Thank you and good night
Well, Day 3 of Euro 2020 did not disappoint - and after the difficult scenes in Copenhagen just over twenty-four hours ago, it has been something of a blessing that it has delivered.
England, Austria and the Netherlands are up and running, while Croatia, North Macedonia and Ukraine must wait for their first points, in a day that saw 10 goals across three games.
And the best bit? We get to do it all over again tomorrow - when Scotland host the Czech Republic in Group D, and Group E gets underway as Poland play Slovakia in Saint Petersburg and Spain welcome Sweden to Seville.
It's been our pleasure to take you through the day - and until the next time, thank you and good night.
Wijnaldum: Netherlands need to learn
Georginio Wijnaldum helped the Netherlands to victory in their first tournament game for seven years tonight, but he was quite understandably left off-balance by Ukraine's sudden response late on.
"I am relieved," he says. "Overall, we played a good game, but we gave them two chances in 10 minutes which were two goals.
"We need to learn that if we play such a match we need to finish it off well. We let them get back into the game and that needs to improve."
Yarmolenko 'upset' after thrilling loss
Ukraine captain Andriy Yarmolenko has stayed surprisingly quiet on that goal in his post-match comments, but has reflected that Ukraine remain in the fight even after defeat.
"It was a difficult game. We realised that we were playing against a serious rival," he says. The coaching team are happy with how much we gave.
"It is always upsetting to lose a game, but we have two more games to go and we will still play with the same energy. If we do it [qualify] then it will be great."
Shevchenko hails comeback spirit
Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko has offered praise for his team's resolve to drag themselves back off the canvas, even if they could not dodge a final knockout blow in Amsterdam.
"It was a very quick and interesting game with loads of opportunities for both teams," he says. "I would like to thank my team for the reaction they showed, especially after going 2-0 down – we could have lost the game at that point.
"We found energy to change and attack. We switched the formation and balanced it. The team gave a very good account of themselves."
Ake thanks fans after victory
Can Yarmolenko break Shevchenko's record?
Andriy Yarmolenko scored his 41st goal for Ukraine in his 95th cap with that absolute world-beater of an effort - the best of the bunch by some distance - tonight.
Only coach Andriy Shevchenko has scored more goals for the national side, with 48. That number could well be under threat, though the West Ham man would surely need a few more years at international level to get near.
The Flying Dutchman
De Jong delighted to see Dutch make it stick
Nigel de Jong - earlier found tweeting his appreciation of England's Kalvin Phillips - has been on ITV, chatting about that roller-coaster game, and has quite clearly not hidden his bias, while acknowledging that for Frank de Boer's side's flaws, they made it stick when they needed to.
"Absolutely delighted to see the Netherlands win," he says. "It was an emotional rollercoaster. I've got no voice!
"Denzel Dumfries missed a sitter and especially in the first half, he could've scored a hat-trick with the amount of chances he had. But he made it count at the end of the game.
"It was a nervous couple of minutes for Frank de Boer - I could already see the headlines. But the three points were the most important thing."
More Shots! Shots! Shots!
A fun fact unearthed from the first half: there were nine shots in the opening 10 minutes of this match. That's more than any other game at the European Championship, since 1980 when records first began.
In hindsight, that bonkers burst of goals across the second half isn't too surprising.
Melchiot: Netherlands must not underestimate sides
Forrmer Netherlands international Mario Melchiot has been speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live on that game, and has hailed his nation's talent, while acknowledging that their own self-confidence can be their undoing, as it almost was tonight.
"Sometimes, with the arrogance, you have to be careful with underestimating people," he says. "We saw how Ukraine got back into the game.
"The talent the team possesses is incredible. That's what Holland is built on. We always produce quality players. But you have to remember in tournaments you need passion and a little bit of luck to achieve things."
Van Dijk celebrates Dutch success
How it stands...
Goal difference - which will give way to head-to-head records in the event of a tie at the end of the group stages - means that with the first two games in the bag, the Netherlands sit second in Group C.
Austria's superior margin of victory over North Macedonia means they sit atop the summit, with Ukraine third.
That table may look very different in just over a week and a half.
Dumfries follows in De Boer's footsteps
85 - Denzel Dumfries' winning goal for the Netherlands in the 85th minute against Ukraine was their latest winning goal at the European Championships since current manager Frank de Boer scored an 89th minute penalty against the Czech Republic in a 1-0 win at EURO 2000. Timely. pic.twitter.com/Nkj3oH1ZqT— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2021
The best is yet to come...?
We said this could be the pick of the day but let's not lie, even our wildest dreams, we did not see that one coming.
Five goals in one half of football. A match won, and lost, and won again. The roar of a crowd - an actual living crowd, inside a stadium!
It's hard to say that Ukraine deserved to lose that one after battling back, while the Netherlands both earned a victory and practically threw it away in the manner they often seem to do these days.
Football is the winner in the end, surely. If Euro 2020 can deliver at least half-a-dozen more games like that, this is going to be a fantastic tournament.
FT: Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine
It's all over!
The Netherlands end their seven-year hiatus from tournament football on the winning side, but boy, did they make themselves work for it in a second-half, five-goal thriller in Amsterdam.
Ukraine look wrecked, a remarkable testament to how close they came to snatching a point that would have almost certainly felt like a win. They remain firmly in this contest of course - two games with Austria and North Macedonia await, both very much matches they have the talent to win - but they will rue the missed chance they gave themselves here.
Living on the edge
There is a scene in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery where Mike Myers' title character tells a casino dealer that he also likes to live dangerously.
That is what it is like to follow the Netherlands in men's international football right now, it seems. They've won this game twice over, and lost it once too - and the sign of five added minutes flagged up by the fourth official indicates they have time to let it slip all over again.
