U21 EURO daily bulletin: Saturday 20 June

There were goals aplenty in the second set of Group A games on Saturday while the Group B quartet geared up for what promises to be a nail-biting pair of encounters.

Kevin Volland was the main man for Germany
Kevin Volland was the main man for Germany ©Sportsfile

Group B

England
The England players trained for the first time in this tournament at the Ander Stadium, just a stone's throw from their hotel, ahead of a match against Sweden that offers the chance to bounce back from their opening loss to Portugal. Manager Gareth Southgate promised a "couple of changes" in his press conference, which, if media speculation is to be believed, may mean a start for Tottenham's Alex Pritchard, who featured as a substitute on Thursday. England will need no motivation although if they did, Sweden's Ludwig Augustinsson may have provided it by telling Swedish newspapers that Southgate's players are overrated. Southgate said: "It's been posted next to the meal room. Unfortunately it doesn't do my job for me, but it's always interesting when the opposition make comments about your players."

Italy
The Italy squad were involved in a tactical session in Olomouc before travelling to Uherske Hradiste, their overnight base before the Portugal match. Domenico Berardi, one of the Azzurrini's brightest lights in the loss to Sweden, sat alongside coach Luigi Di Biagio at the pre-match press conference and dismissed talk of him being "the leader of the team". He said: "Italy have a great group, and all the players are important. We'll do our best against Portugal and we believe in our strengths. I'm proud to be playing up front for Italy – this was my dream when I was a boy. "

Portugal
Goalkeeper José Sá attended the pre-match press conference ahead of the Italy match and revealed that he "didn't know that we had never won our opening match at a U21 EURO finals" or that "the last time we managed to beat Italy was back in 1996". You can probably gather that he does "not care much about statistics or traditions" but does about following up the win against England with another three points on Sunday. "There's no doubt that it will be a difficult match but we'll play to win like we always do," added the Marítimo 'keeper.

Sweden
The squad trained in Brno before coach Håkan Ericson and players Oscar Lewicki and Kristoffer Olsson travelled to Olomouc for the pre-match media briefing. Ericson explained that striker Isaac Kiese Thelin had sat out training because of his ongoing heel problem. "He needs as much time as possible between the games," he said. Meanwhile, striker John Guidetti prompted some colourful newspaper headlines back in Sweden by telling reporters that he would cost less than "a cheeseburger" when asked to compare his potential price tag with that of Harry Kane. Joking aside, midfielder Lewicki believes the Swedes have the attacking players to trouble England. "We have played games like this before and it suits us. We defend with all 11 players but if our strikers play as against Italy, they are very good at creating chances on their own."

Group A

Serbia 0-4 Czech Republic
• Jan Kliment hit a stunning hat-trick as the hosts swept aside Serbia to record their biggest U21 EURO final tournament win.
• "We played very well in the first half against Denmark, and we learned the lesson of that. We played the way we wanted to today." Czech Republic coach Jakub Dovalil (Full reaction) 

Germany 3-0 Denmark
• Captain Kevin Volland scored twice as Germany moved through the gears in Prague to replace their opponents at the top of Group A.
• "We weren't good enough in the final third and often lacked composure. Germany were clinical and that was the difference in the end." Jess Thorup, Denmark coach (Full reaction) 

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