Euro 2020: How are they getting on?

Euro 2020: How are they getting on?

A look at the Leeds players in action this summer.

The Whites have got seven players - playing for seven different nations - at the Euro 2020 tournament. 

We take a look at how our players and their nations have got on in the opening group matches, with each team now playing once. 

Tyler Roberts - Wales 1-1 Switzerland

Wales opened their campaign by travelling to Baku, facing their Group A opponents, Switzerland. Roberts was named on the bench for the match on Saturday lunchtime. The Swiss went into an early second half lead through Breel Embolo, but with just over 15 minutes remaining, Cardiff City striker Kieffer Moore netted the equaliser. Rob Page - Wales’ interim manager - decided to only make two substitutions as his team got back into the match and Tyler wasn’t one of them. 

Kalvin Phillips - England 1-0 Croatia

What a performance from the Yorkshire Pirlo. Phillips was chosen to start the match by England manager Gareth Southgate, a decision which proved pivotal in the outcome of the match in an entertaining clash against 2018’s World Cup finalists, Croatia. With the scores still locked level, a moment of magic from Kalvin saw him dart through the opposition midfield, beat his defender and play a perfectly timed through ball to Raheem Sterling. The Manchester City winger finished well and the points were secured. Phillips was then awarded the BT ‘Player of the Match’ for his display. 

Gjanni Alioski - North Macedonia 1-3 Austria

The Leeds United full-back was selected to start the match and made history with his nation, at their first ever match at an international tournament. Their opposition in the Group C match in Bucharest was Austria, who went into the lead inside the opening 20 minutes through Stefan Lainer. Further history was then created 10 minutes later. Alioski was involved as his cross field pass into the middle of the pitch was heavily deflected, allowing Goran Pandev to pounce and equalise. In the second half, two late strikes for the Austrian side saw them take the three points with a 3-1 victory. 

Liam Cooper - Scotland 0-2 Czech Republic

Captain of Leeds United and now a starter for Scotland in the Euro’s. Cooper was selected by Steve Clarke to begin the match at Hampden Park against the Czech’s, in front of 12,000 members of the Tartan Army. Cooper was comfortable both on and off the ball throughout, but his side went behind just before the break through a Patrik Schick header. The forward then doubled the advantage for his side after the break, with a stunning long-range lob. Cooper played the full game and will now be looking ahead to a possible match-up against Phillips and England on Friday evening. 

Mateusz Klich - Poland 1-2 Slovakia 

Klich and his Poland side will be disappointed to have started their opening Group E fixture with a defeat, losing with 10 men. Slovakia went into the lead during the first half after former Arsenal ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny was unfortunate to score an own goal. Klich’s side levelled just after the interval through Karol Linetty, with the Leeds United midfielder playing a key part in the build up to the goal. However, after equalising his side were reduced to 10 men when Grzegorz Krychowiak was shown a second yellow card. With 20 minutes to go, Milan Skriniar volleyed home to give Slovakia the three points - Klich was subbed with five minutes remaining in the match. 

Diego Llorente - Spain 0-0 Sweden

Not a particularly memorable occasion at the Estadio Olympic de la Cartuja in Seville, as Spain looked to overcome Sweden in Group E. Spain manager Luis Enrique decided that Llorente was to begin the match on the bench, and that’s where he remained for the full 90 minutes as the two teams played out a 0-0 draw. 

Robin Koch - Germany 0-1 France

The final match of the opening round of fixtures saw two world-wide and well decorated heavyweights clash in the competition, in what is an exceptionally competitive group. Robin Koch was not selected to start the match and he didn’t appear from the bench during the 90 minutes. France secured the three points with a first half own-goal from Germany’s central defender, Mats Hummels. Next up for Koch and his side in Group F is another tough test, this time against Portugal.