As the second round of games come to a close in the group stages, here at Sideline View take a closer look at all 6 of the latest fixtures in the tournament.
England 2-1 Slovakia
It was billed as a must win for England and that is exactly what they did putting themselves in pole position to qualify as group winners. However, Slovakia did not read the script as Chrien glanced home a header in the 23rd minute to stun England. In the second half England were much better as they knew they risked being eliminated from the tournament. Vital goals from both Mawson and Redmond were enough to give the English the crucial 3 points. The victory sees England move top of Group A on four points as they prepare to face hosts Poland in their final group game today.
Poland 2-2 Sweden
Hosts Poland nicked a late draw against Sweden in their second game of the group. Poland again like in the first round of fixtures took an early lead, but found themselves trailing at the interval, as a result of quick fire goals from both Strandberg and Larsson. However, a late penalty was converted by Kowanki in the 91st minute to give the hosts a crucial point in their quest to progress in the competition.
Serbia 2-2 Macedonia
Both sides remain without a win in Group B as they played out an entertaining 2-2 draw. Gacinovic scored in the 24th minute to give Serbia a deserved lead, but Macedonia turned it around through a penalty from Bardhi and a stunning late strike from Gjorgjev. However, Serbia did not give up and levelled through top goal scorer in qualifying Djurdjevic’s header and they almost snatched the 3 points right at the death as another header rebounded off the post.
Portugal 1-3 Spain
Spain sealed their place in the semi-finals as they cruised to a 3-1 victory over rivals Portugal. They got off to the best possible start through a fine finish from Saul, scoring in consecutive games for the Spaniards. Reported Everton target Sandro swept home Deulofeu’s cross in the 64th minute to double Spain’s lead, before Bruma scored one of the goals of the tournament to pull one back for Portugal with a fine volley. However, any hopes of a late Portuguese fightback were crushed as Williams stroked home in the final few minutes to put Spain into the last 4 with one game remaining.
Czech Republic 3-1 Italy
Italy were stunned as the Czech Republic caused the biggest upset of the tournament so far beating them 3-1. Goals from Travnik, substitute Havlik and a lovely long range effort from Luftner was enough to secure the 3 points for the Czech’s who keep their chances of progression firmly alive. However, for Italy their hopes of finishing top spot have been dashed, despite pulling a goal back from Berardi. A tough task awaits Italy as they now face Group C leaders in Germany on Saturday.
Germany 3-0 Denmark
Germany made it 2 wins from 2 in Group C as they defeated Denmark 3-0 on Wednesday evening. It took 52 minutes for the Germans to find the breakthrough thanks to striker Davie Selke. Afterwards Kempf made it 2-0 through a clever volley and Amiri’s slotted finish sealed the 3 points and almost qualification for Germany. They will look to pick up maximum points on Saturday as they face Italy, whilst Denmark will be playing for pride again the Czech Republic on the same day.