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Which team will win the UEFA European Championship 2024?


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The European Championship starts in Munich's Allianz Arena on Friday and finishes at Berlin's Olympiastadion on 14 July.

Twenty-four teams will contest the tournament, which will be played out in 51 matches over 31 days, including hosts Germany and holders Italy.

Who will get their hands on the Henri Delaunay Trophy this time? Who are the other main contenders? And how will England and Scotland do?

Alan Shearer: England can go all the way. This is the greatest chance we've had in a long time.

If it's not going to be England, then I would have to go with France. With some of the talent and experience they have, they will be really really tough to beat.

Wayne Rooney: England have to be looking at winning the competition. I also have a feeling for Portugal, they have got a really good squad, good individuals. They will have a good go.

Thomas Hitzlsperger: Top of the list is always France, and they have to be the favourites, but I see England and Portugal as also being in that top group of contenders and of course every German football fan thinks we can win it, playing at home.

Izzy Christiansen: It's got to be England, finally! After reaching the final last time out, let's hope they can take the next step this time, just like the Lionesses did in 2022.

Leanne Crichton: It’s probably France for me. They are probably the most consistent team in terms of a squad who have been there and done it before, with quality, experience and world-class players.

Micah Richards: England are going all the way to the final but if they don't win it, then you have to look at France. You could argue that, individually, we have got the better players but as a team they will be hard to stop, with the way Olivier Giroud leads the line and how Antoine Griezmann plays in the pocket... oh, and they have got Kylian Mbappe.

Joe Hart: It's England's time.

Steven Thompson: England, Germany and Portugal will be strong but for me it's France - because of Mbappe, the strength of their squad and the hurt from the way they lost the World Cup final to Argentina. They will be extra-keen to make amends for that here.

Martin Keown: France or England. I don't want to put any pressure on England, but France are quite magnificent.

Ashley Williams: France have got such a strong squad. All those young players are growing into mature stars.

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Euro 2024 is starting tomorrow with the opening encounter of Germany vs Scotland
 
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Germany, three-time continental champions, are set to begin their Euro 2024 journey against Scotland in Munich on Friday, June 14. Despite a disappointing performance in the last three tournaments, including the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, there’s renewed optimism under the leadership of Julian Nagelsmann.

This is Germany’s first major tournament as hosts since the 2006 World Cup, and they aim to top Group A, which includes Hungary and Switzerland. Despite recent errors, Manuel Neuer remains the first-choice goalkeeper, with Antonio Rudiger strengthening the defence.

An estimated 150,000 Scottish fans are expected to attend the opening game in Munich. This is only Scotland’s second major tournament since 1998, their last appearance being at Euro 2020 where they finished bottom of their group.
 
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Scotland "do not want any regrets this time", declared captain Andy Robertson, on the eve of the nation’s showpiece Euro 2024 opener with hosts Germany.

And the Liverpool defender says the prospect of becoming the first Scotland side to reach the knockout stages of a tournament is "driving them forward".

Steve Clarke's team qualified for the last European Championship in 2021, only to go out with one point and a solitary goal.

Now, the eyes of the world will be on them at the Allianz Arena on Friday with the most daunting of tasks ahead.

"We know that's what's at stake," said Robertson in Munich. "We've got a lot of incentive but one is becoming that legendary squad - that has to drive us forward.

"We have to be at our best and if we can do that, who knows where we'll be come 23 June."
 
A Euro 2024 fanzone in Berlin has been evacuated after a suspicious object was found at the entrance

The Scheidemannstrasse fanzone, based not far from Berlin Central station, was cleared just a few hours before the competition's big kick-off.

talkSPORT understands that only a handful of fans were impacted by the evacuation.

An announcement from local police said: "A suspicious object was found in the entrance area on Scheidemannstrasse Fanzone.

"This area is currently not available to fans. Our colleagues are checking the object."

Supporters had been enjoying the build-up ahead of the Euro 2024 opener between Germany and Scotland, which is live on talkSPORT.

