[A Circle Among Squares]Euro 2020 matchday LIVE: Portugal vs France, Germany vs Hungary, Slovakia vs Spain updates, news & T

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  2021-06-23T22:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  And that’s it! The group stages of Euro 2020 are officially over. 24 teams entered. 16 have progressed. Eight will head home.

  We won’t forget the moments many of them brought; North Macedonia’s verve in their first major tournament, Hungary’s heroics in Group F, Finland’s superb conduct in the face of extraordinary circumstances.

  But now, only two-thirds remain – and from here on out, there are no second chances.

  We’ll take a few days now but you can bet we’ll back this weekend when the last-16 gets underway! Until then, thank you for joining us – and have a great week!

  Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Euro 2020 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Euro 2020 Getty Images 2021-06-23T21:55:00Z 23/06/2021

   Cristiano Ronaldo: 5

   Patrik Schick: 3

   Emil Forsberg: 3

   Romelu Lukaku: 3

   Robert Lewandowski: 3

   Gini Wijnaldum: 3

  Cristiano Ronaldo is the top goalscorer after the #EURO2020 group stages

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:50:00Z 23/06/2021

  Hungary forward Roland Sallai has been speaking to M4 Sport and – though quite emotional at how close his side came – has nothing but resounding praise for them.

  “I’m very proud that we performed the way we did, but I’m disappointed at falling short,” he says.?”We’ve played ever so well. We can’t complain; we’re proud of how we’ve played.

  “I think we’re on a really good path. We’ve made it very difficult for three exceedingly tough opponents.”

  2021-06-23T21:45:00Z 23/06/2021

  A chaotic game in Munich finishes 2-2#GER will play #ENG (of course they will)#EURO2020

  — The Analyst (@OptaAnalyst) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:41:00Z 23/06/2021

  Karim Benzema has also chimed in with TF1 on finally bringing a six-year drought to an end on the international stadium.

  ”I never doubted myself, but I knew there were expectations of me from the country,” he says.?”I managed to score and I’m going to savour it with everybody.”

  2021-06-23T21:37:00Z 23/06/2021

  1 – France have finished 1st of their group in all 4 major tournaments under Didier Deschamps, after not doing so in their previous 3. Les Bleus are the only team to finish 1st of their group in all major tournaments (EURO + WC) since the 2014 World Cup included. Habit. #FRAPOR

  — OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:33:00Z 23/06/2021

  More from Didier Deschamps to TF1 now, adding that he is delighted for Karim Benzema to break his barren run while noting that he will not underestimate any opponent his side crosses.

  ”It is a pleasure for Karim,”?he says. “He was looking for that;?he has not lost his confidence, nor mine. [it was] so much the better that he was there this evening.

  ”Switzerland;?an affordable match? Look, we had so-called affordable matches. Switzerland qualified. We had observers who followed them. We saw bits of matches. We will recover well and we will prepare that as best as possible “

  2021-06-23T21:29:00Z 23/06/2021

  Round of 16 ?

  Cristiano Ronaldo & Kylian Mbappe #EURO2020

  — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:25:00Z 23/06/2021

  Didier Deschamps has been speaking to TF1 following his side’s draw, and has acknowledged that it was a topsy-turvy challenge not only tonight but throughout Group F on the whole.

  ”It started all over the place,” he says.?”At the moment when we were best in control, they were close to cracking.

  ”Knowing also what the Hungarians were doing in Germany, they only cracked at the end. It proves that this group was difficult, for everyone.

  ”We finish first, we know what awaits us now, and a new competition begins.”

  2021-06-23T21:21:00Z 23/06/2021

  Cristiano Ronaldo has become the all-time top scorer in the World Cup and European Championship?combined.

  The Portugal star scored twice against France from the penalty spot in Wednesday’s 2-2 draw at Euro 2020, marking his 20th and 21st goals in the two tournaments.

  His first goal broke the record previously held by ex-Germany star Miroslav?Klose, who netted 19 times combined in the?World Cup and European Championship.

  To read more on Goal, head here!

  2021-06-23T21:17:00Z 23/06/2021

  Cristiano Ronaldo has become the joint-top scoring men’s international player of all time.

  The Portugal star fired home two goals from the spot against France in a heavyweight?Euro 2020 clash on Wednesday.

  That takes him up to 109 goals in 176 matches for the national team, putting him at the top of the list of goalscorers on the international stage.

  To read more on Goal, head here!

  2021-06-23T21:13:00Z 23/06/2021


  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:12:00Z 23/06/2021


  Monday:#CRO #ESP#FRA #SUI

  Tuesday:#ENG #GER#SWE #UKR

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:11:00Z 23/06/2021


  Saturday:#WAL #DEN#ITA #AUT

  Sunday:#NED #CZE#BEL #POR

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:08:00Z 23/06/2021

  So, with those results from Group F, it is official – England will cross swords with Germany once more at a major international tournament.

  One of football’s defining rivalries will play out for the first time since 2017 in the lower half of the draw – but both may feel that the path to Wembley for the final opens up if they prevail.

  Elsewhere, reigning champions Portugal face off with hotly-fancied pre-tournament favourites Belgium, while World Cup holders France face Switzerland. Spain versus Croatia, and Wales versus Denmark are just some of the other ties set to be played out over this weekend and the end of June.

  2021-06-23T21:04:00Z 23/06/2021


  The #EURO2020 Round of 16 is set

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T21:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal make last-16 in third, Hungary eliminated

  So, there you have it! France are the final group stage winner of Euro 2020. Portugal, defending champions, grab a point more than they managed in 2016.

  Germany are sandwiched in-between them, rescued in the final act, and Hungary… well, they bow out but can do so with their heads held high.

  So too can Finland, with results officially confirming that they are out of the tournament too.

  2021-06-23T20:57:00Z 23/06/2021

  It’s all over in Budapest too! It’s another four-goal draw in Group F – and it means that the placings do not change. France top the pile, Germany come second and Portugal finish third.

  On a night where, with alarming frequency, one of the latter two looked set to slip out at the expense of Hungary, they have survived the proverbial scare of Euro 2020 so far.

  They all head on to the knockout stages.

  2021-06-23T20:55:00Z 23/06/2021

  For a moment, another spot-kick looked like it was about to pop up in Budapest, after Bruno Fernandes – on off the bench – slashed his leg around a French attacker.

  The call doesn’t come in the end, despite a VAR check, and this one will surely be played out now with little more fanfare.

  2021-06-23T20:53:00Z 23/06/2021

  It’s all over in Munich – and Germany, unless Portugal can find a winner, will be playing England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday next week in the last-16.

  A huge round of applause to Hungary. They have given it everything tonight, have arguably been the better side. But Joachim Low’s team played their part too in a cracking game of football and they are the ones who prevail through the share of the spoils.

