Euro 2020 LIVE: Locatelli joins Ronaldo in Coca-Cola snub, £4bn loss for drinks giant, Pogba does same with Heineken

EURO 2020 is in full swing!

Italy are the first team through to the second round with picking up their second win.

Meanwhile Wales are on the brink of joining Italy after a stunning 2-0 win over Turkey in Baku.

And England are gearing up for their clash with Scotland on Friday.

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Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

  • William Pugh


    Forget the footy – the real fizz of Euro 2020 appears to be occurring off the pitch thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo.

    The star wiped $4BILLION off Coca-Cola’s market value after his press conference stunt on Monday.

    But Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov, 57, is not one to be moved by the former Manchester United forward’s actions.

    And as he faced the media following his team’s 1-0 win over Finland in Saint Petersburg, the ex-goalkeeper actually enjoyed a bottle of the hugely-popular drink.

    Cherchesov picked up one that had been placed next to his microphone, opened it and took several sips as he toasted Aleksei Miranchuk’s matchwinner.

    Ronaldo – who scored two late goals in a 3-0 win against Hungary – had told the watching world to ‘Drink Water!’ as he sat down to speak to the media several days ago. Coca-Cola’s share price promptly dropped from $56.10 (£39.80) to $55.22 (£39.19).

    Credit: Twitter
  • William Pugh


    England's ootie stars have been twisting their melons to sink Scotland tomorrow — by working out with fruit-patterned under­water balls.

    Players love kickabouts with “watermelon balls” at their training base. The soft, coloured globes can be kicked or thrown up to 10ft under water.

    The team — managed by Gareth Southgate — had a splashing time at St George’s Park yesterday as the final countdown began to the Battle of Britain Euro 2020 showdown at Wembley.

    Coaching staff at the camp in Burton-on-Trent, Staffs, introduced the bizarre balls in place of the unicorn pool inflatables which players loved at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

    They allow the stars to enjoy fun games with minimal impact on tired joints and muscles. Tyrone Mings, 28, Phil Foden, 21, Kyle Walker, 31, and Jordan Pickford, 27, were snapped with their new toys.

    Credit: Getty
  • William Pugh


    Holland star Memphis Depay wants to become part of the Koeman League.

    The former Manchester United player is out of contract from French side Lyon.

    And there are rumours he will soon move to Barcelona for a reunion with compatriot Ronald Koeman.

    Depay said: “Everyone knows that I have been negotiating with Barcelona for some time.

    “I want to play for Ronald Koeman. Now we have to wait, but there will be news soon.”

    Credit: EPA
  • Marc Mayo


    Yesterday was a brilliant day for Wales as they defeated Turkey 2-0 in Baku to take a giant step towards the last 16.

    Goals from Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts – both of which were created by Gareth Bale – were enough to secure three points.

    There was also a big win for Italy, who hammered Switzerland 3-0 thanks to a brace from Manuel Locatelli and a late strike from Ciro Immobile.

    And there was a win for Russia as they defeated Finland 1-0 in Saint Petersburg.

    Today's action begins with the game between Ukraine and North Macedonia in Bucharest, followed by Denmark vs Belgium in Copenhagen.

    Danes boss Kasper Hjulmand has confirmed Christian Eriksen will watch the match from his hospital bed, situated less than a mile from the ground.

    The 8pm game is between Holland and Austria.

    In other news, Harry Maguire has confirmed he will be FIT to face Scotland at Wembley on Friday.

    And Sheffield United goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been drafted into the squad following Dean Henderson's injury.

  • Thomas Blow


    Harry Maguire gave England a massive Euros boost by insisting he is fit to play against Scotland on Friday.

    The Manchester United skipper has made a rapid recovery from the ankle ligament injury he picked up at Aston Villa last month.

    Yet the central defender is still unlikely to start against the Scots, with boss Gareth Southgate looking certain to keep faith with John Stones and Tyrone Mings.

    Asked if he is fit to start at Wembley, Maguire, 28, said: “Yes definitely.

    “I’ve done a few sessions now and feel like my fitness is there, so I’m available for the game.

    “The injury was a setback club football-wise. Internationally, I wanted to come into this with a lot of games under my belt with full fitness.

    “But I feel good and I’ve been in full training.”

  • Thomas Blow


    Gareth Bale created FIVE clear-cut chances in Wales’ 2-0 win over Turkey… the most EVER in tournament history.

    Magnificent Bale, 31, was in tip-top form tonight as the Welsh all-but booked their place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020.

    The Real Madrid winger, who spent the season on loan at former side Spurs, helped himself to two assists against the Turks.

    Bale produced a piece of magic to find Aaron Ramsey minutes before half-time to put Wales ahead.

    The four-time Champions League winner then found Connor Roberts in the 95th minute to seal an incredible victory.

    Bale did have a moment to forget earlier in the second half when he sent a penalty blazing high over the bar.

    But he still managed to create a record five clear-cut chances, according to The Analyst.

