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Euro 2020 Open Watch Thread: Day 11

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If you thought you couldn’t handle three Euro games in a day, here comes four Euro games in a day.

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Everybody loves a happy big Dutch baby boy.
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With his return to the lineup last week, Matthijs de Ligt helped the Netherlands clinch a spot in the knockout round with another one of his steady performances. And because the Dutch have advanced with a game to spare, they now face the same kind of decision that Roberto Mancini had to make entering Italy’s group stage finale the day before.

Do you rest your most important players?

Or do you keep most of the starting lineup together and keep the good times going?

It’s the case for the Netherlands against North Macedonia. It’s the case for Belgium against Finland. That’s just what happens when you win the first two games of the group stage and essentially just have securing the top spot in your group to play for when you reach your third match of the tournament.

Today’s schedule, featuring the entirety of two groups:

  • Matthijs de Ligt and the Netherlands vs. North Macedonia
  • Austria vs. Ukraine
  • Belgium vs. Finland
  • Russia vs. Denmark

There’s Group B. There’s Group C. There’s ... one Juventus player in four games total.

Fun, right?

A day after Italy swept through the group stage with a win over Wales, the Azzurri are about find out who their next opponent will be by the end of the day. Barring any kind of disaster today, that almost certainly won’t be de Ligt and the Netherlands, so it’s not like there is about to be a Serie A reunion of sorts happening in the round of 16.

But, if you’re hoping that Italy plays somebody like Ukraine or Austria, then there’s a very good chance of that happening. Much, much more than a de Ligt vs. Serie A attack situation a few days from now.

So behind the first day of two sets of games going on at the same time. What fun there could be.

Netherlands vs. North Macedonia

MATCH INFO

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: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN2 (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TVA Sports 2 (Canada); ITV UK 1, STV Scotland (United Kingdom)

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

Austria vs. Ukraine

MATCH INFO

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: Arena Naţională, Bucharest, Romania

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN (United States); TSN2, TVA Sports (Canada); ITV4 (United Kingdom)

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

Finland vs. Belgium

MATCH INFO

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: Saint-Petersburg Stadium, Saint Petersburg, Russia

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN2 (United States); TSN1, TSN3, TSN4, TSN5, TVA Sports 2 (Canada); BBC One (United Kingdom)

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

Denmark vs. Russia

MATCH INFO

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: Parken Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark

HOW TO WATCH

Television: ESPN2 (United States); TSN2, TVA Sports (Canada); BBC Two (United Kingdom)

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

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