Germany are coming here as winners of their group, having collected 7 points. In the first game they defeated Australia 3:2, having gotten three points harder than expected, despite dominating the game. Second game saw them drawing with Chile 1:1, which was fair result since both teams were equal contestants. Last time out they recorded convincing victory when they faced Cameroon. It was 3:1 with all goals coming in the second half. First half was pretty dull, with Germany not creating a clear chance and recording zero shots in the frame. The best opportunity in the first half came from Cameroon, just before the half-time, but Ter Stegen was ready, proving that he is a better choice than Leno.
Low will have his full squad available, but it is unclear which eleven players he will choose, since he has been rotating heavily in this tournament.
The Spanish U21 team come to take part in these European Championships with a strong pedigree coming into this tournament as they boast a strong group of players who are already household names as they represent some of the best clubs in the world. Marco Asensio, Sandro Ramirez, Gerard Duelofeu, Denis Suarez, Saul Niguez, Hector Bellerin, Jonny Castro are just some of the players who are already recognized and have been delivering consistently at this level. They came through the qualification after netting 31 goals in 10 qualifying games, just 1 point behind Sweden. Spain already showcased a great performance in their first game winning 5-0 against Macedonia and then again beating a strong Portugal side by a score of 3-1 to put them in the driver’s seat in qualification from this group. While there might be temptation to rotate their squad; they still have plenty of firepower to deliver sufficient goals in this game against a Serbia.
Iceland come into this game with some good form behind them sitting in 2nd spot in the table 3 points behind leaders Croatia who they take on tonight; and in fact the only loss was against the Croats. Iceland a small humble nation, already impressed the world with their impressive performances in Euro 2014 knocking out England in the process and are now looking at another playoff potential to qualify for World Cup 2018. Their games have been exciting and goal laden with 14 goals coming in 5 games, with all of those encounters landing a minimum of 2 goals. In fact there have been a minimum of 2 goals in each of their last 10 competitive fixtures. Their key players that they will rely on are Gunnarson, Sigurdsson and Finnbogason to lead the side to goals and a strong showing here.
Italy come into this 3rd place game after losing to England 3-1 after collapsing under pressure where they were 1-0 down and then England turned it around including conceding 2 goals in the final 10 minutes. came through their group stages in 2nd spot but still managed to qualify after securing 4 points from the opening stage. When we look at their previous games in the group stages, they have been exciting goal laden affairs where their score lines read 0-1, 2-0, 2-2, 2-1, 3-2 and 1-3. Overall; they have shown they have the ability to score and find the back of the net. Riccardo Orsolini leads the way for Italy knocking down 5 goals for the team so far in this tournament, and is the top scorer so far. He has looked a very promising player for the future; attacking at every available opportunity in order to help his side.
England are sitting extremely pretty at the top of their qualifying group winning 4 and drawing 1 of their 5 games played so far. England for the first time in many years under Gareth Southgate have decided to pick players based on form rather than on their reputation and experience, which is giving this English side a sense of ruthlessness that they have been missing. They have already scored 8 goals in 4 games without conceding a goal, and managed another 0-0 other than that. England will look to start up front with an attacking group of players led by Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane, well supported by the likes of Sterling and Oxlade-Chamberlain along with a central midfield pairing of Dele Alli, Lallana and Dier. England will look to 3 points here as a top priority as it could potentially stretch their lead to 7 points.
Italy came through their group stages in 2nd spot but still managed to qualify after securing 4 points from the opening stage. Their games were entertaining with 7 goals in the 3 games. While they lost 1-0 to Uruguay; they drew 2-2 with Japan and beat South Africa by a score of 2-0. They played an exciting game ousting France by a score of 2-1 in the first knockout stage. Overall; they have shown they have the ability to score and find the back of the net. Riccardo Orsolini leads the way for Italy knocking down 3 goals for the team so far while Giuseppe Panico managed to hit 2 goals. They have shown to be vulnerable at the back conceding 3 goals in their last 3 games.
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Real Madrid have already reached a record 15th UEFA Champions League final. The spanish soccer club are hoping to win their 12th title on Saturday against Italian side Juventus in a rematch of the 1998 championship match.
Juventus are six-time runners-up in the Champions League final and fell to Real Madrid 1-0 the last time they met in this situation. That was nearly 20 years ago, and Juventus have arguably been the better squad overall during Champions League play this season.
The head-to-head record between Juventus and Real Madrid is perfectly balanced, with eight wins each and two draws. However, their only previous meeting in the Champions League final saw Real Madrid win 1-0 in 1998 thanks to a Pedrag Mijatovic goal.
Real Madrid have reached the European Cup/Champions League final for the 15th time, four more than any other club (AC Milan, 11). They’ve won 11 of the previous 14, again more than any other team in history. In fact, they’ve won each of their last five finalsin the competition, last losing in 1981 against Liverpool.
Juventus are the only unbeaten team in this season’s Champions League (W9 D3). They are the first team since Atlético Madrid in 2013/14 to reach the final without losing a single game.
In fact, no team has lifted the Champions League trophy without suffering a single defeat since Manchester Utd did it in 2007/08.