Finland vs Belgium and Russia vs Denmark, Euro 2020 LIVE: Final score, goals and reactions

Hello everyone and welcome in to this Monday’s Euro 2020 live blog. We have four fixtures this Monday, with Ukraine vs Austria and North Macedonia vs Netherlands both at 18:00 CEST and then Finland vs Belgium and Russia vs Denmark at the 21:00 CEST time slot. On this blog, we’ll have updates from those matches as well as all the build-up, previews, team news and updates from across the tournament.

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FULL TIME: Russia 1-4 Denmark | Finland 0-2 Belgium

A barnstorming second half from Denmark sees them perform the unthinkable. Goals from Damsagaard, Poulsen, Christensen and Maehle take them from fourth place to second place, and are through to the knockout stages where they will now face Wales.

Denmark were assisted by Belgium, as the Red Devils defeated Finland. Persistence paid off for Martinez’s side, as an own goal and a Lukaku strike completed a perfect group stage for them.

Finland finish third in the group and will now have to wait and see whether their tally of three points will be enough to see them through.

FIN-BEL: Minute 82: Lukaku has his goal!

Lukaku, after having a goal chalked off for offside, is not to be denied a second time. The Inter forward wraps it up for Belgium.

That goal is also a massive help for Denmark, with Finland now needing to score twice to knock them off second place.

RUS-DEN: Minute 82: Maehle gets Denmark’s fourth!

A rapid breakaway led by Hojbjerg culminates with Maehle slotting the ball into the corner from the edge of the box. Denmark are heading to the knockout stage!

RUS-DEN: Minute 78: A rocket from Christensen!

What a hit by Christensen!! 3-1 to Denmark now.

Saforov had just denied the Chelsea defender from a corner but after a further two stops from the goalkeeper, the ball finds Christensen on the edge of the box who unleashes a rocket into the top corner.

FIN-BEL: Minute 74: Vermaelen scores!

A corner from the left finds Vermaelen whose header hits the woodwork and cruelly deflects off goalkeeper Hradecky and into the net. The Finnish keeper has been superb all night. 1-0 Belgium

The goal puts Denmark into the second place as things stand.

RUS-DEN: Minute 70: Russia halve the deficit!

It looked a soft call, but Russia get a penalty for a foul by Vestergaard on Sobolev. Dzyuba slots it straight down the middle to give his side hope. Russia 1-2 Denmark

FIN-BEL: Minute 65: Lukaku scores… but it’s offside

De Bruyne threads a beautiful pass to Lukaku, who controls, turns and fires into the back of the net. But it’s been ruled out by VAR for offside.

It looked an extremely tight call.

FIN-BEL: Minute 63: Hazard goes close!

Eden Hazard hasn’t been heavily involved so far, but he’s just had a good chance denied. On his left foot, the Real Madrid forward aims for the far corner but it’s denied by the keeper who is having a great game.

RUS-DEN: Minute 60: Russia gift Denmark a second!

It’s a calamitous moment for Russia, as an awful backpass from Zobnin finds Poulsen all alone who has the easy task of tapping the ball into an empty net.

2-0 to Denmark! And they are on course to finish third as things stand.

FIN-BEL: Minute 55: Tame effort from Chadli

Chadli receives the ball on the corner of the penalty area but his effort is weak and it’s comfortable for Hradecky. Belgium are becoming frustrated here.

FIN-BEL: Minute 49: Denayer ties his luck

Nobody was closing down Denayer, so the defender opted to have a pop from distance… but it was well wide of the target.

Second half underway

Can Finland hold on for a famous point against Belgium? And can Denmark get over the line against Russia?

A big 45 minutes await.

HALF TIME: Finland 0-0 Belgium | Russia 0-1 Denmark

Belgium have been frustrated by a stubborn Finland backline, with their best chance coming from Doku towards the end of the half which was brilliantly saved by Hradecky.

Denmark have managed to get their noses in front against Russia with a fine Damsgaard goal which, for now, would see them leapfrog their opponents into third place.

FIN-BEL: Minute 42: Hradecky denies Doku

Jeremy Doku curls an effort towards the far corner but it’s expertly saved by Lukas Hradecky.

