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#41 BSLSteveBirrer

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Posted 21 June 2021 - 04:42 PM

Some very engaging soccer today. Denmark trounced Russia 4-1 and got the help they needed from Belgium to beat Finland. So the Danes go from last to second and move on.  The Dutch were already through and won their group. Austria beat the Ukraine to take second.



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Posted 22 June 2021 - 07:07 AM

Today is pretty simple.

 

England vs Czech Republic - draw and both are through. England will balance that with knowing that a win keeps them in London for the next round. Both teams would be in  a hunt for a best 3rd place spot with a loss. This game could be a bit slow with then knowing a draw gets both through but a loss could knock them out. Look for England to go long down the wings and find Kane at the edge of the area.

 

Scotland vs Croatia - Either team has a shot at 2nd in the group depending on how the other game goes. But they must win to have a shot at 2nd or a best 3rd place slot. So this game may start cautious but sooner or later its gonna open up. If a team scores early this game could get very open.

 

Side note. As I have written before today is a great example on why most tournaments have matchday 3 of the Group Stage having both games played concurrently.  In this case lets say the Scotland vs Croatia game were first and ended in a draw. England and the Czechs would know that they were in regardless of the result in their match meaning that they would both likely make wholesale lineup changes to rest players providing a big advantage the rest of the way.



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Posted 22 June 2021 - 01:35 PM

ESPN: Kane, England's vaunted attack need to rediscover scoring form if they're to be Euro 2020 contenders
https://www.espn.com...2020-contenders



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Posted 23 June 2021 - 08:46 AM

CBS Sports: Czech Republic vs. England score: Three Lions top Euro 2020 Group D; Croatia beat Scotland to reach knockouts

https://www.cbssport...knockouts/live/



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Posted 23 June 2021 - 06:38 PM

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England v. Germany at Wembley should be fun 


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Posted 23 June 2021 - 08:12 PM

Review of the Group Stage and a look at the Round of 16.

 

https://baltimorespo...20-round-of-16/


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Posted 24 June 2021 - 08:47 AM

Poland's results in the past two tournaments have to be frustrating when you've got one of the best strikers in the world. Obviously Bayern's got slightly better talent surrounding him than Poland but it's still wasting a generational talent for your country. 



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Posted 24 June 2021 - 04:07 PM

Poland's results in the past two tournaments have to be frustrating when you've got one of the best strikers in the world. Obviously Bayern's got slightly better talent surrounding him than Poland but it's still wasting a generational talent for your country. 

Yeah unfortunately top club soccer is just typically better than national team play.

1. The big clubs are just all start teams.

2. National teams just don't get to play together near as much as players do with their club teams. In a fluid sport like soccer that is just so key.


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Posted 25 June 2021 - 06:56 AM

ESPN: Euro 2020 talking points: England underwhelm? France to reach the final? Were the groups good quality?

https://www.espn.com...ps-good-quality



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Posted 27 June 2021 - 09:37 AM

ESPN: Euro 2020 bracket and fixtures schedule


ESPN: Italy learn valuable Euro lessons in hard-fought knockout win over Austria



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Posted 27 June 2021 - 01:55 PM

Belgium and Portugal kicking off on ABC.

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Posted 27 June 2021 - 08:11 PM

Heart breaking loss for the Portuguese. They had ample chances.

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Posted 28 June 2021 - 07:24 AM

The RingerAll Your England-Germany Euro 2020 Questions Answered



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Posted 29 June 2021 - 01:02 PM

Yeah baby, the Three Lions are moving on after a tight match with Germany. 2-0 for the W. Game was much closer than 2-0 indicates. Timo Werner had a semi break and shot it into Pickford. And Thomas Mueller had a clear break off a bad back pass and just flat missed. That's what happens in matches at this level. The team that finishes their chances wins. You get so few in these types of games that you just have to connect.

 

The English finished their two great chances. Both goals scored on square passes deep inside the area. Sterling with a shot and Kane with a header. Manuel Neuer had no chance on either shot.



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Posted 29 June 2021 - 01:09 PM

Genuinely shocked Muller missed that 


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Posted 29 June 2021 - 01:52 PM

And the Group of Death was literally that. All four teams were good enough to advance the Round of 16. Three did. And they all died....not one made the quarter-finals.



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Posted 29 June 2021 - 03:57 PM

Second-half goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane gave England a 2-0 win over Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. This loss marks Germany’s first in the round of 16 at a major tournament. England will face either Sweden or Ukraine in the quarterfinals on Saturday.



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Posted 30 June 2021 - 04:21 PM

It'd be a very England outcome to knock out Germany and then lost to Ukraine lol


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Posted 02 July 2021 - 07:51 AM

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Posted 02 July 2021 - 11:03 AM

And the first match of the quarters just kicked off. Swiss  vs Spain. Spain favored after that last offensive explosion but the Swiss aren't any slouches having knocked off France.

 

And this is the same Swiss team that beat the US 2-1 a month ago in a very close match.






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