The nerves must be very shredded right now.
GOAL: Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine
(Denzel Dumfries, 85)
Salvation! Denzel Dumfries has saved Frank de Boer's bacon!
The PSV Eindhoven man should have found the back of the net in the first half, but he has made amends for that mistake with the header that may well hand the Netherlands victory in their incredible Euro 2020 opener.
Ukraine will be distraught, particularly as the header at the right post - set up by a lovely ball from Nathan Ake - is the sort that goalkeepers parry all day long. Georgi Bushchan just doesn't palm it right and it slips through to beat him.
It's Dumfries' first goal for his country. What a time to score it.
Ukraine double their delight
GOAL: Netherlands 2-2 Ukraine
(Roman Yaremchuk, 79)
WHAT ON EARTH IS HAPPENING IN AMSTERDAM?!
Visions of their Scotland nightmare are rising up from the recent past to haunt Frank de Boer and the Netherlands right now. Inside four minutes, what had looked to be an unassailable lead for the hosts at Johan Cruyff Arena has crumbled away.
A free-kick falls for Ruslan Malinovskiy to deliver out on the left flank from some 30-plus yards out and he drops a beauty of a delivery into the box. Roman Yaremchuk is there in the box and - amid the crowd of defenders - rises above to nudge a deft finish in at the far post.
Drink it in!
GOAL: Netherlands 2-1 Ukraine
(Andriy Yarmolenko, 75)
HOLY COW, WHAT AN ABSOLUTE CRACKER THAT IS FROM ANDRIY YARMOLENKO!
That's the goal of Euro 2020 so far - and if we get any in the same ballpark, it is going to be one wonderful tournament.
The captain plays a lovely one-two across the right edge of the Netherlands' penalty area, looks up from 20 or so yards out, and curls an absolute blinder into the far-top corner past a full-stretch Maarten Stekelenburg.
Suddenly, the heavens have opened above Ukraine. Is there the chance of a remarkable result in Amsterdam?
Visitors tamed on the road?
Ukraine really have struggled to find their feet this second half - but Roman Yaremchuk does at least ensure they'll have a shot to their name before the final whistle blows.
It's not a bad effort, low and dipping, but Maarten Stekelenburg has saved more of those than I've had kippers for breakfast. It's as routine as the Jubilee Line, at least when there are no maintenance works on the Jubilee Line.
The seven-year itch
Ring the changes
A triple change incoming now, two for the Netherlands and one for Ukraine.
Nathan Ake and Owen Wijndal are on for the hosts, while Mykola Shaparenko arrives for the visitors.
The latter takes the place of Marlos, who joins the less-wanted bracket of substitutes who themselves are subbed off.
Amsterdam runs orange
The Comeback Kids?
We haven't really seen a side come back to steal a victory at Euro 2020 so far. Wales rescued a gutsy point to spoil Switzerland's start, but otherwise, we've seen a mixture of blowout wins - Italy, Belgium, Austria in the end - or tight, cagey encounters - England and Finland.
This could lean well towards the former, unless Ukraine can find a lifeline in the final half-hour in Amsterdam.
GOAL: Netherlands 2-0 Ukraine
(Wout Weghorst, 58)
Double Dutch delight for the Netherlands!
Wout Weghorst is the man who rifles home, a deflected shot burying itself in the top of the goal on the right edge, but a lengthy VAR check follows to study whether Denzel Dumfries committed a foul in the build-up - and whether there was an offside too.
It's given, after a moment. Ukraine might feel quite hard done by, and there's certainly an argument for their case. It's a long way back for them with this goal.
Netherlands in for the kill?
The Dutch are not resting on their laurels with that opener. Frank de Boer may have punched the air hard enough to break a rift in the space-time continuum but he's barking at his players to keep pushing for that second now.
Wout Weghorst has a couple of tame attempts now, one easily saved and another effectively dragged out of play. That might not have even been a shot, actually, more just a wayward touch.
Ukraine are reeling from their concession.
GOAL: Netherlands 1-0 Ukraine
(Georginio Wijnaldum, 52)
The hosts have their lead - and it is a captain's knock from Georginio Wijnaldum!
He's scored some big goals in his career, and the newly-minted Paris Saint-Germain man has added another one to that tally now. It's a poacher's finish on a spilled ball, rifled home after Georgi Bushchan failed to cleanly take a cross from Denzel Dumfries.
It's a quality finish, but you have to feel for the goalkeeper there, who should have been better covered by his defence.
Battle at the back
The game is afoot once more in Amsterdam, and there's been no changes at the break.
Statistically, this one should be favouring the Netherlands across the second half, but at 0-0, it is there for either side to take.
Finland, albeit in vastly different circumstances, showed that a scoreless encounter is always up for grabs yesterday.
Netherlands held at bay
Shots! Shots! Shots!
There were 14 shots in that first half, a number which takes this game joint-top of Euro 2020 rankings for efforts before the interval so far.
(Italy managed 14 alone too against Turkey, but this is a combined 10 for the Netherlands and four for Ukraine.)
Just when will the goals come?
HT: Netherlands 0-0 Ukraine
Well, that was a sparky one, wasn't it? With a minute of added time for injuries completed, referee Felix Brych blows for half-time.
There is nothing to split these two sides on the scoreboard but we have not wanted for entertainment in Amsterdam.
It's all still to play for after the break.
Yarmolenko eyes century of caps
Mind you, if we are talking about evergreen figures, Andiry Yarmolenko has to be worth a mention, surely?
He is playing his 95th game for Ukraine, the most of any current Ukrainian outfielder yet to retire.
