Sad Injury News for Tierney and Euro 2024 Roundup

Tierney left on a stretcher during the 1-1 draw against Switzerland

Arsenal left back, Kieran Tierney, started for Scotland in the left center back position alongside Jack Hendry and Grant Hanley, who deputized for the suspended Ryan Porteous, and played for an hour before suffering a nasty injury when he attempted to close down Dan Ndoye. He stumbled awkwardly, then seemed to plant his foot and it looked like he hyperextended his knee. The fact that he had to be stretched off, with him covering his face in anguish indicated that he was in a lot of pain.

After the match, Scotland gaffer, Steve Clarke, had a couple of words to say regarding the injury,

It looks pretty bad. Obviously we have to assess it but Kieran won’t play the last group game. You have to feel for him, he’s got himself into great shape, he’s a top player for us who does ever so well.

According to TransferMarkt, in seven seasons of professional football dating back to his time at Celtic, Arsenal and Real Sociedad, Tierney has missed 635 days of action due to injuries, missing 121 games he was supposed to be available for. His move to Real Sociedad last season was a welcome move for the player that had clearly lost his way, as well as his place at Arsenal, but unfortunately, Tierney had three major injuries at San Sebastian, leaving the Spanish outfit no choice but to return him to Arsenal with absolutely no plans whatever to retain his services.

Tierney must have harbored plans of showcasing his talent at the world stage in the European Championships, so to see him potentially bow out of the competition after 140 minutes of competitive football will be a bitter pill to swallow. Hopefully, he hasn’t done his ACL like Jurrien Timber last season, that essentially ruled him out of the entire campaign. We will keep tabs on the final diagnosis and progress from there.

Tierney injury aside, it was an entertaining game of football, with the opening goal coming in rather fictitious circumstances when Scott McTominay’s tame effort was deflected into the Switzerland goal by Fabian Schar when Yann Sommer was on hand to make a routine save. The Swiss equalized with a peach of a goal from Xherdan Shaqiri that looked better with each passing replay. Despite the fact that the game finished in a stalemate, the Scots can count themselves lucky, as Switzerland had the ball in the net on two occasions with goals from Ndoye and Breel Embolo but the VAR chums rightly ruled both goals out for offside.

Elsewhere, Kai Havertz didn’t show off the great form of the first match day, as he was yanked off after 58 minutes for Niclas Fullkrug. Havertz had a big chance in the first half, using his strength to evade his marker and was clean on goal but the Hungary goalie, Peter Gulasci, made himself big and made a great block. Jamal Musiala opened the scoring, even though Ilkay Gundogan was adjudged to impede the Hungary defender in the buildup to the goal. Gundogan got the match clincher in the second half making the hosts the first team to progress to the knockout rounds.

The final game of the day saw Croatia and Albania put up a footballing clinic in a game that took fans through a lot of emotions. Early on, Qasim Laci evaded the Croatian defense to nod Jasir Asani’s cross home, but Dominik Livakovic could have done better to parry the ball away.

Losing 3-0 to Spain was hard to take, but trailing to Albania would have put the nail on Croatia’s Euro 2024 coffin. However, they got their equalizer through a goal from Andrej Kramaric. While the Croat fans were basking in the euphoria of their leveler, they went into delirium when Klaus Gjasula scored an unfortunate own goal. Gjasula would have wanted the ground to open up and swallow him, but in a strange twist of fate, Gjasula scored a goal in the 95th minute, inserting a dagger to Croatian hearts.

The draw throws Croatian qualification hopes into turmoil and they would be hoping for Spain to get a favorable result against Italy before they play them on Matchday 3.

Today’s action will see some Arsenal interest, as Jorginho will be part of the Italy squad that will feature in the blockburster fixture against Spain. While Declan Rice and Bukayo Saka will be involved against Nicklas Bendtner’s Denmark.

Sayonara.

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