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Euro 2020, Day 5: Matchday Open Thread

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Day five features the defending champs in Portugal and the best matchup of the opening round: Germany vs. France.

France Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Kristy Sparow - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

With only six first-half goals in 10 matches, the first four days of the European Championships have gotten off to a slow start. While some of this falls down to random chance, there have been a few injuries and/or illnesses that have stripped clubs of top talent, forcing younger less experienced players into action, while other matches have been played under hot and humid conditions.

Ninety minutes of end-to-end action would be great, but some sluggishness should have been expected given how many matches these men have played over the past 10 to 12 months. Fortunately, the second halves have already provided plenty of epic moments over the past few days, punctuated by Patrik Schick's stunning lobbed goal from midfield in the second half of the Czech Republic's victory over Scotland yesterday.

We can't promise today's matches will get off to a flying start, but with three of the presumptive favorites finally taking the pitch, there should be plenty of entertaining moments in an afternoon that features Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylian Mbappe, and Thomas Müller, among others.

Hungary vs. Portugal

Portugal Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Alex Livesey - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Time: 18:00 CET/12:00 EDT | Location: Puskas Arena, Budapest

Hungary faces the daunting task of slowing down Burno Fernandes, Cristiano Ronaldo, and the rest of an incredibly deep Portuguese side, who just so happen to be the defending European champions. Hungary has a few interesting players and the home-field advantage on their side, but this could be a blowout of substantial proportions.

How to Watch

United States: PrendeTV, ESPN

United Kingdom: STV Scotland, ITV 1 UK, UTV, BBC Radio 5 Live, The ITV Hub

Canada: TVA Sports, TSN App, TSN4, TSN3, TSN1, TSN.ca

France vs. Germany

France Portraits - UEFA Euro 2020 Photo by Kristy Sparow - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Time: 21:00 CET/3:00 EDT | Location: Football Arena Munich, Munich

Now we're talking! At long last, we've come to the marquee matchup of the first round of fixtures. Mbappe, Kante, Griezmann, Pogba, Benzema, Pavard, Varane. Take your pick, France is loaded. On the other side, we have Kai Havertz, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Toni Kroos and Robin Gosens.

This match is dripping with talent. Do. Not. Miss. It.

How to Watch

United States: Univision NOW, TUDN.com, TUDN Radio, ESPN, Univision, TUDN USA, TUDN App

United Kingdom: UTV, STV Scotland, ITV 1 UK, BBC Radio 5 Live, The ITV Hub

Canada: TVA Sports, TSN App, TSN4, TSN3, TSN1, TSN.ca

If...if any Roma news breaks, we'll pass it along, but the Euros have completely ground the rumor mill to a halt—but look for our preview of Italy's match against Switzerland later today.