Gareth Southgate’s England failed to emulate Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, the other favorites who received their tickets in their second round of 16 matches on Wednesday and Thursday.
Harry Kane and his teammates will have to wait until their third and final group stage match against the Czech Republic on Tuesday to qualify. What is even more worrying is that they missed their match and put on a very disappointing performance for a title contender.
This 115th episode of football’s oldest rivalry, the first international match in history, 149 years after they played in Glasgow on 30 November 1872, will therefore not be missed by English supporters.
His team, which won Croatia (1-0) last Sunday, certainly dominated the debate, but it showed signs of restlessness and physical wear and tear.
As far as the astonishing Scots are concerned, they are saving their chances of qualifying in Group D. In such a situation, their meeting against Croatia on Tuesday will be decisive.
Sweden 16. can believe in
Sweden defeated Slovakia 1–0 in St Petersburg after a lackluster match, reducing both teams’ chances of reaching the Round of 16 in Group E.
After the first period when the defense quelled the attacks, the changes made by Sweden have paid off. Emil Forsberg opened the scoring by converting a penalty shot (77th) due to a gross foul on newcomer Robin Quison by goalkeeper Martin Dubrawska, who was leading the goal alone.
With four points, Sweden is almost guaranteed to finish in the top 2 of Group E or finish in the top four thirds.
It will reach a strong position against Poland on the last day on Wednesday in St Petersburg.
The thrill is not over for Slovakia, who made their Euro debut after beating Poland 2-1, but they will have to bring something back from their trip to Seville on Wednesday, where Spain awaits them.
Croatia and the Czech Republic neutralize each other and remain hopeful
Vice-world champions Croatia and the Czech Republic were unable to break away in Group D in a 1–1 draw in Glasgow, and their chances of qualifying for eighth remained.
Czech Patrick Schick scored his third goal on Monday with a penalty shot (37th) after a brace, and Ivan Perisic equalized at the start of the second half (47th). Both teams will play their future on Tuesday against Scotland for Croatia and against England for the Czech Republic.
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