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ROMAN ROMP Roma cruise to victory in friendly after smashing 16 goals past minnows Pinzolo Campiglio
ROMA got their pre-season off to a flier after smashing 16 goals past Italian minnows Pinzolo Campiglio.
Manchester City flop Edin Dzeko helped himself to four goals as the visitors took a healthy 9-0 lead into the break.
And Juan Iturbe -who played just one game during an ill-fated loan spell at Bournemouth last season – netted a second-half hat-trick.
Former Chelsea star Mohamed Salah was also involved as he got the Romans off to a flier with two early goals
Lorenzo Di Livio, Federico Ricci (two), Gerson, Ezequiel Ponce, Diego Perotti, Christian D’Urso and Vasilis Torosidis completed the rout.
Roma travel to America to play Liverpool in St Louis on August 2 and Jurgen Klopp’s men will clearly manage to practice their defending if they are in a similar mood.
They finished third in Seria A last season – 12 points off champions Juventus – meaning they will have to qualify for the Champions League through the play-offs.
They’re boring, they haven’t won a game in 90 minutes, they finished third in their group…The barbs had been flying at Portugal from all corners before their Euro 2016 semi-final with Wales.
Even the beaten quarter-finalists chipped in. “Portugal are weaker than Turkey and Czech Republic… we all know we were better,” said Croatia defender Vedran Corluka after their 1-0 extra-time defeat.
The 2-0 victory over Wales in the semi-final quietened a few doubters, but still it has been asked if this Portugal side are one of the worst teams to reach a European Championship final.
Germany 0-2 France: Antoine Griezmann’s double sees Didier Deschamps’ side into Euro 2016 final
Antione Griezman scored twice as France beat Germany 2-0 at the Stade Velodrome to set up a final with Portugal in Paris, on Sunday.
Germany dominated possession during a frantic first-half in Marseille, but it was France who broke the deadlock in injury time at the end of the first period after Patrice Evra’s header was adjudged to have hit the arm of Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Griezmann made no mistake from the spot (45+2) and the tournament’s leading goalscorer was again celebrating in the 72nd minute after he capitalised on mistakes from Joshua Kimmich and Manuel Neuer to score his sixth goal of the competition to send the host nation through to the final.
France now have the opportunity to win their first major tournament since Euro 2000 and repeat the triumph of the side Deschamps captained to World Cup glory in 1998.
Euro 2016: Portugal 2-0 Wales: Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani strike to end Dragons’ dream
Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani netted a quickfire second-half double to secure Portugal’s progression to the Euro 2016 final with a 2-0 win over Wales.
The Dragons struggled to ever get going as they played in the biggest game in their history, and after being dealt such a blow in such quick succession, they never showed an ability to fight back and clinch a remarkable place in the final.
The first half started as it would continue, with the majority of play being focused in the middle of the park, and few shots coming in from either side.
James Collins, starting in place of the suspended Ben Davies, was more than a match for Ronaldo in the centre of defence, throwing his body around to clear a number of crosses sent into the area.
He sent one clearing header away from goal, although on second viewing he appeared to be pulling Ronaldo to the ground, and was lucky to not concede a penalty.
The first real shooting chance came courtesy of the impressive Joao Mario, who was a major thorn in the Welsh defence in the opening half.
The midfielder played a give-and-return with Ronaldo, but after breaking into the right side of the box he could only drag his attempt wide of the far post.
Gareth Bale was doing all he could as Wales’ main playmaker, registering the first chance for Chris Coleman’s men; Joe Ledley’s low corner was met by the Real Madrid man, but his off-balance shot flew over the bar.
The chance seemed to spur Bale on, and he sent a cross into the box which only narrowly evaded the onrushing Andy King. King was then beaten in the air by Jose Fonte, failing to send Hal Robson-Kanu’s cross on target.
Bale then recorded the only on-target attempt of the half, charging into space in the Portugal half and cutting onto his left shot; however, his left-footed strike was straight down Rui Patricio’s throat.
The game petered out as the half wore on, Wales happy to sit deep and watch as a number of long-range attempts flew wide of Wayne Hennessey’s goal.
Portugal started the second half with much more directness to their play, and they claimed the advantage five minutes into the period – naturally through Ronaldo.
A left-wing corner was sent into the area, and the superstar leaped highest to thump a header past Hennessey, who was facing his first test of the evening.
Before Wales could recover, they fell two behind, Nani converting a Ronaldo shot which fortunately deflected into his path in the six-yard box.
Ronaldo then skimmed the top of the bar from a free-kick, and Danilo flashed a rebound wide after Hennessey spilled a Nani shot – although he really should have hit the back of the net.