  2021-06-23T20:51:00Z 23/06/2021

  There’s going to be five extra minutes in Budapest meanwhile, and unless Hungary can find a final burst of energy, both sides should be safe in the knowledge that they will be going through to the last-16.

  This game has dropped off very much, less gung-ho in its propulsion than events in Munich.

  2021-06-23T20:49:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 2-2 Hungary

  It feels weird to coach it in such terms, but surely, so much of the focus has been drawn here given that England’s last-16 opponent would hail from here.

  Over tonight, that opponent has changed more times than it is worth counting but as of this moment, with both games tied at 2-2, it would be Germany who would travel to Wembley next Tuesday.

  There will be four added minutes in Munich to see if that will change once more.

  2021-06-23T20:46:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 2-2 Hungary

  91 – Andras Sch?fer’s goal for Hungary came just 91 seconds after Kai Havertz had equalised for Germany. Pendulum. #HUN #GER #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T20:43:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Leon Goretzka, 84)


  If it wasn’t before thanks to that immediate response, then this is the goal that will surely break Hungary’s hearts and stamp on their soul. Fired through a crowded box after the visitors can’t clear their lines, the Bayern man’s shot takes a deflection – just enough to carry it away from?Gulacsi, over his leg and into the back of the net.

  Oh, the agony of football. Germany, elated. Hungary, devestated.

  2021-06-23T20:39:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 1-2 Hungary

  Hearts in mouths! Toni Kroos plays a delightful one-two and somehow pushes his finish across the six-yard area, just begging for a tap-in to turn it in pas the post.

  Play appears to have slowed slightly in Budapest – have France and Portugal realised that a draw is enough? The latter can only be eliminated if the former win after all.

  2021-06-23T20:36:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 1-2 Hungary

  There will be three winners and one loser in this game tonight, but football has been a resolute victor regardless.

  The third-place ranking system has come under fire, but boy, has it provided its twists and turns in Group F across Munich and Budapest today.

  Hungary are still on course for the last-16 though. True pinch-me-I’m-dreaming stuff, this, for the underdogs.

  2021-06-23T20:33:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 2-2 France


  Cristiano Ronaldo matches Ali Daei’s record for the most goals in men’s international football history #EURO2020 #POR #FRA

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T20:30:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 2-2 France

  Rui Patricio, you cannot pull those out like that! My word, what a pair of saves from the Portugal keeper!

  The Wolves man has just kept his side on level terms, that’s for sure. Paul Pogba decides to try his luck from 25 yards and unleashes a shot that is going straight into the top-left corner. The goalkeeper somehow palms it away with an almighty stretch – and then he is there to batter away?Antoine Griezmann’s follow-up, tight to the right post.

  Group F has it all!

  2021-06-23T20:27:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Andras Schefer, 66)


  From pleasure to pain in a heartbeat for Germany and vice versa for Hungary -?Andras Schefer has just done the hosts there with what feels like a fluke of a goal!

  From the restart, Hungary push for it, flick it inside around the centre-circle and then downfield. Germany’s defence is caught short,?Szalai nudes a throughball downfield and it bounces kindly for his team-mate to throw the low diving header at it, just as the visitors did earlier, and find a way past Neuer!

  As it stands, Hungary are back in the last-16 after a minute out of it – and Germany are gone!

  2021-06-23T20:26:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Kai Havertz, 66)

  What a time to score, Kai Havertz!

  It is an absolute mare from?Peter Gulacsi, racing out to field a free-kick into his box and completely missing the ball. It’s every keeper’s worst nightmare – and he can only watch as it bobbles around a few heads and the Chelsea man knocks it over the goal-line.

  Germany have drawn level – and with it, have saved their Euro 2020 campaign as it stands. Heartbreak for Hungary.

  2021-06-23T20:23:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Cristiano Ronaldo, 60)


  The Portuguese skipper, this evergreen figure of world football, the man they call the GOAT, has just added another record to his resume that will only enhance his legacy. He ties Iran legend?Ali Daei on 109 goals for his country.

  The penalty is exactly as before; cool as you like, stuck to the left, and Lloris goes the other way. Portugal are back into the last-16 as it stands.

  2021-06-23T20:21:00Z 23/06/2021

  Just how many penalties can one game give you?!

  Portugal have another spot-kick now and France are fuming. Cristiano Ronaldo looks to cross from the left and only finds?Jules Kounde, who deflects it twice – only for him to make contact with his hand as he tries to see the second off.

  By the letter of the law, that’s comfortably in line with his head, a raised hand as such. Now, Portugal’s captain steps up – and he has the chance to tie the all-time international goal record in men’s football.

  2021-06-23T20:19:00Z 23/06/2021

  The greasy surface of this pitch at Allianz Arena comes to Hungary’s aid now, as it just carries Kai Havertz’s touch away from him as he is released into the visitors’ box.

  Leroy Sane gets to put a corner in a moment later and it sails out on the far side for a throw-in, overcooked in dispiriting fashion.

  2021-06-23T20:16:00Z 23/06/2021

  33y 186d – Karim Benzema is now the oldest player ever to score more than once in a major tournament match for France (World Cup/EUROs), overtaking Zinedine Zidane (31y 356d) v England at EURO 2004. Magnifique. #FRA #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T20:13:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 1-2 France

  Who saw this scenario coming then? As it stands, Portugal are heading out of Euro 2020, as defending champions, in the group stages.

  France would be Group F winners, Hungary would finish second and Germany would edge through in third-place, through virtue of a superior head-to-head record with Portugal.

  Germany, still trailing in Munich, are safe as it stands, but they will surely know that they cannot leave their fortune to events in Budapest.

  2021-06-23T20:10:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Karim Benzema, 47)


  Karim Benzema thinks he’s given France the lead, latching onto Paul Pogba’s half-length-of-the-field throughball, but the linesman’s flag is up.

  A moment later though, VAR has had a word in the ear of?Antonio Mateu Lahoz – and the goal stands!

  2021-06-23T20:08:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 1-1 France

  There is a change in Budapest however and it is?Joao Palhinha, on to replace Danilo, who hasn’t quite looked right since he got punched in the head by Hugo Lloris.

  Will Bruno Fernandes figure soon? As the biggest name dropped from Fernando Santos’ squad, he could be primed to come back in for a game-saving intervention.

  2021-06-23T20:06:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-1 Hungary

  We’ve resumed at Allianz Arena in Munich, where there has been no changes, and?Serge Gnabry almost snaps a response up for the hosts off the bat.

  It’s blocked by staunch defence and Hungary wheel it away. The rain has slowed somewhat; the flash downpour of earlier has still left a slippery mark though.

