Manuel Locatelli scored twice as Italy cruised into round of 16 with win over Switzerland. His two goals on Wednesday helped Azzurri beat Switzerland 3-0 to become the first team to reach the last 16 at Euro 2020, and they did it with a game to spare.
Wales produced their finest and most assured performance in the tournament so far with goals from Ramsey and Roberts providing a 2-nil win against Turkey.
Substitute Kevin de Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark. De Bruyne came on after halftime for his first appearance since sustaining a facial fracture in the Champions League final and squared the ball for Thorgan Hazard to equalize in the 55th minute. He then scored in the 71st with a low shot from outside the area.
Germany came from behind to beat Portugal 4-2 and kick-start their Euro 2020 campaign. Joachim Low’s side dominated the early exchanges and Portugal, defending champions, looked like a boxer on the ropes but they took the lead courtesy of a counter attack finished off by Cristiano Ronaldo. Two own goals in four minutes, courtesy of Ruben Dias and Raphael Guerreiro, ensured the hosts had overturned the deficit by the break following a pulsating first half. The Germans continued to dominate after the half-time break and extended their lead when Kai Havertz finally got his goal to cap his outstanding display. The magnificent Robin Gosens headed home Joshua Kimmich’s cross on the hour mark to put the game out of the reach of the Portuguese.
Meanwhile, with the help of OPTA stats we have gathered some mouthwatering stats from match day 2
- 17 – Kacper Kozlowski (17 years and 246 days) has become the youngest ever player to make an appearance at the European Championships, overtaking Jude Bellingham’s record (17y 349d) set for England six days ago.
- 3 – Robert Lewandowski is the first Poland player to score in three different editions of the European Championships (2020, 2016, 2012).
- 4 – Álvaro Morata has scored four of Spain’s last five goals at European Championship finals; indeed, only Fernando Torres (five) has ever scored more goals in the competition for the nation.
- 4 – Portugal are the first reigning champions in European Championship history to concede four goals in a single match in the competition.
- 40 – On his first Scotland start, Billy Gilmour completed more passes than any other Scottish player against England (40), despite only playing 76 minutes. Gilmour is now the youngest player to start a major tournament match for Scotland (20y 7d).
- 4 – Jack Grealish came off the bench and won four fouls for England; the most by a substitute at EURO 2020, and the most by a substitute in a EUROs match since Éder won five for Portugal in the EURO 2016 final vs France.
- 4 – Ivan Perisic has scored in each of the last four major international tournaments (2014 World Cup, EURO 2016, 2018 World Cup and EURO 2020), becoming the first Croatian to score in four separate such tournaments.
- 6 – Alexander Isak completed six dribbles against Slovakia; the most by a player in a game at EURO 2020 so far, and the most by a Swedish player in a game at the tournament since Tomas Brolin at EURO 1992 (7 v Denmark).
- 3 – With Eden Hazard scoring at EURO 2016 and brother Thorgan at EURO 2020, the duo have become only the third pair of siblings to score at the European Championships after Frank and Ronald De Boer for the Netherlands and Michael and Brian Laudrup for Denmark.
- 30y 125d – The combined average age of the starting XIs in Sweden v Slovakia is 30 years and 125 days, the second-highest ever in a European Championship match after Greece v Sweden in 2008 (30 years 178 days).
- 9 – Netherlands are now unbeaten in nine matches at major tournaments (World Cup & Euros), the longest run by a European nation since Portugal went 12 without defeat across the 2014 & 2018 World Cups, including EURO 2016 in between.
- 9 – Since the 2014 World Cup, Eden Hazard has made more assists than any other European player in major international tournaments (9); Hazard also joins Kevin De Bruyne as the only two Europeans to assist a goal in each of the last four major tournaments.
- 2 – Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk are the first ever duo to both score in each of their side’s opening two matches at a single European Championship tournament.
- 2 – Ciro Immobile has become the first player to score in Italy’s opening two games of a major tournament (Euros + World Cup) since Christian Vieri at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
- 4 – Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey created a total of four chances for one another against Turkey, the most of any duo in a single game at EURO 2020. At EURO 2016, the most by any pair in a single game was also Bale and Ramsey (six against Russia).