Should Ukraine make the semi-finals, he could bring up his century at this tournament. What a story - both him and his country - that would be if it happened.
Double chance for Dutch
How have the Netherlands not got themselves in front there?!
Bushchan denies Wijnaldum with a close-range parry, an almost miracle touch that seemed destined to power past him, and then Dumfries spears a header wide at the right post by a sliver of a gap.
You'd struggle to get a carrot between the woodwork and the ball there, it look like it was merely an inch. Ukraine have ridden their luck there.
Stekelenburg evergreen so far
Here's a fun stat for you to chew on: the last time Netherlands played a European Championship game at Johan Cruijff Arena, against Italy in 2000, the Dutch had Frank Rijkaard as their manager, who was younger than Maarten Stekelenburg is today.
He really is redefining what middle-age is, isn't he?
Stekelenburg called to action
Maarten Stekelenburg hasn't had to make too many saves so far but he does now as Yarmolenko pulls the trigger on an effort that requires some concentration to deal with.
There may be no goals so far, but this is arguably the best opening half-hour we've had in any of our three games today.
The crowd remain in fine voice too. The burst of home support remains a joy to hear.
Chances at both ends
Wout Weghorst almost has the opener! It's a lovely little touch and the forward almost gives the Netherlands the lead they want, with Bushchan the man who leaps at his heels and snags the ball in the nick of time.
Ukraine break and head straight down the other end, with Roman Yaremchuk feeding a delightful backheel into the box - but Andriy Yarmolenko is bundled over and can't get to it cleanly in time to shoot.
Referee Felix Brych - who is also a doctor, as a side note - sees no problem there though. No penalty for the visitors.
Running in Memphis
Netherlands keep up the heat
Patrick van Aanholt, that was a chance! The Crystal Palace man almost nudges a ball in at the left post, breaking onto a loose pass in a crowded box.
He can't quite get the connection. Even with the pace slowed down, the hosts remain threatening, like a storm cloud poised to break on the horizon.
Ukraine seek to slow match
That lively opening quarter-hour has given way to something a little more measured, an approach that Ukraine seem keen to force upon the Netherlands.
So far, the blistering pace of Frank de Boer's side have caught their visitors out, but now they are slowly shifting to meet the tides set up against them.
Marlos makes early bow
The change is made and Zubkov has been replaced by Shakhtar Donetsk man Marlos.
One of the few non-European-born players at Euro 2020 - he hails from Sao Jose dos Pinhais - he took citizenship in 2017, and played a part in their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.
This, at 33, is his first major tournament.
Injury concerns for Ukraine
Now this could be something of an early problem for the visitors. Oleksandr Zubkov looks to be in some discomfort, and is getting medical treatment, chatting with the physios as they attend to him.
He may not be able to go on here. Moments after a decent half-chance for Ruslan Malinovskiy, Andriy Shevchenko is going to have to make a swap.
Putting yourself in the shop window?
Netherlands continue to hammer
Oh, that is a tasty flick off the outside of the boot from Georginio Wijnaldum and Denzel Dumfries almost has the opener at the right post.
Bushchan makes the stop again and Ukraine see off the subsequent corner, but this has been a lightning assault upon Ukraine's back-lines. A cagey encounter so far, this one is not.
Wijnaldum blazes an effort over the crossbar a moment later, just leaning off it as he launches the shot. The hosts are in the mood to have a bit of a party, it seems.
Depay offers blistering salvo
Memphis Depay is off like a rocket there!
Ukraine have some early ball, and show a little promise around the Netherlands box, but then the ball breaks for the Lyon man and he absolutely tears off downfield, turning defenders inside out all around him.
His final shot is a little lacking in power and accuracy, allowing Georgi Bushchan an easy stop, but talk about pace. Sonic the Hedgehog would rightly applaud that one.
KO: Netherlands v Ukraine
We're underway at Johan Cruyff Arena in this Group C encounter between the Netherlands and Ukraine!
This might not be the most eagerly anticipated match of the day - but they very well may have saved the best for last.
It's a lovely evening in Amsterdam as the two nations take to the field now for the national anthems.
Both are sporting those natty pullovers with the zips that is so customary now for these pre-game ceremonies; the Dutch in a fetching all-orange number while Ukraine have teemed white over their usual yellow.
The noise, like it has been at many games with a home crowd at this tournament so far, is pretty special.
Ready for it?
Strip stirs up a storm
While pre-tournament discussions around teams are generally geared around how far they can go, it's been a more satorial subject of conversation when it comes to Ukraine.
Their kit - approved by UEFA - sparked fury across Russia as it happened to feature an outline of the nation that included the territory of Crimea, a region still recognised as Ukraine by the UN but annexed by their neighbours in 2014.
The governing body has asked them to remove a nationalistic slogan, but otherwise, that outline will be front and centre when they take to the field today.
Gravenberch ready to roar?
There's no starting place for Ajax's Ryan Gravenberch today - but the teenager is on the bench, and could make his way out to the field for a sixth senior cap.
The 19-year-old is one of the hottest young prospects in world football; a midfielder with talent to spare, who - depending what chances he gets - could shoot to stardom at this tournament.
Peter McVitie gave him a NXGN profile in the run-up to this game, and you can read that one here too.
Zinchenko rises to biggest day
The danger man for the visitors, it goes without saying, is Oleksandr Zinchenko of Manchester City, a man among the most decorated individuals in his nation's recent sporting history.
He may not have the support unit of Pep Guardiola's squad around him, but he'll be one of those who can make things happen.
Jonathan Smith had a look at his rise from concrete pitches to the peak of Europe earlier this week, and you can read that here.