  2021-06-23T20:02:00Z 23/06/2021

  4 – Cristiano Ronaldo has scored four goals at EURO 2020; the most by a player in the group stages at the tournament since David Villa in 2008 (4). Indeed, only Michel Platini (7 in 1984) has ever scored more in a single group round. Desire. #POR #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T19:58:00Z 23/06/2021

  Given the reputation, the history, the talent… it’s hard to think that it won’t be France, Portugal and Germany who head through in some formation.

  But Hungary sit on the cusp of a tournament upset to remember and Fernando Santos and company are not safe yet. They slip behind and they will be suddenly at the foot of Group F.

  History beckons, either way.

  2021-06-23T19:54:00Z 23/06/2021

  HT: #GER 0-1 #HUN

  HT: #POR 1-1 #FRA

  With 45 minutes remaining, everything is still to play for in Group F

  As it stands, #GER will be knocked out and #POR will play #ENG in the Round of 16 #EURO2020

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T19:50:00Z 23/06/2021

  A spot of penalty bingo means that Karim Benzema has cancelled out Cristiano Ronaldo in Budapest – and that Portugal and France are level in the battle to top Group F.

  Don’t you dare go anywhere. This is all set up for a grandstand second half finish across Europe.

  2021-06-23T19:48:00Z 23/06/2021

  One of the biggest – and quite possibly the final – half-time teamtalk of Joachim Low’s career as Germany coach is about to hit the proverbial fan.

  Adam?Szalai’s diving finish – a wonderful moment of footballing skill – is the difference in a rain-battered Munich. Hungary are excellent value for their lead – but their quality remains undeniably under threat the longer this contest goes on.

  Have they go the legs?

  2021-06-23T19:47:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Karim Benzema, 47)

  We’re all square in Budapest!

  Karim Benzema has been waiting since a 2015 friendly against Armenia to score for his country – and now, with the goal begging, he doesn’t screw it up.

  The Real Madrid man clips it to the left as Rui Patricio goes the wrong way, a near-carbon copy of Ronaldo’s finish down the opposite end.

  2021-06-23T19:45:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 1-0 France

  You get a penalty! You get a penalty! Everyone gets a penalty!

  Nelson Semedo, that is foolish. Running onto a looping delivery in his own box, he makes enough contact with Kylian Mbappe that it would have been rude had the Frenchman not decided to drop himself like a sack of potatoes.

  There’s a host of potential spot-kick takers lining up for Les Bleus as Portugal loudly complain, and it’s going to be Karim Benzema who gets the shot.

  2021-06-23T19:44:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-1 Hungary

  Kai Havertz almost finds a way back for Germany!

  Hungary have increased an unexpected grip on this game as the weather has worsened but the Chelsea man almost puts his side into the thick of it now. His first attempt is blocked, his second flies wide of the mark as he attempts to correct.

  There will be three added minutes in Munich

  2021-06-23T19:41:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 1-0 France

  Cristiano Ronaldo.


  Only one outcome.#EURO2020 #POR #FRA

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T19:37:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-1 Hungary

  The weather is suiting Hungary more than Germany right now, that’s for sure. Though the crowd in Munich – bolstered by some very noisy away fans – remains booming, even in a half-empty stadium, it is the visitors who are looking more comfortable.

  They’ve had three shots in the last few minutes, against none for their hosts. Their midfield is covering a lot of ground.

  2021-06-23T19:34:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 1-0 France

  With that goal then, Portugal are now top of Group F, France are second and Hungary are third, with Germany bidding farewell to Euro 2020.

  Factor in injury time and there will be about an hour left in this game. Arguably though, this is the run of results England will least want – a last-16 tie with Les Bleus is not a walk in the proverbial park.

  Should France turn it around and win against Portugal, then it would be Hungary who would come to Wembley for the Three Lions if they beat Germany.

  2021-06-23T19:31:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Cristiano Ronaldo, 31)

  Cool as you like!

  After a prolonged wait so?Danilo can be treated and removed from the penalty area, it is indeed Cristiano Ronaldo who steps up to take it.

  He goes low to the left, Lloris goes the other way and the Portuguese kingpin rarely misses those. Chalk another one up in pursuit of the all-time international goal record – he’s almost there now.

  2021-06-23T19:29:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-1 Hungary

  As we wait on that penalty, an update from Munich, where it is getting a bit scrappy.

  Attila Fiola gets a stern word for a hasty challenge and then Endre Botka picks up the first booking of the game, a yellow card that will rule him out of the last-16 if Hungary get there.

  It’s been raining since just before kick-off in Munich but not enough to quite pass comment. It certainly has opened up now; slippy and soaked underfoot, visibility badly affected.

  2021-06-23T19:27:00Z 23/06/2021

  Oh, no, Hugo Lloris, what have you done there?

  The Tottenham shotstopper hurls himself off his line as a fairly benign Portugal free-kick is speared in, and promptly makes contact with it about the same time he makes contact with the head of?Danilo.

  Antonio Mateu Lahoz won’t hear France’s protests. There’s going to be a spot-kick and there will be only one man to take it…

  2021-06-23T19:23:00Z 23/06/2021

  A double chance for Germany! With their first corner of the game,?Mats Hummels strikes the woodwork and?Matthias Ginter nudges the follow-up low, forcing a good stop by?Gulacsi.

  The hosts haven’t slowed since this game got going, even with that goal against the wind.

  There is a long way to go, as the old saying goes.

  2021-06-23T19:20:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 0-0 France

  Ronaldo tries his luck again, moments after Kylian Mbappe thrashes a shot towards the top corner for Rui Patricio to seize on, and hooks his effort wide to the right.

  As it stands, Portugal need not panic – they’d be heading to the last-16 with a draw. Should they lose by four goals here however… well, then Finland would be beating them out.

  It is an unlikely situation, but this is the Fernando Santos side that let four in last time out.

  2021-06-23T19:17:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-1 Hungary

  A fan holding a rainbow flag runs on to the pitch during the Hungary national anthem in #GER vs #HUN #EURO2020

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T19:14:00Z 23/06/2021

  For the third time at Euro 2020, Germany have gone behind first – and Joachim Low must be getting pretty used to the feeling.

  This is not in the script. After all the wonderful fanfare and build-up, it is unfancied Hungary who have slipped into the lead here.

  Remarkably, as things stand, they will be going through to the last-16 in third-place, at the expense of their hosts.

  2021-06-23T19:11:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Adam Szalai, 11)


  Germany have dictated the flow of play since the start but suddenly, with the nagging sense of deja vu, they are behind, cut open by one of the passes of the tournament.

  Roland Sallai floats down the right wing and lofts a wonderful ball across towards the middle of the hosts’ penalty area. Adam?Szalai times his run to perfection, shrugs off two defenders and hurls himself at it, his diving header crashing past Manuel Neuer and in at the near post. Absolutely fantastic!

