Italy sails smoothly while Denmark inches closer to securing a spot in Euro 2024.


Italy sails smoothly while Denmark inches closer to securing a spot in Euro 2024.

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Italy, the reigning champions, enjoyed a comfortable 4-0 triumph over Malta in the Euro 2024

qualifiers on Saturday, while Denmark solidified their position and dashed the aspirations of underdogs Kazakhstan. Giacomo Bonaventura notched his maiden goal for Italy with a well-curled effort, while Domenico Berardi contributed a

splendid strike to double the lead in Bari. Berardi added another in the second half before Davide Frattesi concluded a straightforward evening for Luciano Spalletti’s team, retaining their hold on the second spot in Group C before their upcoming clash with England. “That match is where we will really see how much potential we have,” Spalletti shared with broadcaster RAI.

With a game in hand, Italy closed the gap to three points behind England ahead of their encounter at Wembley. Berardi, recalling Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph over England, expressed anticipation for the upcoming match, aiming to replicate their winning performance.

Meanwhile, Ukraine, level with Italy, secured a 2-0 victory over North Macedonia in Prague. Georgiy Sudakov provided the lead for Ukraine in the 30th minute, with substitute Oleksandr Karavaiev sealing the victory deep into stoppage time before their forthcoming visit to Malta.

Denmark avenged their earlier defeat to Kazakhstan as Robert Skov netted twice in a 3-1 win in Copenhagen. Jonas Wind initiated Denmark’s charge, while Skov’s quick-fire double on either side of halftime secured the victory despite Kazakhstan’s late consolation goal from Yan Vorogovskiy.

Slovenia, propelled by Benjamin Sesko’s brace, clinched a 3-0 win over Finland in Ljubljana. Sesko converted one from the penalty spot and added another with a clinical finish, bringing his tally to eight goals in his last 11 international

appearances. Defender Erik Janza’s late goal sealed the deal for Slovenia, who lead Denmark at the top of the table by goal difference. Slovenia is set to face Northern Ireland next week, while Denmark’s match against San Marino is expected to yield a victory.

In other matches, Northern Ireland secured a 3-0 victory over San Marino, Hungary took control of Group G with a 2-1 win at home against Serbia, and Montenegro is set to face Serbia in a crucial fixture for both sides.


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