Alaba the ace in Austria's hand
Team News: Netherlands v Ukraine
Depay, Weghorst, Zinchenko among starters
Netherlands XI: Maarten Stekelenburg; Jurrien Timber, Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind; Denzel Dumfries, Marten de Roon, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Patrick van Aanholt; Wout Weghorst, Memphis Depay.
Ukraine XI: Georgi Bushchan; Oleksandr Karavaev, Illia Zabarnyi, Mykola Matvyenko, Vitalii Mykolenko; Ruslan Malinovskiy, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Oleksandr Zinchenko; Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Yaremchuk, Oleksandr Zubkov.
We'll have those lineups for you in one moment, but a key figure will be missing from this tussle tonight - Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.
It has been a horrific year for the centre-back, injured early in the Reds' unsuccessful Premier League title defence and sidelined pretty much since then.
He misses out on a maiden majour tournament appearance for his country too, something truly heart-wrenching.
Age is but a number
Netherlands v Ukraine
38 - Maarten Stekelenburg (38 years, 264 days) will become the oldest ever player to play for the Netherlands at a World Cup / European Championship, overtaking Edwin van der Sar’s record set in 2008 (37 years, 236 days). Guard. #NET #EURO2020 #NETUKR pic.twitter.com/2MqttJ9Feo— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 13, 2021
...and one to go then, on the third day of Euro 2020.
If England's game with Croatia was the 2018 rematch we were all waiting for, and Austria's clash with North Macedonia was a hipster-purist international tournament dream, then our final game today feels a little more straightforward on paper.
It's the Netherlands versus Ukraine in Group C, live from Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.
England get off to perfect start
We have a lot of potential - Alaba
Austria captain David Alaba, who was superb this evening, has been speaking to the media about their 3-1 win.
"We're very happy because we wanted to win this first game, we wanted to start well in this tournament," he said.
"In 2016 we didn't start well. We have a really good squad with a lot of potential. You could see it today with two guys who came off the bench and scored so that was very important for us."
Alaba makes the difference
Former England defender Ashley Cole singled out David Alaba's switch to a more offensive position as a key factor in Austria's victory.
He told ITV: "Austria have important players like David Alaba and they were able to push them forward into areas where they could be more effective.
"When the ball is on Alaba's left foot, North Macedonia's defensive line has to get over to block space and danger. Austria changed their angle of attack."
Sending out a message
Marko Arnautovic's passionate celebration suggests he is eyeing a start in Austria's next game against the Netherlands on Thursday!
Strength in depth makes the difference!
Full time ⏰
Austria 3-1 North Macedonia
A first ever win at a European Championship and a first major tournament win for over 40 years!
Their class told in the end, but it was a brave performance from North Macedonia who can take a lot from their Euros debut.
Angry Arnautovic 😡
It should be four!
North Macedonia look beaten now.
It should be four as Konrad Laimer breaks free, but Stole Dimitrievski does well to steam off his line and smother the shot!
Goal for Austria!
Marko Arnautovic makes it 3-1!!
The former West Ham man plays it to Konrad Laimer, who backheels the ball back into Arnautovic's path and he is able to round Stole Dimitrievski before stroking the ball home to seal the win for Austria!
Ristovski adds to attacking options
Another attacking sub for North Macedonia as Milan Ristovski - brother of fellow substitute Stefan - comes on for Visar Musliu.
🟨 for Lainer
The most cynical foul you will ever see as Stefan Lainer bodychecks Arijan Ademi as he tries to break.
Yellow card for the Austria goalscorer.
An attacking sub for North Macedonia as Ivan Trickovski comes on for Enis Bardhi.
Time is running out...
Austria on the brink
Goal for Austria! ⚽
They may deserve a draw, but it looks like North Macedonia are not going to get it - Austria lead!!!
It's all about the cross. It's a wonderful ball in from the left by David Alaba and Michael Gregoritsch steals in at the near post ahead of goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski to force the ball home!
North Macedonia are defending deep - but hitting quickly on the counter.
Another fine move started by Goran Pandev results in Eljif Elmas finding space in the area, but Martin Hinteregger does superbly well to get in the block.
A draw is the least North Macedonia deserve today, they have been superb.
20 minutes left
Is there to be a winner?
It could go either way - North Macedonia aren't sitting back!
Another good save!
Another fine stop - this time at the other end!
Marko Arnautovic's teasing cross finds Michael Gregoritsch but his goalbound header is superbly tipped away by Stole Dimitrievski!
That's a fine stop from Daniel Bachmann!
Boban Nikolov gets in behind the defence but the Austria goalkeeper is quick off his line to block the shot.
There's also a double change from North Macedonia as: Egzon Bejtulai and Tihomir Kostadinov come on for Aleksandar Trajkovski and Visar Musliu.
Double sub for Austria
Marko Arnautovic and Michael Gregoritsch come on for Christoph Baumgartner and Sasa Kalajdzic.
Fan in serious condition after fall during England match
Some concerning news from Wembley - A fan is in serious condition after falling during England's Euro 2020 match against Croatia.
The supporter is said to have fallen from the stands shortly after the match began.
🟨 for Alioski
Ezgjan Alioski is rightly booked for a clumsy challenge on Xaver Schlager as things begin to get heated.
David Alaba comes sprinting 20 yards to get Alioski's face and demand further punishment from the referee, a yellow looked the right decision though.
Bright start to the second half
Second half ⏰
No signs of slowing down
Croatia win a "great feeling" - Phillips
England midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who starred for the Three Lions at Wembley, told BBC Sport: "It was really warm and it took its toll on us. It's a great result and I'm happy with my performance. There are two group games left and we need to perform like that - if not better.
