Sunday was another enthralling day at the European Championships, with Czech Republic and Belgium booking their places in the quarter-finals.
The Czechs took advantage of Matthijs de Ligt’s dismissal to cause the first big shock of the tournament, securing a 2-0 victory against their previously unbeaten opponents.
Belgium kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet on their way to a gritty 1-0 win, and the Portuguese superstar is a good place to kick-off our latest Euro 2020 Diary.
Wright sparks Twitter meltdown
Former Arsenal star Ian Wright was in good form on ITV last night, and sparked a Twitter meltdown with his comments about Ronaldo’s free-kick prowess.
Wright declared that the Portugal forward’s ability from dead-ball situations was a ‘myth’ after he failed to make several opportunities count against Belgium.
— Squid Boy (@TheSquidBoyLike) June 27, 2021
The former England striker’s ‘watch out everyone, nothing happens’ comment at half-time triggered Ronaldo’s fan boys into action on social media.
Wright would no doubt have been chuckling to himself when Ronaldo wasted another good opportunity to draw Portugal level in the second half.
Pundits wade into Kane vs Lukaku debate
Pundits Lianne Sanderson and Darren Bent were singing Romelu Lukaku’s praises yesterday, claiming on talkSPORT that he’d be better a buy than Harry Kane.
Lukaku subsequently produced an impressive performance for Belgium, playing a key role in the build-up to his team’s winning goal.
🔥 Lianne: “It’s like Lukaku isn’t underrated, but he has to do more than anyone else to be noticed.”
👏 Darren: “If it’s £150M for Kane or £90M for Lukaku, Lukaku all day. It’s not even a debate.”
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) June 27, 2021
However, a quick look at their respective Premier League statistics highlights why their opinion was wide of the mark.
Lukaku – 113 goals in 252 games. Kane 166 goals in 245 games. Bent was right on one thing. It’s not even a debate.
Wales still whining
From Gareth Bale to Robbie Savage and more, Wales didn’t take their embarrassing exit from Euro 2020 too well on Saturday.
The whining continued into yesterday, with Charlton Athletic defender Chris Gunter posting a cry-baby rant on Instagram.
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Government rules, excessive travel and life not being fair were the best bits of Gunter’s outpouring of stomach-churning nonsense.
Wales are out of the tournament because they were deservedly beaten by a better team. That’s it. Stop with the excuses.