Euro 2020 LIVE: Ruidger 'bites' Pogba LATEST, Ronaldo scores TWO for Portugal, Wales vs Turkey build-up, England latest

EURO 2020 is in full swing!

And it's been another frantic day, with Portugal leaving it late to beat Hungary before France saw off Germany.

England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

And Wales are in action against Turkey TONIGHT in a must-win game for Robert Page's side.

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  • Joe Brophy

    RUD BEHAVIOUR

    Paul Pogba has claimed Antonio Rudiger ‘nibbled’ him during France’s 1-0 win over Germany.

    He said: “I’m not crying for cards, yellow, red cards because of such actions.

    “He nibbled, I think, a little bit on me. But we have known each other for a long time.

    “I told the referee and he takes decisions and he took a decision. It’s over.

    “It was a great match for us … and I didn’t want him to be suspended because of such a situation. It was towards the end of the match. We hugged each other and that’s it.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    GROUP OF DEATH

    Group F containing France, Portugal and Germany is certainly the group of death at this summer's tournament.

    And yesterday's 1-0 defeat to France was the first time Germany have lost their first game of a Euros campaign – after winning seven and drawing five in their Euros history.

    Joachim Low's side face an uphill battle to get their hands on the trophy a the only nation ever to win the competition after losing their opening game was the Netherlands back in 1988.

    Things don't get any easier for Germany either – their next game is against the current Euros holders Portugal.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    STAT ATTACK

    Here are some pre-match stats to get you in the mood ahead of the first matchday two fixtures of Euro 2020.

    Russia have never lost against Finland in four international fixtures between the two nations.

    Wales have won three out of their six clashes with Turkey.

    And Italy are unbeaten in an impressive 28 international fixtures.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    CRASH LANDING

    A Greenpeace protestor crashed into football fans yesterday during a parachute stunt that went wrong just moments before France’s Euro 2020 match against Germany.

    Just before kick off, the activist could be seen flying overhead at the Allianz Stadium in Munich but as he descended towards the pitch his parachute caught a camera wire – bringing him to the ground.

    The event caused debris to fall down onto the pitch, almost striking France manager Didier Deschamps who took shelter under the dugout.

    UEFA responded to the incident with a statement calling the activist’s actions “reckless and dangerous” and confirmed several people had been injured and were taken to hospital.

    France vs Germany sees protester parachute into stadium before Euro 2020 kick-off

  • Joe Brophy

    TARTAN ARMY'S COMING

    Up to 20,000 Scotland ticketless fans are set to descend on London for Friday's Euro 2020 match with England.

    Tartan Army supporters are planning to mass in Hyde Park before watching the crunch Group D clash in pubs and bars.

    But there is increasing concern about the lack of Covid-secure fan zones for the match with the Auld Enemy.

    Traditional meeting point Trafalgar Square has been turned into a fanzone for key workers only.

    Scotland have been allocated less than 3,000 tickets for the sellout 21,500 qualifier at Wembley.

    But between 6,000 and 20,000 Scottish supporters are reportedly planning on making the trip south.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    FRENCH CELEBRATIONS

    Thousands of French fans took to the streets of Paris last night to celebrate the 1-0 victory over Germany.

    The city is still in the midst of a curfew due to the Coronavirus pandemic but politicians asked for some leniency from police services due to the circumstances.

    World Cup holders France last won the Euros in 2000, after winning the 1998 World Cup just two years previously.

    Can Les Bleus win back to back major tournaments again?

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  • Giacomo Pisa

    REMEMBER THIS?

    On this day FIVE years ago Daniel Sturridge scored a dramatic late winner for England in a 2-1 win over Wales during the Euro 2016 group stage.

    Gareth Bale had given the Dragons the lead in the first half before Jamie Vardy hit back for the Three Lions after the break.

    The game seemed destined to end in a draw until Daniel Sturridge popped up late on to seal three points for Roy Hodgson's side.

    It was Wales who would have the last laugh in the tournament though – their historic run saw them make it all the way to the semi-final while England suffered an embarrassing 2-1 defeat to minnows Iceland.