"As soon as we finished celebrating [with Raheem Sterling] it's the first time I have found him with a pass since I've linked up with England.
"It's a great feeling to get an assist and a great feeling for the three points. I'm laid back - that's the kind of person I am regardless of what is thrown at me. I just try and take it in my stride. If I didn't have the team around me and the coaching staff around me to make me feel like that then I don't think it would be possible.
"There's a lot of talk about me and Declan Rice fighting for one position but when we play together, I think we play really well. It's an honour to play with him."
Everyone on the pitch performed well - Southgate
Some more reaction from England's opening game win against Croatia now, starting with Three Lions boss Gareth Southgate.
He told BBC Sport: "I thought they [the back four] coped very well. With Croatia, I think you have to put pressure on their midfield players especially and we managed to do that.
"That limits some of the supply, but the defenders dealt with the longer balls well, they read the game well, they were composed in their build-up.
"It was a day where I thought everyone that got onto the pitch performed well and that was set up by the whole group over the last two weeks.
"This is a tough group. There are different sorts of challenges and Scotland and the Czechs are good sides. We're pleased with today, you want to get a good start because it takes some of the tension out of the preparations for the next game, but we need to get points to qualify, which is our first objective."
Austria 1-1 North Macedonia
What a fun 45 minutes that was.
Austria began the stronger and deservedly took the lead, but there has been some admarable spirit shown by North Macednia, even though it took a defensive howler for them to equalise.
All to play for in the second half!!
🟨 for Trajkovski
Aleksandar Dragovic is caught by a flying elbow from Aleksandar Trajkovski as they went up for a high ball and needs some treatment. 🤕
Trajkovski is booked for his troubles - though he is perhaps a bit lucky the referee didn't show him a red card.
North Macedonia growing into this
North Macedonia are buzzing, you can see how much confidence that goal has given them. A neat passing move finds Stefan Ristovski 35 yards from goal, but his effort goes well over.
Just the one shot on target for North Macedonia so far - but they made it count 🔥
Pandev makes history
North Macedonia's first ever goal at a major tournament scored by 37-year-old Goran Pandev.
What a moment! 🤩
Goal for North Macedonia! ⚽
North Macedonia are level!! And it's that man Goran Pandev!!!
It's a disaster in the Austria defence though. An attempted clearance cannons off Marcel Sabitzer towards his own goal, Daniel Bachmann comes steaming off his line to try and collect but the ball somehow squirms out of his grasp and into the path of Pandev, who has the simple task of stroking the ball into an empty net!
Ticking off for Sabitzer
Marcel Sabitzer is fired up. He has already got away with a few heavy challenges before the referee gives him another warning after colliding into a North Macedonia player.
The official has been very leniant so far - to the game's benefit - but I suspect the cards will soon start arriving if things carry on as they are.
Goal for Austria! ⚽
Stefan Lainer breaks the deadlock - and what a lovely finish that is!
Marcel Sabitzer plays in a searching cross from the left looking for the onrushing Lainer at the far post and he places a first-time side-footed finish into the opposite corner.
A lovely goal!
Central role for Alaba
We are used to seeing David Alaba flying down the flanks for Bayern Munich (soon to be Real Madrid) but the 28-year-old is playing in the centre of the Austria defence this afternoon.
He's not been truly tested so far, though he has been busy urging his team-mates on and looking to direct play.
Like a fine wine!
Fans making their voices heard
The emotion on the faces of the North Macedonian players was clear to see during a stirring rendition of their national anthem.
A huge moment for the team and the country.
Kick-off is minutes away.....⚽
Say hello to the tournament debutants
"North Macedonia did not have a chance of qualifying for Euro 2020 in the regular way, and finished their group in third place with just 14 points.
"However, the route for the weakest teams through League D of the Nations League made the impossible dream entirely possible; they just needed to beat Kosovo and Georgia.
"Then, after the huge national celebrations, they made history in March as the first team in 20 years to beat Germany in a World Cup qualifying fixture.
"That incredible result means that the Macedonians believe that even better fortune could come their way in the summer."
The Yorkshire Pirlo: Phillips silences the doubters
Much of the hype that has surrounded England heading into Euro 2020 has been built around their various superstar names.
And yet as Gareth Southgate's side kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 victory over Croatia at Wembley, it was one of his lesser-known players who stood above his team-mates with a towering performance.
Kalvin Phillips might not have even started were Jordan Henderson fully fit, but the Leeds United star took his opportunity with both hands in a performance that mixed his usual midfield grit with some attacking flair.
'We were in control' - Southgate
England manager Gareth Southgate was understandably a happy man after his side's opening game win - the first time the Three Lions have won their opening match at a European Championship.
"It's lovely to having given our fans and our country a really enjoyable afternoon. The players dealt with the big occasion really well right from the start," he told BBC Sport.
"They played really well, they settled early in the game. There were moments when the tempo dropped just because of the heat. But for the majority of the game, we were in control, we didn't give them many opportunities and we looked dangerous.
"Kalvin [Phillips] is player who is so understated and has had a fabulous start to his international career. I thought he was immense throughout, as they all were.
"I'm so pleased for Raheem [Sterling]. He's had this hex in tournaments, not being able to get the goal. I thought he was dangerous all day, right from the start.
"He's a good player and his goalscoring record suggests that we should have faith with him, especially in the last few years. I think he was motivated to show that.
"For him and everybody, we know we're going to need that depth with the attacking players. We'll need them through the tournament."
Bellingham makes history
Three points for England - and two records broken for Jude Bellingham
The 17-year-old made history when came off the bench to replace Harry Kane at Wembley.