    That’s the most by a single player in recorded Euro history since 1980.

  • Thomas Blow


    Roy Keane stunned ITV viewers by transforming from “raggedy badger to smooth Bond” by ditching his bushy beard.

    While Italy brushed off Switzerland, many armchair fans were bristling at the Manchester United legend’s unexplained new Keane-shaven look.

    One suggested the former hardman had “shaved his beard because he was annoyed you all said he looked handsome”.

    And in another reference to Keane’s cut-throat reputation as a player, one viewer tweeted: “He’ll probably have a full beard by the end of the game.”

    One wondered: “Does Roy Keane just take his beard off and let it run wild for a couple of weeks every six months or so?

    “Last night he looked like a raggedy old badger today smoother than Bond.”

  • Thomas Blow


    Italy enjoyed a comfortable victory over Switzerland at the Olimpico, which sealed qualification for Euro 2020's Round of 16.

    The Azzurri thought they opened the scoring when captain Giorgio Chiellini picked a corner-kick from Lorenzo Insigne in the air and fired it behind Yann Sommer's goal after the ball bounced back to his feet.

    However, VAR found that Chiellini's arm hit the ball before he scored and things got worse for the Juventus star as he hobbled off the pitch with a muscle injury soon after.

    However, Manuel Locatelli made it happen on 26 minutes when he found Domenico Berardi down the right flank with a wonderful ball from midfield.

    Berardi delivered a wonderful low cross to the penalty area where Locatelli was after running the whole distance from midfield and beat Sommer with a wonderful finish.

    The Sassuolo star completed a brace after 52 minutes and became Italy's third youngest player to score two goals in a single game of a major tournament.

    Ciro Immobile sealed his country's big win with a long-range shot that Sommer couldn't hold on to in the 89th minute

  • Thomas Blow

    ITALY 2-0

    Manuel Locatelli has scored another for Italy, who are just TEN minutes away from qualifying for the last 16 in Rome.

  • Thomas Blow


    And here's that nice team goal from Italy – finished off by Locatelli…

  • Thomas Blow

    1-0 ITALY!

    Italy have taken the lead against Switzerland thanks to a neat finish from midfielder Manuel Locatelli in the 26th minute.

    The four-time world champions have also had a goal disallowed for handball by VAR.

    It's not looking good for the Swiss, who are under pressure after Wales' victory against Turkey earlier this evening.

  • Thomas Blow


    The teams are in for Italy's Group A match with Switzerland.

    Italy: Donnarumma, Di Lorenzo, Bonucci, Chiellini, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Locatelli, Berardi, Insigne, Immobile.

    Switzerland: Sommer, Mbabu, Elvedi, Schar, Akanji, Rodriguez, Freuler, Xhaka, Shaqiri, Seferovic, Embolo.

    Kick-off at 8pm.

  • Thomas Blow


    Kevin Gallacher believes England’s arrogance could lead to an epic Scotland victory at Wembley on Friday.

    The ex-Scotland international told BETDAQ: "England will believe that they can go and walk all over Scotland.

    "I think that’s the way that their players will approach it. They'll think, 'This will be easy, it’s only Scotland.'

    "Living down in England, it's almost like sometimes they belittle the Scottish players playing in the Scottish league.

    "We’ve got a few players now playing in the Premier League and they're playing regularly.

    "For me, in Scotland-England games, form goes out the window. It's who wants it more."

  • Thomas Blow


    Wales have beaten Turkey after a heroic performance in Baku.

    Aaron Ramsey's first-half goal gave Rob Page's side a crucial lead.

    Gareth Bale smashed a penalty over the bar after the break and they were almost made to pay as Turkey went all out for an equaliser.

    But a late strike from Connor Roberts secured the win.

    Wales now have four points and will be sensing a place in the last 16.

    Their next game is against Italy in Rome.

  • Thomas Blow


    Good news – the picture's improved in Baku.

    And it's still 1-0 to Wales!

    But Gareth Bale has just blazed a penalty over the bar – before Turkey's goalkeeper hammered a clearance into the Wales captain, narrowly missing the goal.

    There's 21 minutes remaining in the game.

    Here's Aaron Ramsey's goal…

  • Thomas Blow


    You've got to feel for Wales fans here in the UK.

    Although they're winning against Turkey, the picture keeps cutting out!

    Thankfully it didn't cut out when Aaron Ramsey scored just before half-time.

    The BBC have apologised for the coverage.

    Let's hope Uefa's host broadcaster can get this sorted as soon as possible.

    Can Wales hold on to the lead?

  • Thomas Blow


    It's currently 0-0 in Baku between Turkey and Wales, with 27 minutes played.

    But it shouldn't be.

    Juventus star Aaron Ramsey, clean through on goal, has just blazed a shot over the bar.

    The ex-Arsenal midfielder thought he was offside, dropping to his knees when the linesman didn't put his flag up.

    Will Wales live to regret it?

