Ukraine, with a second victory in two games against co-hosts Romania on Saturday, is almost guaranteed to qualify for the quarter-finals of the Euro Espoirs, while Portugal, one of the favourites, is almost eliminated.
In Group B, in Bucharest, the Ukrainians, without their star Mykhailo Mudryk left to rest, struggled to overcome Romania (1-0), thanks to a goal against his Romanian side at the very end of the game.
If we have to wait for the result of the Spain-Croatia match played later in the evening, Ukraine with its two victories is almost guaranteed to see the quarter-finals, while Romania, defeated twice in two games, is almost eliminated.
Things are much less clear in Group A, where Georgia, another organizing country, never ceases to surprise during its Euro.
Saturday, she came back from the devil vauvert, led 2-0 after 40 minutes by an attractive Belgian team, finally snatching a draw (2-2), pushed by nearly 50,000 spectators at the Paichadze stadium in Tbilisi.
In the other meeting, Portugal, finalist of the previous edition in 2021, who could not do better than a draw (1-1) against the Netherlands, is on the edge of the precipice.
The Portuguese must imperatively beat Belgium on the third day on Tuesday, while counting on a positive result from Georgia (victory or draw) against the Netherlands.