Two of Europe’s big boys have crashed out of the tournament, Wales defender Chris Gunter has blasted Euro 2020’s “joke set up” and Croatia have been dealt a massive blow in the lead up to their huge showdown with Spain. Here’s what happened on a busy Sunday at Euro 2020.
Ten-Man Netherlands Dumped Out Of Euro 2020 By Czech Republic
There was more misery for the Dutch at the European Championships after the Netherlands were beaten 2-0 by the Czech Republic in Budapest.
The game was turned on its head when Matthijs de Ligt was given his marching orders, with VAR recommending that referee Sergei Karasev check the monitor after initially brandishing a yellow card. In overturning his initial decision, only Edgar David has been sent off more for the Netherlands than the 21-year-old, who was making his 30th appearance for Oranje.
Tomas Holes opened the scoring for the Czech Republic, while Patrik Schick netted his fourth of the tournament to make it 2-0. The stand-out star for Jaroslav Šilhavý’s side this summer, Schick now has 15 goals in 30 appearances for the nation.
A lacklustre Netherlands, who have managed just two wins in their eight European Championship knockout games since winning the tournament back in 1988, seemed to lose all life after the sending off and failed to register a single shot on target throughout the match.
Belgium Send Portugal Crashing Out Of Euro 2020
Belgium prevailed in the clash of the titans as reigning champions Portugal were sent home from Euro 2020 at the last 16 stage.
The best-ranked team in world football taking on the defending champions deserved to be played out in front of a full house later in the tournament, but Roberto Martinez will be thrilled to see his side progress at the hands of a serious rival.
In a first half that offered little by way of genuine chances, Thorgan Hazard stepped up minutes before the interval to fire home what would prove to be the winner.
Portugal huffed and puffed, with an entertaining second period seeing Thibaut Courtois’ goal living a charmed life. However, it wasn’t to be for Cristiano Ronaldo and his team, with the Juventus man remaining one goal shy of breaking Ali Daei’s record of 109 international goals.
Both Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard were withdrawn with injuries, and Martinez will be sweating their fitness ahead of Friday’s quarter-final with Italy in Munich.
Croatia Winger Ivan Perisic Tests Positive For Covid-19
Croatian winger Ivan Perisic will miss Monday’s huge last 16 clash with Spain after testing positive for Covid-19.
The Inter Milan star was on the scoresheet during Croatia’s 3-1 win over Scotland, which saw them safely through to the knockouts, and his omission will be a huge blow for Zlatko Dalić’s men against a Spain side who will be brimming with confidence after a 5-0 hammering of Slovakia.
Perisic will now spend ten days in self-isolation.
Euro 2020 Format “A Joke” Says Wales’ Chris Gunter
Wales defender Chris Gunter has blasted “a joke set-up” at Euro 2020 after his side crashed out of the tournament against Denmark on Saturday.
Robert Page’s side were handed some tough away trips across their campaign, with their first two matches in Azerbaijan followed by a defeat against Italy in Rome and then again against Denmark in Amsterdam.
"Every nation had fans wherever they went," Gunter wrote on his Instagram.
"[Wales didn't] apart from the 350 who broke government rules and bank accounts to be there.
"You and us deserved more from this joke set-up of a tournament, but who said life was fair?
"Have a cry, but then smile that we were dining at the top table yet again."