  2021-06-23T19:09:00Z 23/06/2021

  11 – France are unbeaten in their last 11 group stage games in major tournaments (W7 D4), but have drawn each of their last 3rd group stage game at EURO + World Cup. Trend. #EURO2020 #PORFRA

  — OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T19:06:00Z 23/06/2021

  Portugal 0-0 France

  It’s not taken long for one of the superstars on show to have a shot in Budapest, and it is Cristiano Ronaldo who notches an effort.

  Hugo Lloris takes it cleanly while Didier Deschamps barks instructions.

  The latter is looking to become the first man to win both the World Cup and European Championship as a player and a manager.

  2021-06-23T19:03:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany 0-0 Hungary

  Chalk the first danger move up to Germany – and it’s?Joshua Kimmich who can’t quite flick a square ball close to the line past the outstretched arms of?Peter Gulacsi.

  The hosts are far from safe. A draw will be enough for them, obviously, but they won’t want this one to be a goalless affair.

  2021-06-23T19:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  Germany v Hungary

  For the final time, we are underway in Group F of Euro 2020! 2021-06-23T18:56:00Z 23/06/2021

  For the last time for at least one of these nations, the national anthems ring around Budapest and Munich.

  Today’s referees are Spain’s?Antonio Mateu Lahoz in the former city and Russia’s?Sergei Karasev in the latter.

  A pitch invader has got on before the game has even started, racing around at Allianz Arena holding a pride flag during the Hungarian national anthem. The home crowd gave him a very big cheer.

  2021-06-23T18:52:00Z 23/06/2021

  Feel that tingle running down the length of your spine? Unless you just dropped an ice cube, or a strawberry split, down the back of your shirt, it’s the shiver of anticipation.

  There’s not been a blockbuster quite like Portugal versus France in terms of group stage billing. Whether it lives up to it is another thing entirely.

  The teams are almost ready to emerge.

  2021-06-23T18:48:00Z 23/06/2021

  110 – Germany and Hungary’s only previous meeting in Munich was 110 years ago, in a friendly played in December 1911 at the city’s MTV-Platz stadium (Hungary won 4-1). Eons. #GER #HUN #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T18:44:00Z 23/06/2021


  — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T18:40:00Z 23/06/2021

  Given the reputation of their opponents, few gave Marco Rossi and company a fighting chance in Group F – and yet, destiny remains in their own hands when it comes to sealing a last-16 berth at the expense of one of these giants.

  They were unlucky to suffer a sizable knockout blow against Portugal late on, and richly deserving of that point they took off France.

  But in the hotbed of Germany tonight, can they conjure up another burst of hard-fought resilience to counter the likely stardust?

  Fiola Hungary France Fiola Hungary France Getty 2021-06-23T18:36:00Z 23/06/2021

  Joachim Low’s place in the history of the German national football team is assured regardless of what happens here – but quite how that place is burnished will depend on what he digs out at Euro 2020.

  A botched defence in Russia 2018, culminating in a group stage exit, looked to spell the end for him at the time, but here he is, for one final go-around, before he passes the reins off.

  A tetchy opening draw with France didn’t set the pulse racing – but a widescreen explosion against Portugal absolutely did. Can his side find the fireworks again tonight?

  Manuel Neuer Portugal vs Germany Euro 2020 Manuel Neuer Portugal vs Germany Euro 2020 Getty Images 2021-06-23T18:32:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sane comes in for Muller as #GER play #HUN in their final group match #EURO2020

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T18:28:00Z 23/06/2021

  Perhaps caught by the expectation as incumbent World Cup holders, France haven’t quite set fire to this tournament the way their arsenal of talent suggests they should have done.

  They played out a cagey, deceptively unflashy opening encounter with Germany, handed victory by an arguably fortunate own goal, before a substandard showing against Hungary allowed the latter to pick up a well-deserved point.

  Didier Deschamps will expect a response today, against a side his team are superior to on paper – but in the cauldron of Budapest, who is going to come up with the goods?

  Kylian Mbappe France Hungary Euro 2020 Kylian Mbappe France Hungary Euro 2020 Getty 2021-06-23T18:24:00Z 23/06/2021

  Five years ago, three group stage draws were the catalyst for a shock run to the summit of European football, to hand Cristiano Ronaldo a long awaited major medal at international level.

  That was an upset there and then, but there was a reason why the defending champions entered this tournament among the favourites. A late blowout over Hungary looked to justify expectations – but then came that dramatic implosion against Germany.

  They’ve saved the theoretical hardest for last too. With three points – the same number they needed to get out of the group stage in 2016 – and a positive goal difference, they’ll fancy their chances – but do they have what it takes?

  Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Euro 2020 Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal Euro 2020 Getty 2021-06-23T18:20:00Z 23/06/2021

  It’s highly likely you’ll have read about UEFA’s decision – and that statement – over the last few days, so here’s some news to cheer the heart that hate won’t triumph.

  Fans have been arriving at Allianz Arena throughout the evening decked out in full rainbow attire, an explosion of colour as giddy as it is glorious, in support of LGBT+ rights.

  They’ll be roaring up a storm inside tonight. Even if the stadium won’t bedazzle from the distance, the players – and those inside – certainly will notice.

  2021-06-23T18:17:00Z 23/06/2021

  UEFA have released a statement insisting they “respect the rainbow” in response to the controversy surrounding a proposal to illuminate Allianz Arena with rainbow?lighting.

  Germany had originally planned for the display to take place during the national team’s final Group F fixture at Euro 2020 against Hungary on Wednesday as a show of unity towards the?LGBTQ+ community.

  Many of the club level teams in the country were also set to display the rainbow theme at their own stadiums,?but UEFA took the decision?to block the initiative?much to the fury of activist groups protesting?Hungary’s anti-LGBT legislation.

  To read more at Goal, head here!

  2021-06-23T18:15:00Z 23/06/2021

  Team news!

  Bruno Fernandes dropped for crucial fixture

  Huge call #EURO2020 #FRA #POR

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T18:12:00Z 23/06/2021

  So, who can finish where and who can achieve what? The answer is deceptively straightforward.

  France are already through, and a win would see them top the table, regardless of Germany and Hungary’s result. Germany and Portugal only need a point to go through, while Portugal need to better Germany’s result to come second. Hungary go through if they win.

  Again, everybody got that?

  2021-06-23T18:10:00Z 23/06/2021

  While both sides make tactical swaps in Budapest, it’s just the one enforced change between two teams in Munich, where Germany look to back up that win with victory against a Hungary side who could still make the last-16 themselves.

  Thomas Muller is out injured which means Leroy Sane gets his shot at helping Joachim Low cement a knockout berth this evening.

  Otherwise, it is the same 21 men who started last time out on Saturday.

  2021-06-23T18:07:00Z 23/06/2021

  We’re less than an hour away from what might be the match of the tournament so far, as the reigning Euro 2016 winners face off against their beaten finalists – and incumbent World Cup holders.