Coleman made changes, looking to get Wales back into the game, but despite bringing on both Simon Church and Sam Vokes, their attacking play continued to flounder.
Bale struck a dipping volley which Patricio easily held, before testing the keeper with another attempt, but they were merely half-chances, as the Portugal defence held firm and prevented any real shots on goal.
As in the first period, the game ebbed to a close rather than increasing in intensity despite Wales’ need to score.
Lobbed balls into the box were cleared again and again, and the final whistle went to send Coleman’s men home from France – where, despite this result, they will return as heroes
France 5 – 2 Iceland, Goals Euro 2016
France set-up a semi-final clash against Germany by beating fan favourites Iceland 5-2 at the Stade de France.
The hosts were well worth their victory having raced into a 4-0 lead at half-time via goals from Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann.
Although Iceland managed to net twice in the second period – Kolbeinn Sigthorsson and Birkir Bjarnason with the goals – Giroud grabbed his second of the night to secure the most emphatic result of the tournament.
Iceland managed some early chances, Sigurdsson firing straight at Lloris and Bodvarsson going down under pressure from Umtiti, with calls for a penalty which was not given.
However, Halldorsson had to produce a fine claim to prevent Griezmann tapping Sissoko’s cross into an empty net, and the hosts finally broke through after ramping up the pressure.
Matuidi sent a perfectly weighted ball through the heart of the Iceland defence, and Giroud – who was slightly offside – ran onto the pass before sending a first-time finish past Halldorsson into the far corner of the net.
The goal settled French nerves, and seven minutes later Pogba netted his first goal of the tournament, converting Griezmann’s corner with a thumping header.
Iceland were sitting remarkably deep, and failing to show any of the composure they had in the victory over England in the Round of 16.
Chances were few and far between, but Bodvarsson should have pulled one back when Gudmundsson’s throw was sent into the area and flicked on by Sigthorsson; however, the 24-year-old could only lob the loose ball over the bar.
France had no trouble dominating the ball, pushing towards goal when they pleased with no fear of being counter-attacked by an Iceland side who were looking tired after just half-an-hour of play.
Matuidi volleyed wide from Payet’s cross, before the West Ham star grabbed the third of the night, sending a low left-footed finish into the far corner from the edge of the area.
With the half-time whistle just moments away, Iceland would have been pleased for the break, but before they could leave the field, Griezmann broke through on goal and chipped Halldorsson to extend the lead to 4-0.
The second half started with France still on top, Griezmann and Payet fluffing chances from the edge of the box, and Pogba sending a low piledriver wide of the post.
Iceland did manage a chance – just their second of the game – as the ball broke to Bjarnason on the edge of the D. However, his first time strike ballooned off his foot and flew high and wide of Lloris’ goal.
Despite the miss, Iceland seemed to gain confidence from a rare attack, and Sigthorsson pulled a goal back, tapping home Sigurdsson’s right wing cross at the near post.
Few suggested the comeback was on, and they were proven right minutes later, as Giroud headed home Payet’s cross to register his third goal of the tournament.
Sigurdsson then fired over from inside the box as Iceland got at Les Bleus’ defence, and Lloris pulled off a magnificent save to deny Ingason’s powerful close-range header.
The game had reached something of a lull, with the result decided so early on, but Iceland refused to feel sorry for themselves and continued to attack.
Sigurdsson had a shot deflected wide, and with six minutes left Bjarnason headed past Lloris to grab a second consolation goal for the brave Iceland side, who bow out of Euro 2016 having earned a number of plaudits following displays of spirit, hard work, and tactical excellence.
Germany vs Italy 1-1 (6-5) EXTENDED Highlights & Full Penalty Shootout (02/07/2016)
Germany reached their eighth European Championship semi-final after beating Italy in an epic penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux.
Germany reached their eighth European Championship semi-final after beating Italy in an epic penalty shoot-out following a 1-1 draw in Bordeaux.
It was Germany’s first tournament victory over Italy in nine attempts and was achieved despite three German players missing their penalties during the shootout.
Jonas Hector hit the winning penalty for Germany, the 18th of the sudden-death shootout, after Italy’s Matteo Darmian had seen his weak shot saved by Manuel Neuer.
The two European heavyweights had matched each other over 120 minutes in what would have made for a worthy Final. Mesut Ozil gave Germany a deserved lead early in the second half but Italy rallied and won a late penalty, conveted by Leonardo Bonucci, to take the game into extra-time.
Germany coach Joachim Low had ditched his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation in a switch to a back three, with defender Benedikt Howades brought in at the expense of Julia Draxler. While the change gave Germany extra bodies in midfield with which to contain Italy’s wing-backs, it succeeded only in killing the game for most of the first half.
