Since the victory of Italy (3 – 0) against Turkey in the opening match of the Euro on Friday 11 June 2021 in Rome, the great football nations have also made the necessary by winning with the way. Belgium beat Russia (3 – 0), England took the lead over Croatia (1 – 0), the Netherlands gave themselves Ukraine (3 – 2). On the other hand, Spain, despite a great domination, did not find the flaw and was satisfied with a draw against Sweden (0 – 0).
Football fans are served with the Euro UEFA 2020, played in 2021 due to the pandemic that severely affected the European continent. The matches follow one after the other and the favourites have marked their presence by winning their first matches. After the inaugural success of the Italians (3 – 0) against the Turks, Belgium, semi-finalist of the World Cup 2018, crushed Russia (3 – 0) on Saturday, June 12. England provided the minimum service against Croatia (1 – 0), and the Netherlands, with much difficulty, beat a beautiful Ukrainian team (3 – 2) on Sunday 13 June.
Spain, winner of the Euro in 2008 and 2012, could not take the 3 points against Sweden on Monday 14 June. With over 65% ball ownership, Spain lacked realism and experience. Luis Enrique, the coach of La Roja who preferred to place his trust in youth, will have to find the right formula in his second match against Poland on Saturday 19 June.
France, vice-champion of Euro 2018, will challenge Germany on Tuesday 15 June at 7pm in Munich. This match, qualified as a shock of the first day, will be decisive for the continuation of the competition because in this group H, there is also Portugal, Bleu’s downer in the final of the Euro 2018. Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates will face Hungary at 16h in Budapest. However, the government of Viktor Orbán decided not to limit the number of spectators in its Ferenc-Puskás stadium in Budapest. A decision deemed «irresponsible» by the Hungarian opposition.