Markku Kanerva (Finland): “The most important match in our history”

Markku Kanerva (Finland): “The most important match in our history”

On the eve of the match against Belgium, this Monday (9 p.m.) in Saint Petersburg, Finland coach Markku Kanerva spoke at a press conference about his dream of qualifying.

“A big dream can come true”

“This is the most important game in our history. A big dream can come true, namely qualification. My colleagues will keep me informed of the Russia-Denmark result. I hope I don’t have to take this information into account. I want us to control our own game. We have the opportunity to finish at the top of the group. I’m not going to worry about what happens in Copenhagen before the second half. “

“Some ideas” taken from the success in friendly on France

“It’s great to be able to play against the two best teams in the world (Belgium is first ahead of France in the FIFA rankings). We have solid experience against France (Finnish 2-0 friendly victory in November 2020) and we have some ideas to win against these great teams. “

“Our defense will be very important”

“Practically speaking, a draw will be enough to qualify us. When I started as manager, we drew against Belgium in a friendly (1-1, in June 2016). Our defense will be very important tomorrow (Monday). The players are working very hard, their attitude is very good. “

De Bruyne, but not only …

“We are going to face stars. For example, De Bruyne is a player who keeps moving, finding spaces … But you can’t play against a single player. Of course, we will have to know how to defend against him, but against all Belgians too. […] Belgium has the best options at every post. It’s a great team, regardless of the starting XI (vs. Thorgan Hazard package). »

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EURO 2021 | It was my strategy, I am responsible for the failure, is the self-critical coach of the Portuguese

EURO 2021 |  It was my strategy, I am responsible for the failure, is the self-critical coach of the Portuguese

After defeating the German footballers at the European Championships, the Portuguese coach Fernando Santos acknowledged that the opponent had deservedly won. The reigning champions could not face the offensive raids of the German team and lost 2: 4. They have three points on their account, they have complicated the fight for promotion and a match with France awaits them, which will be a repeat of the 2016 final.

Alexander Hassenstein, Reuters

“We wanted to put pressure on their midfielders Gündogan and Kroos, we also wanted our quarterbacks to move forward. But it was clear that we were missing one player in the middle of the field and they pushed us instead. It was my strategy, so I fully responsible, “said coach Fernando Santos at a press conference.

In an attractive match, the Portuguese got into the lead with the 107th goal in the national team Cristiano Ronaldo, but the Germans still responded during the break, when Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro scored their own goals after their attacks. In the second part, Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens added more hits. Defenders of the European title reduced only thanks to Diog Jot and lost after seven matches. The last time they received four goals was from the Germans in the preparatory match in 2014.

EURO 2021

The European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled to be played a year ago, it starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. EURO is hosted by eleven countries, the Czech national football team is in group D together with England, Croatia and Scotland. The championship finale is played at the legendary Wembley.

“It’s not the result we wanted. But sometimes we couldn’t face the German dominance. We have to take the positive out of the match. Germany has a great team and great players. In addition, we improved during the match and also created chances. But we still have to keep going. to work, “said Joao Moutinho.

Portuguese Joao Moutinho (left) in a duel with Leon Goretzka during the Group F match at the European Football Championship.

Matthias Hangst, Reuters

At the end of the demanding group F, the defending champion of the European title will have a match with the reigning world champions from France, who have only one point more after a draw with Hungary 1: 1. “We will look at this match again and then we must forget about it right away. We need to prepare for France with a clear head,” said coach Santos.

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EURO 2021 | FOOTBALL ONLINE: Group A is being played. Will the Italians confirm their sovereignty? Turks and Swiss play for hope

EURO 2021 |  FOOTBALL ONLINE: Group A is being played. Will the Italians confirm their sovereignty?  Turks and Swiss play for hope

At the European Football Championship today, the first group A will be the first to be played. In a parallel match in Baku, Switzerland and Turkey need to revive their hopes of winning.

Alberto Lingria, Reuters

The Italians only need a draw to secure first place, and a tie would be good for the Welsh even. The surprising semifinalists of the last Euro after two matches have a three-point lead to third place.

After the introductory performances, the Squadry Azzury team is, according to many experts, one of the biggest adepts for the triumph. The young group rolls and is hungry for success.

Switzerland and Turkey need to win unconditionally to revive hopes for progress. A better position is the choice of the Helvetic Cross, which has already won a point for a draw with Wales and four points could be enough for him to advance.

