Amdouni, left-backs and more: UEFA U-21 EURO, Matchday 2
From Brian Brobbey to Martin Baturina, here are those that impressed in MD2.
With two games down, we’re now entering the business end of this Under-21 Euros. But in saying that, some of the business has already happened: England are through as Group C winners, while Spain and Ukraine will battle it out for top spot in Group B on the final matchday after knocking out Croatia and Romania respectively in this round of games.
Elsewhere, there’s still plenty to play for. Group A has been turned on its head after Georgia first beat Portugal then came back from 2-0 down to draw with Belgium, hoisting themselves top of the group. They play Netherlands in the final group game, and the permutations are endless – every team can still finish top or bottom, depending on the final results.
In Group C, England breezed past the Czech Republic and Israel to set up an insignificant tie against Germany. For the Germans, they’ll need to win that game and hope a result falls their way in the other fixture to sneak their way into the quarter-finals. They coughed up an 87th-minute winner to the Czechs, losing 2-1, after drawing with Israel in MD1.
Lastly, Group D seems likely to reach its expected conclusion, with France and Italy primed to emerge after both withstood late pressure to earn one-goal wins over Norway and Switzerland respectively.
Enough of that, onto the players. We’ve got a bit of a bumper cast of youngsters this time, with a nice blend of star power and some lesser-known names rising to the fore. Let’s go.
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