RUS-DEN: Minute 38: A beauty from Damsagaard!

Damsgaard receives the ball on the edge of the box and unleashes a fine strike which dips perfectly into the far corner of the net. 1-0 Denmark

FIN-BEL: Minute 37: Lukaku header lacks direction

A lovely cross finds Lukaku in the box but the Inter man can’t direct the header either left or right of the keeper and it’s comfortably gathered.

RUS-DEN: Minute 29: Hojbjerg lets fly

Hojbjerg has a rasping effort towards goal which goes just wide. It’s Denmark’s best effort so far, and it comes from their defensive midfielder.

FIN-BEL: Minute 23: Witsel has a go from distance

Witsel, with few options ahead of him, decides to have a go from 30 yards. But the strike is weak and it is comfortably saved.

RUS-DEN: Minute 17: Golovin tests Schmeichel

Golovin goes on a mazy run, beating three defenders before having a low shot on goal, but Schmeichel denies with his legs.

FIN-BEL: Minute 15: Lukaku fires wide

De Bruyne feeds Lukaku down the left channel but the Inter striker drags the shot wide. The linesman eventually put his flag up.

FIN-BEL: Minute 10: Pukki robbed

Chances have been few and far between for Teemu Pukki so far this tournament and, just as he was about to pull the trigger against Belgium, Kevin de Bruyne was on hand to make a key interception.

RUS-DEN: Minute 10: Quiet start

It’s been a tense start from both sides, without any chance of note so far.

We’re underway!

Both final Group B games are underway. Belgium are comfortable but the other three teams have plenty to play for.

20:20 CEST: Russia vs Denmark XIs announced

Russia know that a win will guarantee their passage to the next round although a draw would do if Finland were to drop points against Belgium, while Denmark absolutely have to get three points and depend on a heavy Finland defeat. Here are the line-ups that the two coaches have gone with.

Russia’s starting XI: Safonov, Kudrjasov, Diveev, Dzhikiya, Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Kuzyayev, Miranchuk, Golovin, Dzyuba.

Denmark’s starting XI: Schmeichel, Maehle, Kjaer, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Damsgaard.

21:00 CEST: Finland vs Belgium XIs announced: Eden Hazard starts

Roberto Martinez has named an arguably stronger XI against Finland to the one against Denmark despite it being essentially a meaningless game for the Red Devils, as Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard enter the line-up.

Finland’s starting XI: Hradecky, O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio, Uronen, Raitala, Sparv, Kamara, Lod, Pohjanpalo & Pukki.

Belgium’s starting XI: Courtois, Vermaelen, Denayer, Boyata, Chadli, Witsel, De Bruyne, Trossard, Eden Hazard, Doku & Lukaku.

FULL TIME: Ukraine 0-1 Austria | North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands

After a tough first half, the Netherlands found their groove in the second period, adding two goals through Wijnaldum to complete a perfect group stage.

Austria, meanwhile, dug deep to hold onto their one-goal advantage against Ukraine which sees them finish second in the group.

UKR-AUT: Minute 80: Yaremchuk blazes wide

Roman Yaremchuk turns nicely inside the area and tries to catch Bachmann by surprise with a snap shot but it goes well wide.

MKD-NED: Minute 70: Another goal disallowed for North Macedonia

North Macedonia have the ball in the back of the net, just as they did in the first half. But, again, the flag is up.

UKR-AUT: Minute 60: Lainer almost scores an own goal

A cross from Zinchenko into the box is headed towards his own goal by Lainer, and Bachmann needed to make a good save to prevent it from going in.

MKD-NED: Minute 58: Wijnaldum scores again!

A lovely move from the Netherlands ends with another Wijnaldum tap-in to make it 3-0! Depay’s strike is saved, but the PSG man is on hand again for a simple finish.

MKD-NED: Minute 51: Wijnaldum doubles Netherlands’ lead

Depay down the left wing slides the ball across to Wijnaldum who can’t miss from two yards. 2-0 to the Netherlands

MKD-NED: Minute 49: De Ligt denied

De Ligt aims a powerful header towards the top corner, but Trickovski clears off the line.

