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Netherlands, Finland and big suspense: five reasons to follow the Euro on Monday


With no less than four matches on the program, the rest of the last day of the group stage of Euro 2020 promises to be unbreathable.

These aren't knockout matches, but it looks a lot like it.

Several teams play their qualification in the round of 16 of Euro 2020 on their last meeting of the group stage.

An obligation of result which spices up three of the four meetings of this Monday.

Here are five good reasons not to take your eyes off your screen after 6 p.m.

Today's program

Ukraine-Austria (Group C): 6 p.m. (beIN Sports 2)

North Macedonia-Netherlands (Group C): 6 p.m. (beIN Sports 1)

Russia-Denmark (Group B): 9 p.m. (beIN Sports 2)

Finland-Belgium (Group B): 9 p.m. (beIN Sports 1)

Because Ukraine-Austria is a direct duel

Before facing each other, Ukraine and Austria are perfectly tied (3 points, 0 goal difference, same number of goals scored and conceded).

The winner in Bucharest on Monday will go to the round of 16, the loser will be badly on board to finish among the best 3rd.

A draw could fix the affairs of both teams, however, but they are unlikely to give up playing for 90 minutes.

The Austrians have not passed the first round of a Euro since 1964. For the Ukrainians, it would be a first, them whose national team only saw the light of day in 1992.

Because a game without a stake can rhyme with a spectacle

The Netherlands are already guaranteed to finish first in Group C and North Macedonia to finish last.

Tidy up your complexes: both sides will only come to the Johann Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam for the sake of playing football.

So far, the Dutch matches against Ukraine (3-2) and Austria (2-0) have kept all their promises.

Small Thumb of this Euro 2020, North Macedonia strongly jostled Ukraine last Thursday (2-1 defeat).

"It is something historic for Macedonia to be able to play a Euro," said goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski, who rejected a Ukrainian penalty, for the site Ultimo Diez before the start of the competition.

Because Denmark is playing for survival

You have to win, and even hit hard.

With zero points and a goal difference of -2, Denmark must let go of the horses against Russia, which they would overtake in the standings if they win.

It can even burn out the priority to Finland if the latter loses against Belgium at the same time.

If this is not the case, taking care of his goal difference would potentially give him a ticket among the best thirds.

In short, the time is not really for the calculation.

The Danes, who will receive this Monday in Copenhagen, still play with the emotional weight of the almost drama Christian Eriksen, who left the Copenhagen hospital on Friday following a "successful operation" said the federation, six days after his stop heart attack during Denmark-Finland.

Because Finland touches its dream with its finger

Nobody would have bet a coin on Finns eighth finalist at Euro 2020, them who had never taken part in a World Cup or a Euro before.

If they beat Belgium on Monday, the Huuhkajat (eagle owls) will have already written the history of their selection.

A draw would be enough provided Denmark beat Russia.

In the event of a defeat, it would take a real combination of circumstances for Finland to qualify.

“We were often underdogs and we came out stronger,” said Finnish midfielder Glen Kamara.

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Because Belgium is asking questions

Favorite, not favorite? Among the nations that are difficult to gauge, Belgium, already qualified for the knockout stages, figures prominently. A recovery error by Jason Denayer Thursday against Denmark was enough to rekindle the debate around the defense of the Red Devils, less dapper than his attack of stars. It took a great Kevin De Bruyne, back from injury and author of a goal and an assist in the second half, to rule out the Danes (2-1). The left piston Thorgan Hazard, holder in the first two matches, will be absent against Finland because of a knee injury. "Nothing to worry about," reassured coach Roberto Martinez. A hitch against the modest Finns would further tarnish the confidence of the last third at the 2018 World Cup.

Source: lefigaro

All sports articles on 2021-06-25

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