EURO 2020 DAY 11: Heroic Denmark, Threatening Netherlands, Magnificent De Bruyne

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Belgium v Finland
Kevin De Bruyne deserves all the credit for opening the scoring for Belgium and remains the hottest pick for the second consecutive game week. The Belgian is priced at 10.5 million and owned by 16% of the managers, which is expected to grow in the coming days. Eden Hazard (5% ownership) finally played his first full 90 minutes since the 23rd of November 2019 but was far from his best as he only tested the Finnish goalkeeper once. Lukaku scored another goal for Belgium and could have had one more but was harshly ruled offside. Belgium’s attack is owned by a vast majority of the managers, only a few players like Doku, Carrasco, and Dries Mertens are differentials but are not guaranteed playtime.

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Netherlands v Northern Macedonia
Netherlands attack was yet again exceptional, this time against Nothern Macedonia as they got a comfortable 3-0 victory. Georginio Wijnaldum is priced at 8.1 million and is owned by only 13% of the managers, and has scored the most number of points amongst all the players. He has already scored three goals in the competition, and all of them have come from inside of the box. Donyell Malen could prove to be a fabulous differential if De Boer starts him after such an impressive creative display against the Macedonians. Given his creativity in the campaign and his speed, he fits perfectly in this energetic Netherland’s side. As he is priced at 6 million, owned by 3% of the managers, and has assisted two goals he could be an extremely good differential option.

Yussuf Poulsen
Yussuf Poulsen is another option that could prove to be an excellent differential as he has delivered in all three matches. Priced at 8.2 million and owned by only 1% of the managers, he is a eminent threat in the box and has already scored and won a penalty.

Social Media Moments Of The Day

Denmark’s game against Russia was full of admiration as the game was at the same stadium where something awful had happened, which people hope these kinds of things should never happen in football. The game was exhilarating as Denmark needed a big win and hope that Finland loses against Belgium. Denmark was coming from 2 back to back defeats and could be the first team who qualify for the knockout stages after losing their first two games. After the breakthrough wondergoal by Mikkel Damsgaard, who became Denmark’s youngest goalscorer, the Danes led by two goals by the end of the first 60 minutes. The goal by Andreas Christensen, in particular, meant so much to all the fans in the stadium that they were buzzing as they had qualified for the knockout stages. The crowd was exuberant to see the goal by the Danish center-half and were so proud of the team to see how they’ve overcome the adversity since losing Eriksen.

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The game between Northern Macedonia and the Netherlands proved to be an exciting encounter as Macedonians tried their best in the opening minutes and even hit the post after an exchange between Pandev and Trajkovski. It didn’t take the Netherlands long enough to steal the show as they were yet again amazing on the counters. Pandev’s international career could have ended on a higher note, but he would be proud of the team’s efforts at the Euro 2020 as he settled his international career with a guard of honor from his teammates.

Game of the Day

Denmark v/s Russia was an entertaining match up right from the get go as the Danes kept on putting pressure on the Russian defense. The deadlock was finally broken when Damsgaard slotted in a sensational curling effort from outside the box. Then came the big blunder from Kuzyaev which led to Poulsen doubling the lead.

The penalty given away by Vestergaard did breathe life back into the game as the Russians tried to get back into the game but all their hopes were crushed by the Champions League victor Andreas Christensen who scored a screamer from outside the box and gave his team their 2 goal cushion back. Finally Joakim Maehle scored his team’s 4th goal and it was good night to Russia.

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Predictions for Day-12

Croatia v/s Scotland: The winner of this tie will almost definitely be guaranteed a berth in the knockouts, however a draw will mean that they are both out of Euro 2020. Getting out this early will be a major embarrassment for the Croatians but they have indeed not looked like a strong side as they did in the World Cup. Scotland came into the competition which much better expectations, however they have not at all lived up to them. Croatia should take that 3rd spot though. Score:- 2:1.

Czech Republic v/s England: The Czech’s are looking like a side not to be messed with, their robust playing style is impressive and could cause the English problems. England has had great individual performances and as a unit they are coming together as well. However, a run for the Championship looks less realistic as it did before the competition began. It should be an impressive clash with good football but the English should barely come out on top. Score:- 0:1.

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