"introduction": "After a month, UEFA Euro 2020 – a unique format involving 11 different host countries comes to an end at Wembley with Italy vs. England taking the center stage in the final scheduled for kick-off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Sunday, the 11th of July.",
"localteam": "Italy assured their place in the final on Tuesday after defeating Spain in a penalty shootout at Wembley. Both sides had remained locked in a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes. A curling shot into the far-left corner from Federico Chiesa (60') flew past Unai Simon to hand Gli Azzurri the lead right on the hour mark. But an equally fantastic goal from second-half substitute, Alvaro Morata (80') had Donnarumma diving the wrong way as Spain levelled the scoreline. Moments later, Berardi saw his goal ruled off by the flag before the game went on to penalties. Unai Simon kept Locatelli's penalty out but Spain failed to take the advantage as Mikel Oyarzabal fired well above the cross-bar. Minutes later, Donnarumma kept Alvaro Morata's poor effort out before a Jorginho-styled penalty from the Chelsea midfielder sent Italy into the final. The Blues are on the verge of picking up their second European Championship after 53 years, - their first being in 1968 under the late coach, Ferruccio Valcareggi. Roberto Mancini will be looking to pen his name in the annals of history as the first coach to hand Italy the European title in this modern football era. - With a side unbeaten in six games across all competitions: WWWWWD. Federico Chiesa's performance against Belgium saw him keep his place in the starting line-up for the game against Spain. He is expected to keep Berardi on the bench once again while playing alongside Insigne and Lazio's Immobile in Mancini's attacking 4—3—3 formation. Manuel Locatelli, currently on Juve's radar with a €40 million bid on the horizon is expected to start from the bench once again on Sunday with Jorginho and Verratti being preferred choices in the midfield. On availability, Roma's Leonardo Spinazzola went under the knife days ago after picking up an Achilles tendon rupture and will not be available for this fixture. Last Sunday, Roma's new head coach, Jose Mourinho confirmed that the 28-year-old will be out for a few months.",
"visitorteam": "The Three Lions put up another convincing performance on home soil at Wembley on Wednesday, defeating Denmark 2-1 after extra time to seal a place in the final. The Danish Dynamite picked up the lead after a stunning free-kick from Mikkel Damsgaard (30') at the half-hour mark found its way over the wall and into the back of the net. But an own goal from the Danish captain, AC Milan's Simon Kjaer (39' O.G.) gave England a huge helping hand. However, a dubious penalty which was awarded while another ball was on the pitch saw Harry Kane (104') tuck in the rebound after an initial save by Danish goalkeeper, Kasper Schmeichel. It was his 4th goal of the tournament, one which propelled England into their first-ever European Championship final. On Sunday, Gareth Southgate's 4—2—3—1 formation will see the English captain leading the attack once again. Harry Kane is a goal shy of joining Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick as joint top-scorers of Euro 2020. Gareth Southgate has kept everyone happy despite the stiff competition for a starting spot in the star-studded squad. And barring any late injuries, we could see the same personnel from the game against Denmark start against Italy when England returns unbeaten in six games across all competitions: WDWWWW. This final comes after 50 games, 140 goals and a total attendance of 1,032,105 fans at the stadiums.",
"created_at": "2021-07-09 07:33:34",
"updated_at": "2021-07-09 07:33:34"
"introduction": "UEFA Euro 2020 – Semi-final fixture, England vs. Denmark kicks off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Wednesday, the 7th of July at Wembley Stadium.",
"localteam": "The Three Lions breezed past Ukraine in Saturday's quarter-final fixture played at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. Dominant, they pinned the Ukrainians on their own half for the most part of the game. Harry Kane (4') helped England to the lead inside the opening minutes after getting on the end of a defense splitting pass from Raheem Sterling for the only goal of the first-half. A minute into the second-half, England doubled the lead after Luke Shaw picked out Harry Maguire (46') from the crowd with an inch-perfect cross. Four minutes later, Harry Kane (50') completed the brace, – once again with Luke Shaw providing the assist. The English captain would have completed the hattrick but was denied by a remarkable save from the Ukrainian goalkeeper, Geroge Buschan. Moments later, Jordan Henderson (63') put the game to bed midway through the second-half with England's fourth, his first-ever goal for the Three Lions. Yet to concede a goal at Euro 2020, England returns unbeaten in six games across all international competitions: WWDWWW. The Three Lions are also unbeaten since the turn of the year. The last time they tasted defeat was on the 15th of November 2020 when they lost to Belgium, 0-2. On Wednesday, Gareth Southgate's 4—2—3—1 formation will see Harry Kane leading the attack once again while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is expected to make an off-the-bench appearance. Jack Grealish was an unused sub in the game against Ukraine. However, he is expected to make an appearance before the game comes to a close on Wednesday when England returns to face the Danish Dynamite.",
