Euro 2024: Kane has no fear of round of 16 against Germany

Euro 2024: Kane has no fear of round of 16 against Germany

Harry Kane is not too worried about a possible European Championship duel between his England and Germany. “Of course people expect us to finish first in the group. We expect that too, especially in our current position. But yes, if that doesn’t happen, there is reason for us to panic,” said the 30-year-old team captain at the team’s headquarters in Blankenhain. “Of course Germany had a fantastic start to the tournament,” said Kane, praising the DFB team’s first two games.

After the DFB team played 1:1 against Switzerland on Sunday, they are a possible opponent for the Three Lions in the round of 16. The prerequisite is that England and Bayern star Kane finish their group in second place. “We definitely want to win our group. It’s not about avoiding a particular opponent,” said Kane about the constellation at the European Championship.

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After two poor performances, England will face Slovenia in Cologne on Tuesday (9 p.m./ZDF and MagentaTV). With a win, coach Gareth Southgate’s team will be sure to finish first in their group and will face one of the best third-placed teams in the round of 16. Even a draw could be enough for that.

Harry Kane

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21:34: The brave outfit of the German TV expert

She has received a lot of praise for her work so far. Tabea Kemme, a former national player, will be working as an expert on Magenta TV during the tournament. She also regularly covers the Bundesliga and the Champions League. On Amazon Prime since 2021, on Sky since 2022.

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In the pre-reporting of the German group final against Switzerland, she stood alongside presenter Sascha Bandermann in the Cologne studio on Sunday evening, delivering her usual well-founded and relaxed assessments. This time, however, her bold outfit also caused a stir. The 32-year-old wore olive green flip-flops, blue denim dungarees and a tight top with floral accents underneath.

Questions thrown at her: Tabea Kemme in dialogue with moderator Sascha Bandermann

Those: Magenta TV

“The sun is rising,” Bandermann began his presentation, addressing what all viewers were probably looking at without explicitly mentioning the outfit. The mix of Peter Lustig and a day at the lake was stylistically consistent, no question about it, but still unusual for a TV show.

20:17: UEFA bans Albanian for two games

UEFA has banned Albanian Mirlind Daku for two European Championship matches. The striker had used a megaphone to start chanting after the match against Croatia. The chants had conveyed “messages of a non-sporting nature”. The association must also pay. Read the full text here:

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19:11 Weghorst in starting eleven

Holland striker Wout Weghorst hopes to be in the starting eleven for the Dutch team for the first time in the last group match against Austria. “The way things went in the first game is of course nice. But of course I want to play from the start, everyone wants that,” said the striker, who most recently played for TSG Hoffenheim, on Sunday in the Dutch team’s training camp in Wolfsburg.

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“I said that before the tournament. I am firmly convinced that I have qualities that I can use to make the team better,” said Weghorst. In the first two group matches, Weghorst started on the bench. In the opening 2-1 win against Poland, he scored the winning goal for the 1988 European champions shortly after coming on as a substitute. Nevertheless, national coach Ronald Koeman initially relied on Memphis Depay in the center of the attack in the 0-0 draw against France on Friday.

18:15: Groß before BVB move

According to a media report, German international Pascal Groß is about to move to Borussia Dortmund. The Bundesliga club is close to reaching a “verbal agreement” with the midfielder from Premier League club Brighton & Hove Albion, TV broadcaster Sky reported on Sunday. The contract term has yet to be clarified, it was said. There will be a collaboration until 2026 plus the option for a further year or a fixed contract until 2027. According to the information, a transfer fee of seven to ten million euros is being discussed.

Recently, Eintracht Frankfurt was also said to be interested in signing the 33-year-old. Groß has played for Brighton since 2017, before that he played for FC Ingolstadt. He made his Bundesliga debut in 2009 for TSG 1899 Hoffenheim.

