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Euro 2020 power rankings: Belgium and England on the up for last eight

Belgian and English defences stand firm in big tests, Spain’s rollercoaster rides on and Switzerland surpass all expectationsWere presented with the toughest of tests in the last 16 in the shape of the reigning champions, Portugal, but won a surprising…

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Luis Enrique’s Spanish revolution takes nerve-shredding step forward | Jonathan Wilson

A breathless victory over Croatia keeps Spain in the Euro 2020 reckoning but desire for more verticality is shredding nervesLuis Enrique wants Spain to be more vertical, but the problem with verticality is that it can lead to chaos. At least with the s…

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Luis Enrique’s Spanish revolution takes nerve-shredding step forward | Jonathan Wilson

A breathless victory over Croatia keeps Spain in the Euro 2020 reckoning but desire for more verticality is shredding nervesLuis Enrique wants Spain to be more vertical, but the problem with verticality is that it can lead to chaos. At least with the s…

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Spain’s Álvaro Morata finds something extra to beat Croatia in thriller

A scoreline from another age and a match for the ages, a wild, thunderous and implausible afternoon that went from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again, that left everyone up here as exhausted as they were down there, struggling to remember eve…

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Croatia v Spain: Euro 2020 last 16 – live!

Live updates from the 5pm BST kick-off in CopenhagenThe Fiver: sign up and get our free daily football emailGet in touch: mail Niall here or tweet @niallmcveigh 3.51pm BST Here’s the Spain team, in snazzy video format. Álvaro Morata keeps his place in …

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Croatia’s Ivan Perisic tests positive for Covid and will miss Spain tie

Winger’s self-isolation rules him out of Euro 2020 matchAll other Croatia players and staff tested negativeIvan Perisic has tested positive for Covid-19, the Croatian Football Federation announced on Saturday evening.The Internazionale winger scored in…

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Euro 2020 power rankings: Italy lead the way after impressive group stage

France and Belgium have been impressive but Italy are unbeaten in 30 and with a comfortable-looking last-16 tieThe Roberto Mancini juggernaut rolls on. Three games, three wins, seven goals scored and none conceded in the group stage. Italy are unbeate…

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Steve Clarke vows Scotland will make quicker tournament return this time

Croatia defeat ended first finals campaign since 1998‘We’ll make sure it’s not 23 years before next tournament’Steve Clarke vowed to make Scottish appearances at major championships a more regular occurrence in the immediate aftermath of Croatia’s 3-1 …

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Croatia’s brain Luka Modric bewitches and bewilders Scotland to Euros exit | Louise Taylor

Disappointment over Billy Gilmour’s enforced absence may linger, but the Scots were clearly outclassed at Hampden ParkNo one will ever know if Billy Gilmour might have made a difference for Scotland but the overwhelming suspicion is that it was always …

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Scotland’s Euro 2020 dreams dashed as Croatia and Modric turn on the style

The nature of Scottish football is such that recriminations as relating to this exit from Euro 2020 would have started long before full-time in a match preceded by great excitement. Sometimes, the answers are blissfully simple. Croatia remain a superio…

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Croatia v Scotland: Euro 2020 – live!

Live Group D updates from the 8pm BST kick-off at HampdenCzech Republic v England – live updates with Scott MurrayThe Fiver: sign up now and get our free daily football emailAnd email Paul or tweet @Paul_Doyle with your thoughts 7.14pm BST There are 10…

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Euro 2020: England and Scotland plans hit, while Denmark rejoice – live!

Get the latest news prior to the final Group D gamesEuro 2020 overview: groups standings, fixtures and moreAnd you can email Tom, tweet him here or post BTL 8.36am BST And so to tonight’s proceedings, which have been heavily overshadowed by Billy Gilmo…

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Ivan Perisic magic earns Croatia point after disputed Czech Republic penalty

For some bizarre reason Uefa has decreed that all electrical plug sockets inside Hampden Park must be switched to the continental two-pin style throughout Euro 2020 but events on the pitch here failed to produce a similar culture shock.Admittedly Croat…

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Croatia v Czech Republic: Euro 2020 – live!

Group D updates from the 5pm UK time kick-offEuro 2020 overview: Tables, results and fixturesEmail Barry or send him a tweet @bglendenning 3.29pm BST Football Weekly, the Guardian’s insightful, amusing, chart-topping, multiple award-winning (at least u…

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Euro 2020: England and Scotland prepare to collide at Wembley – live!

All the buildup to the day’s games in Group D and EEuro 2020: our special interactive guide to all 622 playersEmail John, tweet @JohnBrewin_ or drop a post BTL 8.34am BST And a must read: David Hytner’s big interview with Paul Ince, including some Euro…

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Euro 2020: the players who should not be left on the bench any longer

As teams prepare for their second fixture of the tournament, we pick out five players who deserve a starting placeBy Ben McAleer for WhoScoredEvery team at Euro 2020 has played one game, with some performing better than others. Some managers will have …

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Kalvin Phillips’ quiet excellence offers England something new and hopeful | Jonathan Liew

The Leeds player is that rarest of things, a midfielder who appears to prefer it when the midfield is packed to suffocationSomething strange happens as you approach Wembley Stadium. It vanishes. The sweeping white arch that you’ve been fixing your gaze…

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England 1-0 Croatia: player ratings from Euro 2020 Group D opener

Kalvin Phillips injected urgency into England’s midfield play while the Croatian schemer Luka Modric looked past his bestJordan Pickford (GK) The Everton goalkeeper did not have much to do. His back four shielded him well. 6 Continue reading…

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England up and running at Euro 2020 as Raheem Sterling’s strike sinks Croatia

Football’s coming home, according to the fans inside Wembley. We have heard that before and so the usual disclaimers must apply. But this was an encouraging start for England, at the very least; the first time they have won the opening match at a Europ…

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England v Croatia: Euro 2020 – live!

Group D updates from the 2pm BST kick-off at WembleyInteractive special: complete guide to all 622 playersBarney Ronay: England are victims of blame gameAnd you can email rob.smyth@theguardian.com 12.11pm BST We have a separate liveblog for all the oth…