Second half starts

Netherlands make two changes: Steven Berghuis and Jurrien Timber come on for Denzel Dumfries and Stefan de Vrij

HALF TIME: Ukraine 0-1 Austria | North Macedonia 0-1 Netherlands

Baumgartner’s goal has Austria ahead at the break which, if it holds until the end, would see them finish second.

The Netherlands were put under unexpected pressure early on by North Macedonia, who had a goal disallowed and an effort which hit the post. But Depay’s calm finish sees them lead, and are now in control.

UKR-AUT: Minute 45+2: Arnautovic fluffs his strike

A breakaway leaves Austria in a two-on-two situation and, as the ball falls to Arnautovic, the former West Ham striker snatches at the effort and it fails to trouble the Ukrainian goalkeeper.

MKD-NED: Minute 36: Netherlands in control

After a tough start, De Boer’s side are dominating. Depay is dictating play in the attacking third.

UKR-AUT: Minute 29: Bachmann denies Shaparenko

Ukraine’s Shaparenko inside the area cuts onto his right foot and aims towards the far corner. Bachmann denies the strike and is grateful to see his parry not fall to the on-rushing Yarmolenko.

MKD-NED: Minute 29: Double Dutch effort blocked

A teasing ball across goal finds Dumfries, who is denied by the goalkeeper. The rebound falls to Depay around 30 yards from goal, and his clean strike is blocked by the chest of a defender.

MKD-NED: Minute 24: Depay puts Netherlands ahead!

From a challenge on the edge of the Netherlands box, a breakaway ends with Depay guiding the ball into the corner with his left foot. 1-0 Netherlands.

UKR-AUT: Minute 21: Baumgartner scores for Austria!

A corner from Real Madrid’s David Alaba finds Baumgartner who gets in front of his marker and prods home the opener. 1-0 Austria.

As it stands, Austria would finish second ahead of Ukraine.

MKD-NED: Minute 21: Trajkovski hits the post

Trajkovsi tries his luck from distance and hits the post! Stekelenburg was beaten.

MKD-NED: Minute 11: Depay with a testing cross

Memphis Depay, down the right, fires a testing cross between goalkeeper and defence, but nobody gambles and it goes harmlessly out of play.

MKD-NED: Minute 9: Trickovski scores… but it’s offside

Ivan Trickovski slides the ball beyond Stekelenburg with great composure… but the flag is up and VAR confirms the decision.

UKR-AUT: Minute 5: Slow start in Bucharest

Both sides are still testing the waters. Sabitzer’s wayward volley is about as close as either team has come.

We’re underway

We’re underway in both Group C games. Ukraine would finish second with a draw, while Austria need to win.

17:25 CEST: The battle to face Italy

While Ukraine and Austria are both guaranteed a top three finish in Group C, neither side is certain of qualification for the next round yet. They’ll be hoping to finish second, then, which would set up a last 16 tie against Group A winners Italy at Wembley. Then, whoever finishes third will have to wait to see if they’re one of the best of the rest.

17:05 CEST: So… what’s De Boer doing?

It’s a very strong Dutch XI this afternoon, even though the Netherlands are already through in first place and are playing the bottom-placed side in the group in North Macedonia. Did they really need to start the likes of De Jong and Memphis? Couldn’t they have given them some rest? Well, De Boer doesn’t seem to think so.

 
 
 

16:50 CEST: Who is starting for Ukraine and Austria?

The big game of Group C is the clash between Ukraine and Austria. Ukraine are starting off with the following: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarniy, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Malinovskiy; Yaremchuk. Then, Austria‘s starting XI is as follows: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Grillitsch, Laimer, Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic.

16:40 CEST: The line-ups are in for North Macedonia vs Netherlands

We have the line-ups for the dead rubber between North Macedonia and the Netherlands. Even though there’s nothing to play for at all for the Dutch, De Boer has named a strong line-up of: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, Ve Vrij, De Ligt, Blind, Van Aanhholt; Gravenberch, Frenkie de Jong, Wijnaldum; Malen, Depay. Meanwhile, North Macedonia have gone for: Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski; Ademi, Bardhi; Trajkovski, Elmas, Trickovski; Pandev.

