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Open Thread: June 13, 2021

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Our Sunday issue of the Daily Merengue!

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Major scare at Euro 2020

Spectators were left in shock as Christian Eriksen collapsed on the pitch during Denmark’s UEFA Euro 2020 clash against Finland on Saturday. The Denmark FA said in a statement a little later that Eriksen is stable in hospital and undergoing further tests. With good news regarding the player, the match then resumed after consultations with both teams.

Denmark ended up losing the game 1-0. Meanwhile Gareth Bale was underwhelming as his side drew against Switzerland 1-1. The Swiss dominated proceedings and will rue their missed chances.

Thibaut Courtois' Belgium cruised to a 3-0 victory against Russia courtesy of a brace from Lukaku and another goal from Thomas Meunier who came on for the injured Castagne after the latter suffered a head injury in the first half. Eden Hazard, who is still working his way back into fitness, did not start the match but managed to play 20 minutes. Entering in the 72nd minute for Dries Merten. Another game another clean sheet for Courtois.

Benzema back, England take on Croatia today.

After a few days of individual training, Benzema was back training with the rest of his teammates today. The French forward is expected to take part in his team’s Euro Group F opener against Germany. In a massive game today, Croatia take on England and captain Luka Modric believes there has been a sense of arrogance around the England team but knows Gareth Southgate’s side carry no such ego and are ready for Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener. ”That arrogance, it’s not so much related to the players and to the England national team but to the people around them - some of the journalists and commentators”;

Today marks 65 years since the first European Cup.

On the 13th of June 1956, Real Madrid’s legendary status in the competition began when they beat Stade de Reims in the final (4-3). Paris’s Parc des Princes hosted a thrilling final, with the French side going 0-2 up in the early stages, before Di Stéfano and Rial cancelled out their advantage ahead of the break. With 62 minutes gone, Hidalgo put Stade de Reims back in front but our team inaugurated their legendary status in Europe with a superb comeback at the end, sealed by goals for Marquitos and Rial, who completed his brace. Sixty-five years on from that final, Real Madrid are the top club in European Cup history, with 13 titles.

Real Madrid

ICYMI: Managing Madrid Podcast: The Pre Euros / Luis Campos / Brahim Mailbag.

In this podcast, Kiyan Sobhani and Lucas Navarrete go through a whole range of topics from ‘Mesut Ozil’s departure from Real Madrid, and how does or doesn’t relate to Martin Odegaard’ to ‘How much longer will Florentino Perez be Real Madrid’s president?’. Give it a listen.