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Euro 2020 Open Watch Thread: Day 6

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Italy’s back and looking to build off an impressive showing in their Euro 2020 debut.

Italy Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Giorgio Perottino - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

As many of you know, our old buddy Claudio Marchisio is very good at the social media game. He does what more people should do — has a whole lot of fun with it ... while, yes, also being a completely handsome devil a good portion of the time as well.

As he arrived at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on Monday, Marchisio panned around the stadium from his perch where he’s doing television work. He tagged another one of our old friends in the video: Stephan Lichtsteiner. That’s because Italy is playing Switzerland tonight, and that means two friends are (indirectly) going against each other at Euro 2020.

This will be the day that Italy will take to the Olimpico field once again after their 3-0 win over Turkey opened up the tournament this past Friday. And it will be a game that plenty of people, including Marchisio and Lichtsteiner, could see Roberto Mancini’s squad book their spot in the knockout round and take absolute control of Group A.

Today’s schedule looks a little something like this:

  • Finland vs. Russia
  • Turkey vs. Wales
  • Italy vs. Switzerland

Of those six teams above, you’ve got some very different scenarios. Italy and Finland both opened their tournament campaigns with wins. Switzerland and Wales, coming off draws, might as well be fighting for their tournament lives at this point and will be looking more than one point again if they want any kind of shot to advance come the final match of the group stage. And then there’s Turkey (and Merih Demiral) and Russia.

Six teams. Three different situations.

But I think it’s safe to say that today the focus will only be on one team. And thankfully that team made one of the best first impressions at Euro 2020 and has a whole lot of good vibes going around their team at the moment.

Yes, today will be about Italy more than anything else.

Let’s just hope that Steiner doesn’t get too mad at Claudio if there’s anything else added to a certain former midfielder’s Instagram story before, during or after the game.

MATCH INFO: Finland vs. Russia

When: 3 p.m. local time and across Europe; 2 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 9 a.m. on the East Coast; 6 a.m. on the West Coast

Where: Saint-Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg, Russia

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web (United Kingdom)

MATCH INFO: Turkey vs. Wales

When: 6 p.m. local time and across Europe; 5 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 12 p.m. on the East Coast; 9 a.m. on the West Coast

Where: Bakı Olimpiya Stadionu, Baku, Azerbaijan

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web (United Kingdom)

MATCH INFO: Italy vs. Switzerland

When: 9 p.m. local time and across Europe; 8 p.m. in the United Kingdom; 3 p.m. on the East Coast; 12 p.m. on the West Coast

Where: Stadio Olimpico, Rome, Italy

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN, Univision, TUDN USA (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4 (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom); Sky Sport Uno, Sky Sport 251, Sky Sport Football, Rai Uno (Italy)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Web (United Kingdom); SKY Go Italia, RaiPlay, NOW TV (Italy)

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