While the fixture takes place in Munich, fans had been gathering in Berlin to soak up the atmosphere and watch the tournament get underway in the German capital.

 
Scotland being trash at yet another tournament 🤣
 
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Scotland wilted in the face of a scorching Germany performance as Steve Clarke's 10-man side opened Euro 2024 with a dismal defeat in Munich.

The tone was set in an electric Allianz Arena after just 10 minutes as Florian Wirtz waltzed on to the ball to steer in the opener.

Jamal Musiala’s ferocious strike almost punctured Angus Gunn’s net, as well as the hearts of the mass of stunned Scots behind the goal, just nine minutes later.

And before the break Kai Havertz slammed in the third from the spot with Ryan Porteous’ red card leaving Scotland with the tallest of mountains to climb.

There was still time for substitute Niclas Fullkrug to hammer high into the net for Germany's fourth, with Antonio Rudiger's late deflected own goal pulling one back.

It was a strike celebrated wildly by the suffering Scotland crowd, only for Emre Can to mute those in dark blue as the game edged into injury time.

Throughout the night, this was a German procession which - despite Scotland's deficiencies - will galvanise the host nation into believing again.

When Nagelsmann took over of the national team in September, the three-time winners of this tournament drew with Mexico and lost to Turkey and Austria in an inauspicious start. The public were far from convinced.

However, victories over France and Netherlands helped carry them into this on a wave of hope.

Wirtz's early effort was the culmination of patience and territory dominance. Strikes from Musiala and Fullkrug emphatic evidence of a team brimming with confidence.

The former was unplayable at times, and with Toni Kroos back pulling the strings in midfield, you'd not bet against others struggling to handle the Germans this summer.

No regrets and time to become legends were the battle cries from confident Scotland captain Andy Robertson on Thursday.

But little over 24 hours later, it was nothing but a familiar lament which carried the Scotland fans into the dark Bavarian night.

Every nation has it’s own hard-luck story but, despite being fuelled with a sense they failed to do themselves justice in the last European Championships, Clarke’s side never truly competed with Julian Nagelsmann’s vibrant hosts.

The warning signs were there from the first minute. The surging off-the-shoulder runs, the intense press, the exposed high line being plundered repeatedly.

Porteous' dreadful red for a two-footed challenge on Ilkay Gundogan only confirmed what everyone inside the ground knew was coming.

Scotland scored with their only effort on goal as Scott McKenna's effort struck Rudiger to wrong foot Manuel Neuer.

Such bluntness will be of huge concern given goal difference may be key if Clarke can conjure more from his team in their two remaining games against Switzerland and Hungary.
 
Terrible conformance by the Scots against the well oiled hosts. We looked totally outclassed and out of our depth, the match couldn't conclude fast enough. At least we've got the toughest match out of the way now. There was absolutely no threat from our boys up front.
 
I thought that it be 3-1 most probably but Germany got a fifer. What a match it was. Domination for 90 minutes.
 
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Switzerland battled their way to victory over Hungary as they made a winning start to their Euro 2024 campaign at Cologne Stadium

Kwadwo Duah justified his surprise inclusion by Murat Yakin as he slotted home his first international goal, before Michel Aebischer doubled Switzerland's lead on the stroke of half-time.

Barnabas Varga gave Hungary hope with 30 minutes left after the striker guided Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai's brilliantly-weighted cross beyond Yann Sommer.

Substitute Breel Embolo secured the three points in stoppage time with a lovely lobbed finish over Peter Gulacsi.

Scotland remain bottom of Group A after the 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Germany while Switzerland sit second - behind the tournament hosts.

Yakin’s side gained control of the ball from the off and dominated the play as Hungary created little to nothing in attack during the first 45 minutes.

Duah, who had only played 45 minutes for his nation prior to this, was slipped in brilliantly by Aebischer before finishing beyond Gulacsi in the 12th minute.

