Day 2 of Euro 2020-21 was a day that will be forever etched in the memories of all football fans forever. For it thought us about the fragility of Human Life and how sport has the immense power to transcend all boundaries and bring people together irrespective of their caste, creed, colour or ethnic representation.
Before I elaborate more on what happened in the match between Denmark vs Finland that sent shockwaves among not just footballing fans but people from across the world whether they followed sports or not, let me speak a little about the preceding game before this, that of Wales vs Switzerland.
Wales vs Switzerland was a game between two evenly matched sides consisting of some wonderful footballers like Gareth Bale, Ben Davies, Xherdan Shaqiri, Granit Xhaka taking part in the same.
Switzerland took the lead courtesy a headed finish by Embolo off a cross whipped in by Shaqiri , Wales kept pressing for a equalizer and finally found the back of a net via Kieffer Moore header assisted by Joe Morrell. The match saw Switzerland dominating the possession with 64.2% and also with 18 shots attempted. In the context of the things Switzerland must have felt hard done by the score line of 1-1. Switzerland next face Italy while Wales come up against Turkey of which both are really decisive games when it comes to Group A.
In the second game of yesterday Denmark played against Finland, in what looked like a game that was dominated completely by Denmark up until the 44th Minute of the game, before the horrific incident took place where Danish Midfield Maestro Christian Eriksen suffered a major stroke/fit which made him drop down non-responsive on the football field. Medical team rushed into his aid, with the Denmark players surrounding him and praying deeply for his revival. The whole ground was hushed into a deep silence with many supporters breaking into tearful outbursts praying deeply for the recovery of their national footballing superstar. Not just Copenhagen but the whole of the world was wanting Eriksen to come out of this horrific incident unscathed.
The game was temporarily suspended and around 30 minutes later, it was confirmed by the Denmark FA that Eriksen had regained consciousness, thus sending a huge signal of relief to people across the World.
The match resumed at 0-0 with 7 mins added on to the end of the first half post which Finland against the run of play scored the opening goal at the 60th Minute via Joel Pohjanpalo , a goal which the Danish Goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel should have dealt better with. Denmark did get a glorious opportunity via penalty, which was tamely taken by Pierre Emile Hojiberg and saved well by the Finnish Goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky. In a game marred by so much it was rather unpoetic justice that Finland triumphed over Denmark but then that’s what Sport is it, isn’t it.
The final game of the day saw the mighty Belgium take on the determined Russians. Belgium as expected started the game on the offensive and grabbed the first goal rather early via Romelu Lukaku. The game also saw a clash of heads between Belgian Timothy Castagne and Russian Daler Kuzyaev where unfortunately both players had to be substituted. Castagne was replaced by Meunier and it turned out to be an inspirational one for the Belgians as not only he scored the second goal for Belgium but also provided the assist for the 3rd goal which was slotted in the back of the net rather comfortably by Belgian Star Striker Romelu Lukaku. Belgium will now face the Danish in the next match while Russia will face Finland.
Schedule for Today (15th June)
18:30 England vs Croatia (Venue- Wembley Stadium, London)
21:30 Austria vs North Macedonia (Venue-Bucharest, Romania)
00:30 Netherlands vs Ukraine (Venue-Amsterdam, Netherlands)
England 2 – 1 Croatia
Austria 2-0 North Macedonia
Netherlands 2- 1 Ukraine
By Siddharth Sabapathy