Euro 2024: Day 3 Round-Up

Day 3 of the Euro 2024 qualifiers brought intense action and compelling narratives as several matches unfolded across various venues. Here’s a comprehensive round-up of the day’s events:

Poland 1-2 Netherlands (Hamburg)

In a thrilling match in Hamburg, the Netherlands came from behind to defeat Poland 2-1. Poland, playing without Lewandowski, put up a commendable fight and looked poised to earn a point until Wout Weghorst’s late intervention secured the win for the Dutch. Cody Gakpo was the standout player, driving the Netherlands’ efforts throughout. Despite Poland’s solid performance, their promising display sets a positive tone for their upcoming game against Austria. The Netherlands, although lacking tempo at times and finding Szczęsny in fine form, showcased resilience and depth. They now prepare to face France on Friday, June 21, with momentum on their side.

Slovenia 1-1 Denmark (Stuttgart)

In a tense match in Stuttgart, Denmark and Slovenia battled to a 1-1 draw. Christian Eriksen, who scored in the 17th minute just three years after his cardiac arrest at the Euros, was named Player of the Game. Denmark started strong, but Slovenia’s patience paid off when Janža equalized in the 77th minute. Despite the fine start, Denmark will be disappointed with the draw and face increased pressure moving forward. For Slovenia, the hard-fought draw against the favorites boosts their confidence for the next game. Denmark now prepares to face England on June 20, while Slovenia can look ahead with optimism.

Serbia 0-1 England (Gelsenkirchen)

The world watched as tournament favorites England made their debut, securing a 1-0 win over Serbia. Bukayo Saka dominated the first half, setting up Jude Bellingham’s powerful header in the 13th minute. Despite England’s early lead, Serbia responded with an aggressive second half but lacked the finishing touch. Southgate’s defensive tactics saw England park the bus, doing little beyond defending their lead. Serbia deserved at least a draw for their efforts, showcasing tactical discipline and creativity. England, though not flashy, managed a professional win. Jude Bellingham, Player of the Game, highlighted his importance to the team. England next faces Denmark.

As the Euro 2024 qualifiers progress, teams continue to vie for supremacy and secure their places in the prestigious tournament. Stay tuned to GTA Today for more updates, analysis, and highlights from the ongoing qualifiers.

Dario Gerardo

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