- U21 Euros
Yesterday there were two games in group B:
Serbia 2:2 Macedonia
Portugal 1:3 Spain
Portugal vs Spain was a match-up of two of the tournament's biggest favorites and the Spaniards were able to prevail in a hard fought victory. Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Sandro Ramirez (FC Malaga) and Inaki Williams (Atheltic Bilbao) scored for Spain while Bruma (RB Leipzig) scored the lone goal for Portugal. Mikel Merino was subbed on in the 90th minute and was able to play his first few minutes of the tournament.
With this victory Spain is now qualified for the semifinals, they have secured the group win. Portugal on the other hand will have to win their last game and hope that it is enough to qualify. As a reminder, the U21 Euros have a unique mode, there are three groups with four teams, only the group winners will qualify for the semifinals. They are joined only by the best team that finishes second.
Today the Czech Republic will play Italy while Germany take on Denmark. Look for Mo Dahoud and Max Philipp to get some minutes for Germany.
- Red Bull can have all the teams!
In what will be a shock to absolutely nobody, yesterday UEFA ruled that both RB Salzburg and RB Leipzig will be allowed to play in the Champions Leagues. Leipzig is already qualified for the group stages while Salzburg will still have to play the qualifying rounds.
While this is the result that everybody expected it is still somewhat of a shocking decision. UEFA decided that both clubs are sufficiently separated from one another to warrant this decision. In a rather complicated scheme Red Bull made some changes to the structure of both clubs. Red Bull is the owner of RB Leipzig while they are "just" a sponsor of RB Salzburg. In addition the Austrian club will not start as Red Bull Salzburg in the Champions League but they will be known as FC Salzburg....
In other news RB Leipzig are close to agreeing to a transfer with FC Salzburg for the transfer of 20-year-old midfielder Konrad Laimer for the surprisingly low fee of 6€ million further proving that both clubs are completely separated.............
- Aubameyang ultimatum
Sport Bild get in on the fun of discussing Auba's future. The outlet report that Watzke, Zorc and Bosz have agreed to give their striker an ultimatum, if he hasn't found a new club until July 26th (the start of Dortmund's second training camp) he will have to stay in Dortmund. In addition they throw in Andrej Kramaric from TSG Hoffenheim as a possible replacement in case Auba does leave.
Take this with a huge grain of salt, Sport Bild are known to take the "throw it out there and see what sticks" approach with their reporting and this seems like a good example. It is not outlandish to think that BVB have given Auba an ultimatum for a decision so that part might have some truth to it, although the date seems a bit random. The part that seems off is the mention of Kramaric being a possible replacement, if that was actually the case we'd have to check if Zorc has somehow vanished and been replaced by an impostor.
Daily Buzz: Kramaric?