  • Thomas Blow


    The teams for Wales' Euro 2020 match with Turkey have been announced.

    Turkey: Cakir, Celik, Ayhan, Soyuncu, Meras, Yokuslu, Under, Karaman, Tufan, Calhanoglu, Yilmaz.

    Wales: Ward, C. Roberts, Mepham, Rodon, B. Davies, Allen, Morrell, Bale, Ramsey, James, Moore.

    Kick-off at 5pm.

  • Thomas Blow


    Russia picked up an important victory against Finland at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.

    The Finnish national team thought they got the lead in the opening minutes when Jukka Raitala dispossessed Igor Diveev at the right flank and delivered a stunning cross to Joel Pohjanpalo.

    Pohjanpalo headed the ball past Matvei Safonov but was caught just an inch offside by VAR.

    Russia got unlucky soon after as they lost Mario Fernandes to what appeared to be a back injury.

    But Stanislav Cherchesov's men created plenty of chances and finally broke the deadlock in the second minute of stoppage time.

    Aleksey Miranchuk danced around Finland's defence and passed to Artem Dzyuba who then set his team-mate up in the area for a stunning curling shot that beat Lukas Hradecky.

    Russia had chances to seal the win in the second half with Aleksandr Golovin and Rifat Zhemaletdinov but they both just missed the target.

  • Joe Brophy


    Mason Greenwood has been named on the 100-man longlist for the 2021 Golden Boy award.

    The Manchester United forward, 19, was dealt a cruel blow after being forced to withdraw from England's Euro 2020 squad due to injury.

    Greenwood had been named in the 33-man provisional squad and had been tipped to make the final 26.

    But the Old Trafford whiz has been given some good news after being named among the 100 nominees for the prestigious Golden Boy award.

    Last year, Greenwood finished 12th as Erling Haaland won the crown.

    But the young striker will have another chance of glory in 2021 after he was named as one of 15 Premier League representatives on the list.

  • Joe Brophy


    Russia boss Stanislav Cherchesov has stated that 'beautiful girls' will be banned from entering their dressing room during Euro 2020.

    The news will come as a blow to model Natalya Nemchinova – dubbed as Russia's 'sexiest fan' due to her exploits at the 2018 World Cup.

  • Joe Brophy


    Exclusive by Chisanga Malata: Ethan Ampadu had a winner’s mentality long before he hit the big time with Chelsea and Euro 2020 contenders Wales.

    Former Stoke Hill coach David Evans told SunSport: “He used to play for us in the summer tournaments.

    “And then all of sudden, there’d be a penalty shootout in the semi-final and if you win it, you’re in the final and if you lose it, you’re going home.

    “And I remember seeing him in tears after we lost a penalty shootout.

    “Playing in local football was Ethan’s first introduction to winning and losing and being competitive.”

  • Joe Brophy


    Antonio Rudiger will escape action for his apparent “bite” on Paul Pogba.

    Chelsea defender Rudiger appeared to nibble the back of Pogba’s neck and tweak his nipple in the latter stages of the first half of Germany’s opening group F defeat by France.

    The incident was spotted by the cameras and looked at by the VAR officials on duty at Uefa’s Nyon base.

    And despite the pictures being shared globally, Uefa have confirmed that no disciplinary case has been opened by inspectors, clearing Rudiger to face Portugal in Germany’s next game in Munich on Saturday.

  • Joe Brophy


    UEFA have ordered France to explain what precautions they took after allowing Benjamin Pavard to play on despite being knocked out against Germany.

    Pavard admits he lost consciousness for a short while after Germany’s Robin Gosens crashed into his head during France’s 1-0 win on Tuesday.

    The Bayern Munich right-back’s head then smacked into the floor as he fell – and he was left out cold on the pitch as medics raced on to tend to him.

    But after receiving treatment which included having a bottle of water thrown over his head, the 25-year-old was then allowed to resume playing the remainder of the match.

    Now the governing body have asked the French Football Federation to explain what protocols they went by in allowing a player to carry on despite having been knocked out.

    Overriding medical consensus is that if a player loses consciousness after receiving a blow to the head, then they have suffered some form of concussion.

    All 24 teams in the European Championship signed up to a concussion charter before the start of the tournament – but IFAB’s protocols including the use of concussion subs are not in place.

    Even so, each team doctor is supposed to watch closely video replays of collisions to help determine the severity of an injury, and not just rely on a player telling them they are OK to continue.

    Uefa want to know if any of the recognised safety protocols were followed – and will still demand to know Pavard is fit to train and play matches over the next few days.

    Under the charter, each national federation has to provide a written explanation of a player’s condition and prognosis to ensure they are safe to take part in any training or matches after a concussion.

  • Joe Brophy


    Finland players wore T-shirts sporting a get-well message for Christian Eriksen ahead of their Euro 2020 clash with Russia.

    The Denmark star, 29, shocked the globe when he collapsed on the pitch in the first-half of the 1-0 defeat to Finland.

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