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England beat Croatia 1-0 to open Euros

Sun 13 June 2021 | 14:47

The Three Lions started their Euro 2020 campaign with a revenge victory against Croatia.

Three years after their elimination in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup,

England

faced

Croatia

once again in their opening match of Euro 2020.

Gareth Southgate

started the game with a surprising line-up. The 50-year-old started

Jack Grealish

on the bench and used

Keiran Trippier

ahead of

Luke Shaw

and

Ben Chilwell

at left-back. The Three Lions started the game with dominance and managed to put pressure on Croatia’s defense early on. Following a pass by

Raheem Sterling

,

Phil Foden

hit the far post in the 7th minute. Despite their unimpressive start, the World Cup runner-ups escaped England’s initial pressure and gained more possession during the first half.

Zlatko Dalic

’s team tested England’s backline a few times, but they remained cautious of their opponents' speedy counter-attacks.

Southgate’s team took control of the game in the second half and got their opening goal in the 57th minute.

Leeds United

’s

Kalvin Phillips

danced behind two Croatia defenders and passed the ball to Raheem Sterling, who scored his 13th goal in 17 appearances for the national team. The Checkered Ones tried to mount a comeback during the second half, but they were unable to get past England’s solid defense.

Following their first-ever victory in a European Championship opener, England will face old rivals

Scotland

in their next Group D battle on June 18. Elsewhere in the group, Croatia are set to play against the

Czech Republic

on the same day.


source: SportMob