Midfield pressing produced sloppy passing by both sides as the early fevered atmosphere dipped. Germany lost Sami Khedira to an early injury and his replacement, Bastian Schweinsteiger, saw a headed goal disallowed for a clear push on Mattia De Sciglio.
The game sparked into life in the final five minutes of the half. Quick thinking by Manuel Neuer released a German attack but Mario Gomez headed Joshua Kimimich’s cross over. Then Thomas Muller scuffed his effort after a long-range shot from Toni Kroos pinballed back across the area.
Italy had chances, too. Stefano Sturaro’s fierce shot was deflected wide by Jerome Boateng’s intervention wide after a Emanuele Giaccherini cross had been steered out of Eder’s path by Neuer.
Germany enjoyed greater possession at the start of the second half and it looked as if they would turn this to their advantage. Thomas Muller’s shot was cleared by Alessandro Florenzi’s acrobatic off-the-line clearance and then Germany made the breakthrough. Mario Gomez held the ball up on the left flank and cleverly played in wing-back Jonas Hector, who ran to the byline and pulled a cross back for the onrushing Ozil to stab the ball past Gianluigi Buffon. Ozil had been a peripheral figure up until then but his run into the area was perfectly timed.
Gomez almost grabbed a second for Germany soon afterwards but his cheeky backheel was brilliantly pushed over the bar by Buffon.
Italy had never been behind to Germany at a major tournament before and it looked as if the world champions would go on to win. Italy dug deep, pressing and winning many second balls, and were fortunate to win a penalty after Jerome Boateng was adjudged to have handled in the area. Boateng, one of the outstanding defenders of the tournament, had raised his both arms above his head as he challenged Giorgio Chiellini. The ball bounced off the Italian’s chest and hit Boateng’s outstretched right arm.
Another defender, Leonardo Bonucci, surprisingly took the penalty, his first at international level. Neuer dived the right way, but Bonucci’s firm low shot evaded him and Italy were level.
Into extra-time and a battle between two goalkeeping giants, Buffon and Neuer, loomed. Germany showed more attacking intent than Italy in the extra period. Draxler, on for the injured Gomez, went close with a close-range overhead kick that flew just over. Another sub, Lorenzo Immobile, almost scored for Italy with a jinking run into the area.
In the resulting shoot-out, a series of missed kicks saw the penalty sequence go into sudden death. Simone Zaza and Thomas Muller were the first to miss, then Mesut Ozil and Graziano Pelle, followed by Leonardo Bonucci and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Three players from each side converted their sudden-death kicks before substitute Matteo Darmian hit a weak shot that was easily saved by Neuer. Jonas Hector then dispatched the winning penalty, the 18th of the shoot-out, to send Germany into the semi-finals.
Wales 3 – 1 Belgium, Goals Euro 2016
Wales is onto its first semifinal at a major tournament ever after coming back from an early deficit to defeat Belgium 3-1 in Lille on Friday in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.
Radja Nainggolan’s rocket put Belgium up 13 minutes in, but Ashley Williams, Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes all scored for the Dragons, who will play Portugal for the right to reach the Euro 2016 final after eliminating the highest-ranked team in the field.
Belgium started out on the front foot but was denied on three successive chances. First Yannick Carrasco was saved by Wayne Hennessey, Thomas Meunier had the rebound saved off the line by Ben Davies and Hazard had his follow-up deflected over the bar as well. Romelu Lukaku then missed a great opportunity at the back post on the ensuing corner kick.
There was nothing Wales could do to prevent Radja Nainggolan from opening the scoring, though. His right-footed rip from about 30 yards out left Hennessey no chance, and it put Belgium up 1-0 13 minutes in:
Wales missed its chance to equalize in the 26th minute, when Neil Taylor had a close range-look at a seemingly open net denied by Thibaut Courtois. The sequence was started when Nainggolan was tripped up and lost possession–no foul was called–and Ramsey crossed for Taylor at the center of the box. Courtois recovered in time, diving to his left to prevent the goal.