16:15 CEST: The youngest fan in the tournament?

Ukraine vs Austria is huge for both nations and one Ukrainian fan has brought her one-month-old baby to the game at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. There is a good mix of fans in Bucharest for this one.

15:50 CEST: Finland want more

Finland may already have three points, more than many expected them to gather, but they want more. Tim Sparv, the team’s captain, spoke about this ahead of tonight’s match against Belgium. “I’m not satisfied because I haven’t yet seen the Finland side that qualified for this competition,” he said.

15:20 CEST: No pressure on the Netherlands

There is nothing at stake for the Netherlands in their final Euro 2020 group game, at home to North Macedonia. Having already won their first two matches, they’re already guaranteed top spot in their group. Therefore, Frank de Boer is expected to give some of his usual starters a rest. The Oranje seem very calm right now, especially as they coolly cycled to training.

14:45 CEST: What did Kroos say to Cristiano Ronaldo?

After Portugal and Germany‘s six-goal thriller on Saturday, cameras spotted Cristiano Ronaldo having a chat on the pitch with Toni Kroos. But, what did they say? Well, the German midfielder has now revealed what they spoke about and all the details are here.

 

14:30 CEST: Mateu Lahoz gets the week’s big Euro 2020 game

Antonio Mateu Lahoz just refereed England vs Scotland and now the Spanish official is set to take charge of another crunch match, the Group F fixture between Portugal and France on Wednesday night. Remember, he refereed the Champions League final just a few weeks ago as well.

 
 
 

13:15 CEST: Bjorn Kuipers to referee Spain

The Spanish national team know who’ll be the man in the middle when they take on Slovakia on Wednesday. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers has been assigned to that match and La Roja have bad memories of the veteran official, as they lost to Slovakia when he took charge of a qualifier between the sides in 2014. Kuipers was also the referee when Spain lost to Russia on penalties at the last World Cup.

12:50 CEST: Injury issues for Germany

Germany have a few injury concerns at the moment, with Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan all unable to train at the moment. They have three points in their group, ahead of the huge clash with Hungary on Wednesday.

11:55 CEST: Bad news for Scotland

Having tested positive for COVID-19, Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour will now miss their crunch clash with Croatia on Tuesday. That’s a big blow for Scotland, especially as Gilmour just had a man of the match performance against England.

11:30 CEST: Dembele’s Euro 2020 is over

We reported earlier in this Euro 2020 live blog that Ousmane Dembele‘s injury could be worse than feared. That has been the case, with the France forward out for one to two months with a thigh issue. His Euro 2020 is over.

10:55 CEST: North Macedonia and Goran Pandev’s goodbye

With North Macedonia already eliminated from the tournament, they know that this Monday’s match against the Netherlands will be their final one of the competition. Goran Pandev is set to retire from international duty, making this his final game on a personal level too. “Every match with the national team is emotional and special for me,” he said.

 

10:30 CEST: France’s Dembele concern

Ousmane Dembele suffered an injury during France‘s draw with Hungary and there are fears that he could be missing for some time. L’Equipe are reporting that the issue could be a muscular one with a recovery time of three weeks, which would rule the forward out of the remainder of the tournament.

10:10 CEST: UEFA drop rainbow armband investigation

There was anger on Sunday as it emerged that Germany could face a fine because of the rainbow armband worn by Manuel Neuer during their win over Portugal. The LGBTQ+ symbol was reportedly under investigation, but the German federation have announced that there won’t be any sanction.

09:50 CEST: Who is playing today in Euro 2020? And what are the kick off times?

For the first time in Euro 2020, we have four matches in one day. It should be a lot of fun, with Finland vs Belgium and Russia vs Denmark in Group B and with Ukraine vs Austria and North Macedonia vs Netherlands in Group C. We have details on the kick off times and on where to watch all of this Monday’s Euro 2020 matches here.

Hello everyone and welcome in to this Monday’s Euro 2020 live blog. We have four fixtures this Monday, with Ukraine vs Austria and North Macedonia vs Netherlands both at 18:00 CEST and then Finland vs Belgium and Russia vs Denmark at the 21:00 CEST time slot. On this blog, we’ll have updates from those matches as well as all the build-up, previews, team news and updates from across the tournament.

