eEuro 2020 was won by Italy after dramatic victories over Israel, France and Serbia | Instant News


With the real thing being postponed until next summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, the eEuro 2020 final takes place this weekend when 16 countries gather to compete in the biggest international virtual soccer championship ever.

Minimized from the 55 preliminaries in the playoffs last month, 16 teams – consisting of between two and four players from their national efootball team, played at Konami eFootball Pro Evolution Soccer 2020 on Playstation 4 – entering two finals. The competition day was drawn into four groups.

With the group stage finished on Saturday, the quarterfinals, semifinals and finals occur on Sunday when Romania, Serbia, Italy and France advance to the “Final Four.” The knockout game is ‘the best of three’, with the final ‘the best of five’, so the scores below reflect the score of the series and not the individual game.

Quarter Final: fast results and high drama

With 16 countries trimmed to eight on Saturday, the second day of the UEFA eEURO 2020 final weekend watched the tournament reach the quarter-finals. The action began with the Netherlands hosting Romania, who came to a crisis tie at a high after previously getting rid of a strong German team in the group phase. The first quarterfinal did not disappoint Romania fought back from the brink in a best-of-three battle with Orange to secure another surprise victory.

Spain then takes on Serbia to determine who will face the giant Romanian killer in the semifinals, and the tie goes full distance thanks some heroic gasp last from David de Gea. However, the Serbs finally appeared above to send Spain home and pitch to the top four.

Italy makes light work of Israel, only need two matches to solve everything with a 5-0 aggregate score.

France then follows him by seeing Croatia as quickly as possible, won 2-1 and 3-1 in their first two matches to seize the remaining semi spots.

RESULTS (best of three matches):

Netherlands 1-2 Romania
Spain 1-2 Serbia
Italy 2-0 Israel
France 2-0 Croatia

Semifinals go down to the wire

The semifinal ever fight was settled in a best-of-three format with the first match between Romania and Serbia going all the way. Both teams head for the tiebreaker after winning their respective matches only to find the score once again deadlocked in the first round. However, coming hours, came Aleksandar Mitrovic – the Serbian striker waited until the 88th minute to break the hearts of Romania and send his country to the grand finale.

Elsewhere, it took three matches and penalties to separate Italy and France in their semi. With mounting tension and one place in the finals at stake, that’s true Panenka’s mistakes were truly horrendous from Moussa Sissoko who brought it Les BleusA noble run to an embarrassing end.

RESULTS (best of three matches)

Romania 1-2 Serbia
Italy 2-0 France

Final: Italy wins dramatically

And thus the stage has been set, with Serbia and Italy facing each other in a five-best challenge (!) In their respective efforts to be crowned champions of the inaugural UEFA eEURO tournament.

As you might expect, the final is a far more cautious affair than the effervescent match that preceded it, with Italy taking two of the first three matches. Anything but victory for Serbia in game four will make their opponents take continental gold and with 28 minutes, Fabio Quagliarella puts Italy in the driver’s seat with predator finishes that suit veteran hunters.

Serbia did dig deeper and managed to produce an equalizer on the hour mark through Luka Jovic’s bicycle kick.

Momentum swayed for the rest of the second half when Italy began to push for important goals and then, when the hour passed stoppage time, the decisive moment arrived. Lorenzo Insigne locked the ball through, cut inside his marker, curled a shot past Serbian goalkeeper Marko Dmitrovic and won eEUROs with the last meaningful touch of the entire tournament.

It was a coolness that was personified and an inspired end result that proved to be more than just a fantastic spectacle.

Serbia 1-3 Italy

Group Stage

Saturday’s group format is a little unusual, but basically four teams play the opening two matches, with the winners of both matches facing each other (“Winner’s Game”) knowing that another win will automatically make them qualify for the quarter-finals.

The two losers also face each other (“Loser’s Match”), with the winner getting another chance at qualifying for the next phase by facing the loser from the “Winner’s Game” in an all or nothing tiebreak.

The winner of this playoff then qualifies for the quarter-finals as group runner-up because the top two teams from each group qualify.

