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Moment Of The Day
The moment of the day was undoubtedly Patrick Schicks’ long range effort against Scotland. In fact, calling it a long-range goal probably doesn’t do the strike justice as it was effectively out of range considering the position of the striker.
If Patrik Schick’s 49-yard strike against Scotland is not voted goal of the tournament at Euro 2020, we’re set to see something quite incredible in the weeks ahead. But this beckons the question, how does it compare to the best goals ever scored at a European Championship. It’s certainly the furthest away a player has scored from in the history of the European Championships, but in terms of technique one might say it is comparable to Van Bastens strike at Euro ’88. The range non-withstanding, but certainly the technique to catch the ball perfectly and to place it with power and precision are some of the commonalities in the 2 goals.
Player of the day
Strikers are often recognised for their prowess in the final third. Patrick Schick, showed that his ability is as good 50 yards away from goal as they are from inside the box. His aforementioned lob will deservedly grab the headline, but the header to open the scoring was a thing of beauty. A header of the hardest difficulty, as he ran away from the goal to an in swinging cross, Schick rose highest and managed to put enough power on it to beat the goalkeeper. Schicks’ brace boosts the Czech Republics’ chances to qualify for the knockout stages as it puts them in a strong spot with 3 points to their name.
Disappointment of the day
For a day graced with some incredible strikes, the disappointment of the day are also the strikers and some of the finishing on display as a whole. Starting with Robert Lewandowski, who was completely anonymous during the game. His only contribution being the run he made to draw the defender away for Linetty’s equaliser.
Now onto Spain and Sweden, a game which featured 2 of the misses of tournament. Alavaro Morata missed a glorious opportunity as a fluffed clearance set clean through on goal with the keeper in no mans land, only for the Spaniard to miss the target entirely. Swedish number 9 Marcus Berg did him one better later in the half as he missed a sitter at the back post after teenage sensation Aleksander Isak outmuscled 3 Spaniards to find him with a low cross. Truly a day of hits and misses for the Strikers Union.
Predictions for day 5
Day 5 is the final day of Matchday 1, saving the best for last as Group F kicks off with Portugal and Hungary. Later featuring a matchup between the last 2 World Champions in tournament favourites France and Germany. Portugal will look to start strong, and I predict that they will do so with a much superior squad sprinkled with a bit of Cristiano Ronaldo. However, France vs Germany is where the eyes of the world will be glued to as the both team will look to make a statement of intent. Germany’s strength has always been their midfield and man-for-man one could argue they even outclass France in that department, however as a whole the French outfit is much better. France will take this one with quite a comfortable margin winning 2-0.