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EURO 2020: Portugal

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Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal is rated high if he is in the team list for obvious reasons. Portugal is the defending champions of the tournament. Portugal won the tournament in 2016 after beating France 1-0. Portugal is facing this tournament with strong squad and in the aim of defending the trophy.

Group F fixtures

Date Time ( Maldives) Details Venue
15th June 2021 21:00 Hungary vs Portugal Budapest
19th June 2021 21:00 Portugal vs Germany Munich
23rd June 2021 00:00 Portugal vs France Budapest

Qualifying

In the qualification round Portugal was in group B with Ukraine, Serbia, Luxembourg, and Lithuania. Their performance was impressive during the qualifications, Portugal played 8 matches, although they won of them and got a Draw in 2 matches and lost 1. As usual Cristiano Ronaldo showed an exceptional performance with 11 goals to his name.

Coach: Fernando Santos
former defender took charge of Portugal in 2014 after a stint as Greece boss. He won EURO 2016 and the inaugural UEFA Nations League.

Key player:

Cristiano Ronaldo
He may be 36, but he is motivated and fit for the pitch. Cristiano scored an impressive 11 goals during the qualification and is eager to score more his country.

João Félix
An attacking player of superb skill, the Atlético Madrid man is the latest star to strengthen the Portuguese side. He made his senior debut at 19 of age in Portugal’s victorious 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals campaign.

Goalkeepers: Anthony Lopes (Olympique Lyon), Rui Patricio (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Rui Silva (Granada CF)

Defenders: Joao Cancelo (Manchester City), Nelson Semedo (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Jose Fonte (LOSC Lille), Pepe (FC Porto), Ruben Dias (Manchester City), Nuno Mendes (Sporting CP), Raphael Guerreiro (Borussia Dortmund)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (PSG), Joao Palhinha (Sporting CP), Ruben Neves (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Bruno Fernandes (Manchester United FC), Joao Moutinho (Wolverhampton Wanderers FC), Renato Sanches (LOSC Lille), Sergio Oliveira (FC Porto), William Carvalho (Real Betis Bolompie)

Forwards: Pedro Goncalves (Sporting CP), Andre Silva (Eintracht Frankfurt), Bernardo Silva (Manchester City FC), Cristiano Ronaldo (Juventus FC), Diogo Jota (Liverpool FC), Goncalo Guedes (Valencia CF), Joao Felix (Atletico Madrid), Rafa Silva (SL Benfica)

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Finland claim historic win over Denmark, as Eriksen collapse shocks everyone.

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Joel Pohjanpalo’s 59th minute header gave Finland a 1-0 win over Denmark and their first ever triumph in the final stage of a major football tournament on Saturday night in Copenhagen, but the opening game for both teams in the European Championships will almost certainly be remembered for another reason.

The match was dominated by a single incident which had football fans all around the world in shock after Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch in the 42nd minute of the game.

Eriksen passed out with nobody around him and his visibly affected and upset team-mates formed a screen around him as a member of their medical staff appeared to perform CPR on him. The 29-year-old received treatment for around 10 minutes before being carried from the pitch with his companions holding sheets to shield him and with Simon Kjaer and Kasper Schmeichel comforting his distraught partner, Sabrina Kvist Jensen.

Fortunately, a photo published online shortly afterwards showed Eriksen to be conscious and both UEFA and the Danish FA confirmed that the player was “awake” and that his condition had “been stabilized,” although he will need to undergo tests in hospital.

UEFA later reported that after a meeting between both teams and referee Anthony Taylor both sides had asked to finish the match, with the Danes saying they wanted to win it for their companion.

Until Eriksen’s collapse, Finland goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky, had been the man of the match with saves from Jonas Wind, Eriksen and Pierre-Emile Hjobjerg as Denmark dominated with Teemu Pukki isolated in attack for Finland.

The game restarted with the remaining minutes of the first half played ahead of a five-minute break before the second half kicked off.

