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Euro 2020 Open Watch Thread: Day 7

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It’s Matthijs day! It’s Matthijs day!

Netherlands Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Alexander Scheuber - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

After seeing him watch from the sidelines in Holland’s opening game of Euro 2020, we finally get to celebrate one of the most beloved days on this blog today.

My friends, it’s de Ligt day.

It’s the day that our wonderful young Dutchman makes his Euro 2020 debut. No more injuries. No more wondering what his status is going to be when his manager takes the microphone and the pre-match press conference. None of that. Nope, it’s gone.

Matthijs de Ligt is back to lead the Netherlands’ defense after he watched from the bench — for precautionary reasons more than anything else last week — as his teammates nearly saw their 2-0 lead turn into a heartbreaking loss in the final 15 minutes against Ukraine. But the hulking 21-year-old de Ligt, the lone Juventus player to be taking the field on this day, is back and ready to continue with his quest to show that he’s one of the best defenders in the world.

So, with that being said, today’s schedule is:

  • Ukraine vs. North Macedonia
  • Denmark vs. Belgium
  • Netherlands vs. Austria

I dunno about you guys, but that’s a pretty solid schedule. And surely there will be some emotional moments when Denmark takes the field for their first-full game without Christian Eriksen after he collapsed on the field in the Danes’ tournament opener.

Let’s just hope that one of these teams can replicate their performances from the opening round of fixtures because that would mean we get some pretty good games again.

Maybe not Italy good, but still pretty good.

MATCH INFO: Ukraine vs. North Macedonia

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: Arena Naţională, Bucharest, Romania

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN3 (Canada); ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); The ITV Hub, (United Kingdom)

MATCH INFO: Denmark vs. Belgium

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: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN1, TSN3 (Canada); ITV 1 UK, STV Scotland (United Kingdom)

Online/mobile: WatchESPN, fuboTV (United States); TSN.ca, TSN app (Canada); The ITV Hub, (United Kingdom)

MATCH INFO: Netherlands vs. Austria

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: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

HOW TO WATCH

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

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

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