EURO CUP 2024: Day 8 Recap

Slovakia 1 – Ukraine 2

Second-half goals from Mykola Shaparenko and Roman Yaremchuk earned Ukraine a superb comeback victory and their first Group E points against Slovakia, denying them early progress to the round of 16. Trailing 1-0 at half-time, Ukraine dug deep to secure a 2-1 win. Slovakia’s Lukáš Haraslín and Ivan Schranz initially tested Anatoliy Trubin, who made crucial saves. Schranz eventually scored, but Ukraine responded. Shaparenko equalized after the restart, and Yaremchuk sealed the comeback with a composed finish, putting Ukraine back in contention for a knockout place in UEFA EURO 2024.

Poland 1 – Austria 3

A Christoph Baumgartner strike and a Marko Arnautović penalty secured Austria’s first UEFA EURO 2024 Group D win, while Poland’s talismanic Robert Lewandowski couldn’t change their fortunes. Austria capitalized early, with Gernot Trauner heading in Philipp Mwene’s cross. Poland equalized through Krzysztof Piątek, but Baumgartner’s 67th-minute goal and Arnautović’s late penalty sealed the victory. Lewandowski’s introduction on the hour couldn’t turn the tide, as Austria’s disciplined performance handed them a crucial win.

Netherlands 0 – France 0

In a tightly contested match in Leipzig, the Netherlands and France settled for a goalless draw in UEFA EURO 2024, leaving Group D finely balanced heading into the final matchday. Both teams managed to stay a point ahead of third-placed Austria with this result. The match showcased strong defensive displays, with Virgil van Dijk leading the way for the Netherlands, neutralizing France’s potent attackers effectively. The Oranje had an early chance through Jeremie Frimpong, whose shot was saved brilliantly by France’s goalkeeper Mike Maignan. Despite not meeting expectations yet, France’s solid results should secure their progression to the knockout stage, where they are expected to step up their game.

GTA Today will continue to provide updates and analysis as the UEFA EURO 2024 unfolds, delivering comprehensive coverage of all the action from the tournament.

Dario Gerardo

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