On the stroke of half-time, left-wing back Aebischer cut in on his right foot to expertly place a strike beyond the diving Gulacsi from 20-yards.

In the 63rd minute, Varga missed a gilt-edge chance to halve the deficit but he could only direct his header wide of a post.

Minutes later, Varga bravely pounced on Szoboszlai's ball into the box to halve the deficit.

But, despite being pushed on by thousands of fans, the resurgent Hungarians were unable to find an equaliser.

Embolo, who is only just back from an ACL injury, entered the action in the 74th minute and found the net 19 minutes later, sparking wild celebrations.

The Swiss now face Scotland in this stadium on Wednesday - live on BBC One - while Hungary face hosts Germany earlier in the day.

 
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Spain 3-0 Croatia - MATCH REPORT​

Spain made an emphatic start to their quest to win a fourth European Championship with a convincing win over Croatia at Olympiastadion Berlin.

First-half goals by Alvaro Morata, Fabian Ruiz and Dani Carvajal essentially settled the outcome before the break and, although Croatia offered little, this must still go down as a statement win for La Roja.

Barcelona winger Lamine Yamal became the youngest player in Euros history when he started the game at the age of 16 years and 338 days, but it was Spain’s most experienced player who gave them the lead, silencing the Croatia fans who poured into Germany’s capital this weekend.

Ruiz collected the ball on the halfway line and had time to look up and thread a perfect pass for Morata to gallop through and slot past Dominik Livakovic for his 36th goal for his country.

After waiting almost half an hour for the breakthrough, Luis de la Fuente’s side took just over three minutes to extend their lead.

This time, it was Ruiz who found the net, beating two men when he was fed the ball on the edge of the area and firing in a shot that nicked off Josip Sutalo on its way past Livakovic.

Croatia came close to pulling a goal back when Josko Gvardiol’s drilled shot beat Unai Simon but also eluded Ante Budimir, who tried to divert it in as it flew wide of the far post.

But Spain continued to attack and wrapped up the points in first-half stoppage time when Yamal’s cross was turned home by Dani Carvajal, who had stayed up following a corner.

A goal for the teenager to go with that assist was all that was missing, with Livakovic superbly denying him from close range early in the second half.

Croatia’s disappointing day got even worse when Bruno Petkovic saw his late penalty saved by Simon and then the video assistant referee disallowed his follow-up for encroachment into the area.

The 2022 World Cup semi-finalists must try to kickstart their Group B campaign when they face Albania in Hamburg on Thursday, the same day Spain face holders Italy in a mouth-watering clash in Gelsenkirchen.

Source: BBC
 
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Italy vs Albania - Starting XIs​

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Italy 2-1 Albania
FULL TIME score remains the same Italy won.

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Holders Italy battled back for a hard-earned opening victory after Albania scored the fastest goal in a European Championship match.

Nedim Bajrami made history after just 23 seconds when he thrashed a strike into the top right corner after Federico Dimarco completely miscalculated at a throw-in, but Albania's jubilation was not long-lasting.

The underdogs sat back but failed to stymie the Italians. Alessandro Bastoni headed home Lorenzo Pellegrini's inswinging delivery after a clever short corner to level in the 11th minute, then Nicolo Barella smashed in from range to put Italy ahead five minutes later.

After that, Italy's dominance increased and they entered half-time having had 72.2% of possession, with 13 shots to Albania's four.

Italy continued to control the ball, but they did not have as much luck creating chances in the second half and were unable to extend their advantage.

Albania, though, were toothless and Italy strolled to their first victory of Euro 2024 without any real further concern.

Source: BBC
 
Today's fixtures in Euro Championship 2024:

Group D: Poland vs Netherlands (Hamburg, 1 pm GMT)
Group C: Slovenia vs Denmark (Stuttgart, 4 pm GMT)
Group C: Serbia vs England (Gelsenkirchen, 7 pm GMT)
 
66% of UEFA EURO 2024 revenues will be invested back into developing the game.
 

