Euro Each day: June 17, 2021
Day 6 of the European Championships will see a trio of fixtures performed out, because the Netherlands, Belgium and Austria intention to construct on respective opening day victories.
Beneath, try 5 issues you have to find out about Thursday’s motion.
1) Christian Eriksen
Like everybody else, we at 101 are praying for Christian Eriksen, after his cardiac arrest throughout Denmark’s opening day defeat to Finland.
Soccer, as an entire, nonetheless feels altogether unimportant when considering what the Danes have gone by means of over current days. But, they’re now tasked with taking over a rampant Belgium facet. The conflict is about to play out on the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, the identical venue which noticed Eriksen’s collapse ship shockwaves throughout the globe simply days in the past.
It’s unclear how targeted Denmark’s stars shall be, forward of a doubtlessly tough night for all concerned.
In additional optimistic information, however, the newest alerts rising from Eriksen’s camp are of an altogether encouraging nature. Taking to Instagram on Tuesday morning, the Inter Milan man posted the next, thanking followers for his or her messages of help, earlier than assuring that he’s feeling ‘positive’:
‘Massive thanks on your candy and superb greetings and messages from all world wide.’
‘It means quite a bit to me and my household. I’m positive – beneath the circumstances. I nonetheless should undergo some examinations on the hospital, however I really feel okay.’
‘Now, I’ll cheer on the boys on the Denmark staff within the subsequent matches. Play for all of Denmark.’
2) Preview of Clasico battle (Austria vs Netherlands)
Transferring onto this night’s showdown between the Netherlands and Austria, it’s price paying attention to a person battle with ties to 2 of world soccer’s largest golf equipment.
The Amsterdam conflict, between two nations who acquired their respective Euro 2020 campaigns off to profitable begins on the weekend, will function the abilities of each Frenkie de Jong and David Alaba. In seasons passed by, such a gathering would have been largely insignificant. Nonetheless, with Alaba having opted to take his skills to Actual Madrid forward of subsequent season, it now marks a Clasico face-off.
De Jong has after all already solidified himself as a key member of Barcelona’s ranks in the course of the park, and appears set to proceed to play a starring function on the Camp Nou for years to come back.
Alaba, in the meantime, will little question be determined to show himself away from Bayern Munich, amid a brand new period beneath Carlo Ancelotti within the Spanish capital. It is usually price remembering that media reports have persistently pushed the narrative that Alaba has set his sights on a midfield berth forward of the 2021/22 marketing campaign.
The gifted Austrian is about to take up a defensive function for his nation later this night, however count on a minimum of a few clashes between two of El Clasico’s stars of tomorrow over the course of the 90 minutes.
3) Serie A followers needs to be eager on Ukraine vs North Macedonia
For followers of Serie A, it might be effectively price your time tuning in for Thursday’s assembly between Ukraine and North Macedonia.
Italian ties run deep by means of the fixture, beginning with AC Milan legend Andriy Shevchenko, who will after all take his place on the bench for the previous on the Nationwide Enviornment in Bucharest.
Elsewhere, a pair of the Italian top-flight’s midfield stars are set to do battle in the course of the park. Ruslan Malinovskyi (Ukraine) shone shiny as one in every of Atalanta’s key males this previous season, making use of his hammer of a left foot to rack up 10 objectives and 12 assists throughout all competitions. Up in opposition to him within the Romanian capital, in the meantime, shall be Napoli’s Elif Elmas (North Macedonia). The 21-year-old is a formidable up-and-coming expertise, broadly seen as the way forward for his nation’s midfield.
Final however actually not least relating to the Serie A ties surrounding Ukraine’s conflict with North Macedonia is after all Goran Pandev. The veteran hitman stands as the one North Macedonian to ever rating 100 objectives in one in every of Europe’s prime 5 leagues (Serie A). Not solely that, however, on the grand previous age of 37, Pandev proved that his predatory instincts stay very a lot intact, in briefly bringing his nation stage en path to an eventual opening day defeat to Austria on the weekend.
4) All indicators level in direction of Netherlands
In the case of predicting the outcomes set to play out on Thursday, one secure wager comes within the type of a Netherlands victory over Austria.
The Oranje acquired their Euros marketing campaign off to a stable if unspectacular begin on Sunday, in placing Ukraine to the sword by 3 objectives to 2.
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This time round, although, Frank de Boer ought to see what appeared a shaky backline buoyed by the return of star defender Matthijs de Ligt. The Juventus standout was compelled to take a seat out his nation’s opener after selecting up a groin damage in coaching, however seems to be primed to return to the center of the Oranje’s backline this time round.
Personnel apart, if the historical past books are something to go by, then the Netherlands look a lifeless cert to emerge from the Johan Cruijff ArenA will all three factors.
The Dutch have been victorious in every of their final six conferences with Austria, racking up 18 objectives alongside the way in which. In the one ever showdown between the international locations at a serious match (the 1978 World Cup), the Oranje additionally proved fully dominant, finally rising on the correct facet of a 5-1 scoreline.
5) Lukaku’s golden boot declare & Eriksen message
Final up on our checklist of issues to know for Thursday’s Euro 2020 motion is Romelu Lukaku.
Belgium’s predominant man appeared virtually unplayable over stretches in his nation’s opening day win over Russia, notching a brace both facet of half-time. His 2-goal haul leaves Lukaku sitting joint-top of the Golden Boot standings, alongside the trio of Patrik Schick, Ciro Motionless and Cristiano Ronaldo. And who would wager in opposition to ‘Massive Rom’ carrying such type into the match’s latter rounds, to finally emerge as prime scorer?
Subsequent up for Lukaku is a gathering with a Denmark facet whose minds will little question be elsewhere, following the scary collapse of star man Christian Eriksen. Additional objectives might effectively be on the menu for the prolific Inter Milan man in Copenhagen, with Danish captain and key defender Simon Kjaer (coincidentally of AC Milan) having admitted that he was unable to see out the nation’s defeat to Finland after being overwhelmed by emotion.
Staying with the topic of Christian Eriksen, Lukaku really paid tribute to his Inter teammate after opening the scoring versus Russia on the weekend:
“Chris, Chris… I like you!” ❤️
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The Crimson Devils star’s post-match interview additionally proved massively emotional, with Lukaku’s go to to Denmark later at the moment, for an entire host of causes, set to show a particular one.