As the European club football ends commences the EURO 2020 in 2021 delayed by Coronavirus but nothing can deny the excitement football brings to the fore.
EURO 2020 kicks off on June 11 with the group A match starting with Italy taking on Turkey at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.
The Azzurri scored three second-half goals to lay down a marker in the opening game of EURO 2020.
An own-goal by Turkey’s Merih Demiral was the first goal in the tournament which gave Italy the lead.
Later, Ciro Immobile opened his finals account 13 minutes later, pouncing on a loose ball and firing past Uğurcan.
Lorenzo Insigne inflicted further damage when he curled in a wonderful third 11 minutes from time.
Group A match fixtures was later completed by Wales vs Switzerland in Baku.
Breel Embolo nodded Switzerland ahead, but Kieffer Moore’s second-half header secured a hard-fought point for Wales in their EURO 2020 opener as they drew 1-1 with Switzerland in Baku.
However, Mario Gavranovic’s late strike was ruled out for offside by VAR. Wales play Turkey in Baku on Wednesday.
On June 12, during the Group B opening match between Denmark and Finland, fans were stunned as the Danish marksman Christian Eriksen collapsed suddenly on the pitch of play.
Finland went on to beat Denmark 1-0 in their first major tournament game, after deliberations to either continue the game or reschedule for another date and time.
Christian Eriksen, who is now in a stable condition after collapsing on Saturday and receiving chest compressions at Copenhagen’s Parken Stadium.
Later that day, Belgium played Russia in the same group B at Krestovsky Stadium (known as Gazprom Arena) in Russia on Saturday.
Belgium defeated Russia 3-0 on the back of a Romelu Lukaku double to open their European Championship campaign on Saturday.
Lukaku opened the scoring for Belgium early on and then ran to the pitchside camera and said, “Chris, Chris, I love you” in tribute to Internazionale teammate Christian Eriksen, who collapsed on the pitch and was stretchered off during Denmark’s match against Finland earlier in the day.
Lukaku said the Eriksen situation had left him in tears before the game.
“I cried a lot because I was scared, obviously,” Lukaku said.
“You live strong moments together. I spent more time with him than with my family. My thoughts are with him, his girlfriend, his two kids and his family.
“I enjoyed the game, but for me, it was difficult to play because my mind was with Christian. I hope he is healthy and I dedicate this performance to him.”
Belgium then went two up in the 34th minute after a defensive lapse from Russia allowed Thomas Meunier to pounce on a loose ball and fire home at half-time.
Lukaku ends matters by scoring the third goal of the night in the 2nd half to seal match victory with 3 points to top Group B.
Austria opened their Euro 2020 campaign with a hard-fought 3-1 victory over North Macedonia in Bucharest in group C.
Austria opened scoring with brilliant finish from Stefan Lainer (18), who volleyed home Marcel Sabitzer’s superb cross.
However, Veteran striker Goran Pandev (28) of North Macedonia capitalised on defensive errors by Austrians and produced a historic moment to bring his side level 1-1.
Austria substitute, Michael Gregoritsch (78) converted David Alaba’s cross to break North Macedonian hearts before former West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic (89) – another substitute – struck late on to round off proceedings to end the match 3-1.
Elsewhere in the group’s other game, Netherlands see off late Ukraine fight back to secure thrilling 3-2 win.
Goals from Denzel Dumfries, Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst give Netherlands narrow win after Ukraine mount two-goal comeback at Johan Cruyff Arena through Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.
The Netherlands had held a comfortable two-goal lead through strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst within six minutes of one another shortly in the second half.
But, an Andriy Yarmolenko stunner 15 minutes from time, before shocking their hosts as Roman Yaremchuk headed home Ruslan Malinovskyi’s free-kick four minutes later.
Denzel Dumfries’ late header rescued three points for the Netherlands in their EURO 2020 opener with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ukraine in Amsterdam.
The blockbuster fixture appears to be the most exciting match so far as we await another firepower between France and Germany in Group F nicked “Group of Death”.
The three-Lions of England also opened the Euro 2020 campaign with a 1-0 win over Croatia in London stadium.
Raheem Sterling scores the only goal as England beat Croatia at Wembley as Gareth Southgate’s side make an impressive start.
England dominated in the first half, with Phil Foden hitting the post six minutes in and Kieran Trippier coming close with a free kick just before half-time.
Croatia appeared to come out stronger after the break, until Sterling scored with an assist from Kalvin Phillips.
They had their chances but England held on to secure maximum points ahead of their next game against Scotland on Friday.
Asked about his performance after the match, Sterling told the BBC: “I’ve always said if I play at Wembley in a major tournament, in my back garden, I’m scoring. So it’s great to finally do that.”
In the second group D game, Scotland started their Euro 2020 campaign with a 2-0 defeat at home to the Czech Republic,
Patrik Schick strikes at the end of the first half and start of the second period to help Czech Republic beat Scotland 2-0 at Hampden Park in Group D of Euro 2020.
Scots next take on England at Wembley Stadium on Friday night, while the Czechs face Croatia.
Poland kick off their Euro 2020 tournament with a 1-2 defeat to Slovakia on Monday in St Petersburg.
Slovakia enjoyed the better of the first half and they went ahead after 18 minutes when Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny commits an own goal.
Slovakia eventually succumbed as Poland equalised 1-1 at the start of the second period.
The Poland midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak was sent off for a second bookable offence in a tight Group E contest.
This makes the Polish midfielder the first player to be red carded in the tournament which proved costly for Poland.
Slovakia took advantage of their extra man and soon reclaimed the lead following a corner.
Milan Skriniar strikes a winner as Slovakia stunned 10-man Poland 1-2 in their Euro 2020 opener.
On the flip side, Spain could not find the back of the net in their opener against Sweden.
The Swedish goalkeeper Olsen, man of the match as he denies Spanish players the opportunity to get a goal on the night.
The match between Spain and Sweden in Seville recorded the first goalless draw in the competition.
With the group termed as “Group of Death”, France, Germany, Portugal and Hungary all aiming to survive the group on a high.
Cristiano Ronaldo becomes greatest goalscorer in European Championship finals history as Portugal late show stuns Hungary.
Hungary’s Szabolcs Schon goal disallowed for offside before hosts defeated by heavily deflected Raphael Guerreiro opener and two Ronaldo goals in Puskas Arena, Budapest.
Ronaldo’s record-breaking 10th and 11th finals goals as Portugal saw off Hungary to open their Euro 2020 campaign with a 3-0 victory in Budapest.
Elsewhere, France make a winning start to Euro 2020 with a 1-0 win over Germany in Group F.
Mats Hummels’ own goal proved decisive as Didier Deschamps’ world champions triumphed at the Allianz Arena.
France also had two goals ruled out for offside in the second half of the match.