German police fire shots at axe-wielding person at Hamburg soccer fan parade​


German police fired shots at a person who threatened officers with a pickaxe and an incendiary device on the sidelines of a soccer fan parade in the St Pauli district of central Hamburg on Sunday, according to a police post on social media platform X.

A major police operation is now underway and the attacker is currently receiving medical care for injuries, the post added.

 
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Poland 1-0 Netherlands

Netherlands coming hard - can Poland hold off or double the lead?
 
Poland 1-0 Netherlands

Netherlands coming hard - can Poland hold off or double the lead?

Poland unable to withstand the pressure

Poland 1-1 Netherlands

Mega 2nd half coming up
 
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Substitute Wout Weghorst swept in a late winner two minutes after coming on as former champions the Netherlands began their Euro 2024 campaign with victory against Poland at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion

In the hours before kick-off a man was shot by police close to where fans had been gathering in the city, but the game went ahead and delivered an entertaining encounter.

Poland were without their all-time top scorer Robert Lewandowski, out with a thigh injury, but put that blow behind them to stun the Dutch early on when Adam Buksa headed home.

The Netherlands had been the dominant side but missed a number of chances before Liverpool forward Cody Gakpo equalised when his deflected shot flew past Wojciech Szczesny.

The Dutch continued to create opportunities and Gakpo should have got his second before the break but sent Nathan Ake’s pullback over from close range.

Ronald Koeman’s side continued to dominate after the break and Szczesny denied Denzel Dumfries, before exciting youngster Xavi Simons drove an effort wide after being set up by Gakpo.

But just as it looked like they would have to settle for a draw, Burnley striker Weghorst - introduced in the 81st minute - snatched the win with a close-range finish moments after coming on.

It is a big win for the Netherlands with France up next for them in Group D on Friday, while Poland face Austria on the same day.

 
HT: Slovenia 0-1 Denmark

Christian Eriksen was directly involved in seven of Denmark's eight shots in the opening half with his four shots and three chances created both game high tallies.
 
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Christian Eriksen marked his return to the European Championship with a special goal - but Slovenia responded to draw with Denmark in Stuttgart.

The midfielder, now playing for Manchester United, collapsed on the pitch against Finland in Denmark's opening match of Euro 2021 and was later fitted with an Implantable Cardioverter Defibrillator (ICD).

Eriksen's return to the Euros began perfectly as he netted his side's opening goal of this tournament 17 minutes in, firing into the bottom left corner after a smart flick-on from Jonas Wind.

He was a standout performer as Denmark controlled possession in the first half and created more chances to extend their lead.

However Slovenia, who also faced Denmark in qualifying, were backed by vociferous fans in Stuttgart and levelled when Erik Janza's powerful effort flew past goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel with 13 minutes left.

Slovenia's pressure had been growing in the second half and star man Benjamin Sesko sent a warning sign minutes earlier when he smashed an effort against the post.

Matjaz Kek's side, who had struggled to contain Eriksen in the first half, could even have snatched a late victory when Andraz Sporar drilled a shot into the side-netting and also volleyed wide.

Chances had already come and gone for Manchester United striker Rasmus Hojlund, as well as for Eriksen, while Adam Cerin headed wide at the other end.

This result only intensifies a pulsating Group C - which also includes England and Serbia - but will come as a blow to Denmark, who are hoping to go one better than their semi-final achievement in 2021.
 
Holland are dark horses, some great players , just need to play with a good strategy & style of play .

Serbia v England coming up

England have some good young talent but not too solid at the back compared to others .

England have a defensive manger but he’s trying to be more attack as likely his last tournament in charge. Trent playing in midfield shows this .

England have bottled it far too often , let’s see if they can win something as it’s coming up to 50 years of nothing .

Mitrovic is a top striker , if they can get the ball to him , England will be punished .

Hard to predict but 1-3 England
 
England in control at HT vs Serbia, leading by 1-0
 
Holland are dark horses, some great players , just need to play with a good strategy & style of play .