Clean? Clean. Unlike UEFA tournaments that don’t need to be complicated, do they?

GROUP A

As you might have guessed, it all started in Group A, where Spain and Germany were big rivals in the midst of the high-scoring opening match.

La Roja nearly nudged Romania by winning their first match 6-5, while their German rivals carried out a comprehensive 5-1 demolition of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Spain then ensured they finished top of the group with a 4-2 win over Germany in the winner’s match – although they clearly thanked goalkeeper David De Gea.

Bosnia were eliminated by Romania in a losing match, finding themselves at the wrong end of the 8-2 attack.

However, they left eEuro 2020 with a parting prize in the form of an extraordinary comfort free kick from Miralem Pjanic.

Group A then closed with a surprising result when Romania beat Germany 4-3 in a tiebreak, with a direct golden goal from kickoff that sent the former through the topping table with Spain.

Spain 6-5 Romania
Germany 5-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina
Loser match: Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-8 Romania
Winning match: Spain 4-2 Germany
Tiebreak match: Germany 3-4 Romania

GROUP B

In Group B, Italy found themselves inspired by motivational messages from real national team coach Roberto Mancini when they beat Denmark 5-1 in their first match.

That Azzurri then met Serbia (who defeated Turkey 6-1 in their opening match) in the group-winning match, only to win a dramatic 6-5 victory over their opponents and ensure themselves top spot and one place in the knockout.

Turkey then eliminated Denmark in a flamboyant style in the Group B loser’s match – a 7-2 punch marked by a perfect pass guided by a laser from Oguzhan Ozyakup to set up Burak Yilmaz for the second goal.

Serbia then meets Turkey in the Group B tiebreaker, with the former strengthening second place with a narrow 4-3 victory.

Denmark 1-5 Italy
Serbia 6-1 Turkey
Loser match: Turkey 7-2 Denmark
Match winner: Italy 6-5 Serbia
Tiebreak match: Serbia 4-3 Turkey

GROUP C

Group C begins with Montenegro defeating Luxembourg 2-1 and the Netherlands pressing Croatia in a tense 3-2 movie.

The Netherlands then did good things by beating their opponents Montenegro 2-1 to finish at the top.

Thus, Montenegro was pitted against Croatia’s Balkan rivals in the Group C tiebreaker, which made the two teams exchange blows with tight ties and attrition.

After extra time proved fruitless, the game was finally settled with a nervous penalty shoot-out.

Both sides missed a succession of penalty kicks before Croatia took it deep, deep into sudden death when impossible hero Dejan Lovren held his courage amid increasing pressure.

Montenegro 2-1 Luxembourg
Netherlands 3-2 Croatia
Loser match: Croatia 5-3 Luxembourg
Winning match: Montenegro 1-2 Netherlands
Tiebreaker match: Croatia Croatia 2-2 (pen: 4-5)

GROUP D

Austria got Group D underway with a 2-1 win over Israel, which was immediately followed by France’s 3-2 blow over Greece.

France then defeated Austria 2-0 with Kylian Mbappe on the scoresheet in the winning match to finish top of the group and thus seal their own safe passage to the quarters.

Israel can bounce back in a losing match, win 2-1 and condemn Greece for their fate, landing themselves on a Group D tiebreak against old enemies Austria – the second time the two countries face each other at eEuro 2020.

Another close and clever dispute ensued which remained scoreless until two quick goals within two minutes pushed Austria to take the lead.

However, Israel wasted no time in pulling themselves back into it when Eran Zahavi pulled one back to suddenly trigger a quite warm tiebreak into life.

Indeed, with time ticking until the 85th minute, Israel again scored to equalize 2-2 and usher in extra time and, finally, a penalty.

Austria scored their first two penalty kicks and then lost the next four because once again a sudden death was needed to separate the team – Israel sank a decisive penalty to win the last remaining quarterfinal place.

Austria 2-1 Israel
France 3-2 Greece
Loser match: Greece 1-2 Israel
Winning match: Austria 0-2 France
Tiebreaker match: Austria 2-2 Israel (pen: 2-3)

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