  • Giacomo Pisa

    RECORD BREAKER

    Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal yesterday in Portugal's 3-0 win against Hungary saw him beat Michel Platini’s record to become the first ever player to net 10 goals in the Euros.

    He then scored again to take his tally in Euros competitions to eleven, to add to his already mind-boggling list of accolades.

    The Portugal all-time top scorer is the first player to appear at five European Championships, and score in five consecutive tournaments.

    Incredible.

  • Joe Brophy

    SACRE BLEU

    Benjamin Pavard has revealed he was left unconscious by a nasty collision in Tuesday’s game with Germany – but played on regardless.

    Die Mannschaft midfielder Robin Gosens piled into the France star as the pair competed for the ball in Pavard’s 18-yard box.

    A foul was awarded to the Bayern Munich defender, who hit the ground with a total lack of control over his body.

    French physios treated Pavard and allowed him to play on despite his later confession that he was out cold for over ten seconds.

    He stated post-game: “I took a real shock.

    “I was a little knocked out for ten, 15 seconds.”

  • Giacomo Pisa

    MATCHDAY TWO

    The first round of Euro 2020 group games are over and matchday two begins today.

    Finland vs Russia kicks off the day's action at 2pm in Group B, before a huge game for Wales as they take on Turkey in Baku at 5pm.

    A win for the Dragons in that one would put them in a great position to qualify for the knockout stages of the tournament after a well earned point against Switzerland on matchday one.

    Italy vs Switzerland rounds off the action today with that one kicking off at 8pm.

    Roberto Mancini's side will be eager to build on their impressive performance in the tournament opener against Turkey by making it two wins from two tonight.

  • Marc Mayo

    GOOD MORNING EUROS FANS

    France beat Germany 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in the biggest game of Euro 2020's opening round of fixtures.

    The Tricolores opened the scoring just after 20 minutes when Paul Pogba delivered a wonderful ball to Lucas Hernandez down the left flank and he hammered a low cross into the penalty area.

    Mats Hummels got his body position all wrong and turned the ball past Manuel Neuer into his own net.

    The reigning world champions thought they had doubled their lead on two occasions in the second half.

    First, it was Kylian Mbappe who beat Neuer with an incredible curling shot from the edge of the box but was caught offside.

    Then Pogba slid the ball down the right flank for Mbappe, who then switched with Karim Benzema.

    Benzema hit the back of the net, but that goal was also ruled out as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was offside before producing the assist.

    Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo also made Euro history on the same night.

    Ronaldo scored a brace against Hungary at the Puskas Arena and sealed a 3-0 victory for Portugal – Raphael Guerreiro netted the opener.

    The star forward’s first goal of the night made him the competition’s all-time leading scorer.

    The 36-year-old ace broke Michel Platini’s record and became the first ever player to net 10 goals in the Euros.

    After his second goal, the Portuguese superstar extended his grand tally to 11.

    Meanwhile, England have been dealt with a significant blow as United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been ruled out for the rest of Euro 2020 due to a hip injury.

    Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale has been called-up as Henderson’s replacement.

    The Red Devils’ shot-stopper has returned to Manchester after picking up the knock during training.

    The 24-year-old was on the bench for the 1-0 win over Croatia.

    And finally, Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen confirmed he is “fine – under the circumstances” after suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.

    Ex-Tottenham star Eriksen appears to be in good spirits and thanked fans, managers, pundits as well as fellow footballers for all their well wishes.

    Eriksen posted a selfie in which he was giving the thumbs up on Instagram and captioned it with: "Hello everyone.

    "Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world.

    "It means a lot to me and my family.

    "I'm fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.

    "Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian."

  • Kostas Lianos

    MATS POINT

    France beat Germany 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in the biggest game of Euro 2020's opening round of fixtures.

    The Tricolores opened the scoring just after 20 minutes when Paul Pogba delivered a wonderful ball to Theo Hernandez down the left flank and he hammered a low cross into the penalty area.

    Mats Hummels got his body position all wrong and turned the ball past Manuel Neuer into his own net.

