We’ve reached day seven of these European Championships and the second round of group stage fixtures are firmly underway.
Italy became the first team to reach the knockout stage thanks to a 3-0 win over Switzerland. Manuel Locatelli scored two goals, with Ciro Immobile adding a third, as Italy extended their unbeaten streak to 29 matches — one shy of the team record, Earlier in the day, Gareth Bale set up both goals and missed a penalty in Wales’ 2-0 victory over Turkey after Aleksei Miranchuk finally gave Russia something to smile about at Euro 2020, with a stunning finish to seal a 1-0 win over Finland. Thursday starts in Bucharest as Ukraine and North Macedonia, both beaten in their opening games, look to get up and running before Netherlands host Austria in the late game. Sandwiched between is Denmark, in their first game since Christian Eriksen’s on-pitch cardiac arrest, looking to get points on the board and delay Belgium reaching the knockout stage.
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Italy into the last 16
Manuel Locatelli scored two goals as Italy beat Switzerland 3-0 to advance to the last 16 of the European Championship with a game to spare.
Locatelli’s first goal came following a textbook exchange with Sassuolo teammate Domenico Berardi midway through the first half in Rome. His second came with a long and low shot shortly after the break that left Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer immobile.
Ciro Immobile added the last goal from long range in the 89th.
Giorgio Chiellini had a goal waved off by video review early in the match because of a handball. Then the Italy captain exited with an apparent left thigh injury.
2pm: Ukraine vs North Macedonia, Bucharest
5pm: Denmark vs Belgium, Copenhagen
8pm: Netherlands vs Austria, Amsterdam
It’s already day SEVEN at Euro 2020.
Italy are through, who will join them in the knockout stages today?
Mario Fernandes escapes serious injury
Russia have confirmed that Mario Fernandes did not suffer a spinal injury after his heavy fall in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Finland in their Group B match in St Petersburg.
Full back Fernandes had a rough fall in the first half after an aerial duel which saw him fall on his back and neck. The 30-year-old was taken off the pitch on a stretcher and taken to the hospital for scans.
“Fernandes was suspected of having a thoracic spine injury,” the Russian team said in a statement.
“According to the scan results, Fernandes does not have a spinal injury. He is flying with the team to Moscow and will be under the supervision of the doctors of the Russian national team.”
Scotland a ‘dangerous enemy’
Former England captain Terry Butcher says Gareth Southgate’s side need to forget their winning start to Euro 2020 and focus everything on overcoming Scotland.
“I think Scotland are going to be a dangerous enemy – they always are, even more so now they’ve lost the first game,” he told the PA news agency.
“They would feel unlucky that they’ve lost the first game because it wasn’t anything between the teams apart from the finishing. I thought they looked alright, I thought they looked good and they’ll certainly give England a hard time come Friday.
“England have got to forget about the Croatia game and forget about everything else because this game takes care of itself, it’s on its own merits England-Scotland.”
We’re back under way in Saint Petersburg.
Finland 0-1 Russia
The hosts have the breakthrough. A fine finish from Aleksey Miranchuk has Russia ahead just before the break.
Robertson: Let’s prove doubters wrong
Andy Robertson says Scotland are keen to show what they can do against rivals England and earn some respect.
The two old rivals face off at Wembley on Friday, with Scotland looking to bounce back after defeat in their opening game to the Czech Republic. England will be looking to make it six points from two games having beaten Croatia last time out.
Robertson knows the size of the occasion and the Liverpool full-back wants to use it to gain his nation the attention they deserve.
“I think we’re probably respected more now because we’ve qualified for a tournament but we’re still not as respected as much as we would all like,” said Robertson.
“A chance to play against England is a chance to show people that doubt Scottish football what we can do. We gave them a tough game in 2017 and we’ll need the same performance levels as that night.”
Finland look to have taken the lead through a superb diving header from Pohjanpalo, but it’s ruled out by VAR for offside.
Finland vs Russia
The first game of the day is underway in St. Petersburg. Finland can go through to the knockouts with a win.