Tag Archives: EURO 2016

EURO 2016: Stalemate takes Swiss through with France


France had needed late goals to beat both Romania and Albania and nearly gave themselves an early deficit to retrieve as Fabian Schär’s flick from a corner was almost touched in by Paul Pogba at the far post. Pogba was quickly involved at the other end, firing in a shot from distance that nearly caught out Yann Sommer; only the ...

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Iceland own goal spares Hungary defeat


Birkir Sævarsson’s 88th-minute own goal salvaged Hungary a deserved UEFA EURO 2016 Group F point and denied Iceland their first victory in the finals of a major tournament. In desperately lunging to cut out substitute Nemanja Nikolić’s low delivery across the six-metre box, the right-back turned the ball past Hannes Halldórsson. It cancelled out a 40th-minute advantage given them by Gylfi Sigurdsson’s ...

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EURO 2016: Austria hold on after Ronaldo penalty miss


The Portuguese hordes wanted Cristiano Ronaldo to light up the party at UEFA EURO 2016 and guide them past Austria towards the round of 16, but the evening did not work out that way. Instead the captain’s missed penalty 11 minutes from time meant Portugal still have it all to do in Group F. On the night he picked up ...

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EURO 2016: Éder sparks ecstasy as Italy go through

A view of the action between Italy and Sweden during their UEFA Euro 2016 Group E match

Éder’s tremendous solo effort with two minutes to go sent Italy into the UEFA EURO 2016 round of 16 on the back of a second Group E win. After a quiet first half, Italy pushed forward, and Alessandro Florenzi and Antonio Candreva had more joy down the flanks. Simone Zaza and Thiago Motta were also brought on and although Sweden ...

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EURO 2016: Mehmedi strike earns Swiss valuable point


Switzerland edged closer to qualification for the last 16 of UEFA EURO 2016 with a gutsy draw at Parc des Princes, battling back from a goal down to share the Group A spoils thanks to a wonderful left-foot volley from Admir Mehmedi. Romania had led through Bogdan Stancu’s 18th-minute penalty and they grew in stature after surviving several Swiss missses ...

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EURO 2016: Hamšík’s Slovakia one-two sends Russia reeling


Marek Hamšík set up the first and scored the second as Slovakia shook off their opening-day disappointment, and handed sluggish Russia a finishing lesson in Group B. An initial flurry of activity having been swatted away stern-faced by a solid-looking Russian defence, Slovakia were starting to creak ominously when Hamšík delivered a wondrous pass from midfield to Weiss; he took ...

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EURO 2016: Slick Hungary surprise ten-man Austria


Ádám Szalai’s cool finish propelled Hungary to victory in their first appearance in a major tournament for 30 years – and their first UEFA EURO finals game since 1972. Austria began the match favourites and David Alaba, unsurprisingly, was at the centre of their play. In the very first minute Alaba hit the post, though perhaps the best chance before the ...

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EURO 2016: Ice-cool Iceland claim Portugal point


Iceland held Portugal to a 1-1 draw in their first ever major finals appearance, frustrating their illustrious opponents to claim a memorable opening point in UEFA EURO 2016 Group F. The final game of matchday one was a big occasion for both teams, but especially for Iceland, and the debutants began with a spring in their step, almost taking the ...

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Euro 2016: 150 Russians ‘behind’ violence


A group of “well-trained” Russian hooligans were behind the violence in Marseille when Russia played England in a Euro 2016 match, prosecutors say. The 150 Russian football supporters “were well prepared for ultra-rapid, ultra-violent action” and were able to evade arrest, a city prosecutor said. Five England fans have been jailed for throwing bottles at police and a sixth jailed ...

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