UEFA Euro 2020: Austria books quarters berth, Denmark sneaks past to make it through
The 2020 UEFA Euro finished with its Matchday 12 commitments, as a few more teams sealed their fate. The knockouts fate for Group B and C were decided on Monday, as we look at it in this round-up.
The ongoing UEFA Euro is nearing its end of the group stage, as on Monday, eight more teams sealed their fate in the tournament. On the same note, we look at the destiny of Group B and C in this round-up.
The Netherlands rounds North Macedonia
In one of the two simultaneous opening games on Monday, Group C's Netherlands faced off against minnows North Macedonia at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam. It was an utter rout from the former, as Memphis Depay put the side ahead in the 24th minute while it led at half-time.
In the following half, Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead in the 51st, while he scored his brace seven minutes later to complete the dominance. Consequently, it topped the group, while Macedonia finished at the bottom without a win, thus being eliminated.
Austria edges past Ukraine for quarters berth
In the other Group C game held concurrently, Ukraine was up against Austria at the Arena Naţională in Bucharest. Although it turned out to be an intense clash, Christoph Baumgartner's 21st-minute winner was enough for Austria to seal the second spot. Therefore, while Ukraine finished third in the group, it would be interesting to see if it qualifies among the four best third-placed teams.
Belgium dominates Finland
In Group B action, Belgium took on Finland at the Saint-Petersburg Stadium. Belgium, which had already sealed its quarters' berth, made it even better as it won the tie.
After finishing goalless at half-time, it was in the second half when Lukas Hradecky's own goal handed Belgium the lead, while Romelu Lukaku's winner in the 81st allowed it to top the group. Meanwhile, Finland has finished third and would be awaiting the results of the other groups to see if it manages to make it to the quarters.
Denmark dismantles Russia to get through
In the other Group C game held simultaneously, Denmark utterly dismantled Russia 4-1 at the Telia Parken in Copenhagen. Denmark led 1-0 at half-time, thanks to Mikkel Damsgaard's strike in the 38th minute.
The second half saw Yussuf Poulsen double it in the 59th minute, while Artem Dzyuba pulled one back for Russia in the 70th. Nonetheless, Andreas Christensen scored the third in 79th, followed by Joakim Mæhle three minutes later to complete the destruction. While Denmark finished second, Russia's lack of enough goals put in fourth, thus failing to make the cut.
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