"visitorteam": "Denmark defeated Czech Republic, 2-1 at Baku Stadium when both sides met on Saturday the 3rd of July. Thomas Delaney (5') put the Danes ahead in the opening minutes with a fine header off a corner kick from Jens Stryger Larsen. After several clear-cut chances went by on both ends, the Danes eventually doubled their lead through Kasper Dolberg (42') who tapped in a cross from Joakim Maehle to leave the stunned Czech goalkeeper, Tomas Vaclik watching as the net rattled. But Czech's Patrik Schick (49') would halve the deficit and draw level with Cristiano Ronaldo as joint top-scorer after bagging his fifth goal of the tournament. The 2-1 win leaves Denmark with three straight victories in six games across all competitions: WLLWWW. Coach Kasper Hjulmand's 3—4—2—1 formation or its variant, 3—4—3 will see Yussuf Poulsen return to the starting line-up. Meanwhile, Dolberg is expected to start off the bench with the return of the RB Leipzig forward. Danish captain, AC Milan's Simon Kjaer has been instrumental in the latest string of positive results for the Danish Dynamite. He will return to put in another solid performance at the heart of the three-man Danish wall on Wednesday. Expected at his right is Chelsea's Andreas Christensen, and on his left, Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard. The winner of this fixture will face either Spain or Italy in the final at Wembley on Sunday, the 11th of July.",
"created_at": "2021-07-05 10:13:24",
"updated_at": "2021-07-05 10:13:24"
"introduction": "UEFA Euro 2020 – Semi-final fixture, Italy vs. Spain kicks off at 20:00 (GMT+1) on Tuesday, the 6th of July at Wembley Stadium.",
"localteam": "Italy defeated Belgium on Friday, the 2nd of July at Allianz Arena, Munich, to set up this semi-final fixture against La Roja. Kevin De Bruyne had tested Donnarumma earlier with a vicious shot before Romelu Lukaku forced a save out of the 22-year-old Italian goalkeeper who remains without a club after his contract with AC Milan ran out on the 30th of June. Minutes later, a venomous shot from Nicolo Barella (31') handed the Italians the lead. The Azzurri struck again – extending their lead with a stunning 20-yard curling shot from Lorenzo Insigne (44'). A minute later, they saw their two-goal lead cut down to one after giving away a penalty. Romelu Lukaku (45' P) wasted no time in sending the outstanding Italian goalkeeper the wrong way, - halving the deficit at the stroke of half-time. However, both sides – most notably, Belgium, failed to convert any despite having several clear-cut chances. The 2-1 win saw Italy extend their unbeaten record run to 32 games across all competitions and leaves them with a sextuple of victories: WWWWWW. Known for the 4—3—3 formation, Roberto Mancini will likely return with the same shape on Tuesday. Berardi is expected to find his way back into the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench against the Red Devils. Meanwhile, Leonardo Spinazzola who tried to outrun his legs in the game against Belgium will miss this fixture and will be sidelined for months after rupturing an Achilles tendon. Manuel Locatelli, the subject of a €35M bid from Arsenal was an unused sub against Belgium. He is expected to start from the bench once again on Tuesday.",
"visitorteam": "Spain were held to a 1-1 draw against Switzerland at the end of 120 minutes before the game went on into a penalty shootout. An own goal from Denis Zakaria (8' O.G.) minutes after kick-off had given Spain an early lead. But Xherdan Shaqiri (68') levelled the score-line minutes after the break. Nine minutes after the Swiss goal, Spain picked up the numerical advantage after Remo Freuler (77' R.) saw a straight red for a reckless two-footed challenge. However, the Swiss held firm – keeping the door closed until the end of extra time despite being the side with a man down. But a string of poor penalties - albeit from both sides, eventually saw Spain besting the Swiss in the shootout. On Tuesday, an attacking 4—3—3 formation which has become prominent over the length of the tournament will likely be seen again from Luis Enrique. In attack, we can expect Alvaro Morata to be flanked on the right by Ferran Torres and on the left by Pablo Sarabia. However, the PSG winger, Sarabia remains doubtful due to an abductor problem. He is expected to undergo further tests before the game on Tuesday. The Red Fury remains unbeaten in six games across all competitions: DDDWWD*.",
"created_at": "2021-07-04 16:08:47",
"updated_at": "2021-07-04 16:08:47"