On the contrary, the Turks are groping, looking for a game face, moreover, they have only theoretical hope for progress. Are they still catching or will their journey of indistinct performances be just another sequel?

EURO 2021

The European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled to be played a year ago, it starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. EURO is hosted by eleven countries, the Czech national football team is in group D together with England, Croatia and Scotland. The championship finale is played at the legendary Wembley.

The first two teams from each group and the best four from the third places will advance to the round of 16.

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EURO 2021 | Spain – Poland 1: 1, Spaniards lost to EURO again, did not maintain the lead with Poland and did not convert the penalty

EURO 2021 |  Spain – Poland 1: 1, Spaniards lost to EURO again, did not maintain the lead with Poland and did not convert the penalty

Jose Manuel Vidal placeholder image, ČTK / AP

The Spaniards drew in the third of the last four duels and lost to Poland for the first time since 1994 after three previous triumphs. At the same time, this is only their third loss to this opponent from the previous 11 matches so far.

Spain will thus necessarily have to succeed in the final duel with Slovakia, which it will welcome in Seville on June 23. On the same day, the Poles will compete in St. Petersburg for promotion to Sweden.

Pole Karol Swiderski in front of the Spanish goal.

Marcelo del well, Reuters

The Poles, who after the initial defeat with Slovakia (1: 2) fought for the hope of staying in the tournament, started the match actively and Klich fired from a distance at the beginning, but his shot flew just above.

Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny holding the ball at his feet, Jan Bednarek bends him.

Julio Munoz, Reuters

As expected, the home team locked their opponent in the penalty area, as expected, but their territorial superiority was toothless for a long time. That only changed in the 26th minute, when Moreno found Morat in the penalty area and he sent the ball promptly into the net. Although the referee did not recognize his shot at the first moment due to an offside, after consulting the video, he changed the verdict and the Spaniards were able to rejoice in the first goal of the tournament. At the same time, it was Morat’s 20th hit in the national team.

The favorites could have increased their lead immediately, but Moreno just narrowly missed after a direct kick. Nevertheless, the Poles were not without a chance, even in an unfavorable situation. Ten minutes before the end of the first half, Lewandowski found Šwiderský in front of the goal, who shot just in the immediate vicinity. In addition, Thessaloniki’s striker remained dangerous and in the 43rd minute even knocked down the post, with Lewandowski catching the goal again by Simon.

EURO 2021

The European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled to be played a year ago, it starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. EURO is hosted by eleven countries, the Czech national football team is in group D together with England, Croatia and Scotland. The championship finale is played at the legendary Wembley.

Coach Sousa’s Polish charges continued their fighting performance in the second half and survived nine minutes after the break. Jožwiak centered on the right side directly at Lewandowski’s head, who was right. Bayern’s gunner scored the 67th goal in the national team and became the first Pole to make his mark at three European championships.

The Spaniards immediately launched an attack and were immediately given the opportunity to return to the lead. After a foul, Modera ordered a penalty kick after watching the video. A previously fouled Moreno stood up to him, but hit only the left stick. The arriving Morata completely missed the exposed goal.

Polish sniper Robert Lewandowski (right) equalized in the duel against Spain to 1: 1 and kept his team’s advancing hopes.

David ramos, ČTK / AP

The Poles sent midfielder Kozlowski to the field, who at the age of 17 and 246 days became the youngest player to start at the European Championships in history, and in the further course they resisted the opponent’s raids. Morata in particular was still active, who got to another opportunity after an hour of play, but his shot was replaced by a great intervention by goalkeeper Szczesny. Subsequently, Torres failed completely free after the header and Rodri’s shot flew straight into Szczesný’s arms.

Six minutes before the end, the Polish goalkeeper picked up Morata again and kept the team hoping to continue fighting for the defense in the quarterfinals. On the contrary, the favored Spaniards came under even more pressure before the match with Slovakia.

“I want to look at the match and analyze it. I don’t feel the best about it. We may have been dominant, but it wasn’t enough to win. On the contrary, I liked the way the Poles played. They created pure chances. We probably tried too hard. and some combinations were exaggerated. I’m sorry for the unchanged penalty, because it came at an absolutely crucial moment, “Spanish coach Luis Enrique said on the UEFA website.

“Another win has flowed through our fingers and now we have a match ahead of us, which will be like the final for us,” Morata added. “Before the match, few people believed us, but sometimes you need to take two steps back to move one step forward. I’m glad we won a decisive match with Sweden and I hope, although it may seem too late for us to play the championship. starts today, “said defender Kamil Glik.

