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Euro 2020, Day 6: Matchday Open Thread

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Day six features Italy and Finland in contention to qualify for the Round of 16. Can they make it happen decisively?

Turkey v Italy - UEFA Euro 2020: Group A Photo by UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images

Day five of the Euros was certainly more eventful than the first four days, with two goals from Cristiano Ronaldo making him the top goalscorer in Euros history. France vs. Germany was similarly eventful, with an own goal from Mats Hummels allowing France to will itself to a win. We still haven’t seen much non-Ronaldo goalscoring fireworks just yet, but today’s set of matches certainly has the potential to change that tune.

If you want my two cents, I would say that Italy vs. Switzerland has the best chance of being an entertaining match. Italy looks to be finding good form at just the right moment, and with apologies to potentially-future-Roma player Granit Xhaka, this Azzurri side seems to have enough in the tank to potentially turn their second match at the Olimpico into a laugher. The other two matches look to be a bit duller, but hey, it’s the summertime and there’s football on the television. Enjoy it!

Finland vs. Russia

TOPSHOT-FBL-EURO-2020-2021-SWE-TRAINING Photo by JULIO MUNOZ/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Time: 15:00 CET/9:00 EDT | Location: St. Petersburg Stadium, St. Petersburg

Although the biggest storyline from Finland’s first match was undoubtedly the collapse of Christian Eriksen, the Finns did end up winning their first match ever in a major tournament - that’s nothing to sneeze at. They’ll be looking to make it two wins against a relatively weak Russian national team. Meanwhile, the Russians are looking to move on from a bad loss to Romelu Lukaku and Belgium, with most of their hopes resting on the shoulders of attacker Artem Dzyuba.

How to Watch

United States: PrendeTV, SiriusXM FC, ESPN, TUDN Radio

United Kingdom: BBC Sport Web, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC iPlayer, BBC One, Talksport 2 Radio UK

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

Turkey vs. Wales

Wales v Switzerland - UEFA Euro 2020: Group A Photo by Marcio Machado/Getty Images

Time: 18:00 CET/12:00 EDT | Location: Baku Olympic Stadium, Baku

Gareth Bale and Wales takes on Turkey and Burak Yılmaz in a match that could doom one of the sides to missing out on the Round of 16. Turkey will certainly have something to prove following their 3-0 shellacking by Italy, while the Welsh national team is looking to move beyond their underwhelming 1-1 draw with Switzerland. The last time Turkey and Wales met in international play, the match ended 6-4. I’m doubtful these two sides can replicate that explosive score from 1997, but it still might be quite a good match to watch.

How to Watch

United States: PrendeTV, SiriusXM FC, ESPN, TUDN Radio

United Kingdom: S4C, TalkSport Radio UK, BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Sport Web, BBC iPlayer, BBC One

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

Italy vs. Switzerland

Italy Training Session And Press Conference Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images

Time: 21:00 CET/3:00 EDT | Location: Stadio Olimpico, Roma

The Azzurri once again play in the Stadio Olimpico, looking to turn their first match victory against Turkey into a guaranteed slot in the Round of 16. They face a Switzerland squad who they should comfortably beat, and Roberto Mancini should be able to count on continued good form from Domenico Berardi, Lorenzo Insigne, and Leonardo Spinazzola to give the team two wins out of two.

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