Wales found its equalizer soon after, though. Captain Ashley Williams, who appeared to hurt his arm in the end of Wales’s win over Northern Ireland, headed home a Ramsey corner kick after running through the box essentially unmarked in the 30th minute. De Bruyne was on the post, but he couldn’t come up with the block:
Hal Robson-Kanu, who has no club, gave Wales its first lead with an incredible piece of skill, taking a pass from Aaron Ramsey, splitting Meunier and halftime sub Marouane Fellaini with a spin move and then beating Courtois for his second goal of the competition:
Sam Vokes put the icing on the result with a header from six yards out, redirecting Chris Gunter’s cross from the right to make it 3-1
It’s not all good news for Wales, as Ramsey and Ben Davies each picked up their second yellow cards of the competition, meaning they’re suspended for the semifinal
Poland 1 (3-5) 1 Portugal, Goals Euro 2016
Portugal sealed their place in the semi-finals as they beat Poland 5-3 on penalties. The two sides cancelled each other out after a lively first-half that promised much but petered out into a tight and tense affair. Lewandowski gave Poland a dream start as Grosicki, a constant menace from the left, sent in an inch-perfect cross for the Bayern striker to end his seven-game drought and slide the ball past Rui Patricio.
The early strike set the stage for an exciting, end-to-end half full of attacking intent. Renato Sanches, who was given the nod to start in the Portuguese midfield, produced the moment of the half and topped off an impressive display with a left-footed effort that curled past Fabianski, albeit with a slight deflection.
Despite both sides looking to stamp their authority on the tie, the game began to follow a familiar pattern marked out in the previous round, where both were taken into extra-time. Poland went all the way to penalties as they beat Switzerland, while Portugal almost stared at the same fate but for a last-gasp Quaresma winner. The evening took on an air of inevitability, despite both sides’ best efforts to avoid the shootout, and Cristiano Ronaldo in particular had a number of efforts he surely would have put away in days gone by.
Blaszczykowski missed the crucial penalty for the Poles and it was left to Quaresma to slam the ball into the roof of the net and send Fernando Santos’s men into the semi-finals without actually winning a game in 90 minutes at Euro 2016.
Roy Hodgson’s men are heading home after Iceland, the smallest nation ever to grace a major tournament, inflicted one of the most humiliating defeats in English football history.
Having arrived at Euro 2016 among the favourites, falling at the last-16 hurdle to a country the size of Leicester ranks alongside the 1950 World Cup exit to the United States in the embarrassment stakes.
It was a result few could argue with after a cumbersome, uninspiring and ragged England display at the Stade de Nice, where Iceland secured a deserved 2-1 win thanks to a ruthlessness the Three Lions could only dream of.
The greatest day in the tiny Nordic island’s footballing history means it is now surely a case of when rather than if manager Hodgson leaves, with the dearth of options to replace him as demoralising as this display on the French Riviera.
Wayne Rooney’s penalty gave England a dream start after four minutes, but from that point they were largely outfought, outbattled and outplayed.
PENALTY GOAL Wayne Rooney // England 1 – 0 Iceland // EURO 2016 // 27 06 2016
Ragnar Sigurdsson all too easily lost Kyle Walker from Aron Gunnarsson’s mammoth throw to level within two minutes and things got worse when a Kolbeinn Sigthorsson effort trickled home after Joe Hart’s pathetic attempt at a save.
GOAL Ragnar Sigurdsson // England 1 – 1 Iceland // EURO 2016 // 27 06 2016
GOAL Kolbeinn Sigthorsson // England 1 – 2 Iceland // EURO 2016 // 27 06 2016
Referee Damir Skomina had no hesitation pointing to the spot and Rooney struck home confidently, firing low to the Iceland goalkeeper’s right – a dream start that lasted mere minutes.
The enormous throw of captain Gunnarsson may have been highlighted by Hodgson but caught his side out, with Kari Arnason’s flicked header allowing the unmarked Ragnar Sigurdsson to direct home.
Walker, so impressive in the group stage, was horribly caught out by the centre-back, who turned home to send those in blue wild.
Dele Alli came close with an exceptional strike as England looked to strike back, with Harry Kane next to try his luck before being caught by another preventable blow.
Jon Dadi Bodvarsson turned a Gylfi Sigurdsson pass into the path of Sigthorsson, whose touch gave him enough space to get away a right-footed shot that Hart somehow failed to turn around the post.
Those in white watched on in stunned silence as the ball trickled over the line, with the limp-wristed attempt at a save leading to as much shock as anger.
It threw England off-kilter and it took several minutes to regain an iota of composure, with Halldorsson tipping over Kane’s superb volley when they next attacked.
Rooney tried his luck from distance after Ari Skulason went close with an audacious left-footed strike at the other end as those on the pitch reflected the tension in the stand.
Chris Smalling’s header went wide and a Sturridge cross-shot threatened before the half-time whistle, which England greeted with hearty and deserved boos.
Jack Wilshere, surprisingly, replaced Eric Dier when the teams re-emerged as Hodgson looked to find an equaliser, with a powerful Kane header easily stopped soon after the restart.