European Football Championship – Group E (Seville):
Spain – Poland 1: 1 (1: 0)
Goals: 25. Morata – 54. Lewandowski. Judges: Orsato – Giallatini, Preti – Irrati (video, all It.). ZK: Torres, Rodri – Klich, Moder, Jožwiak, Lewandowski. Audience: limited number.
Spain: Simón – M. Llorente, Laporte, P. Torres, Alba – Koke (68. Sarabia), Rodri, Pedri – Moreno (68. Ruiz), Morata (87. Oyarzabal), Olmo (61. Torres). Trenér: Enrique.
Poland: Szczesny – Bereszyňski, Glik, Bednarek (85. Dawidowicz) – Jožwiak, Moder (85. Linetty), Klich (55. Kozlowski), Puchacz – Šwiderski (68. Frankowski), Zieliňski – Lewandowski. Trenér: Sousa.
Table:
1. Sweden 2 1 1 0 1:0 4
2. Slovakia 2 1 0 1 2:2 3
3. Spain 2 0 2 0 1:1 2
4. Poland 2 0 1 1 2:3 1

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EURO 2021 | Portugal – Germany 2: 4, Amazing goal performance of the Germans. The defending champions didn’t stand a chance

EURO 2021 |  Portugal – Germany 2: 4, Amazing goal performance of the Germans.  The defending champions didn’t stand a chance

Matthias Schrader, Reuters

The team from the Iberian Peninsula led after a quarter of an hour of play thanks to Cristiano Ronald, but in the 35th to 39th minute the Germans turned the score after their own goals by Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreir. Other hits were added by Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens, with Diogo Jota lowering for Portugal.

The Germans, who defeated the Portuguese for the fifth time in a row, will end the group on Wednesday in the Bavarian capital with a duel with the Hungarians. On the same day, Portugal will welcome France in Budapest in a replay of the final of the last Euro.

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo rejoices from the goal into the German net in the Group F match of the European Football Championship against Germany. German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer at the back.

Kai Pfaffenbach, Reuters

Germany started actively and in the fifth minute midfielder Gosens scored, but due to the offside he did not pay the goal. After 15 minutes of play, the Portuguese struck after a quick break after a corner kick by the Germans. Bernardo Silva centered on Jota, who chose a pass for free Ronaldo and the 36-year-old captain ended up in an empty goal.

EURO 2021

The European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled to be played a year ago, it starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. EURO is hosted by eleven countries, the Czech national football team is in group D together with England, Croatia and Scotland. The championship finale is played at the legendary Wembley.

He called with the third goal in the tournament in the lead of the best scorers Patrik Schick and with the overall 12th goal he strengthened the position of the best gunner in the history of the Euro. Only two hits separate him from equalizing the national record of the Iranian Daeí.

Germany responded in 20 minutes. Gosens shot from the center on the back post from the first and stopper Dias knocked the ball into his own net in a duel with Havertz. Four minutes later, the Germans turned the situation around when Kimmich returned the ball in front of the goal and Guerreiro fired it for goalkeeper Patrícia.

Portugal is the first European team to score two goals in one match in a major tournament. Five goals have already been scored at this year’s Euro, which is the most in the history of the championships.

Portuguese Nelson Semedo (left) in a duel with German Robio Gosens in a Group F match at the European Football Championship.

Matthias Schrader, Reuters

The Germans also entered the second act better and in the 51st minute Havertz increased to 3: 1, who ran to Gosens’ pass. At the age of 22 years and eight days, Havertz became historically the youngest German shooter at the European Championships. Active Gosens scored a goal after an hour of play up close.

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The Portuguese reduced in the 67th minute, when Ronaldo returned the ball in front of the goal and Jota got it behind the goal line. There have been no more goals in any of the matches at the European Championships so far. The reigning European champions almost added a contact goal, but Sanches fired a stick from a distance. Goretzka turned in a dismal performance, however.

“It’s a great success. Amazing attitude, amazing morale. We deservedly won with such a score. We played fast from the beginning. I expected that we could do better in certain matters than against France,” DPA quoted Löwa as saying after 15 years. he will end up in the role of head coach for the team.

Portugal, which found a winner after seven matches, lost to the euro in regular time after 12 matches for the first time since June 2012. “In some places we have not been able to defend Germany’s dominance, but we have to take positives. Germany has a great team. from their pressure, but we improved, lowered and fired, “UEFA’s website quoted midfielder Joa Moutinh as saying.

