England-Germany (2-0). After a very balanced first period, England forced the decision in the second act, thanks in particular to Raheem Sterling. The Three Lions striker unblocked the situation at the end of the game (75e), to score his third goal of the competition. Silent until then, Harry Kane completed the success of the English with a liberating head at the end of the match (86e). Semi-finalist in 2016, Germany bids farewell to the Euro in the round of 16 and continues a new poor performance three years after its elimination in the first round of the 2018 World Cup. Coach Joachim Löw bids farewell by la petite porte, despite his fifteen years of loyal service at the head of the Mannschaft.
Sweden-Ukraine (2-1). The last ticket for the quarter-finals took a long time to find a taker, but it was ultimately Ukraine who defeated Sweden, after extra time (2-1). The Zbirna was able to take advantage of its numerical superiority – after the horrible tackle of Marcus Danielson on Artem Besedin (98e) – to make the Swedes crack at the very end of the game thanks to a header from the incoming Dovbyk (120e +1). Qualified for the eighth on the sly as the fourth best third, Ukraine will discover for the first time in its history the quarter-finals of a Euro.
Euro 2021: the quarter-final posters
After three weeks of competition, here is the program for the quarter-finals, which will take place on Friday July 2 and 3.
Switzerland-Spain at 6 p.m. in St. Petersburg (Russia).
Belgium-Italy at 9 p.m. in Munich (Germany).
Czech Republic-Denmark at 6 p.m. in Baku (Azerbaijan).
Ukraine-England at 9 p.m. in Rome (Italy).
All the matches can be followed live on Lemonde.fr.
The surprises of the eighths
In this surprising Euro 2021, there is no longer any member of the last four of Euro 2016 (France, Portugal, Germany, Wales). The Blues were eliminated by Switzerland after leading 3 goals to 1. The Germans were stopped at Wembley, beaten by a valiant English selection (2-0). As for the Portuguese title holder, he fell against Belgium (1-0).
Euro star: Alvaro Morata
Control of the right foot, strike in a row from the left under the crossbar… With a superb goal, the Spanish striker Alvaro Morata made the difference during the extension of the round of 16 between Spain and Croatia on Monday 28 June. And thus silenced the critics. Little successful so far since the start of the Euro and booed by part of the public during Spain’s three group matches in Seville, Morata said he had been the target of insults and threats targeting his family on social networks.
But La Roja’s center-forward is supported through thick and thin by his coach, Luis Enrique: “I don’t think there’s a coach in the world who wouldn’t admire a player like Morata. He’s good at the head, he scores goals, he’s powerful. He is a goalscorer who deserves consideration. ” With five goals scored all Euro combined (three in 2016 and two in 2021), Morata – whose loan from Atlético de Madrid to Juventus has been renewed for the 2022 season – is now Spain’s top scorer in this competition, at tied with Fernando Torres.
Frank de Boer will not have resisted the elimination of the Netherlands, beaten in the round of 16 on Sunday June 27 by the Czech Republic (0-2). The Batavian coach did not reach the quarter-finals, a minimum threshold set by the Dutch Football Federation. “Frank de Boer has announced that he does not want to continue, which is also in line with the contract between the two sides, which demanded a place in the quarterfinals. This contract will not be renewed ”, the instance said in a statement released on Tuesday.
Appointed in September 2020 in place of Ronald Koeman, the former international leaves the head of the victorious selection of Euro 1988 after only fifteen meetings. Despite being clear in the group stage with three wins, De Boer was under fire at home, due to a system of play oscillating between 3-5-2 and 5-3-2. A heresy, for the Dutch people, accustomed to the famous 4-3-3 turned towards the offensive.
In the skylight: the English beer shower
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Big hop drinkers in front of the eternal, the English fans did not deviate from their reputation to celebrate a goal of their selection. They celebrated the opening scoring by Raheem Sterling, in the eighth against the Germans, by sending beers waltzing in the sky.
A corner of blue sky: rififi in the stands
Funny scene, Monday in Bucharest, at the time of the elimination of the France team against Switzerland. RMC Sport reported the start of a clash between Véronique Rabiot and members of Paul Pogba’s family. The reason ? The mother and midfielder of Juventus Turin blamed Pogba’s loss of ball on Switzerland’s third goal.
On its way, Mme Rabiot called on Kylian Mbappé’s father to ask him to reframe his son, too arrogant for his taste. Other families attended the scene and were shocked by Véronique Rabiot’s attitude, reports RMC. Good news for all these little people, the Euro des Bleus is already over and they will no longer have to live in the stands.
“If there is a chance to go into extra time, you don’t take out your best players, it was a mistake to take out Griezmann”
Consultant for Talksport radio during Euro 2021, José Mourinho severely criticized Didier Deschamps’ decision to replace Antoine Griezmann with Moussa Sissoko at 89e minute of France-Switzerland, in eighths. “When you are in a game where there is the possibility of playing an overtime, you have to be really careful with the substitutions you make. (…) If it’s a 3-point game without overtime, that’s OK. But when there is the prospect of an overtime, it’s a huge bet, tackled the Portuguese technician. I think France had a little fun. In football, you have to have fun after the game, not during. “
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