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EURO 2020 review: international action for Pukki, Hanley and Placheta

28 June 2021

Norwich City’s involvement in Euro 2020 came to an end on Sunday when the Netherlands were knocked out of the tournament by Czech Republic.

Tim Krul did not feature for Frank de Boer’s side at the finals, however three other Canaries got minutes for their nations during the group stages.

After playing a key role in getting them to their first ever major tournament, Teemu Pukki played the opening 76 minutes of Finland’s 1-0 win against Denmark.

He then played 75 minutes of the 1-0 loss to Russia as well as 91 minutes of a 2-0 defeat against Belgium. Three points weren’t enough to see Finland progress to the knockout stages.

Grant Hanley earned plenty of praise for his solid performances in the heart of Scotland’s defence at the Euros. 

They were also eliminated in the group stages following a 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic, a 0-0 draw with England and a 3-1 loss at home to Croatia, in which Hanley was unfortunately forced off through injury in the 33rd minute.

The Norwich City captain played a total of 213 minutes at Euro 2020, more than any other City player.

Finally, Przemyslaw Placheta was an unused substitute for Poland in their first two group games - a 2-1 defeat to Slovakia and a 1-1 draw with Spain - but he did feature against Sweden.

Placheta came on in the 78th minute but Poland were unable to overturn the deficit, losing 3-2 and finishing at the bottom of Group E.

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