Denmark completely controlled the ball but failed to test Hradecky again, although they had chalked up 19 shots by the time Joel Pohjanpalo managed Finland’s first. Such is football that the

Pohjanpalo’s header, following Jere Urenon’s cross from the left, ended up in the back of the net as Schmeichel was unable to get down on time and the Finns took the lead.

Denmark controlled the game but without threatening to score until the 72nd minute when they were given a penalty following Paulus Arajuuri’s clumsy challenge on Yussef Poulsen. Hojbjerg stepped up to take it, but his timid spot kick was easily saved by Hradecky.

It probably escaped nobody’s attention that under normal circumstances Eriksen would have taken the penalty, but what happened earlier in the game shows there are many things worse than a missed penalty.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Belgium see off Russia 3-0 to start with win into Euro 2020.

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Belgium secured the first spot in Group B after Romelu Lukaku provided a brace in Belgium’s 3-0 victory over uninspired Russia at their opening game in Saint Petersburg on Saturday.

The “Red Devils” ensured a perfect start into their Euro 2020 campaign after a double strike from Lukaku and a goal from substitute Thomas Meunier eased past Russia 3-0 on home soil.

Belgium, who lead the FIFA World Rankings, took the reins from the starting whistle without forcing things while Russia tried to hold the pace in the opening stages.

It took Belgium only ten minutes to open the scoring with the great assistance of Russia’s Andrei Semyonov, who cleared Dries Merten’s square pass, into the path of Lukaku who showed no mercy and beat Anton Shunin from inside the box.

Russia responded well and showed intent to hit back but for all that Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois defused two headers on target from Mario Fernandes in the 14th minute.

However, Belgium controlled possession and dictated the pace on the pitch as Leander Dendoncker pulled over the goal after the good build-up work from Lukaku in the 18th minute before Shunin had to be on guard to defuse Thorgan Hazard’s effort from a tight angle four minutes later.

Roberto Martinez’ men eventually doubled their advantage and again by courtesy on a defensive error from Russia in the 34th minute as Shunin parried an effort into the way of Meunier, who poked home his joker goal seven minutes after his fielding.

Belgium remained in full control and should have made it three before the break, but Yannick Carrasco failed to finish the job from a promising position after his solo run.

After the restart, Belgium ceased it offensive momentum and let Russia do the work. Stanislav Cherchesov’s men grabbed a bright start into the second half but despite more possession, they were unable to threaten Courtois.

Belgium was calming the game down and keeping Russia at bay but still the “Red Devils” weren’t done with the scoring as Meunier’s deep through ball allowed Lukaku to snatch his brace in the 88th minute.

“We played against Russia three times in a short period of time. Their coach used a back four in one of the games, and a back five in the other two, so we were prepared for both. It wasn’t a surprise. We knew the patterns and real threats of the Russian team,” Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez said.

“It’s nice to start the tournament this way. Our first-half performance was great. We created chances but were a little sloppy in the second half. We made mistakes and we’ll have to work on that if we want to go far in this tournament,” Belgium’s top striker Romelu Lukaku said.

With the win, Belgium takes the lead in Group B followed by Finland, Denmark and Russia. The Russians clash with Finland on June 16 before Belgium encounter Denmark one day later.

Source: Xinhua News Agency.

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Denmark’s Christian Eriksen is hospitalized after collapsing, during the match against Finland

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Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen has is stable in hospital after collapsing during his country’s opening Euro 2020 game against Finland in Copenhagen. The match was suspended after the incident, and now the match expected to resume at 20.30 CET after the players received the confirmation Eriksen is okay.

In a tweet sent out by the Danish FA said Christian Eriksen is awake and his condition remains stable. He remains hospitalized at Rigshospitalet for further examinations. The match against Finland will be played tonight. This happens after the players have been confirmed that Christian is okay. The match resumes at 20.30.

The Inter star went down during the opening half of the Group B match and required extensive medical attention on the pitch before he was removed on a stretcher.

Eriksen’s career started in world-famous Ajax’s academy and became a star player for the Dutch side before moving to Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. When he spends six and a half-season and established himself as one of the top players in the club. He was part of the 2020-2021 Serie A title-winning Inter Milan’s team.

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