Serbia v England coming up

England have some good young talent but not too solid at the back compared to others .

England have a defensive manger but he’s trying to be more attack as likely his last tournament in charge. Trent playing in midfield shows this .

England have bottled it far too often , let’s see if they can win something as it’s coming up to 50 years of nothing .

Mitrovic is a top striker , if they can get the ball to him , England will be punished .

Hard to predict but 1-3 England

Holland looked average at best. Poland opened them up regularly in the 2nd half. As soon as they play someone decent in knockout stages they will be going home. The lack of quality in midfield and up front will be exposed.
 
Holland looked average at best. Poland opened them up regularly in the 2nd half. As soon as they play someone decent in knockout stages they will be going home. The lack of quality in midfield and up front will be exposed.

Dutch have had alot of injuries lead up to the tournament
 
I don’t think there is much in it between many teams . England & France aren’t as good as made out , a
Lot of teams can beat each other in the knockout stages . Holland have been improving over recent years , they are next to home & have enough to shock anyone, not one of the favs but dark horses

England are so boring to watch , int football is now way behind the premier league
 
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Jude Bellingham inspired England to the start they wanted at Euro 2024 with the winning goal and a stunning individual performance in the victory over Serbia in Gelsenkirchen.

Bellingham's dream season – which brought him a Champions League triumph at the end of his first campaign with Real Madrid – continued as he demonstrated exactly why he is regarded as England's new superstar.

The 20-year-old powered on to the end of Bukayo Saka's deflected cross with a magnificent header after 13 minutes as Gareth Southgate's side were rewarded for an impressive opening.

England, who started with Liverpool full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold in midfield, fell back into old habits after the break as they sat back, their reduced intensity allowing Serbia to apply pressure. Goalkeeper Jordan Pickford made an important late save from Dusan Vlahovic.

Harry Kane came close to adding a second for England when he saw a header from substitute Jarrod Bowen's cross superbly touched on to the bar by Serbia keeper Predrag Rajkovic.

England will need to improve, but this was at least a result that will send them into Thursday's second Group C game against Denmark on Thursday in good heart.
 
Romania recorded their first victory at a European Championship in 24 years with a stunning 3-0 win over Ukraine in Group E.

Captain Nicolae Stanciu gave Romania a surprise lead in the 29th minute, finding the top corner with a brilliant strike from 20 yards out.

Razvan Marin then doubled the Tricolours' lead after 53 minutes with a long-range effort that squeezed under Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Lunin.

Romania rounded off the scoring four minutes later when Denis Dragus tapped in Dennis Man's cross from close range.

Their only previous win at the Euros came in 2000 where a late Ionel Ganea penalty helped them beat England 3-2 in the group stage.

Ukraine's players are appearing in their first major tournament since Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered a full-scale invasion of the country in February 2022.
 
Belgium showing why they are bottle jobs as usual.

Slovakia win 1-0
 
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Slovakia caused an upset in their Euro 2024 opener as they beat Group E favourites Belgium in a chaotic encounter in Frankfurt.

There was drama in the final minutes as Romelu Lukaku thought he had equalised, only for the video assistant referee (VAR) to rule it out for handball in the build-up.

It was the second goal he had scored that had been ruled out by VAR after earlier poking in a header across goal from Amadou Onana.

Ivan Schranz put Slovakia ahead when he capitalised on a mistake at the back by Manchester City's Jeremy Doku, stunning Belgium, ranked third in the world.

After missing countless chances throughout, several falling to all-time top scorer Lukaku, Belgium eventually left empty-handed.

In a topsy-turvy 90 minutes, substitute Johan Bakayoko was denied by a superb goalline clearance from Slovakia's David Hancko.

Lukaku's frustrations grew as chances kept passing by - the best coming within three minutes after Doku had gone on a spectacular run down the right.

Belgium's inability to grasp control meant they trailed at the break, with Doku's costly mistake helping Slovakia get the upper hand.

