After a rather disappointing draw in the first game, Germany took care of business against Denmark as they beat their northern neighbors quite handedly. The hosting Czechs also bounced back from a less than ideal result in the opening match and pummeled Serbia. In the other group, England finally got a win as they beat Sweden in a close one. Italy and Portugal drew, leaving Group B wide open for all teams to advance into the semifinals.
It was clear that a 1-1 draw in the opening game wasn’t a good enough result for the favorites from Germany. In the second game they took on Denmark and the Germans were much more resolute in this fixture as they beat the Danes 3-0. Germany striker and captain Kevin Volland scored twice, and the fans of his club team Hoffenheim might be thrilled that he extended his contract until 2019. Volland opened the scoring in the 32nd minute, and added his second early in the second half. Matthias Ginter scored the final goal of the game in the 53rd minute. Germany did a great job in creating chances and they were a lot more effective in the final third of the pitch than in the game against the Serbians.
The Czech Republic thumped Serbia 4-0 and it was a joyous day for the home fans after the Czechs lost the opening game against Denmark 2-1. Jan Kliment had a perfect game for the Czechs as he scored a hat trick with goals in the 7th, 21st, and 56th minute. Performances like that are sure to catch the eyes of scouts from all over Europe. Martin Frydek then made it 4-0 in the 59th minute. The Czechs take on Germany in the final group game, and they need to secure a result in order to be sure to move on the the semi-finals. Denmark will play last placed Serbia.
Group A Standings:
- Germany 4pts
- Denmark 3pts
- Czech Republic 3pts
- Serbia 1pts
Group A schedule:
June 23: Czech Republic – Germany
June 23: Denmark – Serbia
In Group B, England needed a moment of brilliance from Jesse Lingard in order to beat Sweden 1-0. It was a close and hard fought battle right until the end. Lingard (Manchester United) got the winner with a screamer from long range in the 85th minute.
The Young Lions had the better scoring chances throughout the game but the Swedes did a good job to keep the English at bay until Lingard’s fantastic strike at the end. With the win, England takes three much needed points and still has a good chance at advancing to the semifinals with a positive result against Italy. Sweden also sits with three points, so they also have their faith in their own hands as they play Portugal in the final group game.
Italy and Portugal played a goalless draw and Italy is still looking for its first win in the tournament. The Italians created a lot of opportunities and had seven shots on goal, but Portugal keeper Jose Sa keeps on impressing, just as he did against the game against England. They will take on England in the final group game.
Sweden will hope that they can get at least a draw against Portugal while Italy beats England. Sweden holds the tiebreaker against Italy so even if they would both end up on four points, the Swedes would go through.
Group B Standings:
- Portugal 4pts
- England 3pts
- Sweden 3pts
- Italy 1pts
Group B Schedule:
June 24: England – Italy
June 24: Portugal – Sweden
All games are available to watch online in the U.S. on ESPN digital platforms.