Euro 2020 Daily Report: Sterling rescues England as Scots bow out

England forward Raheem Sterling
Raheem Sterling's two goals have helped England win Group D

Day 12 of Euro 2020 saw England win Group D while Scotland finished bottom. What will the final day of group matches bring? Here's how the markets are looking.

"Raheem Sterling once again delivered on a night when Harry Kane failed to find the back of the net. Sterling, who has scored England's only two goals at Euro 2020, remains an outsider at 29.028/1 to win the Golden Boot award."

Another clean sheet as England advance

Job done. That pretty much sums up England's 1-0 win over the Czech Republic at Wembley. Gareth Southgate's side knew what they needed to do and they did it in a professional manner to finish top of Group D. This means they will play their Round of 16 tie at the home of football where the capacity could be increased to 40,000.

Raheem Sterling once again delivered on a night when Harry Kane failed to find the back of the net. Sterling, who has scored England's only two goals at Euro 2020, remains an outsider at 29.028/1 to win the Golden Boot award while Kane has drifted to 38.037/1 after starting the tournament as 5/1 favourite.

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At the other end of the pitch, Jordan Pickford and the rest of his defence that included Harry Maguire for the first time this summer, kept another clean sheet. It was their eighth in their last nine internationals and their fifth in a row which is a very good habit to have especially in tournament football.

There were no boos at the end of the 90 minutes which will be seen as a positive, compared to the negative response that greeted the players after their 0-0 draw with Scotland on Friday. By finishing top of the group, England have given themselves a potentially tougher Round of 16 tie possibly against France, Germany or Portugal, but at least the Three Lions will have home advantage.

England's opponents will be confirmed when Group F concludes today. There is a feeling that Southgate's side have more gears to move through and with this win over the Czechs, they have some momentum behind them.

The Three Lions reached the semi-finals in 1996 when Wembley hosted the game and they are 3.259/4 to be one of the last four nations standing at the same venue. The Czechs, who started the day as group leaders, finished in third spot and are 2.942/1 to reach the quarter-finals.

Early exit for goal-shy Scots

The good news for Scotland is that they ended their goal drought at Euro 2020. The bad news is that it wasn't enough to stop them from being eliminated from the tournament. The 3-1 win for Croatia was enough for the World Cup finalists from three years ago to progress to the second round.

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It took Croatia until the third game to finally find some form and it was a result they dearly needed ahead of the knockout stage of the tournament. Luka Modric scored the all important second goal with a superb strike from outside the box midway through the second half. Modric will be a key player if Croatia are to achieve anything this summer.

Luka Modric is Croatia's youngest and oldest scorer at the European Championships.

Modric, with a goal and an assist against Scotland, can be backed at 50.049/1 to be named player of the tournament while Croatia are 40/1 to go on and win Euro 2020. However, their first two performances in the group won't have convinced many that they are capable of going all the way. Defeat in the Round of 16 might be more likely which is available at 11/8.

As for Scotland, it's an 11th tournament in which they have failed to get passed the group stage. Lessons will have to be learnt from this experience if they are to make it to next year's World Cup. A reliable goalscorer needs to be found to avoid future early exits.

Everything is up for grabs in Group E

For the first time in 25 years, Spain have failed to win either of their opening two group games at a European Championship. In 1996, they managed to rectify that by beating Romania 2-1 to reach the knockout stage.

A win tonight against Poland will see the Spaniards advance to the Round of 16. A draw will leave them on three points and facing an anxious wait to see if they are one of the best third placed teams.

Defeat will send Luis Enrique's side home despite being 7/1 fourth favourites to win the Euros on the eve of the tournament. Slovakia know they will go through if they beat Spain, or if they draw and Sweden avoid defeat.

Slovakia's qualification from Group E is priced at 23/10. Spain are 1/5 favourites to win this game while Slovakia are 17/1 to win and send the Spaniards home.

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Spain have underperformed this summer. Even if they did make it through Group E, many expect their stay in the knockout stage to be short lived. They are 2/1 to be eliminated in the Round of 16. However, defensively, Spain have looked strong conceding just one goal.

If they can continue to be hard to penetrate, Spain could live up to their pre-tournament billing as one of the favourites. They can be backed at 5.39/2 to reach the final at Wembley on July 11.

Read Mark O'Haire's preview and tips for Slovakia v Spain here.

Sweden, who are guaranteed a place in the Round of 16 after Monday's results, were 6/1 to win Group E before the tournament started. They have a wonderful opportunity to finish top of the group after taking four points from their first two matches. The Swedes, who face Poland later, can be backed at 2.47/5 to top Group E.

Poland can finish second if they win and the other game has a winner. The Poles, who have not led at this tournament, are 2.568/5 to make it past the group stage.

Read Mark O'Haire's preview and tips for Sweden and Poland here.

Chance for Germany to prove their credentials

Have Germany got their Mojo back? Or was their 4-2 win over Portugal a flash in the pan? We'll find out more when the Germans take on Hungary in the final group match. It's a game Germany should win, but without a clean sheet in their last five games, Hungary will fancy their chances of scoring their second goal of the tournament which is priced at 5/6.

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This may not be the strongest German squad ever assembled for a major tournament, but they will accept any invitation to advance further. In Joachim Low, Germany have a manager who knows what it takes to win a major tournament having guided his country to World Cup success in 2014. Stepping down after the Euros, every game from now on could be Low's last.

Will this be his last? The three-time champions are 22/1 to fail to qualify from Group F. However, their performance against Portugal suggest there is another game or two left for Low and his side are 2.6613/8 to reach the semi-finals.

We have yet to witness a shock result at this tournament. Can Hungary provide what would be a stunning victory? They can be backed at 18.017/1 on the exchange to beat Germany who are 1/6 to finish the group with a win. Another bet to consider is for the Germans to win with both teams scoring which is priced at 13/8 given Germany's struggles to keep clean sheets.

Read James Eastham's preview and tips for Germany v Hungary here.

France needs Mbappe to shine like Ronaldo has

If France have done their homework ahead of this game, they will know that Portugal have been susceptible from crosses. In fact, their defending in their 4-2 loss to Germany was comical with two of the four goals conceded coming from own goals as they failed to deal with crosses into the box.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Miroslav Close are tied on 19 World Cup and European Championship goals which is the most of any European players.

French boss Didier Deschamps has the players to trouble the Portuguese in the heart of their defence which should make for an entertaining contest. Prior to the tournament starting, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe were both 9/1 to be the tournament's leading scorer.

After two matches, it's Ronaldo 3-0 Mbappe. Can the 22-year-old Frenchman close the gap on the 36-year-old? Ronaldo, the all-time leading scorer in the competition's history, can be backed at 4.57/2 to win the Golden Boot while the Paris St-Germain forward is 25.024/1.

As for the game, World Cup holders France start as slight favourites at 6/5 while the defending European champions Portugal are 11/4. Three of the last four meetings have ended in 1-0 wins, two for France and one for Portugal. The other meeting ended in a goalless draw. Under 2.5 goals might be worth considering and can be backed at 3.1511/5 on the exchange.

Read James Eastham's preview and tips for Portugal v France here.

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