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Welcome to this European Championship live blog on NU.nl.

My name is Jeroen van Barneveld and I will keep you informed of all developments around the European Championship.

  • LIVE:

  • Austria-North Macedonia


  • Program:

  • 21.00 o'clock:

  • Netherlands-Ukraine (Group C)

  • Rash:

  • England-Croatia 1-0

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28' GOAL North Macedonia!


Who else but the old master will score North Macedonia's first goal at a European Championship?!

Goran Pandev takes full advantage of an unprecedented blunder by  

Daniel Bachmann, who lets a carom slip from his hands and grants the 37-year-old striker his eternal moment of glory.

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A nice gesture from goalscorer Stefan Lainer: he dedicates his goal to Christian Eriksen, the Dane who scared the whole world yesterday after a heart attack during Denmark-Finland.

Fortunately, the midfielder is now doing well, after adequate intervention by the medical staff.

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18' GOAL Austria!


The match goes on for more than fifteen minutes and Austria is suddenly ahead thanks to a sparkle.

Marcel Sabitzer gives a measured cross to Stefan Lainer and the steamed right back of the Austrians works beautifully with the inside of his shoe inside.

North Macedonia must give chase.

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It's not really uplifting yet in the early stages of Austria-North Macedonia.

Opportunities have not yet come.

Fear reigns in both teams and that leads to boring and predictable football in Bucharest.

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10 'North Macedonia shows itself there for the first time against Austria.

Goran Pandev is stabbed deeply by Enis Bardhi, but the pass is just the hardest for the captain, who had broken free from his Austrian jailer.

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5 'It is Austria, dressed in the black shirts with poison green pants, that takes the initiative in the first minutes in this European Championship match against North Macedonia.

The European Championship debutant from the Eastern Bloc digs in.

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Kick off! 

The ball rolls in Bucharest near Austria-North Macedonia.

Who will win this starter for the Dutch national team's duel with Ukraine?

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The national anthems are played at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest.

Austria-North Macedonia is about to start.

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In North Macedonia, of course, the focus is on veteran Goran Pandev.

The 37-year-old striker has been a professional footballer for twenty years and is the record international of North Macedonia with 116 international matches.

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Austria holds the European Championship record for the longest run of games without a win.

The current number 23 in the FIFA rankings has not won six consecutive matches.

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North Macedonia will make its final tournament debut at this European Championship.

The country was part of Yugoslavia until 1992, but as an independent nation, North Macedonia has never qualified for a European Championship or World Cup.

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In fifteen minutes the ball will roll with Austria-North Macedonia in Bucharest, the European Championship opponents of the Dutch national team in group D. The teams are still busy with the warm-up in the Romanian capital.

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We now focus on Austria-North Macedonia, the other game in the Orange group.

The line-up for the match that starts at 6 p.m. has now been announced.

Marko Arnautovic is on the bench for Austria.

Austria line-up:


Lainer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Ulmer;

Laimer, Schlager;

Sabitzer, Baumgartner, Alaba;


North Macedonia line-up:


Ristovsky, Velkovsky, Musliu;

Nikolov, Bardhi, Ademi, Elmas, Alioski;

Pandev, Trajkovsky.

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Sterling: 'This feels really good'

Raheem Sterling was crowned match winner at England-Croatia (1-0).

"This feels really good. And honestly, I promised it: I knew I would score if I played at Wembley," says the attacker, who also praised Kalvin Phillips' preparatory work.

"His preparatory action was brilliant. The success is largely due to his name. Fortunately I was just in time to give the decisive tap."

"But the most important thing is that we won," Sterling continues.

"That's all that matters. We played well and this gives a lot of confidence. Now we have to take the next step quickly by also winning the second game."

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England take a little revenge for the lost semi-final at the 2018 World Cup, by beating Croatia 1-0 at Wembley.

Raheem Sterling's goal after an hour was enough for the three points, because Croatia was quite impotent offensively.

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90+2 'Raheem Sterling gets a crowd change from Gareth Southgate.

Dominic Calvert-Lewin (Everton) is allowed to participate for a few more minutes.

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90 'There are four more minutes at Wembley, where Croatia no longer seems to come close to the equalizer.

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85 'Croatia also changes again.

Mateo Kovacic is sidelined and is replaced by Atalanta's Mario Pasalic.

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82 'Harry Kane goes to the side at England.

The star player of the English has not been able to distinguish himself today.

He will be replaced by 17-year-old midfielder Jude Bellingham, making him the youngest player ever to play at the European Championship.

He thus takes over the record from Jetro Willems at the European Championship 2012.

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80 'England is not really in trouble for the time being against an attacking poor Croatia.

With ten minutes left on the clock, that will have to change quickly for Croatia to avoid a bad start at this European Championship.

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Where England has a very dubious reputation when it comes to opening matches at the European Championship, Croatia does have good experiences with it.

Of the five opening matches they played at the European Championship, they won four against one draw.

However, an interruption of that undefeated series is getting closer and closer.