We have to focus - Sterling
Here's more from England matchwinner Raheem Sterling, who says it's important the players do not get carried away and quickly start to focus on the next game.
"It's a great feeling. It was the first game and we needed a win," he told BBC Sport.
"We stuck together. We headed the ball when we needed to, cleared it when we needed to and played some good football at times. I thought the boys were brilliant.
"To be honest, I always said to myself if I come here, growing up two minutes down the road, I know I have to score here. It was a great feeling to actually do it.
"We need to try to build on it and enjoy today. We have to focus. It's early days. We need to keep winning, have that winning mentality and keep going forward."
Good omen for England?
3 - Croatia have lost against the eventual winner in three of their last four major tournaments (World Cup + European Championships): Spain at Euro 2012 (group stages), Portugal at Euro 2016 (round of 16) and France at World Cup 2018 (final). Home. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/ZGNvVIIGtw— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2021
Kane looked a little slow - Shearer
There were plenty of positives for England at Wembley, but Harry Kane was perhaps the one player who has some room for improvement - says Alan Shearer.
Speaking on BBC One, the former Three Lions captain said: "Harry Kane looked a little bit slow for me. That ball that came across I thought he was going to put in the back of the net.
"England didn't create that many chances for him to get on the end of but other than Harry Kane everyone looked really sharp."
Match-winner Sterling 'trying' to justify selection
Raheem Sterling says he is "trying" to justify his selection after scoring the only goal against Croatia.
Some had questioned his place in the starting line-up after struggling for form in the final weeks of the season with Manchester City.
"I've always said if I play at Wembley in a major tournament, in my back garden, I'm scoring. It's great to finally do that," he told the BBC.
"There's different reasons why I haven't scored for my club, but it's irrelevant now. I'm here with England, I'm enjoying my football and I'm happy to score.
"Have I justified my selection? I'm trying."
Lampard lauds Wembley atmosphere
Frank Lampard was delighted to see Gareth Southgate's tactical choices being vindicated with a win and believes the atmosphere at Wembley can be a decisive factor.
"What a performance, what a result to build on," Lampard said, speaking on BBC One. "Gareth's calls were great. The energy of the team, the organisation of the team to have a clean sheet will give confidence to the lads and I see them going from strength to strength off the back of that.
"As a manager there's nothing more fulfilling as that when you make calls that maybe could be questions. A right-back at left-back, Phillips playing so high up and he was probably man of the match.
"I just think from Gareth's position he can look at that now and say theres something about this group. With this atmosphere and this crowd behind them they can do something."
'Stiffer tests ahead' for England, says Ferdinand
Former England star Rio Ferdinand was impressed by England's ability to get the win over the line, saying on BBC One: "It's about taking your moments like England did. I was very impressed with the patience of this team. There will be stiffer tests ahead but they have done what they needed to do. There was huge pressure. You just had to look on social media. In an England shirt, Gareth has players he can trust."
FT: England 1-0 Croatia
A second-half strike from Raheem Sterling was enough to ensure that England kicked off Euro 2020 with victory over Croatia. The Three Lions began brightly and dominated the opening exchanges, with Phil Foden cracking the post and Kalvin Phillips going close, but Croatia got to grips with things heading into the second period. However, they couldn't resist when Phillips threaded a pass through to Sterling, who made no mistake inside the box to grant England their first ever opening-day win at the European Championship.
History was made in another way too to cap a strong afternoon's work at Wembley, with Borussia Dortmund's Jude Bellingham becoming the youngest ever player in European Championship history, as well as England's youngest ever player to play at a major tournament. A solid start for Gareth Southgate's side, but Croatia have plenty of work to do if they want to get out of the group.
Into injury time! Can England hold on?
Kane 🔽. Bellingham 🔛
History made! 📖
At 17 years and 349 days, Jude Bellingham becomes the youngest player in European Championship history. The Borussia Dortmund player is also the youngest player to appear for the Three Lions at a major tournament, nudging the record from Michael Owen at World Cup 1998 (18 years 183 days).
17 - Aged 17 years and 349 days, Jude Bellingham is now the youngest ever player to appear in the European Championship finals for any nation, and youngest English player to play in any major tournament (World Cup & Euros). Stage. #ENG #CRO #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/m5IetpFISr— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 13, 2021
Kalvin Phillips ➡️. Raheem Sterling ⚽️
Sterling blazes it over!
That man Raheem ⭐️
Brozovic blasts it wide
Mount goes close!
Foden goes into the book
Phil Foden follows Mateo Kovacic into the referee's book after a heavy tackle on Sime Vrsaljko. It looked for a moment like he might escape the yellow sanction, but he wasn't so lucky!
CHANCE FOR KANE!
GOAL! Sterling!!! England lead!
The Man City star puts England ahead! It's 1-0 to the Three Lions thanks to Raheem Sterling, but it was the work of Kalvin Phillips which made it happen. The Leeds United midfielder was found by Kyle Walker, before dancing past a challenge and releasing Sterling to score.
Subdued second half, subs on the way?
A Chelsea coming together 😬
Chelsea team-mates Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic have collided in what looked to be a 50-50, but the Croatian was deemed to have fouled his Stamford Bridge colleague and has picked up a yellow card as a result. A hefty one on the replay!
Second half under way!
Ferdinand: Phillips has been dangerous
Meanwhile, in Denmark
Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen has spoken about the experience of dealing with Christian Eriksen's medical emergency, admitting that they don't quite know what happened yet.
"We don't have an explanation, so I can't answer the question. I only saw it afterwards, so you guys saw the same as me," Boesen told reporters on Sunday. "How close we were? I don't know. We got him back quite fast. I'm not a cardiologist so I'll leave the analysis to experts."
