By winning respectively against Denmark (2-1) and Austria (2-0), Belgium and the Netherlands have obtained yesterday their ticket for the last 16 of the competition. Let’s hope that it will be the same on Saturday for the French team against Hungary.
The Netherlands quiet force
In a relatively quiet game, the Netherlands easily dominated Austria on Thursday night (2-0), on the second day of the group stage. Memphis Depay opened the scoring from the penalty spot before Denzel Dumfries scored his second goal of the tournament. Frenkie de Jong’s teammates will join Italy and Belgium in the round of 16.
The Belgians will have to be reckoned with!
Red Devils stunned! Belgium was dominated and led after Poulsen’s opening goal, but the game was completely turned around when Kevin De Bruyne came on and scored and set up Thorgan Hazard for a second goal (2-1).
With this second victory, Roberto Martinez’s team is qualified for the round of 16 while Denmark, author of a magnificent performance in a climate marked by Eriksen’s cardiac illness, will have to win its last duel of this group B against Russia before hoping for a favorable alignment of planets to stay in the competition.
Ukraine still in the game
Ukraine had a scare, but they’re back on track. Beaten by the Netherlands in their first game at the Euro, the team led by Andriy Schevchenko has recovered by beating Northern Macedonia in Bucharest (2-1).
Despite a good reaction of the latter in the second half, the goals of Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk made the difference. Northern Macedonia is almost eliminated, while Ukraine is provisionally level with Austria and the Netherlands in Group C.
Hungary – France on Saturday:beware of overconfidence!
When Didier Deschamps discovered the draw for Group F, he was certainly more worried about the confrontations with the Germans and the Portuguese than with the Hungarian team, 37th in the Fifa ranking.
After beating the Mannschaft (1-0) on Tuesday, Les Bleus are about to face Hungary, which seems to be the weakest team in the group, but whose defensive style of play could play a trick on Didier Deschamps’ men.
In Budapest, in front of more than 60,000 noisy and mostly Hungarian spectators, Les Bleus will have to break down a compact block and try to score quickly, to avoid the same scares as the Portuguese in the first game.
Didier Deschamps is expected to field the same lineup as the one that beat the Germans. You don’t change a winning team. Go Blues!
Ukraine: 2 (goals: Yarmolenko (29th), Yaremchuk (34th) – Northern Macedonia: 1 (goal: Alioski (57th)
Netherlands: 2 (goals: Depay (11th P), Dumfries (67th) – Austria: 0
Denmark: 1 (goal: Poulsen (2nd) – Belgium: 2 (goals: T. Hazard (54th), De Bruyne (70th)
Friday, June 18:
Sweden – Slovakia at 9am on beIN Sports
Croatia – Czech Republic at 12pm on beIN Sports
England – Scotland at 3pm on beIN Sports and 9pm on TF1
Saturday 19 June:
Hungary – France at 9am on beIN Sports and 3pm on TF1
Portugal – Germany at 12pm on beIN Sports and 6pm on M6
Spain – Poland at 3pm on beIN Sports
Sunday, June 20:
Italy – Wales at 12pm on beIN Sports
Switzerland – Turkey at 3pm on beIN Sports