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Emotion with the tribute to the Danish Christian Eriksen, a pleasant match between Ukrainians and Macedonians and a victory for the Dutch over Austria (2-0) to end the day.
After an intense day on Thursday, the Euro follows with a Friday which also promises to be very rich.
On the program: the Croatian finalist from the last World Cup who must get back to work, an open confrontation between Swedes and Slovaks and a British duel between the English and the Scots.
Find daily all the information you need to know about this competition that the Blues dream of winning, three years after their world title.
What happened yesterday
Let's start with the striking image of this day: the beautiful tribute to Christian Eriksen.
When the stopwatch at the Copenhagen stadium indicated the number 10, like that of the jersey of the Danish attacking midfielder who suffered a serious heart attack on Saturday against Finland, his teammates of the Scandinavian selection, their Belgian opponents, the referees and the whole of the public applauded the Inter Milan player.
The highlight of a meeting which ended in a victory for the Red Devils (2-1).
A success synonymous with qualification for Roberto Martinez's men.
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Earlier today, Ukraine revived after their initial loss to the Netherlands by dominating North Macedonia (2-1).
Finally, the Netherlands concluded this Thursday Euro by dominating the Austrians (2-0).
They too have qualified for the knockout stages.
The program of the day
3 p.m .: Sweden-Slovakia (beIN Sports 1)
On the one hand, Sweden resisted the onslaught of Spain, and on the other, Slovakia extinguished Robert Lewandowski.
The two selections, which face each other in Saint Petersburg, rely on a powerful defense that allows them to continue to dream of the round of 16 of the Euro.
In short, it promises an intense and close duel between the Scandinavians, who came out of the last World Cup, and the Slovaks who had already left the pools at Euro 2016.
6 p.m .: Croatia-Czech Republic (beIN Sports 1)
False step prohibited.
Beaten by England for their entry into the competition, Croatia must revive against the Czechs.
Unhappy finalists of the last World Cup against the Blues, Luka Modric and his partners cannot imagine anything other than a victory on Friday in Glasgow.
"If we are in our match, we will not lose, without disrespecting the Czechs", posted, very confident, the side Sime Vrsaljko Wednesday.
The day before, defender Dejan Lovren had the same aplomb: "If we are correct and we play as well as possible, we will not have a problem".
It remains to be seen how the Czechs, including striker Patrik Schick scored a sensational goal in their victory against Scotland (2-1), will take these statements.
9 p.m .: England-Scotland (TF1 and beIN Sports 1)
Over 20,000 spectators split between “God save the Queen” and “Flower of Scotland”.
Even in reduced gauge, Wembley will summon the memory of Euro 96. In this same temple of English football, the “Three Lions” had showered the Scots (2-0) in the group stage with a goal - and a celebration - memorable of Paul "Gazza" Gascoigne.
Since its championship collapsed, Scotland has qualified only for the 1998 World Cup. But a significant contingent of internationals are now playing in the prestigious neighboring Premier League.
Like the revenge middle Aston Villa John McGinn.
"The English media would like to believe that the gap is huge (between the two teams)," said the player born in Glasgow Wednesday at a press conference.
“It’s up to us on Friday to prove that’s wrong.
English Manchester United striker Marcus Rashford also smacks of derby in the London air.
“It looks like the games I played for my club against City and Liverpool, described the Red Devil on Wednesday.
This kind of game gives a different feeling.
“Beyond the local rivalry, the English have a great opportunity to chain a second victory against an opponent who has shown his limits against the Czech Republic.
The blue point
Pink notebook to start.
In agreement with the Covid cell of UEFA, Kingsley Coman left the Blues to join his companion and attend the birth of his child.
He should still be available for the second game of the Habs on Saturday (3 p.m.) against Hungary.
Hit in the head against Germany on Tuesday, Benjamin Pavard obtained the green light from an independent doctor to continue his competition.
The examinations did not reveal a concussion in the Bayern right-back.
He should start against the Magyars at Puskas Arena in Budapest in a starting XI which should be the same as the one who dominated the Mannschaft in Munich.
The player who made us dream: Kevin De Bruyne
He showed again how great a football player he is.
For his first match since his injury in the Champions League final lost with Manchester City against Chelsea (0-1), Kevin De Bruyne turned the tide of the Belgians' match against Denmark.
Entered at the break, the 29-year-old midfielder delivered an assist to Thorgan Hazard (55th) before scoring the winning goal a quarter of an hour later (70th).
“KDB” is back, determined to wear one of the favorites of the competition.
Kevin De Bruyne can be happy, Belgium has already qualified for the knockout stages.
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The picture you missed
Balls, cones, lots of good humor, and you get a nice and original North Macedonian training.
The Balkan players had a unique way of preparing for their second Euro match against Ukraine on Thursday, as shown in the images recorded by UEFA the day before.
Staggered, but not enough to avoid a second defeat (2-1) in the first international tournament in their history.
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The sentence to remember: "I prefer not to think about it"
Asked Thursday by AFP on the prospect of a potential clash between the Spanish team, whose jersey he agreed to wear before the Euro, and his native country, France, Aymeric Laporte seemed annoyed.
“Yes, I know it's possible.
But I didn't necessarily imagine the moment.
I'd rather not think about it.
If that happens, I will have time to think about it.
The defender of Manchester City, called to the Blues in the past without entering the field, exchanged some kindness, by media interposed, with the tricolor coach Didier Deschamps, before the competition.
And is obviously in no hurry to find his compatriots.
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Cristiano Ronaldo who removes the bottle of Coke from the press conference table, Paul Pogba who does the same with a beer, Manuel Locatelli who follows suit… Did you laugh?
Contacted by Le Parisien, the body called the selections to order.
We explain everything in this article.
Euro 2021: UEFA calls the teams to order after the gestures of Ronaldo, Pogba and Locatelli with the bottles
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