European Football Championship:
Group F (Munich):
Portugal – Germany 2: 4 (1: 2)
Goals: 15. Ronaldo, 67. Jota – 35th own Dias, 39th own Guerreiro, 51st Havertz, 60th Gosens. Referee: Taylor – Beswick, Nunn – Attwell (video, all English). ŽK: Havertz, Ginter (both Germany). Spectators: limited count.
Portugal: Patrício – Semedo, Dias, Pepe, Guerreiro – Carvalho (58. R. Silva), Danilo – B. Silva (46. Sanches), Fernandes (64. Moutinho), Jota (83. A. Silva) – Ronaldo. Trenér: Saints.
Germany: Neuer – Ginter, Hummels (63rd Can), Rüdiger – Kimmich, Gündogan (73rd Süle), Kroos, Gosens (62nd Halstenberg) – Havertz (73rd Goretzka), Müller – Gnabry (88th Sané). Trenér: Low.
Table
1. France 2 1 1 0 2:1 4
2. Germany 2 1 0 1 4:3 3
3. Portugal 2 1 0 1 5:4 3
4. Hungary 2 0 1 1 1:4 1

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Luis Enrique flies to the rescue of Alvaro Morata

Luis Enrique flies to the rescue of Alvaro Morata

Heavily criticized after his missed match against Sweden, Alvaro Morata was able to count on the support of his coach, highlighting his balance sheet.

For its entry into this Euro 2020, Spain conceded a draw, at home, against the Swedish team (0-0). During this meeting, striker Alvaro Morata showed clumsiness. Expected at the turn, the Juventus Turin striker will have to do much better and be decisive against Poland this Saturday.

Luis Enrique defends his balance sheet in selection

Present at a press conference on the eve of facing the selection of Robert Lewandowski, the striker said he did not take into account the criticisms addressed to him. ” I cannot please everyone but I accept the criticism. Since playing with the under-17s of La Roja I have always worked to play in major competitions. What people think of me has no influence on my state of mind and the way I play “, he confided , right in his boots.

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If Alvaro Morata remains determined and has no doubts about his qualities, he can above all count on the support of his coach, Luis Enrique. At a press conference, the Spaniard defended the record of his protégé, second top scorer in the history of La Roja. “There is only one player in the history of La Roja who totaled more goals than Morata, it is ‘El Guaje’, David Villa, who is the top scorer in the history of the selection” , first recalled the former technician of FC Barcelona, ​​before going further.

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“Even Raul, to take another legend, had fewer goals than Morata at the same number of caps. Internationally, there is only one player who has scored more goals than Morata in 40 caps, that is. is Harry Kane. Kylian Mbappé for example or Werner, Bale, Lewandowski … all have scored less than Morata in their first 40 caps ” , then recalled Luis Enrique. It is up to Alvaro Morata to respond and prove to his detractors that he is the man for the job.

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the good operation of Chile

the good operation of Chile

Three points in the pocket of Chile. Guillermo Maripan (Monaco) and his teammates dominated a Bolivian team weakened by Covid-19 this Friday (1-0), in Cuiabá during the Copa America. Ben Brereton scored the only goal of the game in the 10th minute of play. With this success, Chile has 4 points and appears at the top of Group A. Bolivia is beaten for the second time in two outings in Brazil. To follow tonight, a duel between Argentina and Uruguay.

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Argentina dominate Uruguay with inspired Messi

the good operation of Chile

Argentina beat Uruguay (1-0) on Friday, on Matchday 2 of the Copa America, in this Rio De La Plata classic. Lionel Scaloni’s team was determined to suffocate the Celeste. It achieved this thanks to Lionel Messi, center author who gave Guido Rodriguez a header after 13 minutes of play at the Nacional Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia. Note that the Parisian Angel Di Maria entered the game for the Albiceleste, while Leo Paredes did not take off from the bench. Held in check by Chile for their entry into contention, the Argentines, at the top of the group A standings tied with Chile, clinch their first victory at the 2021 Copa America. Uruguay was playing its first match.

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EURO 2021 | Deserved draw? We were closer to winning, says coach Plíšek. Croats already lack a drive

EURO 2021 |  Deserved draw?  We were closer to winning, says coach Plíšek.  Croats already lack a drive

Petr Hloušek, Right

Opponent’s faint performance in the first half? I was not surprised. It also confirmed the opinions of friends from Croatia, which I heard before the start of the championship. I noticed some doubts about how the team would be composed and whether it would have the necessary dynamics. I think it really turns out that the team is probably starting to be at its zenith. I have noticed similar observations in the media, not only in the Croatian but also in the German press. In short, it peaked at the World Championships three years ago and it is starting to lack dynamics, hunger, movement. The team still has a lot of individuality, but the drive is already missing.

