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Euro 2020: Brilliant de Bruyne Inspires Belgium as Denmark pay Tribute to Christian Eriksen

  • Three fixtures across Groups B and C.
  • Belgium qualify for the next round with a win over Denmark
  • Ukraine picked up a vital win against North Macedonia

The format of the competition does mean that teams can still retain some hope even if they lose their first two games, but it really does depend on what happens elsewhere.

North Macedonia are now facing a likely exit after another spirited defeat at the competition, but Ukraine always looked pretty comfortable despite their narrow 2-1 victory. North Macedonia had a lot of set pieces and balls into the box as the game went on but few clear-cut chances, and it should’ve been 3-1 but Ukraine missed a late penalty to tie the game up.

The Netherlands vs Austria did look like a tight matchup on paper, but it was a convincing victory in the end as Memphis Depay also got up and running as he found the net from the penalty spot.

It’s easy to forget that Belgium are the number 1 ranked team in the FIFA World rankings so they can’t play the underdog card anymore, and an impressive win against Denmark offered some positive signs.

Belgium Looking Strong Thanks to Brilliant de Bruyne

If Belgium’s best players are fit then they have to be seen as a favorite to go all the way, but there were serious concerns about injuries to Kevin de Bruyne and Axel Witsel coming into the tournament.

Eden Hazard has also had his injury troubles over the last two seasons so he’s still trying to build his match-fitness, but the introduction of all three resulted in a comeback win against Denmark.

Their defense may not match the class of their attacking players but this is a team that can certainly go all the way, and it’s possibly the best chance for some of this “golden generation” to win something.

Denmark are in trouble but Russia’s win over Finland leaves the door wide open for three teams to finish on three points, so they need to defeat Russia and hope that Finland lose to Belgium.

The game also saw a tribute to Christian Eriksen after his collapse earlier in the tournament, and his teammates showed enough to suggest they could still advance from this group.

Group C: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia

Location: National Arena, Bucharest, Romania
Kick-off: 10:00 ET
Score: 2-1
Scorers: Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Ezgjan Alioski

Group B: Denmark vs. Belgium

Location: Parken, Copenhagen, Denmark
Kick-off: 13:00 ET
Score: 1-2
Scorers: Yurary Poulsen, Thorgan Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne

Group C: Netherlands vs. Austria

Location: Johan Cruyff arena, Amsterdam, Holland
Kick-off: 16:00 ET
Score: 2-0
Scorers: Memphis Depay, Denzel Dumfries

Next Set of Fixtures (June 17)

Group C: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia
Location: Krestovsky Stadium, St Petersburg, Russia
Kick-off: 10:00 ET

Group D: Croatia vs. Czech Republic
Location: Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland
Kick-off: 13:00 ET

Group D: England vs. Scotland
Location: Wembley Stadium, London, England
Kick-off: 16:00 ET

Leah is a British sports writer who specialises in MMA and soccer betting. In her spare time, Leah enjoys playing poker and listening to American Hip Hop.

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