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Good afternoon and welcome to our reside weblog from day eight at Euro 2024. Poland face Austria on the Olympiastadion in Berlin within the second spherical of video games in Group D.

It’s basically a case of winner stays in competition, as each side misplaced their opening matches. Ralf Rangnick’s industrious Austria facet went down 1-0 to France on Monday, however will line up as marginal favourites for this encounter.

With their high-energy, proactive urgent sport, they pushed the pre-tournament favourites onerous, with Christoph Baumgartner having a golden alternative nicely saved by Mike Maignan. Though they struggled to comprise Killian Mbappe, they regarded spectacular have been unfortunate to concede an personal aim.

RB Leipzig defensive midfielder Nicolas Seiwald stood out, with Borussia Dortmund’s Marcel Sabitzer additionally exhibiting his aptitude in midfield. There is nice optimism concerning the nationwide soccer workforce in Austria and a good few pundits have picked them as Euro 2024 darkish horses. Time to point out their mettle within the German capital, the place it’s presently a balmy 26C.

“We have to win – it is absolutely clear to us,” the previous Manchester United supervisor stated. “To beat Poland, we need the same mix of aggression and compact play as we saw against France, but also joy on the pitch, optimism to move up the pitch and score.”

Meanwhile, after shedding 2-1 to the Netherlands of their Group D curtain-raiser and ranked lowest from the 4 sides of their teams, at twenty eighth on the earth, Poland want all the assistance they will get.

A match Robert Lewandowski may change the sport for them. Their veteran talisman returned to coaching however is in a race in opposition to time to get better from a thigh harm and make the beginning line-up.

“There is a big difference if you have the best player in the world on the bench or you have him on the pitch,” Poland supervisor Michał Probierz stated of the Barcelona striker yesterday.

Lens striker Adam Buksa did a fantastic job of deputising for Big Lew in opposition to the Netherlands, placing Poland in entrance along with his glancing header. Premier League watchers may even be well-acquainted with their again line, given Jan Bednarek (Southampton) and Jakub Kiwior (Arsenal) are at centre-back.

With 4 of the third-placed groups going by means of into the knockout phases at Euro 2024, each level issues.

Kick-off is at 5pm UK time. Team information to return shortly.