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“Win or face Italy” battle is over. Group D review

Group D has shown the most unpredictable last round ending so far. Although during the group stage favorites have confirmed their status, last round did a revaluation within their internal “ranking.” Moreover, seemingly hopeless Turkey have presented themselves that very hope… or not?

Team P W D L GD Pts Form
1 Croatia 3 2 1 0 +2 7 WDW
2 Spain 3 2 0 1 +3 6 WWL
3 Turkey 3 1 0 2 -2 3 LLW
4 Czech Republic 3 0 1 2 -3 1 LDL

The battle for avoiding Italy! Croatia and Spain

Croatia and Spain secured their place in the last 16 before the last round. Spain won against both Czech Republic (1-0) and Turkey (3-0) without conceding. These two games gifted us the Opening of the Group Nolito!

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Spanish La Liga mediocre Celta forward not only made his way to the national team, but is also being very productive! He has already scored and made an awesome assist on Morata. No one would expect him to shine from the very first games of this national team performance.

By the way his assist target Morata can be fairly announced the Player of the Group! Real Madrid player has shown himself as a “penalty box killer” scoring 3 goals in 3 matches. And he is only 23…

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However, two awesome young players did not guarantee them the first place. They should have avoided loss in the last round against Croatia in order to head the group and not play with Italy in the round of 16. Cacic’s team did not turn out to be an easy nut to crack. They have suffered a draw against Czech Republic (2-2) with a last minute equalizer penalty, and had an on-class win against Turkey (1-0). By the way in that game Luka Modric was the only one to score, presenting us the Goal of the Group! I think you would like to look at it again…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIjkvXjWMFg

In the last round, Croatia and Spain were to face each other, in order to decide who is the unlucky one to play against Italy in the round of 16. It turned out to be Spain… After an impressive start, Spain lost the track to success by the end of the first half and continued to make mistakes in the face of David De Gea’s unsure game and Ramos’s missed penalty! Croatia punished them with a late winner… Now Croatia will wait for a third-place team, while Spain will try to get ready for the Azzuri…

Another surprise by Turkey and Czech Republic!

Turkey, which have had two matches with obvious low quality football, managed to win against Petr Cech’s Czech Republic. Yilmaz and Tufan donated hope to their team. However, the hope is just too miserable. With 3 points collected and a goal difference of -2, there is loo little hope to qualify! Still, they will be waiting for the groups E and F to finish their say.

Czech Republic, in turn turned out not to be ready for the Euros. No win recorded, two losses and a “lucky draw.” Cech and his teammates pack their luggage and return home to prepare for next major international tournaments.

Inga Volkers