In England’s thrilling 3-1 victory over Italy, the dynamic duo of Harry Maguire and Marcus Rashford showcased their prowess, both playing the full 90 minutes. This triumph secures England’s ticket to the Euros, igniting celebrations among their fans.
Marcus Rashford’s stunning finish for England’s second goal was a testament to his unwavering confidence, despite recent doubts. He resembled the Rashford of the previous season, especially after a close attempt with a header earlier in the match.
As for Harry Maguire, the first half exposed moments when England needed to quicken their pace, and Maguire’s somewhat ponderous style in possession left him vulnerable. Italy took advantage of some lax defending to net the opening goal.
However, Maguire redeemed himself as the game progressed, making critical blocks and excelling in duels. His physical battle with Scamacca was particularly noteworthy, with his role in the near-post block for the opening goal standing out. Given the external scrutiny, Maguire’s performance as a center-back was commendable.
Moving across the football globe, Christian Eriksen and Rasmus Hojlund played pivotal roles in Denmark’s hard-fought 2-1 victory against San Marino. Rasmus Hojlund left a mark by contributing a stunning goal to break the deadlock.
In Northern Ireland’s match against Slovenia, Jonny Evans endured the full 90 minutes, although they succumbed to a 0-1 defeat.
Scott McTominay was a stalwart presence for Scotland, going the distance in a challenging match against France, which ended in a 1-4 loss for the Scots.
Over in South America, Facundo Pellistri and Casemiro earned their spots in the starting lineups for Uruguay and Brazil, respectively. Casemiro, known for his defensive prowess, struggled to provide creativity and was fortunate to escape without a red card after some robust challenges.
Meanwhile, Facundo Pellistri shone as a reliable outlet on the right side of the field, showcasing his skills and versatility.