Manchester City's Kevin de Bruyne remained a threat, while Arsenal's Leandro Trossard curled an effort over the bar following a poor clearance from goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.

Lukas Haraslin also came close on occasions for Slovakia, fizzing a superbly executed volley towards goal which needed saving by Koen Casteels, before placing another strike wide in the second half.

Belgium, who exited the 2022 World Cup at the group stage, must respond when they take on Romania next - a side who recorded a stunning 3-0 win over Ukraine in the other match on Monday afternoon.

As Belgium travel to Cologne on Saturday looking to regain ground, Slovakia face Ukraine, no doubt buoyed by their perfect start to Euro 2024.
 

Serbian FA charged after objects thrown in England's Euro 2024 opener​

The Serbian Football Association has been charged by Uefa after objects were allegedly thrown during Serbia's Euro 2024 match against England.

Police said eight people had been temporarily detained following a brawl between England and Serbia fans before the game in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The Uefa charges include "transmitting a provocative message unfit for a sports event".

Earlier, the Kosovo Football Federation said it had made a complaint to Uefa about the "display of flags, slogans and chants by Serbian fans", which it said contained "political and racist messages against Kosovo".

European football's governing body said: "The Uefa Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body (CEDB) will decide on the matter in due course.

"Furthermore, a Uefa Ethics and Disciplinary Inspector will conduct a disciplinary investigation regarding alleged discriminatory behaviour."

Source: BBC
 

Austria 0-1 France - MATCH REPORT​

Kylian Mbappe produced a moment of magic - mixed with good fortune - to ensure France's Euro 2024 campaign got off to a winning start against a stubborn Austria in Dusseldorf.

But he was also at the centre of a late injury scare.

France's captain and Real Madrid's latest "Galactico" had a mixed night with his finishing but still delivered a decisive contribution to seal three important points against Ralf Rangnick's well-drilled Austrian side.

Mbappe showed lightning pace and fast footwork to leave Austria defender Phillipp Mwene in his wake before his cross was diverted into his own net by Leeds United centre-back Max Wober's header seven minutes before half-time.

Austria missed their best chance just moments earlier when Christoph Baumgartner's shot from close range was blocked by the feet of France keeper Mike Maignan. Their frustration was further increased by Spanish referee Jesus Gil Manzano's poor decision to award a goal kick rather than a corner.

Mbappe, who saw a first-half shot well saved by Austria keeper Patrick Pentz, produced an early contender for the miss of Euro 2024 after the break when he showed astonishing pace to race past Wober but, with the goal at his mercy, he held his head in disbelief after shooting wide.

The brilliant striker's eventful night was complete when he ended covered in blood after a painful blow to his nose following an aerial clash with Austria defender Kevin Danso near the end - even picking up a yellow card for returning to the field before falling to the ground, then going off.

France were not at their best but, with veteran N'Golo Kante producing a magnificent individual performance after two years away from the international stage, they did enough to get past a determined Austria and set the platform for the key Group D game against old rivals the Netherlands on Friday.

Source: BBC
 
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Bolton man detained after Euros disorder in Germany

A man from Bolton has been detained by police upon his return to Britain from England's Euro 2024 match against Serbia in Gelsenkirchen, Germany.

The 39-year-old was detained at Manchester Airport on Monday and his passport retained by police.

He will face a Civil Football Banning Order hearing at Manchester and Salford Magistrates' Court on Tuesday.

"This action shows the breadth of the Euro 2024 football policing operation and demonstrates there are consequences for supporters who are intent on causing disorder," said Mick Johnson, head of the UK Football Policing Unit.

"Any UK football supporter causing disorder in Germany, which would be deemed an offence in this country, could face police action upon their return."

Videos on social media before the game showed tables, chairs and bottles thrown between rival fans before riot police arrived.

Police in Gelsenkirchen said the incident in the city saw seven Serbian fans and one British national arrested, but widely praised supporters' behaviour.

Chief police officer Peter Both said "a maximum of 150 fans were involved in a conflict" and complimented "around 50,000 guests who celebrated peacefully".