JLingz backs the Three Lions
About Mr Phillips... 💯
Kalvin Phillips the stand-out player
Goal's Nizaar Kinsella gives his thoughts on the first half:
"England dominated the opening 25 minutes against Croatia, finding a good balance in their side despite the surprise decision to place Kieran Trippier at left-back ahead of in-form duo Ben Chilwell and Luke Shaw.
"However, after seeing Phil Foden come close hitting the base of the post with his shot in the fifth minute, the momentum began to swing towards Croatia. Jordan Pickford has yet to make a save but Croatia did see one chance squandered by Ivan Perisic in the 27th-minute.
"Notably, there was some booing of the England players when they took the knee in the ongoing anti-racism awareness campaign. However, many in the stadium attempted to drown it out with cheering. Kalvin Phillips has stood out from watching within Wembley Stadium so far."
HT: England 0-0 Croatia
The sides remain locked level after 45 minutes of action, but England can claim to have had the better half all told. Phil Foden smashing the post and Kalvin Phillips forcing a save with a sumptuous volley are the highlights of the half, but Croatia came into things more in the final 15 minutes, though never tested Jordan Pickford. All to play for in the second half and you'd expect a few changes, particularly with the heat at Wembley.
A Trippier free kick against Croatia...
...hits the wall.
Unfortunately for the Three Lions, the man who scored against Croatia from a dead ball was unable to emulate his magic and smacked the free kick straight into the wall. Just a few minutes remaining in the first half and the zip has gone out of things slightly. This is when you need to stay focused!
'Wrong decision' to play Denmark game after Eriksen emergency
Danish camp critical after 'very tough' situation 👇
Denmark head coach Kasper Hjulmand has criticised the scenario he and his players found themselves in following the medical emergency which affected Christian Eriksen.
"I think it was the wrong decision to make between the two scenarios," Hjulmand told reporters on Sunday. "It was very tough for the players. They didn't even know if they could probably lose their best friend.
"I have the feeling that we shouldn't have played and wrong that the players had to decide. I'm really proud of the way the world reacted to this incident. It's often about money, but yesterday we saw what football is all about - compassion and love."
Hjulmand explained that Eriksen had no memory of what happened and was actually worried about his team-mates: "He was concerned about us and the family. He didn't remember much and was more concerned about how the team felt.
"That shows his big personality. He is a hell of a player but also as a person. He feels like he could go out and play and he feels best when his feet are close to the ball. It was good to see him smile."
Denmark's sporting director Peter Moller echoed Hjulmand's sentiments: "Football is not the most important thing in the world. I agree with Kasper."
Croatia growing in confidence
Perisic... puts it over
England dominating so far...
It's been a tremendous start after 20 minutes for England who have thrived in possession, carving open the Croatian defence on a number of occasions. Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Raheem Sterling and Kalvin Phillips have all been exceptional, while the Three Lions faithful have been doing their part by piling aural pressure on the visitors. Luka Modric et al have been kept very quiet, but they'll be eager to take the momentum out of England's sails soon. Gareth Southgate will be very pleased so far.
And there it is...
"It's coming home, it's coming..."
England fans have finally struck up a chorus of the famous song that debuted at Euro 96. They'll be hoping for a better outcome this time round mind you...
England fans putting the pressure on
PHILLIPS WITH THE VOLLEY!
Brilliant volley at the edge of the area after the ball broke down from an England corner. Kalvin Phillips struck the loose ball ever so well to test the Livakovic, who managed to parry it away despite seeing it late.
ENGLAND HIT THE POST!
Phil Foden - a player likened to Paul Gascoigne ahead of this tournament - has brought the Wembley crowd to their feet with a strike off the post, which had the goalkeeper beaten.
Kieran Trippier's clever throw in released Raheem Sterling who waltzed through the Croatian midfield before laying on Foden, but the Man City maestro's shot was a fraction off target.
England's kneel greeted with boos, followed by cheers
Now for the anthems! 🎼
Mourinho expects 'big game' between England & Croatia
Jose Mourinho has given his thoughts on the game between England and Croatia.
"There is no reason for these teams to be under huge pressure but I imagine the first match of a Euros, you feel a little bit of that pressure," Mourinho said on talkSPORT.
"One goal will change the game because I can imagine this game in the beginning will be about England trying to be in control but Croatia trying to be in control by being very compact.
"We are not going to see an Italy - Turkey game where Italy were dominating. I think this is going to be a different game, hopefully a big game."
'Football's coming home...' 🎶
Not familiar with the concept that football is coming home? Fear not, we've got you covered with our explainer (including the lyrics).
Things are heating up at Wembley ☀️
Mount hopes his Modric experience will help
Speaking to the BBC, England midfielder Mason Mount said: "I've had a little bit of experience playing against [Luka Modric] already this season and that always helps, but this is different type of game. We'll be doing everything to stop them but we will focus on what we can do with the ball.
The Chelsea star is also hopeful that home advantage will help, but admitted that it would be tough in the warm weather.
"It gives you a massive boost when fans are in the stadium and supporting you," noted Mount. "It's going to be a tough game and with the added heat today you can feel how hot it is. It's going to be an exciting game. We're looking forward to it and we're going to give it our all."
Southgate explains Sancho & Chilwell omissions
Gareth Southgate has outlined his reason for omitting Jadon Sancho and Ben Chilwell from the matchday squad.
"With the two boys that are out of the squad, it's just unfortunate we can only name 23 and we've had to cover certain positions," Southgate told BBC Sport. "I don't like the fact we're having to leave players out of the squad in a major tournament."