  Lineups will be here shortly, but the big news is that Portugal have dropped Bruno Fernandes to the bench, as part of a double change following that drubbing at the hands of Germany.?Joao Moutinho and Renato Sanches both come in.

  France meanwhile make three swaps;?Jules Kounde, Lucas Hernandez and Corentin Tolisso replace?Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Digne and Adrien Rabiot.

  Bruno Fernandes Portugal Euro 2020 Bruno Fernandes Portugal Euro 2020 Getty 2021-06-23T18:04:00Z 23/06/2021

  But if one man may be more chuffed, it could well be?Janne Andersson, who theoretically snags an easier last-16 tie with that result.

  His side showed fine character to hold their nerve and nab the win against Poland’s momentum, and he’ll know it.

  They head on with a spring in their step, for sure. We’ll have reaction from that down the line, but for now, it is time to pivot to Group F…

  2021-06-23T18:02:00Z 23/06/2021

  Luis Enrique is beaming from ear-to-ear, and why not? He has come under pressure over those first two games but today – against, admittedly, the easiest opponent he should face at Euro 2020 – his side have answered their critics in resounding fashion.

  Where do they go from here? Why, Copenhagen, for a clash with Croatia of course. More on that to come later…

  2021-06-23T18:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  2 – Today is the first time two EUROs matches have seen 5+ goals on the same day (Sweden 3-2 Poland, Spain 5-0 Slovakia) since 21st June 2000 (Spain 4-3 Yugoslavia, Netherlands 3-2 France). Feast. #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T17:56:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia, Poland eliminated from Euro 2020

  There you have it then. A rampant display from Luis Enrique’s men and an Emil Forsberg double are the picks of the final round of fixtures in Group E – and it is enough to confirm Sweden and Spain will be in the last-16.

  Defeat for Slovakia by such a margin also has a knock-on effect – it confirms that Ukraine have made the knockout rounds too, by virtue of their superior goal difference.

  The only side to have completed all their fixtures and not yet be eliminated right now is Finland, who could still make it through if there is a major goal swing in Group F later on this evening.

  2021-06-23T17:55:00Z 23/06/2021

  The final whistle goes in Seville too – and Spain’s five-goal blitz is not enough to seal top spot in Group E in the end!

  Slovakia’s Euro 2020 journey comes to an end in cruel fashion. From the moment Martin Dubravka tipped a ball into his own net, the risk of a complete collapse beckoned – and so it proved, as Spain finally got their pent-up need for goals out of their system.

  La Roja finish second, after those breathless final scenes in Russia.

  2021-06-23T17:54:00Z 23/06/2021

  It’s all over in Saint Petersburg! Poland fought and fought, driven by Robert Lewandowski’s magic and a never-say-die attitude.

  But it is a bridge too far for them in the end. They leave Euro 2020 with just the one point to their name.

  Is it the last time we will see Lewandowski at a major tournament?

  2021-06-23T17:53:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Viktor Claesson, 93)

  Heartbreak for Poland!

  Absolute deflation for Robert Lewandowski, Paulo Sousa and company. Sweden press deep, determined to not invite them back – and by a stroke of brilliant work on the edge of the opposition box, they tee up the chance to finish it.

  Viktor Claesson takes it into the box, and drills low to beat the keeper. He wheels away in celebration – it is the goal that sends Sweden back to the top of Group E and breaks Poland’s spirit for good.

  2021-06-23T17:50:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 2-2 Poland

  There will be five added minutes for Robert Lewandowski and company to find something in Saint Petersburg – five minutes for them to write themselves into the nation’s sporting history. 2021-06-23T17:49:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-5 Spain

  Adama Traore is on for his first game of Euro 2020, with the match pretty much said and done in Spain.

  Let’s not kid ourselves, Saint Petersburg is where the drama is right now, not Seville. Back to Russia we go.

  2021-06-23T17:47:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 2-2 Poland

  Poland have scored two goals for the first time in a single European Championship match. Like any professional wrestler worth their salt, they have risen off the canvas, Undertaker-style, to spoil Sweden’s party.

  That goal means that Spain now go top of Group E too – and for the moment, pushes Sweden into second, for a potential clash with Croatia. Their opponents are still heading home as it stands though – unless they can find one more goal.

  2021-06-23T17:44:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Robert Lewandowski, 84)


  Hope against hope, Poland fans! There has been a seismic second-half shift in Group E – and it has fallen away from Sweden! Their star man has delivered once more!

  It’s a lovely bit of work to carve out the space in the box for the veteran, and he turns on a dime to slide a low finish past Robin Olsen. What a grandstand finale we have in store!

  2021-06-23T17:41:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 2-1 Poland

  It’s all over in Seville, even if the final whistle is still some distance away, but in Saint Petersburg, Poland are continuing to press for an equaliser.

  As anyone who ever watched the 1999 UEFA Champions League Final can attest, it is never too late to score two goals.

  Paulo Sousa’s assistant appears to have just been booked for saying something to the officials though. Tensions are rising.

  2021-06-23T17:38:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-5 Spain

  44 – Scoring with his first touch 44 seconds after coming on, Ferran Torres’ goal is the fastest by a substitute in a European Championship match since Juan Carlos Valerón netted 39 seconds after coming on against Russia in 2004, also for Spain. Entrance. #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T17:35:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 2-1 Poland

  The youngest player in European Championship history,?Kacper Kozlowski, has just come on for Poland, in what will be their last game of the tournament as it stands.

  He took the record from England’s Jude Bellingham last week – and by all accounts, he’s got a very bright future ahead of him.

  2021-06-23T17:32:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Juraj Kucka OG, 71)

  Stop the count!

  For the first time in their history, Spain have scored five goals in a European Championship match, to well and truly silence their critics. Slovakia help them theret this time around with?Juraj Kucka providing the last touch after a spate of pinball headers from both sides edges the ball closer to Dubravka’s net, before it’s finally nodded in, apparently glancing off the defender last.

  Dreamland for the hosts. Disaster for the visitors. Their Euro 2020 campaign is coming to a brutal end.

  2021-06-23T17:30:00Z 23/06/2021

  LewanGOALski curls in a cracker

  Game on. #EURO2020 #POL

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T17:27:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Ferran Torres, 67)

  It’s the fabulous foursome for Spain – and Slovakia’s dim hopes of a third-place ranking progression are well and truly gone now.

  Ferran Torres, not long off the bench, turns it in at close-range, a flash of the inside boot after it is squared in?Pablo Sarabia following a short corner. Martin Dubravka is having a rotten afternoon now.

  2021-06-23T17:24:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Jakub Swierczok, 65)

  Oh, Jakub Swierczok thought he had the second there – but no, he’s offside!

  The soft call is that he had just strayed ahead of?Przemyslaw Frankowski as he nestled a close-range finish in – and VAR confirms it.

