The Latest: North Macedonia eliminated from Euro 2020

By The Associated Press

The Latest on soccer’s European Championship:


North Macedonia has become the first team to be eliminated from the European Championship.

The North Macedonians have lost two matches in Group C and will finish in fourth place in the group no matter the result of their final match against the Netherlands.

The Dutch advanced to the round of 16 by beating Austria 2-0. Both Austria and Ukraine have three points and North Macedonia has zero.


Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries scored a goal each to give the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Austria and a spot in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

The Netherlands failed to qualify for the last two major international soccer tournaments but have won both Euro 2020 matches in Group C.

Depay kicked a penalty low into the corner in the 11th minute for his 27th goal in 66 international matches. Dumfries scored his second goal of the tournament in the 67th after an unselfish pass from PSV Eindhoven teammate Donyell Malen.

Austria was playing without banned forward Marko Arnautović.


England center back Harry Maguire is ready to return from a right ankle injury and play against Scotland at the European Championship.

Maguire missed the end of Manchester United’s season after being injured on May 9. He also wasn’t involved in England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia on Sunday in its Group D opener at Euro 2020.

But England coach Gareth Southgate says “Harry will be involved tomorrow. The decision we have got to make is whether he is ready to start.”

Maguire has trained through the week and Southgate says “we are really pleased with his progress.”


Sweden midfielder Sebastien Larsson has had more to think about at the European Championship than just Friday’s match against Slovakia.

Larsson’s electric car caught fire while it was charging outside his home in Eskilstuna near Stockholm on Wednesday.

The car was destroyed and Swedish newspaper Expressen has reported that local residents were urged to stay indoors because the smoke coming from the vehicle was toxic.

Larsson says “my family and my girls are safe and unharmed. We’re really glad that it happened during the day and not during the night because it could have ended in a different way.”


Substitute Kevin de Bruyne set up one goal and scored the winner himself to give Belgium a 2-1 victory over Denmark in a European Championship game marked by an emotional tribute to Christian Eriksen in the first half.

De Bruyne came on after halftime for his first appearance since sustaining a facial fracture in the Champions League final and squared the ball for Thorgan Hazard to equalize in the 55th minute. He then scored in the 71st with a low shot from outside the area.

The win put Belgium into the round of 16 at Euro 2020.

It was Denmark’s first game since Eriksen’s collapse and the host team started at a furious pace at a raucous Parken Stadium. Yussuf Poulsen scored with a low shot inside the far post in only the second minute.

Players from both teams halted play after 10 minutes as the 25,000 fans at Parken Stadium rose for a minute of thunderous applause in tribute to Eriksen. The midfielder wears the No. 10 shirt for Denmark’s national team.


Denmark and Belgium players have halted their European Championship match for a stadium-wide minute’s applause for Christian Eriksen.

Play was stopped after the clock hit 10 minutes to start the tribute. It was a pre-planned action to honor Eriksen. The midfielder wears the No. 10 shirt for Denmark’s national team.

Eriksen is recovering in a nearby hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s first game against Finland at Euro 2020. The hospital is close enough to Parken Stadium that Eriksen was expected to hear the tribute from his room.

Yussuf Poulsen scored in the second minute to give Denmark a 1-0 lead.


UEFA has paid a special tribute to Christian Eriksen before Denmark’s game against Belgium at the European Championship.

A giant Denmark shirt with Eriksen’s name and No. 10 shirt was unveiled on the field at Parken Stadium to a massive roar of approval from the fans. Such giant match shirts are unveiled for both teams before every game but this was the first time one carried a player’s name.

Eriksen is recovering in a Copenhagen hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s first game against Finland.


Denmark coach Kasper Hjulmand has changed his team’s formation for the European Championship game against Belgium to make up for the absence of Christian Eriksen.

Hjulmand has made two changes to his lineup and is apparently shifting to a back-three formation instead of a 4-3-3.

Mikkel Damsgaard and Jannik Vestergaard come into the team while forward Jonas Wind will be on the bench.

Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne was also on the bench after missing his team’s first game against Russia with a facial fracture.


Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk both scored again at the European Championship in Ukraine’s 2-1 victory over North Macedonia.

The two forwards also scored in the 3-2 loss to the Netherlands in the team’s opening match at Euro 2020.

Yarmolenko scored from close range in 29th minute after Oleksandr Karavaev’s flick from a corner. He then released Yaremchuk on the right flank five minutes later to double the lead with a low shot past onrushing goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Ezgjan Alioski got the only goal for North Macedonia in the 57th minute when he scored on a rebound after goalkeeper Georgiy blocked his penalty shot.

Malinovskyi later had a penalty saved on the other end.

Ukraine now has three points in Group C while North Macedonia has zero.


UEFA says it has accepted the France team’s explanation that Benjamin Pavard did not sustain a concussion in the European Championship match against Germany.

Pavard said after Tuesday’s game he felt knocked out for about 10 to 15 seconds by a challenge from Robin Gosens.

It raised concern that the French team’s medical staff ignored UEFA’s concussion protocol by letting the defender continue playing. France won 1-0.

UEFA tournament director Martin Kallen says “we got the confirmation from the French team doctors that he had no concussion.”

Kallen says that was checked by UEFA medial officials and accepted.

UEFA says Pavard “will nevertheless continue to be closely monitored over the coming days.”


Slovakia coach Stefan Tarkovic says defender Denis Vavro and a member of the team’s coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of the European Championship match against Sweden.

Tarkovic says Vavro has no symptoms and is isolating. He didn’t disclose the name of the coach.

The game against Sweden is in St. Petersburg on Friday.

They are the first positive tests for the virus at the tournament since Euro 2020 started.

Sweden players Dejan Kulusevski and Mattias Svanberg tested positive for the virus ahead of the tournament.


Switzerland goalkeeper Yann Sommer has left the team to join his wife for the birth of their second child.

The Swiss soccer federation says Sommer left for Germany after the team’s 3-0 loss to Italy on Wednesday in Rome.

It was unclear if Sommer will return for the final Group A game Sunday against Turkey in Baku. Switzerland needs a win to advance to the round of 16.

Sommer plays in Germany for Borussia Mönchengladbach. He posted on his Instagram account in April that his wife was expecting a baby girl. They already have a daughter.


The Danish soccer federation says Christian Eriksen will be fitted with an implantable device to monitor his heart rhythm.

Eriksen is recovering in a Copenhagen hospital after suffering cardiac arrest during Denmark’s game against Finland at the European Championship.

The Danish federation said doctors have determined that Eriksen needs to have an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator.

The federation says such a device “is necessary after a cardiac attack due to rhythm disturbances.” It says Eriksen ”has accepted the solution” and that international specialists all recommend the same treatment.

The federation asked that Eriksen and his family be given ”peace and privacy the following time.”


Denmark will get on the field for the first time since Christian Eriksen’s collapse when the team plays Belgium at the European Championship.

The fans at Parken Stadium in Copenhagen plan to honor the midfielder with a minute’s applause in the 10th minute of the match. Eriksen wears No. 10 on his national team jersey.

Ukraine will face North Macedonia in Bucharest in the first match of the day. The Netherlands will take on Austria in Amsterdam in the late one.

Belgium can advance to the round of the 16 with a victory. A win for either the Netherlands or Austria would also be enough to get through.


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