By Giuliano Dipasquale
he isPoland, which was crushed by Belgium during the week (6-1), surprised the Netherlands, on Saturday evening, with a draw (2-2). Yet the Poles were denied Robert Lewandowski. Feeling under attack, they had a lot of trouble finding themselves in the Dutch camp.
The Portuguese dominated from start to finish, but they were surprised by a counter-attack carried out by Mate Kas, who scored his first goal under the jacket of his national team. After this episode, Louis van Gaal’s group continued their hunt for the equalizer, unsuccessfully, against a good opposing block.
And as in the first period, Poland once again took advantage of their only other chance to win 0-2. Frankovsky received a long ball in the rear and sent Zelensky against the goalkeeper, leaving him defenseless.
The Dutch reaction was immediate. First a goal from Klassen on a cross from Blind and, in the process, a strong recovery from Dumfries which was initially indicated by offside. The situation forced the Poles to wake up, although attempts to aim were rare. The Portuguese even reversed the result almost entirely, with a penalty he got in the 89th minute, after a hand error reported by the VAR. But Depay missed his shot, and sent the ball over the right post. However, they are still at the top of the group.
In the most brilliant match of the evening, which was England and Italy, a new version of the last Euro final, neither team managed to score. As in the Eurozone, it was the Three Lions who dominated the meeting with the clearest opportunity. The Azzurri, still in beta to integrate new players, fought back well but never worried the English defense. On the other side of this group 3, Germany did not manage to snatch better than a draw in Hungary (1-1). Italy, therefore, remains ahead of the group, awaiting the new confrontation against Mannschaft on Tuesday.
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