I’m so far behind! But let’s see if I can get back on track after my random road trip to Maine.
Friday 17 June 2016: Czech Republic 2 – 2 Croatia
Man of the Match: Ivan Rakitic (Croatia)
Croatia took control early and tested Petr Cech, but he dealt well. I can’t remember who I saw that said it, but the perfect description was that Modric was working little miracles on the pitch. In the 37th minute, Perisic took the ball into the area and drilled it low into the net for Croatia’s first. The first half ended with Croatia up 0-1. The second half started much the same way the first had ended. Rakitic put Croatia’s second in the net in the 59th minute off an assist from Brozovic. The match changed when Modric came out and Skoda headed the ball into the net from a Rosicky cross. The match had to be postponed in the 86th minute due to flares being thrown on the pitch. Luckily no one was injured. When play resumed, Czech Republic were awarded a penalty when Vida handled the ball in the box. The penalty was converted and the game ended in a draw.
Friday 17 June 2016: Spain 3 – 0 Turkey
Man of the Match: Andres Iniesta (Spain)
This match had a few special guests that included our very own Bond villain,Emilio Butragueño. I had to laugh at the start of the match because it took Ramos only 2 minutes to receive a yellow card. With that, Spain were in control early. They finally found the net in the 34th minute when Morata headed home Nolito’s cross. In the 37th minute, Nolito scored a goal of his own (which he celebrated with Iker) with the assist coming from Jordi Alba. The half ended with Spain leading 2-0. The second half began fast, and in the 48th minute, Morata scored his second. It was a goal created by Iniesta and Alba, but Alvarito got the tap in. After 2 minutes of added time, the match ended in major disappointment for Turkey but a great game from Alvaro Morata.
Friday 17 June 2016: Italy 1 – 0 Sweden
Man of the Match: Éder (Italy)
Italy’s first chance came in the 10th minute but they always looked like the better team. While Sweden looked better than they had against Republic of Ireland, it just seemed that Italy had the upper hand. After a miss for Ibra, the first half ended scoreless. It took well into the second half for Italy to finally break the deadlock. In the 88th minute, on an assist from Zaza, Eder danced through Sweden’s defense to score. After 4 minutes of added time (and a yellow card to Gigi), Italy secured their spot in the next round.