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FULL TIME: Russia 1-4 Denmark | Finland 0-2 Belgium

A barnstorming second half from Denmark sees them perform the unthinkable. Goals from Damsagaard, Poulsen, Christensen and Maehle take them from fourth place to second place, and are through to the knockout stages where they will now face Wales.

Denmark were assisted by Belgium, as the Red Devils defeated Finland. Persistence paid off for Martinez’s side, as an own goal and a Lukaku strike completed a perfect group stage for them.

Finland finish third in the group and will now have to wait and see whether their tally of three points will be enough to see them through.

FIN-BEL: Minute 82: Lukaku has his goal!

Lukaku, after having a goal chalked off for offside, is not to be denied a second time. The Inter forward wraps it up for Belgium.

That goal is also a massive help for Denmark, with Finland now needing to score twice to knock them off second place.

RUS-DEN: Minute 82: Maehle gets Denmark’s fourth!

A rapid breakaway led by Hojbjerg culminates with Maehle slotting the ball into the corner from the edge of the box. Denmark are heading to the knockout stage!

RUS-DEN: Minute 78: A rocket from Christensen!

What a hit by Christensen!! 3-1 to Denmark now.

Saforov had just denied the Chelsea defender from a corner but after a further two stops from the goalkeeper, the ball finds Christensen on the edge of the box who unleashes a rocket into the top corner.

FIN-BEL: Minute 74: Vermaelen scores!

A corner from the left finds Vermaelen whose header hits the woodwork and cruelly deflects off goalkeeper Hradecky and into the net. The Finnish keeper has been superb all night. 1-0 Belgium

The goal puts Denmark into the second place as things stand.

RUS-DEN: Minute 70: Russia halve the deficit!

It looked a soft call, but Russia get a penalty for a foul by Vestergaard on Sobolev. Dzyuba slots it straight down the middle to give his side hope. Russia 1-2 Denmark

FIN-BEL: Minute 65: Lukaku scores… but it’s offside

De Bruyne threads a beautiful pass to Lukaku, who controls, turns and fires into the back of the net. But it’s been ruled out by VAR for offside.

It looked an extremely tight call.

FIN-BEL: Minute 63: Hazard goes close!

Eden Hazard hasn’t been heavily involved so far, but he’s just had a good chance denied. On his left foot, the Real Madrid forward aims for the far corner but it’s denied by the keeper who is having a great game.

RUS-DEN: Minute 60: Russia gift Denmark a second!

It’s a calamitous moment for Russia, as an awful backpass from Zobnin finds Poulsen all alone who has the easy task of tapping the ball into an empty net.

2-0 to Denmark! And they are on course to finish third as things stand.

FIN-BEL: Minute 55: Tame effort from Chadli

Chadli receives the ball on the corner of the penalty area but his effort is weak and it’s comfortable for Hradecky. Belgium are becoming frustrated here.

FIN-BEL: Minute 49: Denayer ties his luck

Nobody was closing down Denayer, so the defender opted to have a pop from distance… but it was well wide of the target.

Second half underway

Can Finland hold on for a famous point against Belgium? And can Denmark get over the line against Russia?

A big 45 minutes await.

HALF TIME: Finland 0-0 Belgium | Russia 0-1 Denmark

Belgium have been frustrated by a stubborn Finland backline, with their best chance coming from Doku towards the end of the half which was brilliantly saved by Hradecky.

Denmark have managed to get their noses in front against Russia with a fine Damsgaard goal which, for now, would see them leapfrog their opponents into third place.

FIN-BEL: Minute 42: Hradecky denies Doku

Jeremy Doku curls an effort towards the far corner but it’s expertly saved by Lukas Hradecky.

RUS-DEN: Minute 38: A beauty from Damsagaard!

Damsgaard receives the ball on the edge of the box and unleashes a fine strike which dips perfectly into the far corner of the net. 1-0 Denmark

FIN-BEL: Minute 37: Lukaku header lacks direction

A lovely cross finds Lukaku in the box but the Inter man can’t direct the header either left or right of the keeper and it’s comfortably gathered.