Another poorly defended set-piece nearly saw Iceland pull further ahead 10 minutes into the second half, though, with Hart fortunate that Ragnar Sigurdsson’s close-range overhead was straight at him.
However, there were few signs of life from England as Alli and Wilshere failed from distance in-between the introduction of Jamie Vardy.
The Leicester striker was denied an early effort on goal by Ragnar Sigurdsson’s wonderful tracking back, with Rooney jeered when over hitting a cross from the resulting corner.
Birkir Saevarsson’s threatening drive and skipper Gunnarsson’s near-post drive threatened to make things worse as England left themselves exposed at the back, with Arnason heading wide from a corner.
The inability of Hodgson’s men to break through Iceland’s well-drilled side led to the gamble of Marcus Rashford being brought on.
Arnason got back well to clear in stoppage time but it was too little, too late. England were out and deservedly so – the most crushing and embarrassing circumstances.
Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle goals gave Italy a 2-0 round of 16 victory over European champions Spain at the Stade de France.
That victory means the Azzurri will meet world champions Germany in the Euro 2016 quarterfinal on Saturday in Bordeaux.
Spain struggled to get going in a game that Italy could have won more comfortably had it not been for goalkeeper David De Gea’s heroics.
The Manchester United man, playing in his first international tournament, was called into action twice in the opening 10 minutes, first turning Graziano Pelle’s powerful header wide and then diving to push an Emanuele Giaccherini overhead kick onto the post.
Spain’s first real sight of goal didn’t come until the 27th minute when Andres Iniesta took a hopeful shot from outside the area that was easily gathered by Gianluigi Buffon. Following that chance Italy underlined their dominance when Mattia De Sciglio’s low cross into the box forced Sergio Ramos into a fortuitous clearance over his own bar from close range.
The breakthrough came in the 32nd minute when Pelle was fouled by Ramos. De Gea couldn’t hold Eder’s resulting free kick allowing Chiellini to score from close range and give Italy a deserved lead.
Giaccherini almost doubled Italy’s advantage in the 45th minute but his curling effort was pushed away from the top corner by De Gea.
Vicente del Bosque introduced 35-year-old Athletic Bilbao striker Aritz Aduriz at half-time for Nolito and Spain begun the second period brighter than they did the first. Alvaro Morata was given a clear sight of goal from six-yards out but could only direct his header straight at Buffon.
But Italy soon wrestled back control of the game and De Gea was again forced to come to Spain’s rescue in the 53rd minute, saving well when Eder was sent clean through on goal by a neat Pelle flick.
Barely 10 minutes later Eder caused more chaos in La Roja‘s penalty area when he found De Sciglio in space but the AC Milan man couldn’t pick out a teammate with his pass.
Spanish pressure became more consistent as the minutes ticked by, Aduriz shooting wide after a fine dummy by Iniesta, then Cesc Fabregas playing through substitute Lucas Vazquez only to find the substitute marginally offside.
And it was Buffon who rose to the occasion in the dying minutes, denying first Iniesta then Gerard Pique before Pelle rounded off a superb individual performance with the goal to send his country through to the last eight.
Belgium will play Wales in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after a fine performance from Eden Hazard gave them a 4-0 win over Hungary.
Hazard made one and scored another as Marc Wilmots’ side left it until the latter stages of the game to wrap up the victory, earning them a last-eight clash with the Welsh in Lille on Friday evening.
Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld gave Belgium the lead after 10 minutes with an unmarked header after a superb free-kick from Kevin De Bruyne, who also hit the bar in the first half.
Hungary had chances to level in both halves, but Belgium made sure of the win 12 minutes from time, Michy Batshuayi scoring with his first touch from Hazard’s superb centre.
Hazard then danced across the face of the box two minutes later before finding the bottom corner, capping off a man-of-the-match performance from the Chelsea man.
Belgium rounded off the win in stoppage time and ensured the biggest victory margin in the tournament so far when Yannick Carrasco coolly finished from 12 yards for his first international goal.
Wilmots made just one change from the side that beat Sweden 1-0 in the week, bringing in Dries Mertens for Carrasco, while Hungary were on a high after winning Group F against the odds ahead of Portugal, Austria and Iceland.
But it was all Belgium in the first half, with Romelu Lukaku forcing a save from Gabor Kiraly from an angle in the ninth minute before the opening goal came seconds later.
Alderweireld, unmarked from De Bruyne’s superb free-kick from the left flank, headed past Kiraly from eight yards for only his second international goal.
Kiraly then saved with his feet from De Bruyne as the Manchester City man was forced to shoot early having been put through on goal by Lukaku, with Belgium desperately looking to kill the game off early.
