Started with a murmur but ending with a bang!
Austria 3 vs. 1 North Macedonia
Stefan Lainer opened the scoring for Austria in the 18th minute after a brilliant ball from Sabitzer was volleyed in at the far post. The lead was short lived though as the one and only Goran Pandev scored in the 28th minute to bring North Macedonia back into the game. It was only fitting that the country’s legend scored their first goal at a Euro. Strength in depth paid off for Austria though as a brilliant ball from Alaba found Gregoritsch in the box and he gave Austria the lead in the 78th minute. Arnautovic made it 3 in the 89th minute as Austria got a solid win. It was an entertaining game and North Macedonia might have lost but they for sure will give it their all in this tournament, some brilliant passages of play from the debutants.
Netherlands 3 vs. 2 Ukraine
This was the last game of the day but the best so far the tournament has seen. The first half saw an end to end game and both goalkeepers had to make some brilliant saves to keep their teams in the game. The 2nd half saw all the goals as Wijnaldum gave Netherlands the lead in the 52nd minute. Weghorst then made it 2-0 in the 58th minute. Ukraine bounced back as Yarmolenko scored a brilliant goal from outside the box in the 75th minute. Yaremchuk then scored a header to equalise for Ukraine in the 79th minute. Netherlands were not done though and in Amsterdam Dumfries scored in the 85th minute to give his country the 3 points. Netherlands got the win but they have to solve their defensive issues while Ukraine might have lost but they have plenty to fight for in their group. The best game yet.
England 1 vs. 0 Croatia
This game didn’t really live up to the hype. The only goal came in the 57th minute as Sterling scored after some brilliant work by Phillips to get England 3 points at Wembley. Croatia were very poor and their players didn’t live up to their reputations. Southgate made some big mistakes with the lineup but got the win. England have relatively easier fixtures now and so do Croatia and I still expect the Croats to progress to the next round. Kalvin Phillips, Rice, and Mount were particularly good in the midfield.