RUS-DEN: Minute 29: Hojbjerg lets fly

Hojbjerg has a rasping effort towards goal which goes just wide. It’s Denmark’s best effort so far, and it comes from their defensive midfielder.

FIN-BEL: Minute 23: Witsel has a go from distance

Witsel, with few options ahead of him, decides to have a go from 30 yards. But the strike is weak and it is comfortably saved.

RUS-DEN: Minute 17: Golovin tests Schmeichel

Golovin goes on a mazy run, beating three defenders before having a low shot on goal, but Schmeichel denies with his legs.

FIN-BEL: Minute 15: Lukaku fires wide

De Bruyne feeds Lukaku down the left channel but the Inter striker drags the shot wide. The linesman eventually put his flag up.

FIN-BEL: Minute 10: Pukki robbed

Chances have been few and far between for Teemu Pukki so far this tournament and, just as he was about to pull the trigger against Belgium, Kevin de Bruyne was on hand to make a key interception.

RUS-DEN: Minute 10: Quiet start

It’s been a tense start from both sides, without any chance of note so far.

We’re underway!

Both final Group B games are underway. Belgium are comfortable but the other three teams have plenty to play for.

20:20 CEST: Russia vs Denmark XIs announced

Russia know that a win will guarantee their passage to the next round although a draw would do if Finland were to drop points against Belgium, while Denmark absolutely have to get three points and depend on a heavy Finland defeat. Here are the line-ups that the two coaches have gone with.

Russia’s starting XI: Safonov, Kudrjasov, Diveev, Dzhikiya, Fernandes, Zobnin, Ozdoev, Kuzyayev, Miranchuk, Golovin, Dzyuba.

Denmark’s starting XI: Schmeichel, Maehle, Kjaer, Christensen, Vestergaard, Wass, Hojbjerg, Delaney, Poulsen, Braithwaite, Damsgaard.

21:00 CEST: Finland vs Belgium XIs announced: Eden Hazard starts

Roberto Martinez has named an arguably stronger XI against Finland to the one against Denmark despite it being essentially a meaningless game for the Red Devils, as Kevin de Bruyne and Eden Hazard enter the line-up.

Finland’s starting XI: Hradecky, O’Shaughnessy, Arajuuri, Toivio, Uronen, Raitala, Sparv, Kamara, Lod, Pohjanpalo & Pukki.

Belgium’s starting XI: Courtois, Vermaelen, Denayer, Boyata, Chadli, Witsel, De Bruyne, Trossard, Eden Hazard, Doku & Lukaku.

FULL TIME: Ukraine 0-1 Austria | North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands

After a tough first half, the Netherlands found their groove in the second period, adding two goals through Wijnaldum to complete a perfect group stage.

Austria, meanwhile, dug deep to hold onto their one-goal advantage against Ukraine which sees them finish second in the group.

UKR-AUT: Minute 80: Yaremchuk blazes wide

Roman Yaremchuk turns nicely inside the area and tries to catch Bachmann by surprise with a snap shot but it goes well wide.

MKD-NED: Minute 70: Another goal disallowed for North Macedonia

North Macedonia have the ball in the back of the net, just as they did in the first half. But, again, the flag is up.

UKR-AUT: Minute 60: Lainer almost scores an own goal

A cross from Zinchenko into the box is headed towards his own goal by Lainer, and Bachmann needed to make a good save to prevent it from going in.

MKD-NED: Minute 58: Wijnaldum scores again!

A lovely move from the Netherlands ends with another Wijnaldum tap-in to make it 3-0! Depay’s strike is saved, but the PSG man is on hand again for a simple finish.

MKD-NED: Minute 51: Wijnaldum doubles Netherlands’ lead

Depay down the left wing slides the ball across to Wijnaldum who can’t miss from two yards. 2-0 to the Netherlands

MKD-NED: Minute 49: De Ligt denied

De Ligt aims a powerful header towards the top corner, but Trickovski clears off the line.

