Euro 2016 Chronicles – Day 4

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Today marked the first big-team encounter at Euro 2016 with Italy taking on Belgium while the defending Champions Spain opened their campaign as well. Elsewhere Republic of Ireland took on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden.

By far, the most entertaining game was between Belgium and Italy where the less favored Italians schooled the more talented Belgian side and that too with a great deal of ease. We discuss all of that and more key points in our Euro 2016 chronicles and it’s Day 4 today.

  • Spain’s alarming message to rest of the teams

Spain went against a resolute Czech Republic side who were in no mood to let slip a goal against the reigning Champions. Despite several close chances, off-sides and near misses, Czechs held on until the 83rd minute before Andres Iniesta (who else) delivered a delicious ball to Gerard Pique to head home the winner.

The goal and the win was a clear message from Spain to rest of the teams as to no matter how much they try to stop them, Spain will eventually find a way to score and win the game.

Euro 2016 Chronicles - Day 4

  • Belgium can only in friendlies and qualifiers

I was really disappointed with Belgium last night as they should have done enough to at least stay in the game against Italy. Yes, I admit Conte’s side were great but Belgium are the number 1 ranked team in Europe and certainly not a pushover who were comprehensively beaten 2-0.

  • Take a bow Italy, take TWO bows

Speaking of Italy, what an effort that was from Antonio Conte’s side who were given no chance against the Belgians. Italy’s 3-5-2 formation worked to treat as they kept pushing Belgium back and when they got the chance, Italy scored twice with a simple move forward which Belgium had no answer to.

  • Zlatan did just enough, nothing fancy though

Switzerland drew their game against Republic of Ireland 1-1 with Ciaran Clark scoring the own goal and the equalizing one for Sweden. All eyes were on Zlatan Ibrahimovic and what he can do to lift Sweden and Manchester United fans? The answer was nothing fancy as he was kept quiet throughout the night with only moment of brilliance coming in the build up of Sweden’s goal.