  2021-06-23T17:20:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Robert Lewandowski, 61)


  Robert Lewandowski, that is a filthy finish. The Bayern Munich man has rode to the rescue of his flagging nation in their hour of need and just stuck one into the top-right corner from the left edge of the box with all the grace of a?prima donna and the power of a freight locomotive.

  Just what the Euro 2020 doctor ordered for Poland! Can they find two more of those beauties from somewhere?

  2021-06-23T17:18:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Emil Forsberg, 59)

  Make that a double game, set and match – Sweden are surely heading through as Group E winners now!

  Another square delivery, another tight finish, but this one isn’t messy in the slighest. No, Emil Forsberg has just stroked a smooth rocket into the netting to likely put Poland’s hopes of an unlikely last-16 spot to bed. Beautiful stuff!

  2021-06-23T17:16:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Pablo Sarabia, 56)

  Game, set and match – Spain are off to the last-16 of Euro 2020 for sure!

  Pablo Sarabia cuts into the box to meet a square delivery off the left from?Jordi Alba. It’s not the cleanest connection, very much side-footed with a bit of roughness, but there’s not stopping it from nestling in at the right post.

  This has been a Spain performance to answer the critics and then some.

  2021-06-23T17:14:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-2 Spain

  10 – Since his debut for the national side in October 2019, Gerard Moreno has been directly involved in 10 goals for Spain (five goals, five assists), more than any other player for them in this time. Omnipresent. #EURO2020

  — OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T17:11:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  Robert Lewandowski takes a tumble inside Sweden’s six-yard area – but it is him who is deemed to have committed the foul and brought a defender down with him.

  It’s probably the right call but he doesn’t look happy with it. Poland’s latest chance slips through their fingers like fine grains of sand.

  2021-06-23T17:08:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  Piotr Zielinski, what a goal that would have been!

  It’s a corking save from Robin Olsen, stretched out like taffy to deny the effort lashed in towards the top corner. The term “foot like a traction engine” springs to mind.

  2021-06-23T17:05:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-2 Spain

  Michal Duris replaces Ondrej Duda and?Stanislav Lobotka replaces Jakub Hromada for the visitors – and nominal home side, because of course they are – as play kicks off once more in Seville.

  Slovakia will have to do somethign special to haul this one back, surely. The last-16 picture is growing ever clearer by the minute.

  2021-06-23T17:04:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  Przemyslaw Frankowski replaces Tymoteusz Puchacz for Poland in the only change in Saint Petersburg and we’re then back underway in Russia.

  Can Paulo Sousa’s men find a response? Victory is the only way they make the last-16. They need two goals – something they’ve never managed in a single game at a European Championhip before.

  Robert Lewandowski, history is calling your name once more.

  2021-06-23T17:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  Hardest things in life to understand:

  English Grammar

  A.I Learning

  Mercury Thermometers ?

  How this Lewandowski effort didn’t go in ♂?#EURO2020 #POL

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:56:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-2 Spain

  Given how poor Spain have been at finding the goal at Euro 2020, one does wonder whether this would still be a 0-0 affair had Martin Dubravka not just palmed that ball into his own net.

  He won’t need anyone to beat him up for it; he’ll surely do that enough himself.

  Luis Enrique’s side are very much in the driving seat to join Sweden in the last-16 now.

  2021-06-23T16:52:00Z 23/06/2021

  7 – Martin Dubravka has scored the seventh own goal of EURO 2020; this is as many own goals as were scored at the 2000 (1), 2004 (2), 2008 (0), 2012 (1) and 2016 (3) editions of the tournament combined. Calamity. #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:49:00Z 23/06/2021

  The whistle goes in Seville too and?Aymeric Laporte gets another round of congratulations from his team-mates as they all troop off.

  Slovakia’s heads are dipped and rightly so – one goal would be tough to peg back given how little opportunity they have afford themselves, but two? That’s another order entirely.

  Their Euro 2020 prospects, bright heading into the start of the day, look like they could be dashed very soon.

  2021-06-23T16:48:30Z 23/06/2021

  The whistle goes in Saint Petersburg and?Michael Oliver waves the two sides down the tunnel.

  It is Emil Forsberg’s two-minute strike that has put Sweden firmly in the driving seat in Group E – but Poland have been pressing for an equaliser almost ever since then.

  This one is nicely poised. Stick around; it should be an interesting second half.

  2021-06-23T16:48:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Aymeric Laporte, 48)

  Spain double their lead – and it is their adopted countryman?Aymeric Laporte with the goal that may have just sent them to the knockout stages for good!

  France’s loss is La Roja’s gain – and how! The defender is the quickest to react after a deflected cut-back ball spirals into the six-yard area – and his looping header wrongfoots goalkeeper and defence to drift in at the top-right corner.

  He’s absolutely mobbed by his team-mates. It’s his first senior goal at international level and it looks like it means the world to him.

  Laporte Spain Slovakia Euro 2020 Laporte Spain Slovakia Euro 2020 Getty 2021-06-23T16:45:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  Piotr Zielinski goes close! Olsen is forced into a great tiptoe save to palm away a ranged shot from the Poland man now. There will be three added minutes in Saint Petersburg.

  That earlier VAR stoppage means there will be four in Seville.

  2021-06-23T16:42:00Z 23/06/2021

   Lewandowski reacts quickest after his thumping header hits the crossbar, but diverts the rebound onto the woodwork again!#EURO2020

  — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:39:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-1 Spain

  A draw would have been enough for Slovakia – but defeat will likely put them out entirely, given they have scored less goals than Ukraine (with whom they currently share a -1 goal difference, meaning it would come down to whoever had netted the most as a tiebreaker).

  Having hardly pushed forward throughout the first half-hour, they are trying to make inroads now, with limited success.

  They are not the only ones too; Poland have mounted more possession too, pushing balls into the Sweden box without success.

  2021-06-23T16:36:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-1 Spain

  Spain just could not score a goal…

  So Martin Dubravka gifted them one instead

  One of the strangest own goals you’ll see #EURO2020 #SVK #ESP

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:33:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-1 Spain

  Oh, you have to feel for the Newcastle United man there. There aren’t many ways that are worse than that to concede.

  The upshot is that right now, Spain have vaulted Slovakia into the top two. Poland remain rooted to the bottom however; there’s a long way to go in this one yet.

  2021-06-23T16:30:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Martin Dubravka OG, 30)

  Disaster for Slovakia – absolute disaster!

  Martin Dubravka has been a hero in this game, but he goes to a zero now. He’s out on his six-yard line and can only watch as?Pablo Sarabia rattles the woodwork, the deflection taking the ball high into the sky above the crossbar.

  He races back, intending to palm it over – but gets his body position all wrong and somehow punches the ball into his own net. Bizarre doesn’t even cover it!

