Euro 2020 – Group D winners and losers
The Euro 2020 provides us with many talking points including the encounters that occurred in Group D involving Czech Rep, Scotland, England and Croatia.
With the Three Lions qualifying as top of the group and will now host either one of France, Netherlands or Portugal at Wembley while Croatia will be in Copenhagen against the runner-up from Group E.
We look at Group D winners and losers.
Jack Grealish- winner
The dye has been cast, England have made their way to the knockout stages of the Euros 2020, but one man played his way into the hearts of the Three Lions fans. Jack Grealish started the match for England and he was as awesome as always. The way he conjured magic with his touches, movement and the audacity of his passes. This man is out of this world literally.
The way he thread huis passes down the eye of the needle was audacious as well as beautiful. He took just 12 minutes to show his authority like a boss in an action movie, making a wonderful cross to Sterling to create the only goal of the match.
2. Scotland: loser
They really tried to put up a fight with everything they had, but Scotland was facing the difficult task of qualifying in Group D. Without Billy Gilmour, they just couldn’t create enough chances to cause Croatia any problems.
They did score a goal, with Callum McGregor hitting the ball into the net from the edge of the box, but the fact is that they could do little against the Croatia team. They had heart and fought hard, but that goal from Luka Modric, a trivela from the edge of the box, was a symbol of the difference in class. The Madrid man also picked up an assist later with a superb corner kickball to Perisic.
We will miss Scotland!
3. Winner: Raheem Sterling
The City man does it again! Sterling almost opened the scoring some seconds into the match after he received a great pass from Luke Shaw which saw him run in behind the defence where he tried an audacious chip over Tomas Vaclik – but the ball hit the bar!
The boy didn’t stop going, and his efforts paid off when he scored his second goal of the tournament (England’s second goal and only goals of the tournament) with a back-post header received from a Grealish cross. A good finish, its surely means that Sterling cannot be dropped at any point in this competition as he’s shown he is their best finisher. Raheem would be at the head of affairs if England is to do well in this competition.
4. Loser: Jadon Sancho
We all feel bad for Sancho. After three good years of football in Bundesliga, he has shown his class, he is an electrifying player in that division. But Gareth Southgate is not convinced he is good enough to start, he was benched for a kid who played 17 times in the Europa League.
With Sancho watching, Saka dropped a master class. The boy was superb at Wembley, so sublime that he had Ian Wright say:
“Everyone at Arsenal knows that Bukayo Saka is burdened with glorious purpose,”
5. Gareth Southgate: Winner
Southgate took some risks for the fiursg time in this competition. He dropped the 4-3-3 and went for an attacking midfield setup of 4-2-3-1, providing Jack Grealish the needed freedom to drift and link up plays with the other attckers in the team.
It was a calculated risk that afforede England, two wins, three clean sheets and first place in Group D. Since 1982, England have progressed through a group stage with three clean sheets.
6. Modric: Winner
This man, what can this man not do with a football! The best in the game always deliver when its matters the most and when the hour came, one man counted; Luka Modric.
On Tuesday, in Hampden Park he put in a performance that provided an inspiration to his Croatian teammates to a 3-1 win over Scotland and also took them through to the Round of 16 at Euro 2020.
En route to victory, he pulled a rabbit out of the hat. It was a goal beffitinf of a competition of this standard. The goal was a resemblance of the one he scored against Barca last season, in the La Liga.
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