Euro 2020: Final Group Matches

Euro 2020: Final Group Matches

A look at our international stars in action.

The final round of group fixtures have been played. 

Here we take a look at how they got on with their respective countries, as the competition will now enter the knock-out stages. 

Tyler Roberts - Italy 1-0 Wales

The Welsh will regard this single goal defeat as one of the most enjoyable they have seen, for a loss! Robert Page’s side progressed into the Round of 16 by finishing second place in Group A, and will now take on Denmark next. The game itself was largely controlled by the Italians, playing on their home turf in Rome. The goal was scored by Matteo Pessina and was enough to make it three wins from three for Italy. A red card for Ethan Ampadu was the only sour note for Wales, who left Roberts on the bench for the full 90 minutes. 

Gjanni Alioski - North Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands

Gjanni and his teammates can be proud of their efforts in getting to Euro 2020 for the first tournament in their history, and even more so of their heart and spirit once there. Unfortunately, the journey ends with this defeat in their final group match. Alioski started and played the full 90 minutes, but the fullback had to see the class of the Netherlands net three times through Memphis Depay, and twice from Georginio Wijnaldum as they finished top of Group C. 

Kalvin Phillips - Czech Republic 0-1 England

Another 90 minutes and another win for Kalvin and this Three Lions teammates. The midfielder once again impressed in the heart of the England midfield and is now the only outfield player to have played every second under Gareth Southgate at the tournament. Raheem Sterling scored a header during the first half which gave him his second goal of the competition, and was enough on the night for the three points. England now progress as Group D winners and will play Germany in the Round of 16, at Wembley. 

Liam Cooper - Croatia 3-1 Scotland

Scotland’s first major tournament in 23 years ended in defeat, which saw them exit at the group stage of the competition. The Tartan Army battled hard but couldn’t overcome an experienced Croatia side, led by former Ballon d’Or winner, Luke Modric. The game was level at half-time after Nikola Vlasic and Callum McGregor had scored at either end. Modric and Ivan Perisic both netted in the second half to send the World Cup finalists into the Round of 16 as Group D runners up. Cooper was an unused substitute for the match. 

Diego Llorente - Slovakia 0-5 Spain

Llorente wasn’t in the match day squad for Luis Enrique’s Spanish side as they demolished their Slovakian opponents in the final match of Group E. After two draws in their opening two fixtures, Spain had to win to ensure their progression and they did so in style. The goals came from a Martin Dubravka own-goal, Aymeric Laporte, Pablo Sarabia, Ferran Torres and a second own-goal, this time from Juraj Kucka. Spain will now play Croatia in the Round of 16. 

Mateusz Klich - Sweden 3-2 Poland 

Klich started the match and played until the 73rd minute, but couldn’t prevent his Polish side from exiting the competition at the group stage. Their final match saw Paulo Sousa’s side needing to win in order to progress, but an impressive Swedish side stopped that from happening. A brace apiece from Emil Forsberg and Robert Lewandowski meant the scores were level as the game entered stoppage time looking for a winner, and it was the yellow outfit who found it through Viktor Claesson. Sweden now play Ukraine in the Round of 16. 

Robin Koch - Hungary 2-2 Germany

Koch’s national side will now face Kalvin Phillips’ England in the Round of 16, after progressing through the group stage. Germany made it difficult against a spirited Hungarian side, twice coming from behind to level proceedings. Leon Goretzka’s 84th minute goal allowed Germany to finish second in Group F on four points, below France but above Portugal. Koch was an unused substitute for the match but will be hoping to get some game time against his Leeds teammate next up.