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The Euros 2020 Recap: Group Stages – Matchday 3

We bring you all the biggest headlines from the final matchday of the group stages at the Euros 2020 Portugal host Germany, Italy takes on Wales, plus we’ll cover every other game from Matchday 3.

Honours even at the Puskas Arena

A second-half goal by Antoine Griezmann rescued a point for France as they earned a 1-1 draw against Hungary at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. 

The hosts took the lead just before the break when Fiola collected the through ball from Sallai to burst into the penalty area and finish low, beating Hugo Lloris at his near post. 

Didier Deschamps’ side found the equaliser on 66 minutes when Kylian Mbappe fizzed a cross into the box which with the help of a slight deflection fell to Griezmann who powerfully slotted home. 

Germany edge six-goal thriller against Portugal

Germany came back from behind in what was an end to end six-goal thriller to beat Portugal 4-2 at the Allianz Arena in Munich. 

Fernando Santos’ men opened their account on 15 minutes when Bernardo Silva squared the ball to an unmarked Cristiano Ronaldo who tapped home into an empty net from close range. 

However, the game was quickly turned on it’s head after two own goals in the space of five minutes put Germany ahead with both Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro turning into their own net. 

Kai Havertz added a third for the visitors on 51 minutes after slotting in an inviting ball from Robin Gosens who then headed in Germany’s fourth himself. 

Portugal later pulled a goal back after Diogo Jota poked home from Ronaldo’s cutback but this was nothing more than a consolation as the defending champions were unable to form any sort of comeback. 

Lewandowski rescues a point for Poland

It was another frustrating night for Spain as Gerard Moreno missed a penalty in the second period meant that they could only claim a 1-1 draw against Poland at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. 

Alvaro Morata put his team ahead after 25 minutes when he latched onto the low ball in from Moreno to poke his effort home from close range. 

Robert Lewandowski got the leveller for Poland shortly after the break when he met the cross in from Kamil Jozwiak to head beyond the reach of Unai Simon, giving his side a fighting chance of getting a result going into the final group game. 

Italy extend unbeaten run following Wales victory

Italy have officially finished at the top of Group A following a 1-0 win over 10-man Wales at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. 

Roberto Mancini’s side scored the only goal of the game on 39 minutes through Pessina when he latched onto Veratti’s low free-kick to finish coolly into the bottom left-hand corner. 

Wales were forced to play the final half-hour a man down after Ethan Ampadu received a straight red card for a late challenge on Bernardeschi but managed to remain resolute in defence to send themselves through to the knockouts. 

Shaqiri at the double for Switzerland

Xherdan Shaqiri was at the double in what was a convincing performance by Switzerland as they beat Turkey 3-1 at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Azerbaijan. 

The hosts opened their account after just 6 minutes when Seferovic picked up the ball on the edge of the area to rifle his effort low into the bottom right-hand corner. 

Shaqiri doubled his team’s advantage just before the half-hour mark when he curled a magnificent effort from outside the box past the stretch of the goalkeeper. 

Turkey pulled a goal back in the 62nd-minute when Kahveci turned inside his defender to hit a powerful long-range strike beyond the reach of Sommer before Switzerland added a third when Zuber squared the ball to Shaqiri who was waiting unmarked to smash home and wrap up all three points for his side. 

Final Group A standings

1st – Italy

2nd – Wales

3rd – Switzerland

4th – Turkey

Emphatic Denmark performance sees them reach the knockouts

Denmark have set up a last 16 tie against Wales in the European Championship after they beat Russia 4-1 at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. 

The Danes opened the scoring on 38 minutes when Mikkel Damsgaard found the back of the net with a superb long-range strike from outside the box before Yussuf Poulsen added a second after capitalising on a backpass from Roman Zobnin. 

Russia managed to pull a goal back on 70 minutes through Artem Dzyuba from the penalty spot until Denmark made it three when Andreas Christensen hit a flying effort beyond the reach of Safonov. 

The visitors got their fourth in the closing stages when Joakim Maehle rifled a low effort into the bottom left-hand corner from the edge of the area. 

Belgium top Group B with Finland win

For the first time ever, Belgium have secured victory in all three of their group games after they recorded a 2-0 win over Finland on the final matchday at the Krestovsky Stadium in St Petersburg. 

The Red Devils took the lead on 74 minutes when Vermaelen’s initial header hit the post and rebounded back off Hradecky who could do nothing as the ball crossed the line and in for an own goal. 

Romelu Lukaku doubled his team’s advantage and secured all three points for Belgium just seven minutes later after he collected the pass from Kevin De Bruyne to smash home from 12-yards out. 

Final Group B Standings

1st – Belgium

2nd – Denmark 

3rd – Finland

4th – Russia

Austria make Euro’s history

Austria have made Euro’s history after reaching the knockout stages for the first time following their 1-0 victory over Ukraine at the National Arena in Bucharest. 

Franco Foda’s side scored the only goal of the game in the 21st-minute when Christoph Baumgartner met the corner in from David Alaba to poke his effort home beyond Bushchan from close range. 

