GOOD MORNING EUROS FANS
France beat Germany 1-0 at the Allianz Arena in the biggest game of Euro 2020’s opening round of fixtures.
The Tricolores opened the scoring just after 20 minutes when Paul Pogba delivered a wonderful ball to Lucas Hernandez down the left flank and he hammered a low cross into the penalty area.
Mats Hummels got his body position all wrong and turned the ball past Manuel Neuer into his own net.
The reigning world champions thought they had doubled their lead on two occasions in the second half.
First, it was Kylian Mbappe who beat Neuer with an incredible curling shot from the edge of the box but was caught offside.
Then Pogba slid the ball down the right flank for Mbappe, who then switched with Karim Benzema.
Benzema hit the back of the net, but that goal was also ruled out as the Paris Saint-Germain superstar was offside before producing the assist.
Manchester United hero Cristiano Ronaldo also made Euro history on the same night.
Ronaldo scored a brace against Hungary at the Puskas Arena and sealed a 3-0 victory for Portugal – Raphael Guerreiro netted the opener.
The star forward’s first goal of the night made him the competition’s all-time leading scorer.
The 36-year-old ace broke Michel Platini’s record and became the first ever player to net 10 goals in the Euros.
After his second goal, the Portuguese superstar extended his grand tally to 11.
Meanwhile, England have been dealt with a significant blow as United goalkeeper Dean Henderson has been ruled out for the rest of Euro 2020 due to a hip injury.
Sheffield United keeper Aaron Ramsdale has been called-up as Henderson’s replacement.
The Red Devils’ shot-stopper has returned to Manchester after picking up the knock during training.
The 24-year-old was on the bench for the 1-0 win over Croatia.
And finally, Inter Milan star Christian Eriksen confirmed he is “fine – under the circumstances” after suffering a cardiac arrest during Denmark’s Euro 2020 opener against Finland.
Ex-Tottenham star Eriksen appears to be in good spirits and thanked fans, managers, pundits as well as fellow footballers for all their well wishes.
Eriksen posted a selfie in which he was giving the thumbs up on Instagram and captioned it with: “Hello everyone.
“Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world.
“It means a lot to me and my family.
“I’m fine – under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel okay.
“Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian.”
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