  Pedri Sarabia Spain Euro 2020 Pedri Sarabia Spain Euro 2020 Getty 2021-06-23T16:29:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  This man’s qualities are not talked about enough #EURO2020 #SWE

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:26:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  The tempo has dropped a little in Saint Petersburg but it hasn’t stopped the crowd getting into the swing of things.

  They are very clearly belting out DJ Otzi’s seminal dancefloor mini-disco banger Hey Baby and quite clearly having the time of their lives.

  It’s not Yes Sir, I Can Boogie, but it’s getting up there, surely!

  2021-06-23T16:23:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-0 Spain

  You’d be hard-pressed to say that you’re being shortchanged so far in Group E. A lightning strike goal and a fluffed penalty keeps the drama ticking over, doesn’t it just?

  Paulo Sousa, stripped to a natty waistcoat, is already pacing around his technical area. On the other side of Europe, Spain have not let up in their assault on Slovakia’s penalty box;?Pablo Sarabia is the man who most recently fired an effort towards Martin Dubravka. They’ve had seven shots so far.

  2021-06-23T16:20:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-0 Spain

  2 – Spain have failed to score both of their penalties at EURO 2020 – the first team to fail to score 2+ penalties in a single edition of the European Championships (excluding shootouts) since Netherlands in 2000. Pressure. #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:17:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  What on earth has Robert Lewandowski done there? He’s managed to hit the crossbar twice in the space of a heartbeat!

  A Poland corner swings perfectly to him and he nudges the first effort over?Robin Olsen, only to hit the crossbar. He’s quick to follow it up however and makes contact with his head again as it bounces back towards him.

  Somehow, he mashes it into the woodwork once more. Then he falls into the net as Sweden somehow get it away. How that did not go in is something utterly remarkable.

  2021-06-23T16:15:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  81 – Scored after just 81 seconds, Emil Forsberg’s opener for Sweden against Poland is the second-fastest goal ever scored from the start of a European Championship match, after Dmitry Kirichenko for Russia v Greece in 2004 (65 seconds). Quickfire.

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T16:12:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Alvaro Morata, 12)

  My word, would you believe it?! Spain have missed another penalty at Euro 2020!

  This time, Martin Dubravka reads Alvaro Morata’s ball perfectly. The latter goes to put it to the left but middles it almost, and the keeper makes a clean punch to deflect it away.

  Luis Enrique’s hair must be going greyer by the second at this tournament.

  2021-06-23T16:11:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-0 Spain

  It’s given! Absolutely no hesitation after that second look from the referee. Alvaro Morata will have a chance to get himself on the scoreboard very early on here. 2021-06-23T16:10:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-0 Spain

  Bjorn Kuipers is already heading over to the VAR sceen and this game is barely 10 minutes old!

  It’s for a foul on Koke, who looked to have his ankle hacked out in a very clumsy challenge by?Jakub Hromada. The call went the way of the Slovakia man initially, but the video assistant referee has been quick to intercede.

  2021-06-23T16:08:00Z 23/06/2021

  Sweden 1-0 Poland

  A break for Poland now, spearheaded by Robert Lewandowski, gets some momentum going forward for them, but the break comes to nothing in the end.

  Paulo Sousa’s side, in their history, have never scored more than a single goal in a single European Championship game. They need two to avoid heading home now.

  2021-06-23T16:05:00Z 23/06/2021

  Slovakia 0-0 Spain

  It’s nowhere in the same league as the lightning start made in Saint Petersburg, but Spain are already motoring along nicely on home turf against Slovakia.

  Alvaro Morata meets Gerard Moreno’s ball tight on the left edge of the box and can’t quite pull the mark on his shot.?Martin Dubravka is shrewd to his attempt and ensures that?Cesar Azpilicueta is covered too when the latter’s follow-up is blocked.

  2021-06-23T16:02:00Z 23/06/2021

  (Emil Forsberg, 2)

  What a start for the Blue and Yellow!

  We were just talking about?Emil Forsberg as the heir to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, and lo and behold, he has popped up barely a hundred seconds into this game to stroke Sweden into an early lead!

  Alexander Isak plays a pair of one-twos with him around the edge of the Poland box, before the?RB Leipzig man brings it away from a would-be defender inside the left edge of the box and slices it across?Wojciech Szczesny to finish in the bottom-right corner. Hey presto!

  Emil Forsberg Sweden vs Poland Euro 2020 Emil Forsberg Sweden vs Poland Euro 2020 Getty Images 2021-06-23T16:00:00Z 23/06/2021

  KO: Sweden v Poland

  For the final time, we are underway in Group E at Euro 2020! 2021-06-23T15:57:00Z 23/06/2021

  With a final flourish, the music rings out and the sounds of Bono and the Edge’s official Euro 2020 anthem replaces it.

  To say it was met with the general sort of reception afforded two men who famously dumped an album onto every iTunes account without asking once upon a time, this might actually be a grower. Bet we’re all singing it at Wembley in a few weeks.

  In Seville, the referee is the Netherlands’?Bj?rn Kuipers. In Saint Petersburg, it’s England’s?Michael Oliver.

  2021-06-23T15:53:00Z 23/06/2021

  Here they come!

  It’s just struck me that it will be the last time we here at least one of these anthems this summer. That’s a dispiriting thought. As we’ve said all along, they all absolutely slap.

  The early sign of sunset is creeping over Saint Petersburg but the day still feels young in Seville.

  2021-06-23T15:50:00Z 23/06/2021

  Four teams enter Group E. Three of them may well go through. In fact, the only way that only two go through is if Sweden and Slovakia both win. With two points, Spain would be comfortably out of the running for the third-place rankings there.

  We’re just a few minutes away from the sides emerging on different sides of the continent.

  2021-06-23T15:47:00Z 23/06/2021


  ? Saint Petersburg Stadium


  — UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T15:43:00Z 23/06/2021

  Having smashed the all-time single-season goal record in the Bundesliga, hopes had been high that Robert Lewandowski could have inspired Poland to similar success on the European stage.

  Alas, for?Paulo Sousa and company, it has been a tough run in Group E. An opening defeat truly put the proverbial cat among the pigeons for them and while they battled back to snag a draw with Spain – aided by a miscued penalty kick and a bit of woodwork – they still have hard work to do.

  A win against the table-toppers will catapult them into the top three – and with it an automatic place too, given that four points will be more than enough in the third-place ranking race.

  Robert Lewandowski Poland 2021 Robert Lewandowski Poland 2021 Getty 2021-06-23T15:39:00Z 23/06/2021

  Lennart Forsberg died last September at the age of 92. He should have been able to see his grandson, Emil Forsberg, star at Euro 2020 but the Covid-19 postponement changed all that.

  The Sweden star is instead dedicating his performances at the rescheduled tournament to his late grandfather, a local Swedish footballing legend, just as he has done throughout the season with his club RB Leipzig.