Alexander-Arnold tells England: Bring it home
Liverpool ❌ Man Utd ❌
'Fearless' Foden starts, Richards gets his wish
Former Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards will be a happy man after learning that Phil Foden starts against Croatia.
Ahead of the game, Richards told Goal: "Foden has shown this season that he's fearless, nothing fazes him.
"You know what it's like when you’re in a team or within a squad, whether it's a big tournament or not, we tend to just go with the tried and trusted rather than someone who's been in form.
"Just because he's 21, people are worried it’s going to be too much for him, but he's in the best form of his life so just play him.
"You can just see the way he plays, nothing fazes him, just having that freedom to come inside and do what he does so, of course, I would play him."
FA appeals for 'respect' from England fans
The England players will kneel as a gesture against racism and discrimination ahead of their game against Croatia.
With some games across Europe seeing the gesture of kneeling on one knee booed, the FA has appealed for supporters to respect the wishes of the players.
Kick-off 2pm BST.
Denmark camp update scheduled for 2pm BST
UEFA has confirmed that Denmark will have a press conference at 2pm BST with sporting director Peter Moller, team doctor Morten Boesen and head coach Kasper Hjulmand.
Goal will bring you all the updates from that as we get them.
'We will never be able to completely avoid such cases'
Germany team doctor, Dr Tim Meyer, was asked for his view on the Christian Eriksen medical emergency that occurred in yesterday's Denmark versus Finland game.
"We will never be able to completely avoid such cases. But with our system in Germany we are very, very well positioned," said Dr Meyer. "The recommendations at European level are far below what we do.
"Eriksen plays in Italy. The examination system there is considered exemplary and was also the blueprint for various recommendations made at European level.
"They try to recognize these heart diseases in time and then either treat them or take appropriate precautions, for example, with medication or by giving recommendations on lifestyle or exercise in order to prevent fatal incidents."
Modric critical of English media 'arrogance'
Real Madrid star and Croatia talisman Luka Modric has criticised what he sees as English media "arrogance" ahead of his side's Euro 2020 opener against the Three Lions.
"That arrogance is not so much related to the players and to the national team but to the people around them," Modric said in the pre-match press conference.
"[It was or is more] some of the journalists and commentators. Recently I've not read many media outlets.
"I'm looking forward to the match and I don't want to say too much about what's on the other side."
TEAMS: England vs Croatia
Teams are in for the first game of the day!
England XI: Pickford; Walker, Stones, Mings, Trippier; Rice, Mount, Phillips, Sterling, Foden; Kane.
Croatia XI: Livakovic; Gvardiol, Vida, Caleta-Car, Vrsaljko; Brozovic, Kovacic, Modric; Perisic, Kramaric, Rebic.
Schmeichel slams 'ridiculous' decision to play Denmark game
Peter Schmeichel has described the decision by UEFA to go ahead with the game between Denmark and Finland in the aftermath of Christian Eriksen's medical emergency as "ridiculous".
Schmeichel, whose son Kasper Schmeichel is part of the Danish team that played the game, made the comments on BBC Radio 5 Live.
He said: "It's a ridiculous decision by Uefa. They should have tried to work out a different scenario and shown a little bit of compassion, and they didn't."
The game, which kicked off at 5pm BST, was suspended during the incident, but play resumed at 7:30pm.
Schmeichel added: "That would be the worst two hours in my time in football.
"Something terrible like that happens and UEFA gives the players an option to go out and play the game or come back at 12:00 on Sunday. What kind of option is that?
"The result of the game is completely irrelevant. I mean, how can you play?"
Eriksen 'stable' & sent greetings to Denmark team
The world watched on yesterday as Denmark's star player collapsed on the pitch during his country's game against Finland.
Concern rippled through Parken Stadium as it became clear that a life-threatening situation was happening and medical staff leapt into action.
Social media was a sea of Denmark flags, with players, clubs and fans all sending positive wishes to Eriksen and his family.
Thankfully, the playmaker's condition was stabilised and the Danish football association (DBU) provided an update this morning.
"This morning we have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his team-mates," the statement on the DBU's official Twitter account read. "His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination.
"The team and staff of the national team has received crisis assistance and will continue to be there for each other after yesterday's incident.
"We would like to thank everyone for the heartfelt greetings to Christian Eriksen from fans, players the Royal Families from both Denmark and England, international associations, clubs etc.
"We encourage everyone to send their greetings to the Danish FA, where we will make sure they are all passed on to Christian and his family."
Great news! ❤️
Which games are on today? 📅
Here's what we've got in store 🧐
⚽️ England vs Croatia
⏱ 2pm BST (9am ET)
🏟. Wembley, London
⚽️ Austria vs North Macedonia
⏱ 5pm BST (12 noon ET)
🏟. Arena Nationala, Bucharest
⚽️ Netherlands vs Ukraine
⏱ 8pm BST (5pm ET)
🏟. Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam
Day 3️⃣ of Euro 2020 is here!
Welcome to Goal's live coverage of Euro 2020. It's day three of the tournament and there is plenty to look forward to.
Gareth Southgate's England are among the tournament favourites and they kick off their campaign against Croatia at Wembley at 2pm BST (9am ET).
That's followed at 5pm BST (12 noon ET) by Austria's game against the Goran Pandev-led tournament new-comers North Macedonia - that game takes place in Bucharest.
The final game of the evening sees Netherlands play Ukraine at the Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam and that match has an 8pm BST 3pm kick-off.
Of course, Tuesday was marred by traumatic scenes in Denmark as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch and a medical emergency was declared.
An outpouring of support ensued and the Inter star is thankfully now in a stable condition, but we'll have any new updates from the Danish camp on that front as well.
Stay tuned for all the action!