They hit the bar with 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Kiraly superbly tipping De Bruyne’s 20-yard free-kick onto the woodwork, before the Hungarians had two half-chances of their own.
First, Gergo Lovrencsics’ long-range effort went inches over the bar, before Balazs Dzsudzsak, who scored twice in a 3-3 draw with Portugal in the group stage, slid an effort just wide of Thibaut Courtois’ left-hand post from 20 yards.
Mertens, in acres of space on the right of the penalty area, could only find the body of Kiraly before half-time, and the former Crystal Palace stopper was again at his best after the break, tipping over Hazard’s fierce effort from just inside the box.
Adam Pinter’s deflected effort from 20 yards was acrobatically tipped over the bar by Courtois with 25 minutes remaining as Belgium stuttered, before defender Roland Juhasz drilled an effort from an angle inches wide of goal.
Marseille striker Batshuayi, who according to Sky sources has been subject of a bid from West Ham, was brought on for Lukaku with 13 minutes remaining and scored with his first touch, a simple finish from five yards after Hazard’s superb ball across the face of goal from the left.
Hazard then turned scorer, showing the sort of form that earned him he PFA Player of the Year gong in 2015, cutting in from the left and sliding past two Hungary challenges on the edge of the area before slotting into the bottom right corner.
Courtois then produced two saves at the other end, the first from Adam Szalai’s snapshot and the second from Akos Elek’s half-volley, before Belgium grabbed a fourth.
Having come on as a substitute in the second half, Carrasco was found by Radja Nainggolan on the left of the area in space, and calmly finished past Kiraly to round off a convincing win.
Germany had an easy outing in Lille with a 3-0 win over Slovakia. Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Draxler got the goals for the reigning World Cup winners to take them into the quarter-finals. There they face the winner of Italy and Spain.
France came from behind to beat Ireland 2-1 in Lyon and seal a quarterfinal place in Euro 2016. Two second half goals by Antoine Griezmann nullified an early Robbie Brady penalty. France continue their march in the home tournament and pick up their first victory in a knockout game of a Euro game since 2000!
Cristiano Ronaldo cut a peripheral figure throughout until a quick counter-attack immediately after Ivan Perisic headed against the foot of a post saw his shot – the first on target all evening was saved by Daniel Subasic only to pop up to Quaresma two yards out.
Even the goal had an element of luck as it looked like it was a mis-hit shot from Nani which fortuitously found its way to Ronaldo, who put in yet another disappointing performance at this tournament.
He managed just 19 touches in the first half – none in Croatia’s penalty area – and that was symptomatic of the opening 45 minutes which saw Pepe head over a Joao Mario free-kick and Perisic fire into the side-netting.
There was little improvement after the break as Marcelo Brozovic fired over from quickly-taken corner after Portugal’s defence switched off and Domagoj Vida headed wide a Darijo Srna free-kick.
Even in extra-time there was little ambition with Perisic volleying wide a Luka Modric cross and Vida heading over a corner.
The match turned on 30 seconds in the dying moments as Perisic headed against the upright and Portugal launched an attack up field.
Renato Sanches carried it forward, offloaded to Nani, becoming the fourth Portugal player to win 100 caps, whose toe-poked effort seemed to be an intended shot but somehow found its way to Ronaldo at the far post.
His strike rebounded off Subasic to present Quaresma with the easiest of chances.
Croatia had one last chance to force penalties but Vida hooked a shot across the goal and wide of the far post.
The last-16 tie in Paris is the first time two home nations have met in the knockout stages of a major tournament.
Wales finished above England to win Group B, with Northern Ireland qualifying from Group C as one of the best third-placed teams.
Thousands of Wales and Northern Ireland fans are expected in Paris.
“It’s a one-off game now and we’ll go into it thinking we can get a victory,” said Northern Ireland striker Kyle Lafferty.
Wales manager Chris Coleman said: “It will be about who handles that spotlight the best, who’s capable of performing under that pressure and tension.”
There is further home nations interest in the match as England’s Martin Atkinson will be the referee.
Granit Xhaka’s woeful penalty proved decisive as Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in a shooutout to render redundant Xherdan Shaqiri’s sublime goal in a 1-1 draw after extra time.
With Switzerland trailing 1-0 courtesy of Jakub Blaszczykowski’s 39th-minute strike, Shaqiri produced a brilliantly executed bicycle kick to stun Poland and force an additional 30 minutes.
However, if Shaqiri’s strike is now the standout contender for goal of the tournament, team-mate Xhaka’s missed penalty was at the opposite end of the quality spectrum, the new Arsenal signing smashing his strike well wide of the target with Switzerland’s second effort to leave them playing catch-up.
