Date with history for Serbia

Serbia and England close the first day of group C in a match with history. This is Serbia’s debut, as an independent nation, in a Euro Cup, after having participated as Yugoslavia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in previous editions – the last one was in 2000 -. And he reappears against one of the favorites, England, who has assumed the role since coach Southgate himself warned of his intention to leave office if he does not win the title. The match is played at the Arena AufSchalke in Gelsenkirchen, starting at 9:00 p.m., with supervision of the ultra fans.

Dragan Stojkovic has all his players available, without injuries or touches. The coach has a more compact or cohesive group after his testimonial time at the World Cup in Qatar (where they were eliminated in the group stage with one point). It is still a team inclined towards attack, with players like Tadic, Mitrovic and Vlahovic, who understand each other perfectly. The Saudi Al Hilal striker seems to have overtaken the Juventus striker, who finished the season with 18 goals in 38 games (between the League and the Cup). Serbia scored five of their 15 goals (33%) with heads in the qualifying phase, a test against the English rearguard. Of course, in defense they suffer a lot to keep a clean sheet, so they will have to be very attentive against an opponent as offensive as the English.

Beyond the self-imposed ultimatum that Southgate imposed on himself, the England team appears at this event with an atmosphere of revenge for what happened in the last European Championship, lost in the final at Wembley. The English coach only has the doubt about John Stones, who has been suffering from discomfort throughout the week, although it seems that the Manchester City center back will finally be able to start. Against an opponent whose strength is not precisely defensive solidity, the English threaten with the edge provided by players like Jude Bellingham, Phil Foden and, especially, Harry Kane – both in roles of scorer and assistant, as he exhibited in the World Cup from Qatar.

  • The duel: Tadic vs. Bellingham

Two key players in the last pass, when breaking lines by driving the ball and, if necessary, scoring goals as well. The Englishman is better surrounded and that can allow him to become undetectable in some situations. Tadic is his team’s offensive reference, but he assumes responsibility with solvency.


Serbia 1-3 England

England has a lot of gunpowder and force will end up prevailing. The Balkan team suffers when facing high-level rivals because the defense is its weakest line. With Kane, Foden, Bellingham and Saka, England should impose their quality. If something can weigh on Southgate’s team, it is feeling like a favorite (in the tournament) but it seems that they have more than accepted it.


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