Euro 2021: the Italian machine facing ambitious Austria

Italy will be well followed by observers after their excellent first round run

Exit the group matches, place now for the 8th finals of the Euro. Italy will be the nation most watched because of its XXL course in the first round. A formidable outsider at the start of the competition, the Squadra azzurra has shown another face in his three games. The Italians remain serious contenders for the final title. Roberto Mancini’s side are also the most offensive in the first round. With 60 strikes, 7 goals scored and zero conceded, the Italians are therefore expected to confirm their good start to the tournament.

Corn to go to the end, we will have to rule out Austria. The partners of captain David Alaba have already succeeded in their competition, entering this stage of the Euro, for the first time in their history. The Austrians have lost only one meeting in the group stage. It was against the Netherlands (2-0). Otherwise, they beat North Macedonia (3-1, Matchday 1) and Ukraine (1-0, Matchday 3).

Despite Austria’s will and determination, this selection has never won against Italy. The Squadra azzurra has remained undefeated in his last 13 games against his opponent with 10 wins and 3 draws. Better, Italy remained on a series of 30 games without setback, for a record of 25 wins and 5 draws. The longest series since 1935-1939.

Wales-Denmark

Qualified on the wire thanks to their last group match victory against Russia (4-1), Denmark became the first team to qualify for the round of 16, losing their first two group matches. But for this poster against Wales, the shadow of Eriksen, victim of a heart attack on the first day against Finland (defeat by 1-0) will undoubtedly accompany his teammates.

This first reunion since 2018 promises to be balanced. Denmark partly with an advantage since the Danes won 6 confrontations against 4 for the Welsh.

Jim CEESAY

SCHEDULE OF 8ES (UTC)

Saturday June 26

4 p.m. Wales-Denmark (Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam)

7 p.m. Italy-Austria (Wembley, London)

Sunday June 27

4 p.m. Netherlands-Czech Republic (Puskas Arena, Budapest)

7 p.m. Belgium-Portugal (La Cartuja, Seville)

Monday June 28

4 p.m. Croatia-Spain (Parking, Copenhagen)

7 p.m. France-Switzerland (National Arena, Bucharest)

tuesday 29 june

4 p.m. England-Germany (Wembley, London)

7 p.m. Sweden-Ukraine (Hampden Park, Glasgow)

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