England and France gain victories before the Euro; Germany and the Netherlands settle for a draw
England and France won their final preparations for EURO 2020, while Germany and the Netherlands were content with disappointing draws against significantly weaker opposition …
England 1-0 Austria
Bukayo Saka came home from a tight angle to not only score the only goal of the game in the 57th minute, but also to score his first goal for the senior team, giving further support to the English fan faction in the Hope manager Gareth Southgate will give the 19-year-old a prime spot in the squad this summer.
The result and performance, however, were marred by an incredibly late injury from right-back Trent Alexander-Arnold, whose place in the England team is now highly questioned.
France 3-0 Wales
The reigning world champions were the big winners on Wednesday, as Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele all scored goals for Didier Deschamps’ side. Given the defensive strength and midfield that already exists for Blues, the idea that the star attack also finds its place before EURO 2020 will be a terrifying prospect for the rest of the field.
All was not perfect for the French offensive unit, as Karim Benzema marked his first national team appearance in almost six years with a missed penalty in the 27th minute.
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Germany 1 – 1 Denmark
Florian Neuhaus fought back a loose ball from inside the penalty area in the 48th minute to give Germany a 1-0 lead early in the second half, but Denmark hit back through Yussuf Poulsen at the 71st to get a draw that lifts the morale of the 2016 semi-finalists.
Netherlands 2-2 Scotland
A 2-2 draw with Scotland is certainly not how Frank de Boer wanted to start the preparation for the Netherlands ahead of EURO 2020, but he especially didn’t want to demand an 89th-minute equalizer to get said draw.
Scotland took the lead twice on Wednesday, first in the 11th minute courtesy of Jack Hendry, before Memphis Depay pulled the Oranje level seven minutes later; then, again in the 64th thanks to Kevin Nisbet, but it was Depay who once again found the back of the net in the last minute of regulation time.