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74 'Best chance for Sterling on his second goal, after Marcus Rashford returns the ball well.

Sterling, however, shoots the ball high over.

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71 'Both teams make changes for the first time.

Marcus Rashford joins the England squad for Phil Foden.

Croatian national coach Zlatko Dalic even changes twice: Nikola Vlasic and Josip Brekalo replace Brozovic and Kramaric.

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70 'Modric gives a long corner towards the edge of the box, where Brozovic has a beautiful volley in mind.

However, that doesn't quite work out: the ball rolls harmlessly next to it.

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67' Mason Mount narrowly misses the ensuing free kick.

The ball dropped just too late.

We seem to be in a more open phase in the game.

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66 'Marcelo Brozovic loses the ball and has to correct his own mistake by bringing down Mount and thus nip the dangerous English counter in the bud.

It will be the Inter midfielder on a yellow card.

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65 'Kovacic strikes from a distance and sees his attempt blocked.

However, the ball falls well for Ante Rebic, who can control and shoot the ball, but the AC Milan attacker does not hit the ball well and shoots wide.

Great opportunity for Croatia.

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Raheem Sterling's opening goal in the picture.

It is a liberating goal for the English, who had difficulty creating chances against the stiff Croats.

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61 'There it is almost 2-0!

Mason Mount finds Harry Kane near the far post, but the Premier League's top scorer shoots over.

Kane then hits the post and suffers a lot.

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59 'The 'Football Is Coming Home' reverberates through Wembley after Sterling put the English ahead.

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57' GOAL England! 


Out of nowhere England take the lead at Wembley.

It is Raheem Sterling who passes the ball on a pass from Kalvin Phillips under goalkeeper Livakovic.

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55 'The first moment after the break comes from the foot of Luka Modric.

His attempt at distance bounces annoyingly, but Pickford has a good eye for it.

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48 'Kovacic arrives too late at Mount and hits his teammate at Chelsea hard.

That gives Kovacic the first yellow card of the match.

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46 'The second half has started at Wembley.

A little more spectacle after rest would not be a luxury.

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England doesn't exactly have a good history when it comes to opening games at the European Championship.

In nine previous attempts, 'The Three Lions' have never won their first game at their European Championships.

This makes England the country with the most European Championship participations, without ever winning the first game.

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England started the game strongly and quickly hit the post via Phil Foden.

However, it became a bit less with the hosts and because Croatia also shows little, the halftime score of 0-0 is not illogical.

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43 'England gets a free kick in a very attractive position.

Where Kieran Trippier still scored from a direct free kick in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup, the Atlético Madrid wing defender now shoots into the wall.

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38 'The pace is currently too low for the English to really embarrass Croatia.

The ball mainly goes around the defenders and controlling midfielders.

Sterling just found Phil Foden, but the great talent of Manchester City was overpowered by a superior force of Croats.

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30 'England loosens the reins a bit after the strong opening phase and that offers Croatia the chance to get into the game a little more.

Via Ivan Perisic, the team just had the first opportunity, but the Internazionale winger volleyed the ball far over.

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The Danish national coach Kasper Hjulmand was also present at the Danish team's press conference.

"I am extremely proud of the players, the staff and everyone around the team. And I am so happy to have seen Christian," said a visibly emotional Hjulmand.

"It was a great relief to see his smile. It makes a big difference.

"I am extremely proud of the players, the staff and everyone around the team.

And I'm so happy to see Christian, said Hjulmand, visibly shaken.

"The players have spoken to Christian and he is in a good mood," said Peter Möller, football director of the Danish football association DBU.

"That is a huge relief for the players after all the uncertainty. That they have been able to speak with him and that things are going well has left a huge impression on the entire selection."

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20 'Mount finds Raheem Sterling with a very nice ball, but Sterling's control is not optimal and he does not find a teammate with his cross.

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Phil Foden's ball on the post is still England's only really dangerous moment, which dominated the first fifteen minutes.

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10 'After Foden's opportunity, England has firmly taken control of the game and is keeping Croatia under pressure.

For now, however, the Croats can withstand that pressure.

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Danish federal doctor: 'Eriksen's condition stable, the circumstances are okay'

The Danish national doctor Morten Boesen announced at a press conference that Christian Eriksen's condition is still stable.

"I spoke to Christian a few times today, he is still stable and under the circumstances things are going well. He still has to stay in the hospital for examination and observation. The tests are good so far. After the incident, psychologists are at the hospital players hotel, they are here today too."

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5' Pole! 

England come very close to the opening goal after five minutes.

Phil Foden is put to work on the right side, cuts to his left leg and curls the ball into the far corner on the inside of the post.

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2 'England starts with Raheem Sterling on the left, Phil Foden from the right and Mason Mount centrally behind striker Harry Kane.

In Croatia, Ante Rebic seems to be the center striker today, with Andrej Kramaric on the right and Ivan Perisic on the left.

Luka Modric is the most advanced midfielder.

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