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Five must watch games in the Euro 2024 group stage

Five must watch games in the Euro 2024 group stage

Euro 2024 starts today in what assures to be a summertime of excellent competition football in Germany.

European football’s most significant countries will complete for the prize and there is some unmissable action ready to unfold. Ahead of the opening component on Friday, we’ve chosen 5 components you cannot miss out on throughout the group phase.

Five must-watch video games in the Euro 2024 group phase:

All kick-off times BST.

Germany vs Scotland

Friday June 14th, Allianz Arena, 8pm, ITV

Here it is, the opening component of the finals. Germany are frequently a seasonal competitor for significant competitions however have actually dissatisfied in current competitors, suffering successive group phase exits at the last 2 World Cups and a Round of 16 removal to England at Euro 2020.

As the host country, nevertheless, and under the management of the progressive Julian Nagelsmann, Germany will have careful optimism. Their opening task is Scotland at the Allianz Arena in Munich, and the taking a trip Tartan Army will show up in strong voice.

Scotland have actually never ever advanced from a group phase at a significant competition however, having actually disturbed Spain in credentials, will head into a 2nd successive Euros with confidence.

Serbia vs England

Sunday June 16th, Arena AufSchalke, 8pm, BBC One

England will begin as favourites for success this summertime regardless of the weight of history versus them, with Gareth Southgate boasting perhaps the most gifted group in the competition. However, the defeat to Iceland in their last pre-tournament friendly was a wake-up call and England have issues, especially in defence. The absence of a match-fit out-and-out left-back and unpredictability over the centre-back positions are problems Southgate should resolve.

Marc Guehi is most likely to deputise in the lack of Harry Maguire however the Crystal Palace centre-back has actually missed out on lots of football this season and will require to get rid of rust, having actually played simply 108 minutes in the Premier League because February. Maguire’s lack makes England more susceptible in the air and the towering Serbian strikeforce of Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dusan Vlahovic will wish to capitalize.

Spain vs Italy

Thursday 20th June, Arena AufSchalke, 8pm, ITV

Group B has actually truly been called as the competition’s ‘Group of Death’, a quartet that includes three-time winners Spain, holders Italy, World Cup semi-finalists Croatia, and Albania.

Spain and Italy clash in the 2nd round of components in Gelsenkirchen, in a rematch of the 2012 last. Spain beat both Italy and Croatia on path to Nations League success in 2023 and regardless of not being favourites this summertime, La Roja have adequate skill to go deep into the competition. Rodri will run the midfield for Luis de la Fuente’s side, while lots of eyes will be on Lamine Yamal. The 16-year-old will end up being the youngest gamer in European Championship history if (when) he requires to the field.

Italy, on the other hand, shocked to win Euro 2020 and beat Spain on charges in the semi-finals. However, another prize accomplishment would represent an even higher shock this time around.

Now under the management of Napoli’s title-winning coach Luciano Spalletti, the Azzurri have a clearly makeover. Just 4 of their team, consisting of captain Gianluigi Donnarumma, have actually won more than 50 caps, while 11 of the team have actually represented Italy less than 10 times.

Netherlands vs France

Friday 21st June, Leipzig Stadium, 8pm, BBC One

It’s a traditional match-up as 2 of Europe’s proudest football countries go head-to-head. France, together with England, are favourites for success this summertime and reached the World Cup last 18 months earlier, with the irrepressible Kylian Mbappe in Golden Boot-winning kind.

Didier Deschamps’ side has the skill and experience to win Euro 2024 however initially should browse a difficult group which contains the Dutch, Austria and Poland. The Netherlands lost two times to France in credentials, consisting of a 4-0 shellacking in Paris, and will wish to compensate those beats. However, Ronald Koeman’s strategies have actually been tossed into turmoil after prominent midfielders Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners were eliminated of the competition through injury.

Czech Republic vs Turkey
Wednesday 26th June, Volksparkstadion, 8pm, ITV

There’s history to this one.

Cast your minds back to 2008 and the Czech Republic and Turkey produced among the all-time classic European Championship video games. Turkey were heading towards a group-stage exit at 2-0 down with 15 minutes to precede Arda Turan’s objective provided a lifeline.

Still tracking with simply 3 minutes on the clock, Nihat pertained to his side’s rescue with a significant double to send out Turkey through and the Czechs crashing out.

The 2 reunite in the last round of group phase components, in another contest that might possibly choose who advances.

Grab the popcorn.

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