The international festivities continue in the world of soccer as the Copa America and the Under-21 European Championship are under way. Here are a couple of games to keep an extra eye on this weekend.
Germany – Denmark (U-21 Euros Matchday 2):
The Germans got a disappointing result against Serbia in their opening game. A 1-1 draw after being down 1-0 is usually something that you can stomach, but they way that Germany was dominating possession and creating chances, they were hoping for a win. Filip Djuricic gave the Serbians the lead in the eighth minute, but Emre Can tied it up for the Germans just nine minutes later.
Christian Gunter got sent off for Germany after 69 minutes after receiving his second yellow card. Being down a man, Germany couldn’t push on at the end for a winner. Denmark came back from a 1-0 deficit to win 2-1 over the Czech Republic in the opening game of the tournament. Pavel Kaderabek scored in the first half for the Czechs, but in the second half, Denmark came back and won after goals by Jannik Vestergaard and Pione Sisto.
Argentina – Jamaica (Copa America Matchday 3):
Argentina tops Group B after two games on four points. They drew the first game against Paraguay 2-2, but followed that up with a 1-0 win over Uruguay. Manchester City star Sergio Aguero scored the lone goal of the game and he has two goals in two games. Jamaica are dead last with zero points and are already knocked out, this game is just a formality. Jamaica lost the opening game 1-0 against Uruguay and that was followed by another 1-0 loss in the game against Paraguay.
Sweden – England (U-21 Euros Matchday 2):
Sweden took an impressive 2-1 victory over Italy in their first game after trailing 1-0 and having a player sent off in the first half. Alexander Milosevic was shown the red card in the 26th minute after bringing down an Italian player inside the penalty box.
Domenico Berardi was cool as ice from the penalty spot and Italy had a 1-0 lead going into halftime. Sweden came back in the second half. John Guidetti scored the tying goal after 56 minutes, and then Stefano Sturaro was shown a red card in the 80th minute. Five minutes later, it was Sweden’s turn to get a penalty and Isaac Kiele Thelin scored the winner from the spot.
England dropped their first game against Portugal 1-0, despite the Young Lions creating a couple of good chances. They were hit by some bad new the other day as Saido Berahino is out of the tournament with an injury.
Italy – Portugal (U-21 Euros Matchday 2):
Portugal got a great result over England in the first game, as they now are tied for the lead in the group with Sweden. Joao Mario got the lone goal in the game against the English, and the Portuguese are surely hoping for another positive result against the Italians.
Italy dropped the game to Sweden 2-1 after getting a huge break in the first half against the Swedes. Milosevic got sent off in the 28th minute and Italy’s big star Berardi scored from the penalty spot. But despite being one man more for a long time, they failed to add to their lead and the Swedes turned the game around.
The Italians will be without Sturaro as he’s suspended.
Brazil – Venezuela (Copa America Matchday 3):
Brazil’s start to the tournament has been rocky. They managed to win 2-1 over Peru after going down 1-0 in the third minute. Neymar tied it up just minutes later, but the Brazilians didn’t get the winning goal until two minutes into added time when Douglas Costa scored and sent the Brazilian fans home celebrating.
In the second game they lost 1-0 against Colombia in a scrappy affair.
Both Neymar and Carlos Bacca received red cards after the final whistle as there was an altercation as the game ended. Jeison Murillo was the hero for Colombia as his goal in the 36th minute was the only goal of the game. Brazil will have to prove that they can play without Neymar as he will be suspended.
Venezuela beat Colombia 1-0 in their opener after a goal by Salomon Rondon in the 60th minute. Venezuela played a good defensive game and kept the Colombians at bay as they pushed for the equalizer. In their second game against Peru,