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Spain being the only team to defend Euro Title is a strong team in today’s football, with their passing game and class players Spain always finds a spot in the list of favorites for the tournament.

Group E fixtures

Date Time ( Maldives) Details Venue
14th June 2021 00:00 Spain vs Sweden Seville
19th June 2021 00:00 Spain vs Poland Seville
23rd June 2021 21:00 Slovakia vs Spain Seville

 

Qualifying

During the Qualification Spain was in Group F with Sweden, Norway, Romania, Faroe Islands and Malta. During the qualifying Spain Played a total of 10 matches from which they won 8 and 2 matches were a draw. Interestingly Alvaro Morata, Sergio Ramos and Rodrigo all three players were named as top Scorers each scoring 4 goals.

Coach: Luis Enrique
Luis Enrique was re assigned to the post after his resignation on November 2019 after qualifying had concluded. He previously guided Barcelona to UEFA Champions League glory in 2015.

Key player:

Gerard Moreno
the newly-crowned UEFA Europa League winner Moreno is in full confidence. He is a skill full forward who has the capacity to play as a false 9 or any other post in the attacking third.

Pedri

At the age of 18 he secured a place as a midfielder in FC Barcelona, not an easy thing to do in a team full of stars, his football skills is truly incredible. He is well motivated and excited to play the Euro with Spain, he is truly a player to watch in this tournament.

Goalkeepers: Unai Simon (Athletic Bilbao), David de Gea (Manchester United), Robert Sanchez (Brighton)

Defenders: Jose Gaya (Valencia), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Pau Torres (Villarreal), Aymeric Laporte (Manchester City), Eric Garcia (Manchester City), Diego Llorente (Leeds), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea)

Midfielders: Marcos Llorente (Atletico Madrid), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Rodri (Manchester City), Pedri (Barcelona), Thiago (Liverpool), Koke (Atletico Madrid), Fabian (Napoli), Dani Olmo (RB Leipzig), Pablo Sarabia (Paris Saint-Germain)

Forwards: Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Alvaro Morata (Atletico Madrid), Ferran Torres (Manchester City), Adama Traore (Wolves), Mikel Oyarzabal (Real Sociedad)

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Group E- Sweden and Spain Advances to Round of 16.

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Sweden leads the Group E over Spain to advance to the round of 16. Before the matches Spain and Slovakia all had an equal chance to play in round of 16. Although Spain was seen surprisingly strong compared other matches in this Euro.

Early in the match Spain missed a penalty although on 30th minute Spain scored their first goal of the match, which was an own goal from Martin Buravaka. With the help of Aymeric Laporte Spain doubled their lead on the extra minutes of the first half.

As Spain dominated the whole match they scored another 3 goals in the second half. On 56th minute Pablo Sarabia scored from a cross by Jordi Alba. Few minutes later Torres scored their 4th goal while the last goal was an own goal by juraj Kucka. This match was the match with the biggest goal difference in this year Euro. With this massive victory Spain had to finish in as the 2nd team from the group.

Sweden won their last game of the tournament to earn 7 points. Although Robert lewandowski scored twice Poland was defeated 3-2 by Sweden. With this result Poland was at the bottom of their group with 1 point.

After all the matches of the group stage teams to play in round of 16 is decided. In the knockout stage Sweden have to face Ukraine while Spain will have to face the world Cup runners up Croatia.

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Group D: England, Croatia and Czech Republic to play in round of 16.

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Last matches of group D was played simultaneously to decide who will pass to the next round. All teams in this group had the chance to pass through by winning their respective games but Scotland was the only team to stay behind as three teams from this group advanced to round of 16.

Croatia is the runners up of the FIFA World Cup, although they came to this Euro with high expectations group stage was difficult for them. Unlike the other matches we saw a much organized and dangerous Croatia in their last game against Scotland as they won 3-1.

Croatia opened the goal on 17th minute with Nikola Vlasic’s goal assisted by Ivan Perisic. Before the half time Scotts Equalized with Callum McGregor’s goal but Luka Modirc came to the rescue of Croatia. Modric scored at 62nd minute through the game and Ivan Perisic secured the round of 16 spot as he scored their third goal with Luka Modric’s assist.

On the Second match of the group England beats Czech Republic 1-0 but both teams advanced to next round, England as the group winner and Czech Republic from teams who got best results from teams in 3rd place. England dominated the match and played well in this game after the disappointment in their previous match. Only goal of the match was scored by Raheem Sterling on 12th minute after hitting the post few minutes earlier.

With the results England will face 2nd team from group F which might be France, Germany or Portugal. And Croatia will have to play against 2nd in group E.

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Netherlands & Austria joins the round of 16 as group C winners.

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In their first major tournament after 7 years, the Netherlands is impressive as they scored 8 goals in the group stage winning all three games to proceed to round of 16 as the winner of group C.

Netherlands won their last game of the group stage against North Macedonia 3-0 securing the top spot of the group. Memphis Depay scored the only goal of the first half on 24th minute of the game. Georginio Wijnaldum scored 2 goals in the second half both assisted by Memphis Depay to secure the victory.

Austria also joined the round of 16 with 6 points as they won 2 games of the group stage. Austria got the 2nd place of the group behind Netherlands. The only goal of the match was scored by Christoph Baumgartner on 21st minute of the game. Throughout the match both teams played an equal football but Austria created more opportunities to score more goals.

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