If someone would automatically assign 1 and 3 points to these two teams after first matches, most possible one would make a huge mistake. Surprisingly it is the Slovakia, who starts the Monday’s match in Kielce as a group A leader with 2 points more than England. Pavel Hapal’s players dream about another surprising result, while Adrian Boothroyd’s squad will do anything to get 3 points and advance to the semi-finals.
„Sons of Albion” pushed hard at the beginning of their duel with Swedes, but the more time has passed, the better their opponents were playing. Eventually, it was a goalless draw and English owe a lot to their keeper, Jordan Pickford. 23-year-old saved a penalty kick in the end of the match.
What about Slovaks? The opening match began for them in the worst possible way, as they lost the goal against Poland in the very first minute. Later however, they showed a great character and beat the hosts 2:1. They are in comfortable situation before the upcoming duel.
In match with Slovakia, England will hunt for their first goal on this tournament. The responsibility for scoring will lay on Tammy Abraham, who played on striker position against Sweden. – We know he’s a tough one in the box – said on pre-match conference Slovakian defender, Milan Skriniar.
Indeed it is a 22-year-old who is probably the biggest star in his team. Stanislav Lobotka was another player who collected great notes after the match against Poland, fully controlling the midfield. The goals, however, were scored by Martin Valjent and Pavol Safranko.
– To get promoted, we have to be in the first place in the group– reminded before the upcoming match England’s team coach, Adrian Boothroyd. Indeed, the match can decide whether or not English side can top the group A and advance to the semi-finals.
Last time, youths English and Slovaks played against each other 14 years ago! Back then, June 2003, “Sons of Albion” won 2:0.
The inauguration of Matchday 2. on UEFA EURO U-21 starts on Monday, 19th of June, 18:00 at Kielce Stadium. Lithuanian referee, Gediminas Mazeik is set to officiate the match.