Euro 2020: England Avenge 2018 Croatia Defeat, Late Heroics from Austria and Netherlands

  • England win their first Euro opener in history
  • Austria get their first win at the Euros; North Macedonia get their first goal
  • Netherlands come out victorious in five-goal thriller

Day Three of the Euros saw three across two groups. In Group D, England faced Croatia, while the two matchups of Group C were Austria vs North Macedonia and Netherlands vs Ukraine.

The first match of the day was played at Wembley, where England were hoping to get their revenge against the team that knocked them out of the World Cup three years ago.

They started the match in top gear, dominating the first half but failing to find the net. Twelve minutes into the second half was one their efforts paid off.

The man of the moment was Raheem Sterling, whom many though wasn’t even going to feature in the game following not-so-impressive form in Manchester City. For instance, the 26-year-old scored only one goal for the Sky Blues in more than three months.

But he scored this time, taking England to their first-ever victory in the opening round of the European Championship.

England wasn’t the only team to make history on Sunday. By beating North Macedonia 3-1, the Austrians ended their win draught that lasted for 31 years.

The same game saw another historic moment – Goran Pandev scored North Macedonia’s first goal at the Euros.

In the final game played on Sunday, we saw the Netherlands almost throwing away a two-goal lead. The score was 2-0 for the Dutch until the 75th minute. In the space of only four minutes, Ukraine got themselves two goals, making it 2-2.

Then, an unlikely hero stepped up. PSV’s defender Denzel Dumfries scored his first goal for the Netherlands, which proved to be the match-winner.

Group D: England vs Croatia

Location: Wembley, London, England

Kick-off: 10:00 ET

Score: 1-0 England

Scorers: Raheem Sterling 57′

Group C: Austria vs North Macedonia

Location: National Arena, Bucuresti, Romania

Kick-off: 13:00 ET

Score: 3-1 Austria

Scorers: Stefan Lainer (AUS) 18′, Goran Pandev (MKD) 28′, Michael Gregoritsch (AUS) 78′, Marko Arnautovic (AUS) 89′

Group D: Netherlands vs Ukraine

Location: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Holland

Kick-off: 16:00 ET

Score: 3-2 Netherlands

Scorers: Georginio Wijnaldum (NED) 52′, Wout Weghorst (NED) 58′, Andriy Yarmolenko (UKR) 75′, Roman Yaremchuk (UKR) 79′, Denzel Dumfries (NED) 85′


Next Set of Fixtures (June 14)

Group D: Scotland vs Czech Republic

Location: Hampden Park in Glasgow, Scotland

Kick-off: 10:00 ET

Group E: Poland vs Slovakia

Location: Gazprom Arena in Saint Petersburg, Russia

Kick-off: 13:00 ET

Group E: Spain vs Sweden

Location: Estadio de La Cartuja in Sevilla, Spain

Kick-off: 16:00 ET

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