Tag Archives: EURO 2016

EURO 2016: Wales v Belgium Preview


The message from both coaches is “same again please” as Wales and Belgium prepare to meet in Lille, though Chris Coleman and Marc Wilmots have had very contrasting news on the injury front. Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen out of finals with torn ankle ligaments; Eden Hazard should be fit Thomas Vermaelen is banned, so two of Laurent Ciman, Jason Denayer and ...

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Draw specialists Portugal beat Poland on penalties


Portugal may still not have won a UEFA EURO 2016 game in 90 minutes, but they held their nerve in the penalty shoot-out to deny Poland and reach the semi-finals. A night of pain for the Polish fans had looked so much brighter just a minute and 40 seconds into the game, when a high ball caught out Portugal right-back ...

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EURO 2016 Preview: Poland v Portugal


Poland and Portugal meet in first quarter-final in Marseille; winner plays Wales or Belgium Poland had never won a finals match (in six attempts) before UEFA EURO 2016 Poland striker Robert Lewandowski without a goal in seven internationals Portugal coach Fernando Santos describes game as “50-50” Portugal’s last five EURO finals fixtures have ended in draws after 90 minutes Possible ...

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Roy Hodgson resigns after England lose to Iceland


Roy Hodgson has resigned as England manager after his side suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by Iceland to crash out of Euro 2016 at the last-16 stage. The 68-year-old had been in charge for four years after replacing Italian Fabio Capello but has won just three of 11 games in major tournament finals. Iceland – with a population of just ...

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EURO 2016: Iceland into quarter-finals after stunning England


Iceland pulled off the greatest result in their history, coming from behind to stun England in Nice and reach the UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-finals. Trailing to Wayne Rooney’s early penalty, Iceland tipped this round of 16 tie on its head with goals from centre-back Ragnar Sigurdsson – only his second in 60 internationals – and Kolbeinn Sigthórsson. The next chapter in the ...

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EURO 2016: Dominant Italy brush aside champions Spain


Italy brought to an emphatic end Spain’s eight-year reign as European champions and avenged their 4-0 defeat in the final four years ago, as goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pellè earned them a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final meeting with Germany on Saturday. In doing so, Antonio Conte’s team sounded a warning: they will take some stopping on this evidence. But for ...

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EURO 2016: Hazard-inspired Belgium blow away Hungary


An early Toby Alderweireld header was the prelude to three late goals that sent Belgium past Hungary and into a UEFA EURO 2016 quarter-final against Wales. Hungary had a pre-match blow when László Kleinheisler was injured in the warm-up and Ádám Pintér was pressed into action. As if suitably emboldened, Belgium started just as Wales did in beating Russia 3-0 ...

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EURO 2016: Austria win extends Iceland’s mission impossible

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 22:  Arnor Ingvi Traustason of Iceland scores passed Robert Almer of Austria for his team's second goal during the UEFA EURO 2016 Group F match between Iceland and Austria at Stade de France on June 22, 2016 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Arnor Ingvi Traustason’s breakaway goal at the death was a cruel finale for Austria, as Iceland weathered a second-half battering to set up an improbable round of 16 meeting with England. Johann Gudmundsson smacked a shot against Robert Almer’s crossbar in the second minute, and the prodigiously cool-headed Icelanders were in front before too long. Kári Árnason nodded on Aron ...

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EURO 2016: Brady sends euphoric Ireland into the last 16


On a day of high drama at UEFA EURO 2016, Robbie Brady’s 85th-minute goal gave the Republic of Ireland the victory against Italy they needed to qualify from Group E and set up a last-16 match with France. It was no less than Martin O’Neill’s men deserved for a performance full of drive, ambition and no little skill. They put ...

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EURO 2016: Belgium’s Nainggolan floors Sweden with late strike


Radja Nainggolan’s deflected strike six minutes from time earned Belgium a place in the knockout stage of UEFA EURO 2016, in the process ensuring Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović’s stellar international career ended on a losing note. A breathless encounter was heading for stalemate when the holding midfielder walked on to Eden Hazard’s cutback from the byline and unleashed a right-footed ...

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