Second half starts

Netherlands make two changes: Steven Berghuis and Jurrien Timber come on for Denzel Dumfries and Stefan de Vrij

HALF TIME: Ukraine 0-1 Austria | North Macedonia 0-1 Netherlands

Baumgartner’s goal has Austria ahead at the break which, if it holds until the end, would see them finish second.

The Netherlands were put under unexpected pressure early on by North Macedonia, who had a goal disallowed and an effort which hit the post. But Depay’s calm finish sees them lead, and are now in control.

UKR-AUT: Minute 45+2: Arnautovic fluffs his strike

A breakaway leaves Austria in a two-on-two situation and, as the ball falls to Arnautovic, the former West Ham striker snatches at the effort and it fails to trouble the Ukrainian goalkeeper.

MKD-NED: Minute 36: Netherlands in control

After a tough start, De Boer’s side are dominating. Depay is dictating play in the attacking third.

UKR-AUT: Minute 29: Bachmann denies Shaparenko

Ukraine’s Shaparenko inside the area cuts onto his right foot and aims towards the far corner. Bachmann denies the strike and is grateful to see his parry not fall to the on-rushing Yarmolenko.

MKD-NED: Minute 29: Double Dutch effort blocked

A teasing ball across goal finds Dumfries, who is denied by the goalkeeper. The rebound falls to Depay around 30 yards from goal, and his clean strike is blocked by the chest of a defender.

MKD-NED: Minute 24: Depay puts Netherlands ahead!

From a challenge on the edge of the Netherlands box, a breakaway ends with Depay guiding the ball into the corner with his left foot. 1-0 Netherlands.

UKR-AUT: Minute 21: Baumgartner scores for Austria!

A corner from Real Madrid’s David Alaba finds Baumgartner who gets in front of his marker and prods home the opener. 1-0 Austria.

As it stands, Austria would finish second ahead of Ukraine.

MKD-NED: Minute 21: Trajkovski hits the post

Trajkovsi tries his luck from distance and hits the post! Stekelenburg was beaten.

MKD-NED: Minute 11: Depay with a testing cross

Memphis Depay, down the right, fires a testing cross between goalkeeper and defence, but nobody gambles and it goes harmlessly out of play.

MKD-NED: Minute 9: Trickovski scores… but it’s offside

Ivan Trickovski slides the ball beyond Stekelenburg with great composure… but the flag is up and VAR confirms the decision.

UKR-AUT: Minute 5: Slow start in Bucharest

Both sides are still testing the waters. Sabitzer’s wayward volley is about as close as either team has come.

We’re underway

We’re underway in both Group C games. Ukraine would finish second with a draw, while Austria need to win.

17:25 CEST: The battle to face Italy

While Ukraine and Austria are both guaranteed a top three finish in Group C, neither side is certain of qualification for the next round yet. They’ll be hoping to finish second, then, which would set up a last 16 tie against Group A winners Italy at Wembley. Then, whoever finishes third will have to wait to see if they’re one of the best of the rest.

17:05 CEST: So… what’s De Boer doing?

It’s a very strong Dutch XI this afternoon, even though the Netherlands are already through in first place and are playing the bottom-placed side in the group in North Macedonia. Did they really need to start the likes of De Jong and Memphis? Couldn’t they have given them some rest? Well, De Boer doesn’t seem to think so.

 
 
 

16:50 CEST: Who is starting for Ukraine and Austria?

The big game of Group C is the clash between Ukraine and Austria. Ukraine are starting off with the following: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarniy, Matvienko, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Shaparenko, Zinchenko; Yarmolenko, Malinovskiy; Yaremchuk. Then, Austria‘s starting XI is as follows: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Alaba; Grillitsch, Laimer, Schlager; Sabitzer, Baumgartner; Arnautovic.

16:40 CEST: The line-ups are in for North Macedonia vs Netherlands

We have the line-ups for the dead rubber between North Macedonia and the Netherlands. Even though there’s nothing to play for at all for the Dutch, De Boer has named a strong line-up of: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, Ve Vrij, De Ligt, Blind, Van Aanhholt; Gravenberch, Frenkie de Jong, Wijnaldum; Malen, Depay. Meanwhile, North Macedonia have gone for: Dimitrievski; Ristovski, Velkovski, Musliu, Alioski; Ademi, Bardhi; Trajkovski, Elmas, Trickovski; Pandev.

