Uefa Euro 2020: Group D and E wrap up first leg encounters
Czech Republic emerge victorious over Scotland
Scotland failed to exert their dominance over Czech Republic with yet another win. Scotland had managed a previous 3 wins in the last 3 encounters between the two sides. It was the longest ever run on any of the 23 nations that are party to the UEFA EURO 2020 competition, which came to a crashing end.
The meeting was also their first in a major tournament. (World Cup or European Championship)
The win gave Lowly Czech Republic their first win against Scotland since 2010, bringing an end to a poor-run form of 3 defeats and a draw against the Tartans.
Impressive strikes from Patrik Schick, one in the 42nd and the other in the 52nd minute ensured that Scotland’s dominance was of no consequence at the end of the game.
10-man Poland sunk by Slovakian might
A series of catastrophic errors at Poland’s rear end worked against a 10-man squad, who were no match for the Slovakians. Slovakia’s fine win was their first between the two sides in a major tournament. (World Cup or European Championship)
An own goal from Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny in the 18th minute put Slovakia a goal up in the early stages of the game. The Polish response came earlier in the second half, a goal from Karol Linetty leveling the game at one all.
A second bookable offence by Grzegorz Krychowiak left Poland a vulnerable 10-man squad. The weakness was capitalized on by Millan striker Skriniar, who wasted no chance putting Slovakia ahead.
Spain, Sweden share spoils
It was a level contest between Spain and Sweden in their opening Group E match, despite Spaniard dominance throughout the larger part of the game.
Their meeting was the 4th and the first ever draw of 4 encounters. Spain had managed 2 wins of the 4 games, while Sweden had won only once.
Wastefulness from Sweden ensured that the game ended level, the side squandering the only clear goal scoring chance in the entire 90 minutes. A formidable backline ensured that Spain never managed to find a clear chance at goal despite their dominance in the game.