The European Championships have reached the knockout stage, and the first two games on Saturday delivered plenty of entertainment.
Denmark’s demolition job on Wales was fantastic viewing, particularly if you enjoy listening to Robbie Savage make a fool of himself on national television.
Italy were pushed hard by Austria in their last-16 tie, but Roberto Mancini’s team eventually got over the line after extra time.
Dry your eyes Savage
Having suffered Robbie Savage’s biased commentary on the BBC as Wales beat Turkey in the group stage, it was great to listen to his efforts as his glory boys were humiliated by Denmark.
With the Danes leading 3-0, there was a wondrous two or three minute period where the normally motor-mouthed Welshman was completely silent.
Robbie Savage saying “Wales look tired, they’ve travelled a lot, no excuses” – basically offering an excuse with the caveat that there are none pic.twitter.com/PBaf6MYtZe
— Scott Innes (@Flying_Inside) June 26, 2021
He eventually rediscovered his voice to declare that there were ‘no excuses’ for the result before reeling off a list of reasons why Wales had been thumped.
His subsequent interview with fellow Welsh sympathiser Gabby Logan was a sight to behold – a sponsorship deal with Kleenex beckons.
Grow up Bale
Gareth Bale has been an unpopular figure during his time with Real Madrid, with former manager Zinedine Zidane less than enamoured with the supposed superstar.
Bale highlighted why Zidane may have been right about him, judging by his petulant behaviour during a post-match interview following Wales’ Euro 2020 exit.
Has Gareth Bale played his last game for Wales?
…That’s the answer to that 😬
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) June 26, 2021
He took exception to being asked a legitimate question about whether he would retire from international football, storming off camera in a huff.
Bale’s prickly attitude stinks. It’s not hard to be professional and answer the questions. Still, we’d expect nothing less from someone sporting a man bun. Clown.
UEFA music playlist needs work
UEFA apparently has an Official Playlist for Euro 2020, and it’s been updated! Who knew that such things existed?
Presented by Martin Garrix (who?), it is a collection of songs chosen by players featuring in the tournament.
🎶 The UEFA EURO 2020 Official Playlist presented by @MartinGarrix has been updated!
🇳🇱 Memphis Depay
🇨🇿 Jakub Jankto
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 27, 2021
Quite who thought that selecting a cover version of Seven Nation Army is a good idea is anyone’s guess, while the presence of Tubthumping by Chumbawamba is a disgrace.
It’s not all bad, with Tom Grennan bringing some quality to proceedings. However, most of it is garbage. Step up your music game, Euro 2020 footballers.