The oldest and most storied rivalry in international football took place once more, alongside Sweden vs Slovakia, and Croatia vs Czech Republic where Bundesliga players netted goals in both games.
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Forsberg nets the winner as Sweden claim first win
1 goal was all it took for Sweden to finally kickstart their campaign at EURO 2020 and it was RB Leipzig talisman Emil Forsberg who netted from the spot to give Sweden a 1-0 win over Slovakia. A penalty was awarded in the 77th minute for Sweden and Forsberg took the responsibility and gave Sweden their first win of EURO 2020. Former Borussia Dortmund striker Alexander Isak put in an excellent display in a not-so-excellent game of football and was named Man of the Match for his performance in the game. Slovakia's Bundesliga contingent couldn't make an impact, with Ondrej Duda coming close with an effort that forced a good save from Robin Olsen.
Sweden Starting XI: (4-4-2)
Lustig - Lindelof - Danielson - Augustinsson
Larsson - Olsson - Ekdal - Forsberg
Berg - Isak
Slovakia Starting XI (4-2-3-1)
Pekarik - Satka - Skriniar - Hubocan
Kucka - Hrosovsky
Koscielnik - Hamsik - Mak
Schick scores again but Czech Republic held to draw
Bayer Leverkusen striker Patrik Schick is turning Hampden Park into his training ground, scoring goals for fun as he netted again in Glasgow from the spot but it was not enough as Croatia were able to hit back and draw 1-1 in the National Stadium in Scotland. The Czechs took the lead after a VAR check for a foul by Croatia's Dejan Lovren on Patrik Schick gave them a penalty. Schick, the victim of a mouthful of Lovren's elbow, stepped up to take the spot kick with blood pouring from his nose. He didn't let that faze him, however, as he sent the Dinamo Zagreb goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic the wrong way and gave the Czech Republic the lead, taking Schick's EURO 2020 tally to 3. Croatia scored the equalizer right after the half-time break when Andrej Kramaric played the ball to former Bayern Munich winger Ivan Perisic who fired a very powerful effort into the far corner to make it 1-1. Plenty of Bundesliga representation in this game as Vladimir Darida, Adam Hlozek, and Patrik Schick were on the pitch for the Czech Republic, and Josko Gvardiol, Andrej Kramaric, and Josip Brekalo played for Croatia.
Croatia Starting XI: (4-2-3-1)
Vrsaljko - Lovren - Vida - Gvardiol
Modric - Kovacic
Perisic - Kramaric - Brekalo
Czech Republic Starting XI: (4-2-3-1)
Coufal - Kalas - Celustka - Boril
Holes - Soucek
Masopust - Darida - Jankto
Snoozefest at Wembley
The oldest professional international rivalry had another chapter written into its grand old book, as England took on Scotland in very typical British weather at Wembley Stadium. But the game was not a classic, a 0-0 draw which many a fan complained about on social media. Both of Borussia Dortmund's England representatives, Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho were unused substitutes in the 0-0 draw.
A team leaving out Jadon Sancho twice must be phenomenal in attack.— Raphael Honigstein💙 (@honigstein) June 18, 2021