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Three matches will be played on the second day of the Euro Cup football tournament. Wales will face Switzerland in Group A. At the same time, Denmark will face Finland and Belgium will face Russia in Group B. The Danish team is the 1992 Euro champion. At the same time, Russia has not won any title on its own. Yes, in 1960 the Soviet Union definitely became the champion. Wales made a surprise appearance at the 2016 Euro Cup, making it to the semi-finals. Let’s try to know through the analysis of current form and stats which team can have the upper hand in Saturday’s matches.
First match: Swiss team won 4 out of last five matches against Wales
It could be quite a challenge for Wales to repeat the performances of five years ago. The team will leave without their regular coach, Ryan Giggs. Giggs is not with the team because of the court trial. In his place, Rob Page is looking after the team. Only 8 players from the last Euro are now present in the Wales team. Among them, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen have not been players like before.
Wales doesn’t qualify early for major tournaments, but when it does, it makes a mark. The team has played in two major tournaments before and has done well in both. Wales reached the quarter-finals at the 1958 FIFA World Cup and the last four at the 2016 Euro Cup.
Swiss team has never been able to reach the quarter finals
Switzerland’s record in the Euro Cup has not been special. The team failed to progress beyond the group stage of the tournament three times. However, in 2016, Switzerland had traveled to the last 16. Under the leadership of manager Vladimir Petkovic, the team has performed well in the recent times. The team has won six matches in a row and has also stopped a great team like Spain on a draw.
Second match: Denmark has defeated Finland 38 times
Denmark is counted among those teams which have been able to make big upsets in the Euro Cup. Denmark has always had the upper hand against Finland. However, there has been no match between the two since 2011. Denmark’s performance has seen further improvement after Kaspar Hulmond was made manager in 2020. After performing well in the Nations League last year, the team won all three of their matches in this year’s FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The team played a 1-1 draw with Germany in the Euro Cup warm-up match and defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina.
Third match: Russia could never win over Belgium after the dissolution of the Soviet Union
The third match of the day will be between the title contenders Belgium and Russia. Russia has never beaten Belgium since the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1992. However, Russia can get a home advantage in this match. Belgium’s best performance in the tournament came in 1980. Then the team reached the final and lost to Germany. At the same time, Russia’s best performance since the end of the Soviet Union was in 2008. The team then reached the semi-finals and lost to Spain in the last four matches. Spain won the title.
In the presence of Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku, Belgium are considered to be one of the most aggressive teams of the tournament. Bruyne is injured and it is not yet decided whether he will play in this match.