16:15 CEST: The youngest fan in the tournament?

Ukraine vs Austria is huge for both nations and one Ukrainian fan has brought her one-month-old baby to the game at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania. There is a good mix of fans in Bucharest for this one.

15:50 CEST: Finland want more

Finland may already have three points, more than many expected them to gather, but they want more. Tim Sparv, the team’s captain, spoke about this ahead of tonight’s match against Belgium. “I’m not satisfied because I haven’t yet seen the Finland side that qualified for this competition,” he said.

15:20 CEST: No pressure on the Netherlands

There is nothing at stake for the Netherlands in their final Euro 2020 group game, at home to North Macedonia. Having already won their first two matches, they’re already guaranteed top spot in their group. Therefore, Frank de Boer is expected to give some of his usual starters a rest. The Oranje seem very calm right now, especially as they coolly cycled to training.

14:45 CEST: What did Kroos say to Cristiano Ronaldo?

After Portugal and Germany‘s six-goal thriller on Saturday, cameras spotted Cristiano Ronaldo having a chat on the pitch with Toni Kroos. But, what did they say? Well, the German midfielder has now revealed what they spoke about and all the details are here.

 

14:30 CEST: Mateu Lahoz gets the week’s big Euro 2020 game

Antonio Mateu Lahoz just refereed England vs Scotland and now the Spanish official is set to take charge of another crunch match, the Group F fixture between Portugal and France on Wednesday night. Remember, he refereed the Champions League final just a few weeks ago as well.

 
 
 

13:15 CEST: Bjorn Kuipers to referee Spain

The Spanish national team know who’ll be the man in the middle when they take on Slovakia on Wednesday. Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers has been assigned to that match and La Roja have bad memories of the veteran official, as they lost to Slovakia when he took charge of a qualifier between the sides in 2014. Kuipers was also the referee when Spain lost to Russia on penalties at the last World Cup.

12:50 CEST: Injury issues for Germany

Germany have a few injury concerns at the moment, with Thomas Muller, Mats Hummels and Ilkay Gundogan all unable to train at the moment. They have three points in their group, ahead of the huge clash with Hungary on Wednesday.

11:55 CEST: Bad news for Scotland

Having tested positive for COVID-19, Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour will now miss their crunch clash with Croatia on Tuesday. That’s a big blow for Scotland, especially as Gilmour just had a man of the match performance against England.

11:30 CEST: Dembele’s Euro 2020 is over

We reported earlier in this Euro 2020 live blog that Ousmane Dembele‘s injury could be worse than feared. That has been the case, with the France forward out for one to two months with a thigh issue. His Euro 2020 is over.

10:55 CEST: North Macedonia and Goran Pandev’s goodbye

With North Macedonia already eliminated from the tournament, they know that this Monday’s match against the Netherlands will be their final one of the competition. Goran Pandev is set to retire from international duty, making this his final game on a personal level too. “Every match with the national team is emotional and special for me,” he said.

 

10:30 CEST: France’s Dembele concern

Ousmane Dembele suffered an injury during France‘s draw with Hungary and there are fears that he could be missing for some time. L’Equipe are reporting that the issue could be a muscular one with a recovery time of three weeks, which would rule the forward out of the remainder of the tournament.

10:10 CEST: UEFA drop rainbow armband investigation

There was anger on Sunday as it emerged that Germany could face a fine because of the rainbow armband worn by Manuel Neuer during their win over Portugal. The LGBTQ+ symbol was reportedly under investigation, but the German federation have announced that there won’t be any sanction.

09:50 CEST: Who is playing today in Euro 2020? And what are the kick off times?

For the first time in Euro 2020, we have four matches in one day. It should be a lot of fun, with Finland vs Belgium and Russia vs Denmark in Group B and with Ukraine vs Austria and North Macedonia vs Netherlands in roup C. We have details on the kick off times and on where to watch all of this Monday’s Euro 2020 matches here.

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