Germany Is Too Slow, The Netherlands Is Too Fast And Other Big Takeaways From Euros Week 1

Week 1 of 4 of Euro 2020 brought plenty of goal-mouth action, but also some disappointing performances — especially from some tournament favorites.

While we're only just starting the second matchday of the group stage, it is never too early to make some broad and definitive conclusions about the action that has taken place thus far.

Here are the biggest things I noticed from the opening week of the Euros.

Biggest Takeaways From Week 1 Of Euro 2020

The pre-tourney favorites have been underwhelming — except for Italy (and maybe Belgium)

Löw Oliéndose Los Dedos, La Mordida De Rüdiger A Pogba Y Todo Lo Que Pasó En El Alemania Vs Francia

Quienes querían un partido lleno de acción seguro terminaron satisfechos luego de ver el clásico europeo entre Alemania y Francia. Hubo goles (válidos y anulados), un momento de intimidad entre Antonio Rüdiger y Paul Pogba, un activista de Greenpeace cayendo en paracaídas sobre el campo y, por supuesto, vimos a Joachim Löw con esa vieja y maldita costumbre de olerse los dedos después de habérselos metido quién sabe dónde.

Germany Unable To Sink Teeth Into France Other Than Rudiger Who Nibbled Pogba, France Wins 1-0

The highly anticipated Group F showdown between France and Germany finished with the same score line as when these sides met in the 2014 World Cup quarterfinals and had the identical sole goal scorer. This time around the French came away with the 1-0 victory. One question many fans are asking though is: Did Rudiger bite Pogba?

Moments before the first half ended some legend working on the camera crew caught this intimate moment between Antonio Rudiger and Paul Pogba. 

Here’s What Europeans Are Saying About Kneeling Before Matches At The Euros

Soccer's European Championship kicks off on Friday with the 24 teams' battle for glory accompanied by off-field conflict over the anti-racism gesture of "taking the knee".

England were booed by some of their fans in two friendlies while Ireland were jeered in Hungary for kneeling before kickoff in a move borrowed from American NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and popularised by the Black Lives Matter movement.

One Of The Greatest Dynasties In Sports History Has Just Come To An End

Olympique Lyonnais, one of the best sports dynasties ever, has been dethroned. 

After 14 straight D1 Féminine titles — which coincided with seven Champions League crowns — Lyon will end the 2020-21 season without either trophy, a remarkable end to one of the most dominant teams we’ve ever seen.

France’s Handbrake Is Off With Mbappé-Benzema-Griezmann Leading The Line

Up until France’s 4-2 victory over Croatia in the final of the 2018 World Cup, Les Bleus were criticized for playing with the sort of pragmatic control that wins you titles but few admirers. 

Half of the front four (Olivier Giroud and Blaise Matuidi) were employed in yeoman’s work, while the left flank of Lucas Hernandez, N'Golo Kanté and Matuidi was there to destroy any fleeting moments of opposition joy.

Nike Finally Explains Alarming Reason It Ended Neymar Relationship Last Year

Nike Inc said on Thursday it ended its partnership with Brazilian soccer star Neymar last year because he refused to cooperate in an investigation into sexual assault allegations leveled against him by a Nike employee.

Neymar, who currently plays for Paris St. Germain, denies the allegations, his spokeswoman said in a statement.

The world's largest sportswear maker said in a statement it viewed the allegations about an incident in 2016 as "credible" but also said an independent investigation it commissioned was inconclusive.

Lille Hangs On To Beat PSG To Ligue 1 Title

PARIS — Lille clinched their first Ligue 1 title since 2011 as they beat Angers 2-1 away on Sunday, becoming only the second club since 2013 to break Paris St. Germain's dominance.

A goal by Jonathan David and a Burak Yilmaz penalty put Christophe Galtier's side on 83 points, one ahead of defending champions PSG, who had won seven of the eight previous titles and snatched a 2-0 win at Stade Brest.

Mbappé Predicts Massive Things From Karim Benzema Partnership At Euro 2020

PARIS - Kylian Mbappé said he is delighted at the prospect of teaming up with Karim Benzema in the French side at next month’s European Championship.

Real Madrid striker Benzema was included in the squad on Tuesday after he and coach Didier Deschamps resolved their differences. His return ended a six-year absence from the French team, including missing out of their World Cup triumph in Russia in 2018.