    The reigning world champions thought they had doubled their lead on two occasions in the second half.

    First, it was Kylian Mbappe who beat Neuer with an incredible curling shot from the edge of the box but was caught offside.

    Then Pogba slid the ball down the right flank for Mbappe, who then switched with Karim Benzema.

    Benzema hit the back of the net but that goal was also ruled out as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was offside before producing the assist

  • Kostas Lianos

    NOT KEANE

    Former Celtic midfielder Roy Keane has questioned Scotland's quality ahead of their Euros clash with England on Friday.

    The ITV pundit analysed where it all went wrong for Steve Clarke's side on Monday afternoon as Patrik Schick's double downed the Scots on home turf at Hampden.

    The R.O.I. legend casted his doubts over some of the defending on show.

    And the Manchester United hero reckons England will be rubbing their hands ahead of their Group D clash at Wembley – insisting they should 'smash them'.

    He said: "He is bound to make one or two changes. We mentioned the other night, Scotland have got some very good players, with quality, but in the wrong areas of the pitch. You need them up the top end. You need them in terms of goalscorers.

    "If you are England you will be rubbing your hands together with Scotland coming to town.

    "You will be thinking let's smash them. It will be a great occasion, a great game"

  • Kostas Lianos

    MAGUIRE UPDATE

    Manchester United star Harry Maguire has stepped up his training for England but is still likely to miss Friday's clash with Scotland.

    Maguire is recovering from an ankle ligament injury, but was put through his paces by Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.

    The centre-back's ongoing injury prevented him from playing in the Europa League Final against Villarreal.

    The 28-year-old also had to sit out of England's Euro 2020 opener against Croatia

  • Kostas Lianos

    SANCHO UPDATE

    Manchester United could seal the transfer of England international Jadon Sancho by the end of the week.

    That is according to The Times, as Borussia ‘Dortmund believe that a deal could be finalised next week’.

    And Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that ‘United’s camp have been in contact with Sancho over the weekend’.

    Negotiations with Dortmund on a potential €95m (£81m) price, bonus details and payment structure will continue in the next few days.

    But United’s initial £60m won’t be enough to complete the transfer for the winger, who has joined the Three Lions at Euro 2020

  • Kostas Lianos

    RONALDO HISTORY

    Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo has made history in Euro 2020.

    Ronaldo scored a brace against Hungary at the Puskas Arena and sealed a 3-0 victory for Portugal.

    The star forward’s first goal of the night made him the competition’s all-time leading scorer.

    The 36-year-old ace broke Michel Platini’s record and became the first ever player to net 10 goals in the Euros.

    After his second goal, the Portuguese superstar took his grand tally to 11

  • Kostas Lianos

    GERMANY VS FRANCE BENCH

    Germany: Leno, Trapp, Halstenberg, Sule, Klostermann, Koch, Gunter, Neuhaus, Can, Volland, Werner, Sane.

    France: Mandanda, Maignan, Lenglet, Zouma, Digne, Kounde, Tolisso, Lemar, Giroud, Dembele, Coman, Ben Yedder.

  • Kostas Lianos

    TEAM SHEETS ARE IN!!!

    We are now set for the biggest Euro 2020 game of the first round of the group stage fixtures.

    Germany are going to clash with reigning world champions and fellow group of death occupants France at the Allianz Arena.

    Germany XI: Neuer, Rudiger, Ginter, Hummels, Kimmich, Kroos, Gosens, Gundogan, Havertz, Gnabry, Muller

    France: Lloris, Pavard, Kimpembe, Varane, Hernandez, Pogba, Griezmann, Kante, Rabiot, Mbappe, Benzema

  • Kostas Lianos

    RON A ROLL

    Portugal defeated Hungary 3-0 at the Puskas Arena in their Euro 2020 opener.

    The reigning European title-holders struggled with a strong opposition who had a goal disallowed as Szabolcs Schon was caught offside.

    But Fernando Santos’ side broke the deadlock in the last 10 minutes of the match when Raphael Guerreiro beat Peter Gulacsi on 84 minutes.