Wijnaldum at the double for the Netherlands

Gini Wijnaldum’s double has led the Netherlands to the top of Group C after they beat North Macedonia 3-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. 

Frank de Boer’s team opened the scoring shortly before the half-hour mark when Donyell Malen played a wonderful one-two with Memphis Depay inside the area who was waiting unmarked to slot neatly into the bottom corner. 

Holland doubled their lead on 51 minutes when Depay squared the ball to Wijnaldum to tap home from close range before adding a third after Depay’s initial strike was saved by Dimitrievski who parried the ball straight into the path of the captain to seal the victory. 

Final Group C Standings

1st – Netherlands

2nd – Austria

3rd – Ukraine

4th – North Macedonia

Scotland sent home following Croatia defeat

Croatia rescued themselves a last-minute place in the round of 16 after they earned a 3-1 victory over Scotland at Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

The former World Cup finalists took the lead on 17 minutes when Ivan Perisic cut the ball back to Nikola Vlasic who neatly tucked his effort into the bottom corner. 

Steve Clarke’s side found the equaliser shortly before the break when Callum McGregor netted his first-ever international goal with a rocket from the edge of the area. 

Croatia added a second through Luka Modric with an absolute wonder goal using the outside of his foot before Perisic later made it three after he met the corner in from Modric to head home, beating David Marshall at his near post. 

England top group with Czech victory

England have managed to finish their group stage without conceding a single goal as they finished top of Group D following their 1-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Gareth Southgate’s men got the decider after just 12 minutes when Raheem Sterling met the cross in from Jack Grealish to head home beyond Vaclik at his near post. 

Final Group D Standings

1st – England

2nd – Croatia

3rd – Czech Republic

4th – Scotland

Sweden edge 5 goal thriller against Poland

The Sweden substitute Viktor Claesson scored a stoppage-time winner for his team as they beat Poland 3-2 meaning that Paulo Sousa’s side were eliminated from the competition. 

The hosts took a convincing lead with two opening goals from Emil Forsberg before Robert Lewandowski was at the double to level things up for Poland. 

Knowing that they needed a victory in order to advance to the last 16, any hopes of finding a winner were soon over as Claesson came on to the pitch to steal the win for Sweden in the 93rd-minute after he collected the ball from Kulusevski to chip his effort over the top of the goalkeeper. 

5-star performance from Spain

Spain officially earned their first win at Euro 2020 after claiming an emphatic 5-0 victory over Slovakia at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. 

Luis Enrique’s side opened their account on the half-hour mark when Martin Dubravka ended up punching the ball into his own net before Laporte doubled his team’s advantage when he headed in the cross from Gerard Moreno. 

Sarabia added a third for Spain with a neat finish into the bottom right-hand corner before Manchester City’s Ferran Torres made it four with a smart flick from close range. 

Slovakia’s disappointing performance ended just as it began with yet another own goal after Kucka accidentally bundled the ball over the line. 

Final Group E Standings

1st – Sweden

2nd – Spain

3rd – Slovakia

4th – Poland

Honours even at the Puskas Arena

France have managed to seal the top spot in Group F after they earned a 2-2 draw against Portugal at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. 

Fernando Santos’ side took the lead on the half-hour mark after Hugo Lloris brought down Danilo inside the area with Cristiano Ronaldo converting the resulting penalty. 

The visitors found the equaliser in first-half stoppage-time also from the spot after Kylian Mbappe was fouled by Nelson Semedo before Karim Benzema got his second of the night and put his team in front on 47 minutes when he collected the through-ball from Paul Pogba to finish coolly across the face of the goalkeeper. 

The Portugal captain got the leveller and rescued a point for the hosts with the third penalty of the night following a handball offence given against Jules Kounde. 

Germany rescue a point to reach the knockouts

After being just ten minutes away from being knocked out of the tournament, Germany booked themselves a place in the round of 16 with a late goal that saw them record a 2-2 draw against Hungary at the Allianz Arena in Munich. 

The visitors opened their account after just 11 minutes when Szalai met the cross in from Sallai to head home beyond the reach of Manuel Neuer. 

Joachim Low’s side found the equaliser just past the hour mark when Kai Havertz bundled the ball over the line from close range before Hungary went straight up the other end of the pitch to go back in front just two minutes later when Schafer latched onto Szalai’s pass to powerfully head past the keeper from 12-yards out. 

Germany got a late leveller courtesy of Leon Goretzka after he fired a low strike into the bottom corner from inside the area setting up a tie against England for his team in the next stage. 

Final Group F Standings

1st – France

2nd – Germany

3rd – Portugal

4th – Hungary

Confirmed Last 16 Fixtures

Saturday, June 26th – Wales vs Denmark / Italy vs Austria

Sunday, June 27th – Netherlands vs Czech Republic / Belgium vs Portugal

Monday, June 28th – Croatia vs Spain / France vs Switzerland

Tuesday, June 29th – England vs Germany / Sweden vs Ukraine

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