19.06.2021
First Team

Varying fortunes for Wolves

Mixed results for the six Wolves during the second round of EURO group matches.

Four of the six Green and Whites had already been involved in the first round of group matches at the European Championships and on Matchday 2, it was the same again. Josip Brekalo’s Croatia picked up their first point, Kevin Mbabu and Admir Mehmedi suffered a loss with Switzerland at the hands of Italy, while Pavao Pervan and Xaver Schlager’s Austria were no match for the Netherlands and Wout Weghorst.

Oranje march on

In the Wolves derby between Weghorst and Schlager, both players were in their respective starting line-ups and it was the Dutch who emerged victorious, picking up a deserved 2-0 win. Schlager was involved up until the 83rd minute while Pervan was an unused substitute. Weghorst meanwhile played up until the 64th minute and said after the match: "We wanted to top the group and it’s great that we’ve already managed that after just two games".

Swiss under pressure

After opening with a 1-1 draw against Wales, Switzerland lost to a strong Italian side and can have no qualms about the 3-0 scoreline. Mehmedi remained on the bench but Mbabu did get to play the first 56 minutes. The Swiss VfL duo require a win in their final group game against Turkey on Sunday if they are to progress. “If we perform the way we know we can, we’ll get through,” said Mehmedi. “I’m hoping to make my 75th international appearance against Turkey and then a few more after that in this tournament.”

Brekalo on from the start

After losing their opener 1-0 to England, Croatia went one step better on Friday evening, drawing 1-1 with the Czech Republic. Brekalo was in the starting line-up but brought off at half-time. If Croatia are to make it through to the Round of 16, they will have to defeat Scotland on Tuesday in a winner-takes-all scenario.

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