Euro 2020: Pitch invader advertises cryptocurrency during Belgium vs Finland match


Euro 2020, BEL vs FIN: A pitch invader on Tuesday advertised cryptocurrency during the Belgium and Finland match. A woman ran onto the pitch wearing a black T-shirt which read “WTF coin”. She almost ran halfway during the group stage match but was apprehended by security.

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The woman’s black top also included a link to a webstie for a Bitcoin rival called WTC coin. However, the incident didn’t detract from the quality of football on show.

Euro 2020, BEL vs FIN: Belgium beat Finland 3-0

Three straight wins, seven goals and its top players with game time in their legs. For Belgium, the group stage at the European Championship could hardly have gone better.

The world’s top-ranked team beat Finland 2-0 on Monday to finish in first place in Group B and join Italy and the Netherlands in qualifying with maximum points.

Finland finished in third place in its first appearance at a major tournament, nipped by Denmark after its 4-1 victory over Russia in Copenhagen.

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Belgium’s second goal, scored by Romelu Lukaku in the 81st minute for his third at Euro 2020, could prove significant because it left the Finns as the worst third-place team in the three completed groups. They have only a small chance of qualifying as one of four best third-place finishers.

Euro 2020, BEL vs FIN: Belgium beat Finland 3-0

That didn’t stop a vocal section of white-and-blue-clad Finland supporters from staying behind long after the final whistle at Saint Petersburg Stadium to serenade their team. The players eventually came out of their locker room and back onto the field to applaud.

Finland was on its way to the draw that would have secured the team second place in the group when goalkeeper Lukas Hradecky had the misfortune of scoring a cruel own-goal in the 74th minute. A header from Belgium defender Thomas Vermaelen bounced down and hit the post, rebounded onto the outstretched hand of Hradecky, and went over the line before he had chance to scoop it away.

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