84 minutes when Raphael Guerreiro saw his strike heavily deflected into the back of the net and past Gulacsi. 

Cristiano Ronaldo doubled Portugal’s advantage just three minutes later from the penalty spot after Willi Orban brought down Rafa Silva inside the area. 

The striker then added a third in stoppage-time to become the all-time top scorer in men’s European Championship history as he showed superb skill to take the ball around the keeper to slot home from close range. 

Hummels own goal gives France victory

A first-half own goal by Mats Hummels sealed victory for France as they beat Germany 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. 

Didier Deschamps’ team took the lead on 20 minutes when Hummels, who was recalled for the tournament following a two-year absence, accidentally sliced the cross from Lucas Hernandez into the back of his own net. 

Germany’s best chance of the game fell to Serge Gnabry whose looping volley was fired narrowly over the crossbar after he controlled the cross from Robin Gosens. 

France twice netted again during the second period but these efforts from Kylian Mbappe and Karim Benzema were both ruled out for offside following a VAR review. 

Russia get off the mark in Group B

Russia are officially up and running in their Euro campaign after they earned a 1-0 victory over Finland at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. 

The hosts thought that they had taken the lead after just three minutes through Pohjanpalo when he headed home the cross from Raitala but following a VAR review, the player was ruled to be marginally offside and therefore his effort was disallowed. 

Russia found the only goal of the game in first-half injury time when Miranchuk, who was surrounded by four defenders, managed to shift the ball quickly onto his left foot to curl his strike brilliantly into the top-left hand corner. 

Wales secure victory in Baku

Wales have got one foot into the knockout stage after they earned a comfortable 2-0 win over Turkey at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. 

The visitors opened their account shortly before the break when Gareth Bale played a magnificently weighted pass over the top to Aaron Ramsey who brought the ball down to finish low into the bottom corner. 

Bale had a brilliant chance to double Wales’ advantage in the second-half from the penalty spot but he rifled his spot-kick high over the crossbar. 

Connor Roberts wrapped up the three points deep into stoppage-time when he latched onto the cutback from his captain to slot home between the legs of Cakir. 

Italy claim place in the last 16

Italy are officially the first team to take their place in the last 16 after they sealed a wonderful 3-0 victory over Switzerland at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. 

Roberto Mancini’s men took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Berardi squared the ball to Locatelli who was unmarked inside the area to tap home from close range. 

The midfielder got his second of the night on 52 minutes with a superb solo effort from outside the box that was fired low beyond the reach of Sommer. 

Italy added a third late on through Immboile who collected the ball from Toloi to powerfully hit his strike from distance and send his team through to the knockouts. 

Ukraine record first win of the tournament

Ukraine have picked up their first victory of the competition after they beat North Macedonia 2-1 at the National Arena in Bucharest. 

The hosts opened the scoring in the 29th-minute from a corner when Yarmolenko latched onto Karavaev’s flick-on to finish with a side-footed effort at the back post. 

Ukraine’s captain then helped to double his team’s advantage just five minutes later after he was able to pick out Roman Yaremchuk who ran into the area to curl a low shot beyond the reach of Dimitrievski. 

North Macedonia pulled a goal back on 57 minutes when Alioski, whose penalty was initially saved, was the quickest to react to follow in the rebound but this turned out to be nothing more than a consolation. 

Belgium comeback to defeat spirited Denmark

Belgium have officially joined Italy in the knockout stage after they came back from behind to beat Denmark 2-1 at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. 

The Danes opened the scoring after just two minutes when Yussuf Poulsen picked up the ball on the edge of the area to fire his effort home into the bottom left hand corner. 

Roberto Martinez introduced Kevin De Bruyne at the break which proved to be a brilliant decision after he squared the ball to Thorgan Hazard who tapped home to get the equaliser for Belgium. 

The Manchester City midfielder also found the winner for the Red Devils on 70 minutes when he volleyed home a superb strike beyond the reach of Kasper Schmeichel to keep his team top of Group B. 

Netherlands advance to the knockouts

The Netherlands are the third team to book their place in the last 16 after they recorded a comfortable 2-0 victory over Austria at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. 

The hosts took the lead after just 11 minutes when David Alaba caught Denzel Dumfries inside the box with Memphis Depay converting the resulting spot-kick. 

Frank de Boer’s men doubled their advantage and sealed all three points in the second half when the substitute Donyell Malen unselfishly squared the ball to Dumfries who tapped home from close range for his second of the tournament. 

Sweden boost qualification hopes following Slovakia victory

Sweden have put themselves in a very strong position in Group E after they clinched a 1-0 win over Slovakia at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. 

Emil Forsberg scored the only goal of the game in the 77th-minute from the penalty spot after the substitute Robin Quaison was brought down inside the area by the goalkeeper Martin Dubravka with the RB Leipzig man coolly converting. 

Patrik Schick leading the race for the Golden Boot

Another goal from the in-form Patrik Schick now sees him leading the race for the Golden Boot as the Czech Republic earned a 1-1 draw against Croatia at Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

The visitors took the lead on 37 minutes when Schick received an elbow to the face from Dejan Lovren which resulted in a penalty kick being awarded with the striker neatly converting from the spot. 

Croatia found the equaliser shortly after the break when Kramaric took a quick free-kick to pick out Ivan Perisic on the edge of the area who stepped inside his defender to curl his effort fiercely past Vaclik and rescue a point for his team. 

Nothing to separate the two teams at Wembley

There was nothing to separate the two teams in what was only the second goalless game of the tournament as England and Scotland drew 0-0 at Wembley. 

The hosts’ best chance of the match came in the first period when John Stones saw his towering header hit the post whilst Reece James had to clear a brilliantly hit strike off the line to prevent Steve Clarke’s men from finding a winner late on.

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