We are halfway through the quarter finals and oh boy have they been a treat so far as both matches yesterday delivered good play between very competitive teams.
The action started in yesterdays early match between Switzerland and Spain which was a tight affaire.
Spain - Switzerland
Scoring started off in the 8th minute with an own goal by Denis Zakaria, yet another one in this Euro 2020 tournament that has seen more own goals than any Euro championship ever before.
But from there, both teams managed to shut down the scoring through good defensive efforts, happening up until the 68th minute where Switzerland finally managed to break through. Xherdan Shaqiri put in another goal in his impressive Swiss international career.
The 1-1 score held up all the way through both extra time periods until a nervous penalty competition that saw Switzerland miss 3 times compared to the 2 by the Spanish side, leading to another deep tournament run by the former World and European champions.
Italy – Belgium
The evening match was between two of the teams who both had been playing some of the best football of the tournament.
Italian coach Roberto Mancini has managed to reinvigorate the Italian side ahead of this tournament. His team has been playing very well on both the defensive and offensive ends of the field and they were one of our featured picks.
If Leonardo Bonnuci’s goal hadn’t been cancelled due to a VAR decision, we would have seen scores in the 8th minute of both matches, though it didn’t take too long after for the Italians to score their first goal in the 31st minute. From there, the action was fully on for the rest of the first half, where Italy both managed to score to 0-2 until Lukaku knocked in a penalty and the teams headed to the half time break.
Belgium pressed on the second half as best they could, but between some of the most talented attacking players in the world, they still couldn’t manage to break down an Italian side which delivered a very strong collective defensive effort once again.
The semi-finals finals between Spain and Italy should be a great one and we’re definitely looking forward to this southern European matchup to unfold once again!
Betting predictions for tonight
In the remaining two quarterfinals played today, we’ll see what is on paper some less stronger sides than what we’re used to at this stage of an international tournament. While both England and Denmark are part of the top 10 teams in the world per FIFA rankings and they're another of our featured Outright Winner picks, Ukraine and Czech Republic are surprising teams to be competing at this stage of the tournament.
Rankings aside, all teams playing tonight have delivered high quality football during this tournament and there should be some good matches coming!
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