We led the match thanks to a Schick penalty. Despite the wound with his elbow to his face, Patrik undertook the execution, which was clear evidence that he currently had a high level of confidence. He always had it, but now it occurs to me that he is aware of his qualities and the championship caught him in really great shape. He must have been kicked by two hits in the opening match against the Scots. He believes. It is not always worthwhile for a fouled player, even in such a state, to go kick a penalty kick. But Patrik did it very well. He proves that he can be a great personality with a very interesting career.

Czech forward Patrik Schick after a foul by Croatian Dejan Lovren.

Petr David Josek, Reuters

It has always been said clearly that a fouled player should not take a penalty kick. But I think it depends on the real mood of the player. He should be responsible enough to judge if he is able to concentrate and concentrate on playing. But if it’s a player who can normally turn penalties, I don’t think that should be a major problem.

The goalkeeper of the Czech national team, Tomáš Vaclík, collects Croatian Ivan Perišič (left) after a shot.

Petr David Josek, ČTK / AP

Unfortunately, Vlad Coufal slipped before Perišič’s equalizing goal. It happened to him once more, so the question arises as to whether he was properly dressed in the terrain that was in Hampden Park. In the second half, the sun shone in Tomáš Vaclík’s eyes, which may have played a role. But the shot was very sharp and well hit, although the ball seemed to fly close to his body.

In any case, mainly the second substitution stirred the game of Croats. They began to show greater quality and movement, combining much faster. The boys were 1: 1 frozen after a goal, but over time they got back into the game. In the end, everyone realized that the victory would be great, but the defeat would also bring a huge complication, especially for the Croats.

EURO 2021

The European Football Championship, which was originally scheduled to be played a year ago, it starts on June 11 and ends on July 11. EURO is hosted by eleven countries, the Czech national football team is in group D together with England, Croatia and Scotland. The championship finale is played at the legendary Wembley.

Schick was able to shoot again, in the first half I was fascinated by Shrovetide in some situations, which created dangerous situations. But otherwise I would not highlight specific players, I would appreciate the collective performance against the Croats. I think that for the two matches that the boys played in the tournament, they would definitely deserve to advance to the round of 16. Their gameplay and performances are great and it would be a great pity if, due to some coincidence, they finally missed the playoffs.

Jiří Plíšek started his coaching career with the Slavic youth. He made a name for himself in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where he also played the UEFA Cup with Željezničar Sarajevo, and it was in this club that he discovered the star sniper Edin Džek for big football. In the first league, he led Slovácko and Teplice, with which he won the home cup. He also worked as a main scout and sports manager in Sparta, Prague. In 2002, he was named the best youth coach of the year in the Czech Republic.

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EURO 2021 | The slap with Albania was not enough for us, we also got it from the Croats! The Czechs are angry with each other for the collected goal

EURO 2021 |  The slap with Albania was not enough for us, we also got it from the Croats!  The Czechs are angry with each other for the collected goal

Sport.cz, UEFA

“I should have stepped in front of the ball. Unfortunately, I didn’t make it and the Croats equalized from the action, “scored the author of the leading goal from the penalty kick Patrik Schick, who scored twice on Monday with the Scots (2: 0).

At the same time, the Czechs showed the same touch in the final preparation for the European Championship against Albania. They also collected at Letná after they did not prevent the opponent from starting a lightning strike. “We didn’t get in front of the ball again, then Perišič ran well. Their cleverness, our nonsense, “sighed defender Vladimir Coufal.

Croatian Ivan Perišič (right) and Vladimír Coufal, the key pair of the duel …

Andy Buchanan, ČTK / AP

He was able to save the situation, but at a crucial moment he slipped and Perišič could aim in peace. Which he did. “I wore the wrong place in the second half, otherwise I would probably block Perišič,” Coufal regretted.

Sincere confession! I dressed badly, swears at the unfortunate Coufal

“It’s schooling that this happened to us in general and now in EURO. Winning the first two matches would of course be much better, we should be sure of the procedure. But I think that the draw is well deserved, “said stopper Tomáš Kalas.” It’s a pity. We didn’t get slapped with Albania, now we’ve got a second from the Croats. I believe it won’t happen next time, “added midfielder Lukáš Masopust.

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