17:04: UEFA censors TV images

Many TV viewers initially did not get to see the young streaker at Portugal’s European Championship match against Turkey. The fan ran onto the pitch in Dortmund on Saturday to Portugal’s superstar Cristiano Ronaldo and was even rewarded with a selfie. ZDF commentator Oliver Schmidt described this scene to viewers in the 68th minute of the game, while replays were shown on the screen.

The fact that such scenes were almost never seen on television is due to the guidelines of UEFA, which are also in place at the world association FIFA. Such images should not be broadcast via the international TV signal if possible. Various broadcasters have repeatedly stated this in the past. Additional images are only possible if they have their own cameras in the stadium. For example, later streaking during the Portugal game was also shown live on ZDF.

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Big players should not be exploited for actions like this, is the argument of the associations. Critics see the hiding of certain scenes such as streakers, flares or riots in the stands as censorship and accuse the associations of not wanting to damage their glossy products.

15:55: Fatih Terim’s passionate appeal to the “Turkish people”

After Turkey’s defeat against Portugal, coach Vincenzo Montella is being criticized for his rotation. The Italian is getting support from one of his predecessors: the legendary Fatih Terim, known as “the Emperor”. Read the full text here:

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15:06: Police intervene in football fans in Bavaria

Fireworks and riots by several football fans led to police interventions in Munich and Nuremberg on Saturday.

Seven football fans are said to have set off several fireworks on a platform at Munich Central Station. In addition to 43 pyrotechnic items on the men, federal police officers found a joint and a small amount of cocaine on a 35-year-old man in the group, police announced on Sunday. Because carrying dangerous items is currently prohibited there, the 32- to 39-year-old men were threatened with fines. The federal police confiscated the pyrotechnics and the drugs. After the measures were completed, the men were released.

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According to police, several hundred people gathered at the Plärrer in Nuremberg for a spontaneous celebration after the European Championship match between Portugal and Turkey. According to police reports on Sunday, some participants in the motorcade performed dangerous driving maneuvers such as burnouts, in which the tires spin while the car is stationary, and accelerated sharply. Police therefore blocked the access road. There were also heated arguments between different groups. To prevent physical confrontations, police separated the groups from each other. Around 60 people were expelled from the square.

14:37: Poland’s football idol Boniek criticizes personnel selection

After the elimination in the preliminary round of the European Football Championship, Poland’s football idol Zbigniew Boniek has criticised the personnel selection of national coach Michal Probierz. The former midfield star of Juventus Turin singled out a former player from Fortuna Düsseldorf in particular. “I said before the Euro: If we go there and play with Slisz and Piotrowski, we will achieve nothing in this tournament,” Boniek told the football portal “Prawda Futbolu”.

The 26-year-old Kamil Piotrowski played in Düsseldorf from 2020 to 2022 and then moved to the Bulgarian serial champions Ludogorets Razgrad. In the national team, he and the 25-year-old Bartosz Slisz from Atlanta United have been particularly promoted in recent months because Probierz wanted to rejuvenate the team, especially in midfield.

“Piotrowski seems to me to be a flop,” said Boniek. After two defeats against the Netherlands and Austria, Poland no longer has a chance of progressing ahead of the final group match against France on Tuesday.

13:37: Everything is going in the right direction for Mbappé

France’s national football coach Didier Deschamps is still leaving the return of superstar Kylian Mbappé open, despite his continued improvement after a broken nose. “Will he start against Poland on Tuesday? You’ll see in due course,” the 55-year-old said on Téléfoot 1 on Sunday, according to the radio station RMC Sport. The swelling continues to decrease every day, stressed Deschamps: “Everything is going in the right direction.”

Kylian Mbappe stands on the field during warm-up wearing a protective mask after breaking his nose

Source: dpa/Robert Michael

However, the coach of the Équipe tricolore had also made similar comments before the 0-0 draw against the Netherlands in Leipzig last Friday, after Mbappé had suffered the facial injury in the 1-0 win against Austria the previous Monday. He did not play against the Elftal. It is therefore still unclear whether Mbappé will play in the last group match.

All games of the home European Championship at a glance:

Schedule of the European Championship 2024 with all results
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