UEFA U21 Championship – Poland v England

Tonight sees the conclusion of group A as both countries hope to qualify for the semi finals. 

Fate is very much in England’s hands at the Kielce Stadium as they currently top the group with 4 points after an opening game draw with Sweden was followed by a 2nd half come back to win 2-1 against Slovakia. The hosts on the other hand may have to rely on other results, but nonetheless they are still in with a chance of advancing after a late equalizer salvaged a point against Sweden.

Aidy Boothroyd has a big decision to make on whether to play Jacob Murphy or  Mason Holgate at right back after the Norwich youngster impressed against Slovakia. They are expected to otherwise remain unchanged.

The White Eagles may well keep the same line up after making changes following defeat to Slovakia.
Sweden and Slovakia kick off at the same time (7.45pm GMT) and with all 4 countries vying for a Semi Final spot…. It is set to be a night of high drama.

Confirmed Line Ups 

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11th Of June 1969 – The Night Newcastle Tasted European Success

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On This Day 48 years ago Newcastle United beat Ujpesti Dozsa 3-2 in Hungary to clinch European glory. The toon lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup 6-2 on aggregate after a 3-0 victory a week earlier in the first leg at St James Park.

The Magpies line up that night:

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Burton, Moncur, Scott, Arentoft, Robson, Davies

 Kaposzta, Solymosi, Bankuti, Nosko, E.Dunai, Fazekas, Gorocs, Bene, A.Dunai and Zambo

Trailing 2-0 at half time after Bene and Gorucs scores for Ujpesti Dozsa. Early 2nd half goals from Moncur, Arentoft brought the Magpies level before Foggon netted a late winner.


 

UPDATED: TEAM LINE UPS – It’s Champions League Final Day! 

Today sees the biggest game in the European football calendar as Italian giants Juventus take on the current holders and most successful club in European football…. Real Madrid.

Confirmed Line ups:


Juventus: Buffon; Sandro, Bonucci, Chiellini, Barzagli; Pjanic, Khedira; Mandzukic, Dybala, Alves; Higuain

Real Madrid: Navas; Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Isco, Benzema, Cristiano Ronaldo Daily Express

Team News 

Real Madrid have a fully fit squad and manager Zinedine Zidane has included his son, Enzo. How they line up remains to be seen, but Welshman Gareth Bale will be hoping to shine on home turf with the game taking place at the millennium stadium in Cardiff. The former Tottenham man has been out for the past month and it will be a straight choice between him and Isco to start.

Juventus look to have a full squad to choose from with Sami Khedira returning from injury. Long serving veteran keeper Gianluigi Buffon may see this as his last chance to lift the ‘Cup with the big ears’. 

How they reached the final

Juventus came through their group stage with 14 points having faced Sevilla, Lyon and Dinamo Zagreb. They notably won all 3 away matches. In the last 16 they defeated Porto 3-0 on aggregate. 2-0 in Portugal and 1-0 at home. The last 8 saw the Italians face Reals arch rival Barcelona. A stunning 3-0 victory at Juventus Stadium put them in a great position. They then comfortably defended the lead with a 0-0 draw at the Camp Nou. The Semi Final stage saw a 4-1 aggregate victory over Monaco.

Madrid saw off Legia Warsaw, Borrussia Dortmund and Sporting Lisbon to qualify from their group with 12 points. The Spaniards them came through the round of 16 with a comprehensive 6-2 aggregate win over Napoli before a quarter final date with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich. Again Real turned on the style to clinch a semi final spot with a 6-3 victory over the two games. The Semi final draw paired them with local rivals Atletico. A comfortable 3-0 1st leg home win put one foot one the plane to Cardiff. Despite going 2-0 down in the 2nd leg,  Real recovered to get a vital away goal back. And although they suffered a 2-1 defeat on the night, it was enough to send them to yet another final and an opportunity to defend their title.

So where can I watch it?

If  you’re not lucky enough to have a ticket in Cardiff. The game is being shown in the uk by BT Sport. It will be available on freeview and is also being broadcast on YouTube. For other countries please check your local listings.

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