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Tuesday at the U21 Euros

20 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 19/06/17 5:46pm

Saul Niguez (R) and Marco Asensio shone for Spain U21 against Macedonia

Saul Niguez (R) and Marco Asensio shone for Spain U21 against Macedonia

Serbia face Macedonia and Portugal take on Spain in European U21 Championship action, live on .

Both Serbia and Macedonia were beaten in their first games of the group on Saturday and know only a victory will keep alive any chances of making it to the last four.

For Portugal and Spain, three points would be a big step towards qualification from the group.

Serbia v Macedonia – 4:50pm on Sky Sports 1 HD

Serbia were on the wrong end of a 2-0 defeat to Portugal while Macedonia were thumped 5-0 by Spain, and both sides will be aware that the tournament structure means anything but a win will see them exit the competition.

Macedonia started the competition as outsiders and that tag wasn’t helped as a Marco Asensio hat-trick helped the Spanish towards a thumping victory in Gdynia. This match, however, will give them more of an opportunity to show what they can do.

Highlights of the Euro U21 Championship clash between Portugal and Serbia

Serbia have not won a game in this competition since 2007, and earned just a single point in the group stages in 2015.

Key players to watch: Marko Grujic (Serbia/Liverpool), Kire Markoski (Macedonia/Rabotnichki)

Portugal v Spain – 7:40pm on Sky Sports 1 HD

Spain recorded an emphatic win on Saturday, with goals from Saul Niguez and a Gerard Deulofeu penalty adding to Asensio’s hat-trick, and they’ll be looking to move a step closer to a fifth U21 title (of which their last win came in 2013).

For Portugal, who eased past Serbia with goals from Goncalo Guedes and Bruno Fernandes, it will be interesting to see how they play against the tournament favourites, as neither side will want to lose and fall out of contention for a place in the semi-finals.

Highlights of the Euro U21 Championship clash between Spain and Macedonia

Renato Sanches, who started for Portugal in the Euro 2016 final victory last summer but was a substitute in their opening game, will be hoping for a spot in the XI after coming off the bench to set up their second goal.

Key players to watch: Bruno Fernandes (Portugal/Sampdoria), Marco Asensio (Spain/Real Madrid)


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