    Rafa Silva was then brought down by Willi Orban inside the box and Cristiano Ronaldo scored from the penalty spot just three minutes later.

    Ronaldo sealed the victory with a fine effort in the second minute of stoppage time

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  • Kostas Lianos

    DALE OF THE TAPE

    Sheffield United ace Aaron Ramsdale has replaced Manchester United goalkeeper Dean Henderson in England's squad.

    Henderson was ruled out by Three Lions manager Gareth Southgate due to a hip injury.

    Ramsdale was part of the England Under-19 squad that won the 2017 European Championship and has 15 caps under his belt for the Under-21 side.

    The 23-year-old shot-stopper has yet to earn a senior cap and is unlikely to make his debut in Euro 2020 as he will be the third choice behind Everton ace Jordan Pickford and West Brom's Sam Johnstone

  • Kostas Lianos

    HJULMAND SLAMS UEFA

    Denmark boss Kasper Hjulmand criticised UEFA and its protocols after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

    UEFA rules allow a game to be postponed for 48 hours due to coronavirus but the same didn’t apply when Eriksen collapsed on the pitch against Finland.

    Hjulmand said: “Coronavirus allows you to postpone a match for 48 hours. A cardiac arrest obviously does not. That, I think, is wrong.

    “There is learning here. It was not the right decision to continue playing. The boys showed so much strength by going out and playing on.

    “But I do not think it was the right thing to give us and the players the choice to go out and finish play on Saturday or Sunday.

    “I felt that the players – and us close to them – were put under that pressure and were given that dilemma. It was a hugely difficult situation to be in.

    “The only real leadership would have been to put the players on a bus and send them home and then deal with it after.

    “You don’t necessarily find good leadership in the protocols. Good leadership can sometimes be to lead with compassion”

  • Kostas Lianos

    FOR PETE’S SAKE

    Manchester United hero Peter Schmeichel revealed that UEFA threatened Denmark with a 3-0 defeat if they failed to complete their match against Finland after Christian Eriksen’s cardiac arrest.

    Schmeichel spoke to GMB: “They said the players insisted on playing. I know that not to be the truth. Or that’s how you see the truth.

    “They were left with three options. One was to play immediately and get the last 50 minutes played. The next one was to come in yesterday at 12 noon and finish the 50 minutes.

    “And the third option was to forfeit the game and lose 3-0. So, you know, work it out for yourself. Is it the players’ wish to play? Did they have any choice really? I don’t think they had.

    “And as you can hear from [Sunday’s] press conference, the coach seriously regrets putting the players back on the pitch”

  • Kostas Lianos

    “FEARED THE WORST”

    Finland captain Tim Sparv feared that Denmark star Christian Eriksen was “going to die”.

    Eriksen suffered cardiac arrest during the Danish national team’s Euro 2020 opener against Sparv’s nation.

    The former Southampton player told CNN: “That picture that I still have in my head, that’s so disturbing. You really feared the worst.

    “You thought that he was going to die. It was very, very emotional and we’re just so happy and glad that he’s doing fine”

  • Kostas Lianos

     JOAO CANCEL

    Manchester City star Joao Cancelo has been ruled out of Euro 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

    Cancelo has been replaced by Manchester United loanee Diogo Dalot in the Portugal national team.

    The full-back tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday and is "doing well" after being placed in isolation.

    The reigning European champions said: "In accordance with the COVID-19 protocol defined by UEFA before the Euro 2020 matches, all players and members of the entourage underwent RT-PCR tests on Saturday.

    "The results, with the exception of Cancelo, were negative"

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  • Kostas Lianos

    HUNGARY VS PORTUGAL SUBS

    Hungary: Lang, Kecskes, Nego, Cseri, Dibusz, Edmundsson, Siger, Varga, Bogdan, Nikolic, Schon, Bolla

    Portugal: Fonte, Moutinho, A Silva, Lopes, R Silva, Sanches, Neves, Goncalves, Rui Silva, Felix, Oliveira, Mendes

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