Spurs Euros matchday 2 round up


All four nations that have a Spurs player in their squad have now played their first two games at this summer’s European Championship in Germany.

Once again, Guglielmo Vicario watched on from the bench as Italy fell to a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Spain in Group B. The scoreline, however, made the game seem like a tight game between the two best teams in the group. The reality is that Italy was fortunate not to come out of the game with a 5-0 hiding. Spain had more big chances than Italy had shots at all (Opta).

His side will face off against Croatia on Monday night, with a point being enough to secure qualification for the last 16.

Micky Van De Ven's Netherlands played out a 0-0 draw against France in a fairly impressive result, and can feel aggrieved to have had a late winner disallowed for offside. However, Van De Ven, like his team-mate Guglielmo Vicario, had to watch on as an unused substitute, with Virgil Van Dijk and Stefan De Vrij being preferred in the middle of defense, and Nathan Ake at left-back. That said, with Netherlands's progression to the last 16 secured, there will be at least two more games for the Spurs defender to get more minutes.

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The Netherlands face off against Austria on Tuesday in the final gameweek of the group stages.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg was awared the official UEFA player of the match award for his performance against England in Group C on Thursday evening. The Spurs midfielder had four (!) shots on target, as many as the entire England team combined. He won 9 of his 17 duels, made 6 tackles, 3 interceptions, 2 clearances, and completed 3/5 long balls. He had 108 touches, and completed 74 passes (SofaScore).

Denmark will face Serbia on Tuesday evening, with a win securing their place in the last 16. A draw could be enough, depending on goal difference and other factors.

Radu Dragusin played the 90 minutes in Romania's 2-0 defeat to Belgium, as club manager Ange Postecoglu watched on as a pundit for ITV. Ange was full of praise for Dragusin pre-game, saying "He's a super kid and a defender who loves defending. He's a brave passer as well and is only 22 years old. It's super that we have him at Spurs!" (ITV). Dragusin didn't have his worst game, but struggled with his aerial duels (1/4), and could not shrug off Kevin De Bruyne as he put the game to bed.

Group E concludes on Wednesday, with Romania in action against Slovakia. It is the most finely poised group of all 6, with all 4 teams being on 3 points in a peculiar anomaly. Romania going into the final day with +1 goal difference and H2H on Ukraine could be crucial.