The Latest: Busquets Not Performing After Return From COVID-19

The Latest: Busquets Not Performing After Return From COVID-19

The latest news on the European Football Championship:


Spain’s captain Sergio Busquets will not play in the team’s match against Poland at the European Championship.

Busquets joined the team on Friday after being cleared of the coronavirus. He had been in isolation since June 6.

Spain coach Luis Enrique has said Busquets will be available to play at La Cartuja stadium, but the Spanish football federation has said the Barcelona midfielder will not dress for the Group E game in Sevilla.

Luis Enrique made just one change from the starting lineup who drew 0-0 with Sweden in the opener. He added Gerard Moreno on offense to play alongside arolvaro Morata and Dani Olmo. Moreno replaces Ferran Torres.

Rodri Hernández will remain in midfield instead of Busquets.


Germany got half of their goals from Portugal in a 4-2 European Championship win.

Cristiano Ronaldo put Portugal ahead in Munich, but Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro both scored home to give the Germans the 2-1 advantage at halftime.

Kai Havertz and Robin Gosens then scored early in the second half for Germany. Diogo Jota picked up one for Portugal in the 67th.

Portugal and Germany both have three points in Group F. France leads the group with four points but were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw by Hungary.

The Germans face Hungary in Munich on Wednesday in their final group game. France will face Portugal in Budapest in the other.


Portugal became the first team to score two own goals in one European Championship game.

Defenders Rúben Dias and Raphaël Guerreiro both put the ball into their own net to give Germany a 2-1 halftime lead in their Euro 2020 game in Munich.

Cristiano Ronaldo put the Portuguese ahead in the 15th minute.


Reaching the knockout stage can have drawbacks for European Championship players.

Swedish defender Victor Lindelof suffocated and had to ask a question at a press conference after being asked about his family’s lack of home.

It came after Lindelof’s wife shared photos on her social media account of their young son acknowledging his father on an advertisement outside a store.

An emotional Lindelof said “it’s not a good day to ask for such a thing” before leaning back, stretching his arms out and then lowering his head for a few seconds.

The Swedish players left their families to join the squad on June 2 and they must stay in the tournament bubble. A 1-0 win over Slovakia on Friday means the Swedes are likely to advance to the round of 16 and be at Euro 2020 at least until the end of the month.


Croatia manager Zlatko Dalić faces questions about his future after his side have failed to win either of their opening two European Championship matches.

Dalić led Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, but the team struggled at Euro 2020.

Croatia have one point in Group D and must beat Scotland on Tuesday for a chance to advance to the round of 16.

Croatian media were particularly critical of Dalić’s selection for the second game against the Czech Republic. He was asked if he was leaving after Euro 2020 to join Turkish club Fenerbahce.

Dalić says: “I have no idea. I am focusing only on the game against Scotland.

He adds that “my whole career and my life have been difficult. Everything I did was a fight and I didn’t run away.


Antoine Griezmann scored midway through the second half to give France a 1-1 draw with Hungary and avoid the biggest upheaval of the European Championship.

Hungary took the lead in added time in the first half when Attila Fiola scored in a crowded Puskas Arena. But Griezmann equalized just inside the penalty area after Hungary failed to clear Kylian Mbappe’s cross from the right.

Mbappe had a late shot saved by Hungarian goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi.

Budapest’s Puskas Arena, with a capacity of 67,215, is the only stadium to accommodate full crowds.

Fiola held on to the ball after Roland Sallai won a header down the left flank, burst into the penalty area and held back defender Raphael Varane before slicing the ball into the bottom corner.

World champion France missed several good chances ahead of Hungary’s goal.


Scottish players take time at the European Championship by playing golf.

The Scots held England to a 0-0 draw at Wembley Stadium but still have a tough road to reaching the round of 16. The need to beat Croatia on Tuesday in their final group game at Hampden Park for any chance of qualifying.

Scotland assistant coach Steven Reid said “there was a bit of pressure to get a result” against England and “the boys did it”.

Reid says “you need a day or two during a couple of intense weeks to shut down. They will play a few holes. Certainly not a full 18.


Belgian midfielder Kevin De Bruyne said he still had almost no feeling on the left side of his face after his injury in the Champions League final last month.

De Bruyne fractured his nose and eye socket in a collision with Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger in the title match in Porto on May 29.

The Manchester City midfielder had to undergo minor surgery and returned to action in Belgium’s 2-1 win over Denmark on Thursday in their second group game at the European Championship. He scored one goal and scored another after coming on at half-time.

De Bruyne says: “I still have very little feeling on the left side. I got used to it.

He says he was “a little scared to challenge himself” but “I’m glad I didn’t have to play with a mask. I think I would be bored with that.


The only stadium to host full crowds at this year’s European Championship is packed and ready to go.

Budapest’s 67,215-seat Puskas Arena is set to create another boisterous atmosphere when Hungary takes on world champion France.

Many waved the green-white-red national flag while some were dressed in black T-shirts. Others stood shirtless behind one of the goals in the bright afternoon sun.

UEFA says there are around 5,700 French fans in attendance for the match.

France can qualify for the round of 16 with a victory.


Christian Eriksen’s Danish teammates say his visit was a big surprise and he hugged them all before having lunch with the team.

Eriksen was released from a Copenhagen hospital on Friday and immediately went to see his teammates at their Euro 2020 base camp outside the capital.

Midfielder Christian Norgaard said they had no idea he was coming “so we stopped the training session when he arrived”.

He says Eriksen was accompanied by his partner and his 3-year-old son. Norgaard says the visit “gave the team good energy” and that “this is what we needed”.

Eriksen, 29, suffered cardiac arrest during Denmark’s match against Finland last Saturday and had to be resuscitated with a defibrillator.


Cristiano Ronaldo can add to his record scoring total at the European Championships when Portugal face Germany in Munich.

Ronaldo scored two goals in his team’s first victory at Euro 2020. That gave him 11 goals in his five tournaments.

World champions France will face Hungary in Budapest early in the match. Spain will face Poland at the end of the match in Sevilla.

Portugal and France can both advance to the round of 16 with wins.


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