The first set of group fixtures at Euro 2020 have just concluded, and here’s a roundup of the results from the tournament.
Turkey (Nike) 0-3 Italy (Puma)
Wales (Adidas) 1-1 Switzerland (Puma)
Belgium (Adidas) 3-0 Russia (Adidas)
Denmark (Hummel) 0-1 Finland (Nike)
Austria (Puma) 3-1 North Macedonia (Jako)
Netherlands (Nike) 3-2 Ukraine (Joma)
England (Nike) 1-0 Croatia (Nike)
Scotland (Adidas) 0-2 Czech Republic (Puma)
Poland (Nike) 1-2 Slovakia (Nike)
Spain (Adidas) 0-0 Sweden (Adidas)
Hungary (Adidas) 0-3 Portugal (Nike)
France (Nike) 1-0 Germany (Adidas)
As you can see, a pretty good round of fixtures for Puma- none of their four teams in the tournament lost. Italy, Austria and Czech Republic all picked up victories, and it could very easily have been 4/4 had Switzerland not lost their composure late in their game against Wales. The Swiss, playing in their change shirt, dominated, but conceded a late equalizer to Kieffer Moore and had to settle for a point.
There were three derbies (teams with the same manufacturer). Belgium comfortably beat Russia 3-0 in the first of them. With Denmark losing to Finland, Belgium’s path appears to have become even easier and it perhaps comes as no surprise that Novibet have them as third favourites for the tournament behind France and England.
The Three Lions were one of the teams involved in a derby, winning their all-Nike clash against World Cup runners-up Croatia at Wembley. Raheem Sterling scored the winner just before the hour mark. Croatia (in their away kit) were disappointing, with Luka Modric a shadow of his former self. Southgate’s men wore their home top for this clash.
The last derby clash was between Poland and Slovakia, with the latter claiming a fine 2-1 win. The Poles lost Grzegorz Krychowiak to a red card at a crucial juncture in the game, and Inter’s Skriniar scored the winner for the Slovaks.
The two Nike teams laid down a marker in Group F against their respective Adidas opponents. Defending champions Portugal were kept quiet for 84 minutes by a resolute Hungarian team, but the introduction of Rafa Silva off the bench turned the game in the favour of Fernando Santos’ men, who won 3-0. France (in home jersey) beat Germany 1-0 in Munich, with Paul Pogba at the heart of a strong Les Bleus performance at the Allianz Arena.
It was however not a great round for manufacturers who outfit only one team at the competition. The troika- Hummel, Jako and Joma, all ended up on the losing side, with Denmark, North Macedonia and Ukraine suffering defeats. Denmark was perhaps the biggest shock, but one could hardly fault them after the shocking turn of events involving star playmaker Christian Eriksen.
Debutants North Macedonia gave Austria a tough time, but conceded two late goals to go down 3-1. Ukraine fought back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 with the Netherlands, but then shipped in a late equalizer to Denzel Dumfries as the Oranje returned to the big stage with a win.