The Euro 2021 tournament is in its first full weekend of tripleheaders with three matches on both Saturday and Sunday.
After they watched Italy’s 3-0 thumping of Turkey in the tournament opener, Wales vs. Switzerland completed the first matchday of action in Group A.
The other two matches on Saturday feature all four Group B teams, including the world’s No. 1 side, Belgium, traveling to Russia to face the hosts. Will home-field advantage be a factor for Russia as it was for Italy on Day 1?
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Euro 2021 games today
Here’s the full schedule of Euro 2021 games today and tomorrow.
Saturday, June 12
|Wales 1, Switzerland 1||Highlights|
|Denmark 0, Finland 1||Highlights|
|Belgium vs. Russia||3 pm ET||ABC||fuboTV , ESPN app, ESPN3, PrendeTV|
Sunday, June 13
|England vs. Croatia||9 am ET||ESPN||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Austria vs. North Macedonia||12 pm ET||ESPN||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Netherlands vs. Ukraine||3 pm ET||ESPN||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
The ABC and ESPN networks have English-language coverage of the tournament with half-hour pregame shows. In addition to daily studio programming and simulcasts of the semis and final, ESPN+ will carry a multi-feed second-screen experience for every game (aerial cam and two team cams).
Univision is providing Spanish-language coverage of the tournament via its free streaming platform PrendeTV (40 matches) and Univision and TUDN linear channels (11 matches).
You can watch all the ABC and ESPN coverage on fuboTV (free 7-day trial) .
Belgium vs. Russia preview
How much will home field matter for Russia when they go up against the No. 1-ranked team in the world? The Russians have not exactly been tearing it up in international competition over the last two years and they also haven’t faced a Top 10 team in that time. The last time came against the same Belgium team in March 2019 and that ended in a 3-1 loss.
The Belgians didn’t even have Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne available for that one and they’ll be missing the Manchester City man for the opener (facial fracture). But Belgium’s roster is famously stacked and the Red Devils should find a way to get the job done against a weaker Russian team than the one we saw at the 2018 World Cup.
The hard-nosed Russians will definitely make life difficult (and hope to nick a goal on a set piece), but they’re not on Belgium’s level. The cream will eventually rise in this one.
Odds & Prediction (Odds courtesy of DraftKings):
- Belgium to score more than 1.5 goals: -103
- Prediction: Belgium 2-0
Denmark 0, Finland 1
An upset result at the Euros was overshadowed by the drama involving Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen. The player suddenly collapsed on the field in the 43rd minute and players waved frantically for medical assistance.
The medics spent nearly 15 minutes tending to Eriksen and the footage at one point showed the staff using chest compressions as the stadium watched in horrified silence and players stood distraught and stunned.
Eriksen was eventually stabilized and transferred to a local hospital and the match resumed following a temporary suspension of the match. Finland scored in the 60th minute on a powerful header by forward Joel Pohjanpalo. The Danes were awarded a penalty in the 74th minute, but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg saw his shot saved. The visitors held on for the surprise win.
Wales 1, Switzerland 1
In the first match of the day from Group A, Wales came from behind to secure a 1-1 draw against the favored Swiss.
It was Switzerland that took the lead through forward Breel Embolo, who headed home on a corner kick in the 49th minute. But big forward Kieffer Moore scored an equalizer on a header after a short corner in the 74th minute. The Swiss thought they had clinched a late winner through Mario Gavranovic, but his 85th minute strike was ruled offside by the VAR.
Switzerland had plenty of opportunities in this one, but forward Haris Seferovic failed to convert on a few looks in the first half and Wales goalkeeper Danny Ward came up with several spectacular saves in the second.
Outside of their finishing issues, the Swiss allowed Wales back into the game when they ceded control of the match following the Embolo goal. Wales made them pay and a late Swiss flurry was not enough to come away with a win. Switzerland next takes on Italy and Wales meets Turkey in the second round of matches.
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