Italy Loses to Spain; Denmark & Serbia earn crucial points

Last Updated on July 3, 2024

Spain 1-0 Italy

Spain secured their spot in the Euro 2024 knockout stage after a dominant 1-0 game against Italy. Following their comfortable win in the opening match against Croatia, Spain only managed a narrow win in this night’s game. 

They had several opportunities throughout the game but were denied by an outstanding defense of Italy’s goalkeeper, Gianluigi Donnarumma. But they were able to get their momentum as they entered the 55th minute of the match. Amidst all the fighting for the ball possession, Riccardo Calafiori was able to perfectly deflect off the ball striking a goal in an instant. 

After Spain’s excellent tip-over from a close range, the defending champion, Italy wasn’t able to score a goal resulting in their first loss in the Euro 2024. This match showcased the battle of the two giants fighting for their second win of the tournament but in the end, Spain remained the team that took home the victory placing them as the top team of Group B. 

Slovenia 1-1 Serbia

Following their loss to the opening match, Serbia clung to hope in their dying moments against Slovenia, snatching a heart-stopping 1-1 equalizer. 

In the opening minutes, both teams had several opportunities to kick a goal but they failed not until the second half began where Slovenia earned their first point of the night. Zan Karnicnik delivered a left-footed shot from close range giving his team the lead at 68th minute. 

But as the match closed to an end in the 96th minute, despite the pressure given to his team, Luka Jovic gave an excellent header from a very close range equalizing the score of the match. The draw leaves both of the groups a hope to win their respective matches. Slovenia tops the group with two points from two games but has yet to register a win while Serbia is bottom on one point and needing victory in its final game against home team Denmark to progress.

Denmark 1-1 England

Another match ends with a draw as Denmark comes back from a 1-1 game against England. Despite England taking the lead in the 18th minute through Harry Kane’s short-range goals, their performance dropped deep after scoring, allowing Denmark to turn the tables. 

Just before the first half ended, 34th minute, Denmark saw a golden opportunity to make the score a draw as Hjumland scored a goal 30 yards out from the net making a stunning strike. England made an excellent 

Even the disappointing draw has not derailed England, which remains top of Group C and requires only a point against Slovenia to reach the knockout stages. But their performance against Denmark has left doubts as they prepare to make a bid for the title. All told, they will have to get better significantly if they plan on going deep in the tournament.

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