Saturday, July 20, 2024

Spain beats Italy 1-0 and advances to knockout round at Euro 2024

Euro 2024
Spain's midfielder #16 Rodri (left) and teammates applaud fans on the pitch after the UEFA Euro 2024 Group B football match between Spain and Italy at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen on June 20, 2024. Spain won the game 1-0. (Photo by Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP)

Gelsenkirchen (Germany), June 21: Spain advanced to the round of 16 at Euro 2024 after a 1-0 win against defending champion Italy on Thursday.
A 55th-minute own goal by Italy’s Riccardo Calafiori handed victory to Spain in the first clash of international heavyweights at this European Championship.
Three-time winner Spain totally dominated the Group B game at the Veltins Arena in Gelsenkirchen, with 16-year-old winger Lamine Yamal further enhancing his reputation as one of soccer’s most exciting young stars with an outstanding performance.
Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma kept the score down with a string of fine saves until inadvertently pushing the ball into the legs of Calafiori, who couldn’t prevent it from ricocheting into his own goal.
England drew 1-1 with Denmark in Group C after Harry Kane scored and then made a mistake that led to the Danes’ leveller. Kane struck a record-extending 64th goal for his country to fire England ahead in Frankfurt. But his loose pass then allowed Morten Hjulmand to equalise from long range.
In the other Group C game, Luka Jovic scored in stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 for Serbia against Slovenia.
England leads the group on four points and is likely to advance to the round of 16. (AP)