EURO 2020 Day 8: Incredible Isak, Tedious England, and Reinvigorated Scotland

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Euro Fantasy Differential Picks

Sweden vs Slovakia: Robert Olsen(€5 million) is owned by only 2% of players and has kept a clean sheet in both the games. With earning a bonus point in the first game and adding 6 more points to those 7, he looks set to increase his tally against Poland. After seeing a very lacklustre attacking performance from Poland in their first match, Olson has a big chance of bagging another clean sheet against Poland.

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Croatia vs Czech Republic: Patrik Schick(€8.2m) is owned by only 2% of players and is right now the highest scorer of this Euros. With total of 3 goals, he is the focal point of the Czech’s attack and could be very vital for the remaining tournament.

England vs Scotland: John Stones(€5.5m) is owned by 12% of players and has two clean sheets and looks set to get his third clean sheet as well against Czech Republic. With the aerial threat he possesses, he could also have a chance to be amongst the goals as the English side does rely a lot on set pieces.

Player of the day

One player who stood out today was, Sweden’s Alexander Isak. The Swedish striker was always at the heart of his team’s attack and was able to engage 2-3 Slovakian defenders with his slick movement, with and without the ball. He was the one who released a pass in the box, which eventually led to Slovakia’s goalkeeper Dubravka tripping Quaison and giving away a penalty to Sweden. The penalty was scored and turned out to be the only goal of the game. Isak’s ability to run into spaces with the ball was executed to perfection in this game, as he was able to release some shots as well and put Dubravka and the Slovakian defence under considerable pressure.

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Disappointment of the day

No sugarcoating this, many English players looked absolutely clueless on the pitch against Scotland. They were able to dominate possession but in the final third, it felt like they were running like headless chickens. It was quite evident that their captain, Harry Kane, was himself unsure of his role. Tracking back to join the attack from behind created chaos in the midfield and when the crucial passes were put in the box, he was unable to reach them comfortably resulting in some laughable misses.

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Gareth Southgate should be equally criticised for his decisions with substitutions. Taking off their best player on the pitch, Phil Foden in the 63rd minute was quite shocking and not giving a chance to Jadon Sancho to show some of his attacking flair, when they needed it the most was quite possibly the most ridiculous decision. In all it was a very disappointing performance from the Three Lions and they missed out on an easy win which would have seen them book a place in the Round of 16.

Social Media Moments of the day

England and Scotland, one of the biggest rivalries in world football faced each other on Day 8 and the fans were absolutely buzzing about it. The crowd at the Wembley Stadium were very excited about this game and not just the home fans, the away support for the Scotts was incredible as well. One such Scotland fan might have had a drink too many and took a tumble on the stairs, the video of course went viral on social media.

The English fans did not hold back on social media after seeing an abysmal performance from their captain, Harry Kane and flooded the internet with memes about it. One such meme i found on which i could only say if you know, you know.

To wrap it all up, here is a beautiful angle to Croatia’s equaliser, scored by Ivan Perisic against the Czech Republic.

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