The first Wolves player to see action in the tournament was Kevin Mbabu as Switzerland took on Wales. Mönchengladbach’s Breel Embolo (49’) gave the Swiss the lead before Mbabu missed a great chance to double their advantage mere minutes later (52’). Wales went on to equalise in the 74th minute through Kieffer Moore. Admir Mehmedi was an unused substitute.
Brekalo powerless to prevent Croatia defeat
Josip Brekalo came on for Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramaric in the 70th minute of Croatia’s first group match against England. Coach Zlatko Dalic’s men were already behind thanks to a goal from Raheem Sterling (57’) and that would turn out to be the final score as Croatia began the tournament with a defeat.
Win for Schlager and Pervan
In what was a tightly contested tournament-opener for Austria against North Macedonia, Wolves midfielder Xaver Schlager was on the pitch until the fourth minute of added time. The match ended in a 3-1 win for the Austrians, thanks to goals from Stefan Lainer (18’), Michael Gregoritsch (78’) and Marko Arnautovic (89’), while EURO debutants North Macedonia’s reply came from Goran Pandev (29’), whose strike made it 1-1 at the time. Pavao Pervan watched the match from the bench.
Weghorst gets a start – and a goal
In what was just his seventh international appearance, Wout Weghorst was in the Dutch starting XI for their EURO opener in Amsterdam against Ukraine. And he more than justified his selection, finding the back of the net to make it 2-0 and getting warm applause from the crowd when he was substituted in the 88th minute for Luuk de Jong, in what was eventually a thrilling 3-2 win for the Oranje.