Grzergorz Krychowiak made no mistake with his chance to wrap up the victory, burying his shot beyond Yann Sommer and sending Poland into the last eight for the first time.
Poland dominated early on Saint-Etienne but the pressure had been building prior to the 82nd-minute equaliser – Ricardo Rodriguez drawing a fantastic save from Lukasz Fabianski with a free kick, while Haris Seferovic rattled the crossbar.
But it was Poland who were ultimately celebrating and they will now face the winner of the clash between Croatia and Portugal.
The anthems had barely finished when a Swiss defensive mix-up led to a chance for Robert Lewandowski.
Sommer’s throw was not dealt with well by Johan Djourou, forcing the goalkeeper to rush out and deny Lewandowski a shot at goal, before Arkadiusz Milik lifted over the crossbar of an unguarded net.
Poland continued to look most likely to break the deadlock, with Krychowiak heading over unmarked and Kamil Grosicki miscuing his shot, and Milik skied an effort from close range following a quick counter-attack.
A rare chance fell Switzerland’s way in the 35th minute but Fabian Schar could only head straight at Fabianski from a corner, while Blerim Dzemaili forced the keeper to tip over his crossbar with a deflected strike soon afterwards.
With the Swiss beginning to settle, Blaszczykowski‘s opener was well timed. A Grosicki pass found the Borussia Dortmund midfielder in plenty of space on the right-hand side of the penalty area and he had plenty of time to pick a shot between Sommer’s legs to give Poland a deserved lead.
The goal was Blaszczykowski’s second in as many matches and he almost added further to his tally after cutting inside and unleashing a shot from 20 yards eight minutes into the second half, with Sommer able to push the ball out for a corner.
Schar escaped with a yellow card following a late and heavy challenge on Lewandowski as the match became fractious, but Switzerland did show signs of life in attack following the introduction of youngster Breel Embolo in place of Dzemaili.
Fabianski showed great strength to beat Embolo to a cross and cling on to the ball in the 67th minute, before launching himself across goal to superbly keep out a Rodriguez free-kick that looked destined for the top corner.
The pressure was mounting and Seferovic hit the crossbar from 12 yards as Poland failed to clear their lines, before Shaqiri made the breakthrough in truly spectacular fashion. A cross from the left bounced out to the edge of the box, where the Stoke City winger positioned himself to send an overhead kick hurtling into the bottom-right corner.
While the opening period of extra time passed without incident, the momentum was firmly behind Switzerland and Poland were forced on the back foot, with Fabianski producing another fantastic save to deny an Eren Derdiyok header after the break.
Chances to prevent penalties came and went for both sides in the closing stages of extra time but it was left to penalties to settle the tie and it was Xhaka who became the villain for Switzerland as Poland proved perfect from 12 yards.
Italy 0-1 Ireland: Brady the hero for Boys in Green
Martin O’Neill’s side knew it was win or bust in Lille, but it looked like a typically spirited display was not going to be enough until Brady popped up to glance Wes Hoolahan’s inch-perfect cross beyond Salvatore Sirigu with five minutes left.
With top spot in the pool already secured and a mouth-watering last-16 tie with Spain on the horizon, Italy boss Antonio Conte made eight alterations to his starting line-up, with the likes of Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini and Antonio Candreva sitting out.
Ireland flew out of the traps in the first half as they attempted to catch Italy’s second string cold.
Despite the largely different personnel, Conte’s side still performed with their usual defensive diligence and Ireland struggled to create clear-cut opportunities.
O’Neill’s team had every right to feel aggrieved for not being awarded a penalty on the stroke of half-time when Federico Bernardeschi barged into James McClean, and Hoolahan should have put them in front when he shot straight at Sirigu from 10 yards.
However, the Norwich City man went from villain to hero, as he sent in a wonderful inswinging delivery for Brady to seal a last-16 meeting with hosts France.
It was rich reward for an Ireland side that looked determined not to be left wondering and quickly went about putting Italy on the back foot. Jeff Hendrick went close in the 10th minute when he dipped inside Thiago Motta and rifled a left-footed strike just wide of the post from 20 yards.
Daryl Murphy was next to go close as he glanced Brady’s excellent outswinging corner goalwards, only to be denied by Buffon’s deputy Sirigu.
Italy were struggling to cope with the Ireland’s intensity, but Ciro Immobile had Darren Randolph scrambling across his goal when he shot just wide from the edge of the area.
Ireland then thought they should have had a penalty when McClean went down under a clumsy challenge from Bernardeschi, but referee Ovidiu Hategan waved away their appeals and, with that, an entertaining first half came to an end.
