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Sports News of Saturday, 19 June 2021

Source: Betway Ghana

Ronaldo and Mbappe to thrill again but Kane disappoint England against rivals Scotland

Ronaldo's Portugal face a gruelling match against Germany while Mbappe and France take on Hungary Ronaldo's Portugal face a gruelling match against Germany while Mbappe and France take on Hungary

Germany must be "more vigorous" in attack if they are to beat Portugal today and get off the mark at Euro 2020, says manager Joachim Low.

Low's side lost 1-0 to France in Munich, while defending champions Portugal beat Hungary 3-0 in Budapest.

Cristiano Ronaldo became the all-time top European Championship goalscorer when he netted twice in Portugal's win over Hungary, taking his tally to 11.

But playmaker Bruno Fernandes says a collective effort is most important for his side.

Germany will be without right-back Lukas Klostermann, who suffered a thigh injury in training and is a doubt for the rest of the tournament.

Left-back Nuno Mendes is the only slight doubt for Portugal with a minor thigh injury.

Spain will need to win against Poland in today’s Group E game against Poland to edge closer to qualification, whiles favourites France will look to seal qualification in their match against Hungary.

A fired-up Scotland side battled to a deserved 0-0 draw in an edgy, intriguing and thrilling renewal of their rivalry with England at a rain-soaked Wembley at Euro 2020 on Friday night.

After losing to Czech Republic in their opener, Steve Clarke's side could not afford another slip-up and stormed into their second tournament meeting with England, rattling the confidence Gareth Southgate's team had built from their win over Croatia.

It could have been even better for the visitors had Che Adams not passed up three good chances, Jordan Pickford brilliantly saved Stephen O'Donnell's volley, or Reece James not crucially headed away a Lyndon Dykes shot off the line.

England hit the post in the first half, when John Stones should have done better with a header from a corner, but were sluggish in comparison to the intensity of their rivals, with substituted captain Harry Kane encapsulating their struggles.

The result leaves England second in Group D and with work still to do in their final match against Czech Republic if they are to win the pool, while Scotland and their delighted supporters will go back to Hampden Park to face Croatia with renewed hope of making the knockouts of a major tournament for the first time. Those final group games are on Tuesday.

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