Euro 2021 LIVE! Accumulation England vs Germany; Belgium beats Portugal; Spain, France last
The round of 16 of the European Championship is well underway, with Belgium and the Czech Republic joining Denmark and Italy in the last eight. Tournament favorites Spain, Croatia, Switzerland and France will seek to follow them today.
The Netherlands, which sent off Matthijs de Ligt for a 55th minute handball, and Portugal were the big names to fall on Sunday, with Dutch head coach Frank de Boer facing similar questions about his future. after a group stage that promised to fizzle out. against the Czechs.
Belgium beat 2016 champions Portugal thanks to Thorgan Hazard’s goal but will be sweating from injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard before facing Italy on Friday night.
Meanwhile, England continue to build their own massive round of 16 game against former German rivals at Wembley on Tuesday.
Follow all the latest Euro 2020 news and updates in our daily live blog below!
Sancho can play a role, on or off the pitch
Marcus Rashford believes Jadon Sancho can play a major role in England’s victory over Germany on Tuesday night, even if the Borussia Dortmund winger does not enter the pitch for the round of 16 of Euro 2020 .
“In a way, yes, because he played a lot of football against them, more than the rest of us,” Rashford replied when asked if Sancho could be the most valuable asset. by Gareth Southgate before the game against Germany.
“I’m sure he knows the players, their characteristics, their strengths and weaknesses and he’s definitely someone who can exploit them.
“If one thing doesn’t work, we have a great opportunity to turn things around and adapt in the game.
“Adaptability is one of the greatest skills in football and there are a lot of times in a game where you have to change or slightly adjust something to hurt your opponents.
“The fact that he played a lot against them, he also hurt them a lot, that will be a big factor for us.”
Bale will continue to play, says Mepham
Welsh defender Chris Mepham has said he doesn’t expect Gareth Bale to end his international career.
Bale has sparked speculation about his future after withdrawing from an interview following Wales’ 4-0 loss to Denmark on Saturday.
The 31-year-old was asked about his international football and if he could retire, prompting him to step down.
“Me personally, as soon as I got into the Wales setup I saw how passionate Gaz was about a Wales shirt,” Mepham said. “I know it’s an important part of his football, an important part of his life, and every time he comes out he seems to be enjoying it. So, to be honest with you, I will be waiting for him in many other camps.
Austria test will help Italy, says Donnarumma
Gianluigi Donnarumma believes it could help Italy move forward to Euro 2020 that they were forced to “suffer” when they won against Austria in the last 16.
Italy, who came through the group stages with three of three wins, needed extra time to beat Austria at Wembley.
Then they will face Belgium in the quarter-finals, and Donnarumma believes the battle with Austria will serve them well.
“We knew it wasn’t easy,” the goalkeeper told Rai.
“We were good at never giving up, especially in tough times. We managed to find two goals, then the match was cut short. Even if in the end we suffered a little, this match will help us for the future.
Mount and Chilwell train alone
Mason Mount and Ben Chilwell have been training away from the main group as they prepare to leave isolation just ahead of England’s Euro 2020 clash with Germany.
The pair are ending the final hours of isolation after coming into contact with Chelsea teammate Billy Gilmour, who tested positive for coronavirus, after the European Championship group game against Scotland.
Asked if he could realistically envision them for Tuesday given they don’t leave solitary confinement until midnight, England boss Southgate told ITV: “Well, that’s what we really need to take into account.
“It’s not just the training part, but also the psychological part, of course. They must have spent a lot of time alone in a room, so very difficult situation for the two boys at first.
“You come to a major tournament, you want to be a part of everything and they had to isolate themselves during that time, which of course is difficult for everyone.
“And for us, we just have to make that decision as we go along.”
Braithwaite: No one can match the intensity of the Danes
Martin Braithwaite has warned the remaining teams at Euro 2020 that no one can match the intensity of the Danish game.
The Danes have performed with passion and unity since the traumatic scenes involving Christian Eriksen on the opening weekend.
They are now in the quarter-finals and will face the Czech Republic after beating Wales 4-0 this weekend.
“It’s absolutely fantastic, but at the same time I’m not surprised at all,” Martin Braithwaite told Danish broadcaster DR1.
“We went through a lot and we played really well. We knew if we kept up the good things then they (Wales) couldn’t be with us.
“That’s what we did today. We continued and even though the first half was difficult, we continued. And finally the teams crack when they meet us.
“The teams cannot keep up with the intensity that we bring. Whatever the game, we keep going, and in the end, they break. “
Hazard and De Bruyne ready for scans
Belgian captain Eden Hazard and midfielder Kevin De Bruyne will both undergo exams after being forced off the pitch in their 1-0 win over Portugal.
De Bruyne suffered an ankle injury in what Martinez called a “bad tackle” while Hazard suffered a muscle twitch. Both players have told the coach of their desire to go out during this physically demanding match.
“We will now take 48 hours to assess the situation of the two players. We are going back to Belgium now and they will have injury scans tomorrow,” Martinez said in his post-match press conference.
Both players were injured before the start of the tournament but had made a good recovery to help Belgium finish at the top of their group and remain vital to the team’s hopes of advancing to Euro 2020.
Belgium will face Italy on Friday in the quarter-finals in Munich.
Perisic on the mend
Croatian winger Ivan Perisic has confirmed he is feeling better after testing positive for Covid-19.
Perisic tested positive for the virus this weekend, which means he will miss today’s last 16 games with Spain.
Fortunately, the winger is on the mend and will cheer on his teammates.
“As most of you already know, I tested positive for Covid-19,” he wrote on Instagram.
” Thanks for all your messages. I feel better today, but I am very sad that I cannot help Croatia tomorrow and hopefully further.
“With the support of our amazing fans, I have no doubts that the boys will play a great game. And who knows, maybe in the end I will play in this tournament again.
Police must respond to Morata’s death threats
Spain coach Luis Enrique has said death threats against striker Alvaro Morata and his family must receive a “vigorous response” from the police.
Morata said he received the threats after missing several chances in the group stage of the European Championship. This included a missed penalty against Slovakia on Wednesday.
Enrique says threats should be the responsibility of the police “so that they can be the subject of a vigorous response.”
Spain captain Koke Resurreccion also condemned the threats and said he gave Morata “a big hug” to show his support.
News from the France team
France have a trio of injured players who will likely miss tonight’s clash with Switzerland.
France coach Didier Deschamps said defenders Lucas Digne and Jules Kounde as well as striker Marcus Thuram “are unlikely to be available” for the game in Bucharest.
Deschamps says Lucas Hernandez should be able to play after recovering from a knee injury.
France must already do without striker Ousmane Dembele. He was excluded from Euro 2020 due to a knee injury.
Recap: Belgium 1-0 Portugal
Belgium held Cristiano Ronaldo scoreless and beat defending champion Portugal 1-0 to advance to the quarter-finals of the European Championship.
Thorgan Hazard scored the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute. Hazard’s deflected shot from outside the box left Portuguese goalkeeper Rui Patricio on the wrong foot and late to push the ball back.
Belgium will then face Italy in the quarter-finals on Friday in Munich.
Ronaldo is still one goal away from becoming the all-time top men’s scorer in international football. He is tied with former Iranian striker Ali Daei at 109 goals.