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Today's games

Turkey vs Georgia Group F (4pm GMT)

Portugal vs Czech Group F (7pm GMT)
 
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Guler and Kvaratskhelia have look pretty impressive so far in this game
 
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Teenager Arda Guler scored on his European Championship debut as Turkey broke Georgia's hearts with a thrilling victory in Dortmund.

Right-back Mert Muldur gave Turkey the lead in the 25th minute with an outrageous volley into the top corner, leaving Georgia goalkeeper Giorgi Mamardashvili no chance.

But seven minutes later, Georges Mikautadze scored Georgia's first goal in a major tournament after expertly guiding Giorgi Kochorashvili's cross into the near corner.

In the 65th minute, Real Madrid's 19-year-old forward Guler became the third teenager to score on his Euros debut with a sublime, curling strike into the top corner from 25 yards.

Georgia, playing in the Euros for the first time, fought valiantly and almost snatched a leveller.

Having shown plenty of heart and skill, Willy Sagnol's side came close when Kochorashvili missed a great opportunity.

And in a frantic finale, they struck the post and had a goalbound effort blocked in the fifth minute of added time.

But Turkey sealed the success with the last kick of the game as substitute Kerem Akturkoglu broke clear and rolled a finish into an empty net.

Dortmund's famous yellow wall became the red wall as Turkish fans celebrated wildly after their side picked up a valuable three points.

On Saturday in Group F, Turkey will look to make it two wins on the bounce when they take on Portugal, while Georgia play the Czech Republic.
 
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Ronaldo to enter the competition, what a legend. Portugal have great attacking players , if they can he somewhat solid at the back , they can win this .

Best kit too .
 

Portugal 2-1 Czech Republic - MATCH REPORT​

Francisco Conceicao scored a late winner as Portugal fought back from a goal down to beat Czech Republic in their Euro 2024 opener in Leipzig.

Roberto Martinez’s side are one of the tournament favourites after winning every game during qualifying, but they left it late to see off their dogged opponents.

The Czech Republic had spent much of the game defending in their own half but stunned Portugal when Lukas Provod's whipped second-half strike flew into the far corner.

But their hopes of victory were dashed soon after as goalkeeper Jindrich Stanek parried Nuno Mendes' header and the ball bounced off Robin Hranac and into the back of his own net.

Diogo Jota had a goal ruled out for offside late on, but Portugal were celebrating in stoppage time when Conceicao struck.

The goal ensured Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo marked his appearance at a record sixth European Championship with a memorable win.

Source: BBC
 
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Today's fixtures in Euro Cup 2024:

Croatia vs Albania (Hamburg, 01pm GMT)

Germany vs Hungary (Stuttgart, 04pm GMT)

Scotland vs Switzerland (Cologne, 07pm GMT)
 
HALF-TIME

Croatia 0-1 Albania

Albania, 65th in the world rankings, hold a deserved 1-0 lead over a Croatia side 10th in the world thanks to Qazim Laci's 11th-minute opener.

It will be the biggest shock victory, in terms of the Fifa world rankings, in Euros history if it stays like this. Croatia haven't turned up yet.
 
HALF-TIME

Croatia 0-1 Albania

Albania, 65th in the world rankings, hold a deserved 1-0 lead over a Croatia side 10th in the world thanks to Qazim Laci's 11th-minute opener.

It will be the biggest shock victory, in terms of the Fifa world rankings, in Euros history if it stays like this. Croatia haven't turned up yet.

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Albania scored a dramatic stoppage-time equaliser to deny Croatia a victory that severely dents the 2018 World Cup finalists' hopes of reaching the knockout stage of Euro 2024

In what was a chaotic but entertaining end to the game, the Albanians rescued a point when Klaus Gjasula side-footed home in the 95th minute to send their supporters wide.

It had looked like the game would finish in heartbreak for Albania, having let slip another early lead.