  The Forsberg dynasty is an unusual one. Lennart started it back in 1945, making his debut for local club Sundsvall aged just 17. Nicknamed ‘Foppa’, he was a skilful left winger, renowned for his pace, imagination and dribbling skills.

  To continue reading at Goal, head here!

  2021-06-23T15:35:00Z 23/06/2021

  When?Janne Andersson’s side rocked up in Seville for their first game of Euro 2020, few perhaps expected them to be content to play off the ball and let Spain come at them all night, certain of their defensive capabilities.

  It was a gamble more complicated than that, but it paid off gangbusters, with a well-earned point snagged by their efforts across the backline. A victory over Slovakia in their second game did the trick – and results elsewhere means that whatever happens today, they’re in the last-16.

  But they’ll know that finishing top of the group sets up an easier tie on paper – a third-place ranking contender no less, in Glasgow on Tuesday. Defeat could throw them into the path of Belgium, a game few would fancy at this juncture.

  Emil Forsberg Sweden Emil Forsberg Sweden Getty Images 2021-06-23T15:31:00Z 23/06/2021

  2 – In Eric García (20) and Pedri (18), Spain have named two players aged 20 or below in their starting XI for a EUROs match for a first time, while it’s the first time they’ve done so at any major tournament since the 2006 World Cup v France (Ramos & Fàbregas). Trust. #EURO2020

  — OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T15:27:00Z 23/06/2021

  Two draws in two games does not necessarily suggest that the red crisis button should be smashed in La Roja’s camp – indeed, the serious disruption of a Covid-19 outbreak if anything makes it a perfectly palatable pair of results given the circumstances.

  Except they are very much?not?palatable results; this is a side that is proud of its modern-day sporting lineage and their yield of just a single goal across 180 minutes of football – particularly given their statistical advantage – is an albatross around Luis Enrique’s shoulders.

  A pent-up explosion of goals may well be coming – and with a win needed to at the very least assure themselves of an automatic place in the last-16, it could rain down in Seville tonight.

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  Belgium are already locked and loaded for the last-16, and Romelu Lukaku has very much been at the heart of that success.

  The Inter forward has been taking the time out to field some questions over social media as his nation await their opponent, and he’s been happy to oblige us with an answer as to who the quickest man in Roberto Martinez’s squad is.

  Hint: it’s him, probably.?

  They know i put them on toast.. still slow for some out here i see you

  — R.Lukaku Bolingoli9 (@RomeluLukaku9) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T15:19:00Z 23/06/2021

  Arriving at Euro 2020 as the predestined bottom feeder of Group E, Stefan Tarkovic’s side muscled up a shock in their opening game to claim victory over Poland, putting themselves firmly in the mix for the knockout rounds.

  A defeat to Sweden has slowed their momentum considerably however, and a loss to Spain is likely to prove too much for them to achieve third-place ranking qualification, unless they make it a high-scoring one-goal reverse.

  Yet against an opponent misfiring in front of goal, they may fancy their chances of one of the arguably great European Championship upsets, on their opponents’ own turf no less – but they will have to deliver a performance for the ages.

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  The teams are in!

  Group E remains wide open #EURO2020 #SWE #POL

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T15:12:00Z 23/06/2021

  Team news!

  Sergio Busquets returns for Spain but still no room for Thiago or Adama Traore #EURO2020 #SVK #ESP

  — Goal (@goal) June 23, 2021 2021-06-23T15:10:00Z 23/06/2021

  There’s only one change in Saint Petersburg for the nominal home side, and it’s?Robin Quaison who has made the cut, over Marcus Berg.

  Poland too make a change, albeit enforced rather than tactical from what we understand;?Grzegorz Krychowiak comes in after Jakub Moder failed to recover from a knee injury.

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  We’ll have those lineups in a moment, but some major news for Spain today – they are able to welcome back?Sergio Busquets after La Roja’s skipper previously tested positive for Covid-19.

  He returns in a timely boost to Luis Enrique’s side as they battle a final hurdle to make it into the last-16 – but there’s still no room in the starting XI for either Adama Traore or Thiago.

  Marek Hamsik, the evergreen Slovakia captain, will once again lead from the heart of his side today.

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  But that was then and this is now – and several of the sides in Group E know that they could join those three teams, along with a host of other nations, if results go their way tonight.

  In simple mathematical terms, only Sweden are safe. With four points, a loss to Poland would see them come in third at the bare minimum – only one of Slovakia or Spain can overhaul them.

  Slovakia qualify if they win, or draw and Sweden avoid defeat. Spain qualify if they win, but can finish third still providing Poland do not beat Sweden. And Poland will go through in second if they win, providing that Slovakia and Spain do not draw.

  To paraphrase Spaceballs’ Dark Helmet, everybody got that?

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  Up to date with all your Euro 2020 shenanigans? No? Well, let’s wind the clock back 24 hours and give you a little refresher of what you missed.

  It was delight for England and despair for Scotland in Group D, as Gareth Southgate’s Three Lions became the second Home Nations side to make it through to the knockout stages.

  Two days after Wales slipped through in second in Group A, the hosts ran out relatively comfortable victors against the Czech Republic with a 1-0 triumph at Wembley, Raheem Sterling nabbing his second of the tournament and Jack Grealish and Bukayo Saka both excelling in another no-frills performance.

  Steve Clarke’s men couldn’t follow them into the final frontier however, as Luka Modric’s fiendish genius – relatively muted in his first two games of the tournament – steered Croatia comfortably past them at Hampden Park in a 3-1 victory, enough for the Russia 2018 World Cup finalists to snag second.

  Jaroslav Silhavy’s Czechs made it through despite defeat however, with a superior four-point haul automatically enough to ensure their third-place ranking was secure.

  They’ll all await confirmation of their opponents at the end of this evening.

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  Group E and Group F in action

  It’s a blockbuster four-game home stretch to wrap up the first act of this tournament – but what a four-game stretch it is to savour.

  The last four major tournament winners to hail from Europe are all in the thick of it – you’ve got to go back to Italy and the 2006 World Cup to not find a major trophy one of these sides have won.

  But underdogs lurk too, ready to take their shot at destiny – and the stakes couldn’t be higher for some. Here’s how it’ll play out, in Group E first, followed by Group F:

  Slovakia v Spain (1700)

  Sweden v Poland (1700)

  Portugal v France (2000)

  Germany v Hungary (2000)

  (All times BST)

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  Hello and welcome to Goal’s live matchday coverage of Euro 2020!

  A dozen days and 32 games down, we’re here at long last – the endgame of the group stage. 12 teams have booked their place in the knockout rounds; four have definitely bid farewell.

  Which means there are eight sides left in contention for four spots – and by the time we wrap things up in six hours or so, the dice will have been cast for the last-16.

  It’s judgement day in Groups E and F – and when the dust settles tonight, only a handful will be left standing.

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