Qzim Laci struck in the 11th minute and his side then defended superbly for over an hour as they looked on the verge of producing a major upset.

But Croatia turned around an incredible game at Hamburg’s Volksparkstadion when former Leicester forward Andrej Kramaric drove in an equaliser, before Luka Sucic’s shot deflected off Gjasula and into the Albania net.

But Gjasula had the final say with his late strike, which means Croatia will now need to beat defending champions Italy in their final Group B game to have a chance of progressing.

Albania face a tough test in their next game against Spain, but this is a performance and result that will live long in the memory of their fans.

There have been some hugely entertaining games at this European Championship and this stands among the best of them.

That is in a large part down to Albania and the determination their side has put in so far in Germany to show they are not here to make up the numbers.

This is their second appearance at a Euros after qualifying in 2016, and their fans have certainly made the most of their return.

In Hamburg before kick-off supporters packed out walkways on the harbourfront, and when in the stadium they produced incredible noise throughout the game.

That energy was clearly transferred to the players, whose fast-paced counter-attacking football had Croatia rattled, and their 1-0 lead at half-time was fully deserved.

When Croatia scored twice to turn things around, it will have sparked a sense of deja vu among the Albania fans, having seen Italy fight back to beat them in their first game.

But this time they did not wilt and instead pushed hard for the equaliser in the closing stages, before Gjasula got the reward his side’s battling display deserved.

 
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Manuel Neuer is set to play his 36th game at a major tournament

He will break Hugo Lloris’ record as the keeper with the most appearances from a UEFA nation
 

HALF-TIME

Germany 1-0 Hungary

Germany looked great in moments. Jamal Musiala has been immense.

But Hungary aren't out of it, and will be furious that Germany's opener was given
 
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Jamal Musiala scored again as Germany continued their winning start to Euro 2024 with victory over Hungary in Stuttgart.

The Bayern Munich forward impressed throughout and netted midway through the first half, drilling a powerful effort inches past the post afterwards, and was later given a standing ovation when he was substituted late in the second half.

Hungary were frustrated with his opener, claiming a foul from Ilkay Gundogan on defender Willi Orban before the Barcelona midfielder teed up Musiala to fire into the roof of the net.

A video assistant referee (VAR) check confirmed the on-field decision as Musiala celebrated with his team-mates in front of Hungary supporters behind the goal.

Hungary thought they had snatched an equaliser on the stroke of half-time but Roland Sallai's rebound header was ruled out for a clear offside.

Instead, Germany extended their lead in the second half when former Manchester City player Gundogan was left unmarked to slot comfortably past goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

After their dominant 5-1 win over Scotland, Germany were made to work harder for the win here - with Hungary threatening on occasions and defending stubbornly.

Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai showed his quality on set-pieces, curling a terrific effort goalwards which needed saving by Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer.

Szoboszlai came close again in a bright period in the first half but was denied by an excellent block from Jonathan Tah.

Germany's performance was encouraging though. They showed patches of creativity and control, doing enough to get over the line and make it six points from their opening two games.

Their place in the last 16 will be confirmed if Switzerland avoid defeat against Scotland later on Wednesday (20:00 BST) - the Swiss are Germany's final group opponents in Frankfurt on Sunday.

It is a damaging outcome for Hungary, following their opening defeat by Switzerland, and they will need to beat Scotland next to have any chance of going through.
 
Scotland need a good game and not be usual Scots and lose their heads in a moment of madness .
 
Musiala is a absolute baller. Player of the championship so far.
Musiala and wirtz look really good

Germany do look like they can be exposed defensively. We will see how good Germany are once they play one of the bigger sides.
 
Musiala has old school vibes like Nedved Ronaldinho etc , Germany finally.looks like a team
 
Musiala and wirtz look really good

Germany do look like they can be exposed defensively. We will see how good Germany are once they play one of the bigger sides.

It's because they play a high line against low block teams without real speed.

Against France and Netherlands in March they reverted to a medium block themselves and comfortably beat both.
 
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