The Azzurri started the second half on the front foot and Simone Zaza flashed a left-footed volley narrowly over the bar from Mattia De Sciglio’s cross shortly after the restart.
Hendrick again shot wide from range as Ireland’s application threatened to turn to desperation around the hour mark.
Conte introduced Lorenzo Insigne for Immobile with a quarter of an hour remaining and the Napoli man almost dealt the fatal blow to Ireland’s fading hopes when he hit the woodwork from 20 yards.
But there was late drama to come, as first Hoolahan scuffed a weak effort into the grateful arms of Sirigu, before then producing a cross of outstanding quality for Brady to convert and spark wild scenes of celebration among the vast swathes of green-clad Ireland fans in the Stade Pierre-Mauroy.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career ends with Euro 2016 exit
Ibrahimovic had announced before this Group E match that he would be retiring from international football after the tournament.
The striker needed a win against Belgium to keep Sweden’s Euro 2016 dream alive, but it was not to be.
Instead, it was Belgium who progressed to the last 16 to meet Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday.
Eden Hazard set up the 84th-minute goal by Radja Nainggolan which secured Belgium second place in the group.
Before kick-off all eyes were naturally on Ibrahimovic as Sweden’s captain looked to continue his love affair with the international stage.
After earning just one point from their first two games, Sweden went on the attack and Thibaut Courtois made a point-blank save to deny Marcus Berg.
Belgium, however, looked dangerous on the counter-attack and Romelu Lukaku grazed the outside of the post with a low drive moments after Berg’s effort.
Ibrahimovic was growing into the game but, when the ball fell to him on the edge of the box on 25 minutes, he scuffed his effort wide.
A dramatic winner from Arnor Traustason in injury time sealed a 2-1 win for Iceland against Austria and a last-16 meeting with England at Euro 2016
An early opener from Jon Bodvarsson was cancelled out by Austria substitute Alessandro Schopf in the 60th minute, but a dramatic last-minute goal for Traustason on his competitive Iceland debut means they finished Group F in second place.
The country, with a population of just 330,000, will take on England on Monday night in Nice in the round of 16. They finished second behind Hungary due to having an inferior goal difference.
The loss for Austria means they are now out of Euro 2016, with Portugal finishing in third place after drawing 3-3 with Hungary.
Austria re-called defender Aleksandar Dragovic into the starting lineup after he picked up a suspension in the first game, while Iceland kept the same first XI that saw them draw 1-1 with Hungary.
The game began in a frantic fashion as in just the second minute, Iceland gave their first warning sign. Charlton forward Johann Gudmundsson took the ball on from outside the box and his effort smashed off the left-angle of the framework.
Austria set out in a 4-3-3 to begin the game and found it hard to get into a rhythm, but they were nearly gifted an early goal.
In the 12th minute, Marko Arnautovic pressured the goalkeeper, who was caught dawdling on the ball, and was able to make a tackle. However, his strike bounced off Hannes Halldorsson for a goal-kick.
Iceland hit the woodwork once again just three minutes later as Gylfi Sigurdssson’s in-swinging corner went over Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer and off the post.
A Zoltan Gera half-volley put Hungary in front but Ronaldo set up Nani to fire in an equaliser before the break.
Two deflected Balazs Dzsudzsak strikes twice restored Hungary’s lead early in the second half, but a Ronaldo flick and header levelled on each occasion.
Hungary progress as Group F winners, with Portugal through in third place.
Portugal had been on course to play England in the last 16 as they occupied second place in the group at the final whistle in Lyon, but it was Iceland who claimed the runner-up spot with a dramatic injury-time winner against Austria in Paris.
Portugal, who would have crashed out had they lost to Hungary, have now reached the knockout stage in all seven of their European Championship appearances.
Hungary, who were denied a winner when Adam Szalai’s shot hit the post, will now play Belgium, who finished second in Group E.
Ronaldo appeared to be feeling the strain of not having scored at the tournament when, during a team stroll ahead of the Hungary match, he grabbed the microphone of a reporter and threw it into a river.
The 31-year-old came into the match with no goals from 20 attempts in the first two matches – including a missed penalty against Austria – and cut a forlorn and frustrated figure after Hungary took the lead through Gera’s superb strike.
But the Real Madrid star set up Portugal’s equaliser when he played a piercing ball for Nani to drive in a low shot which beat Gabor Kiraly at his near post.
And when Portugal twice fell behind to Dzsudzsak after the break, Ronaldo responded by rediscovering his scoring prowess just when it was needed.
His first goal – a deft flick from Joao Mario’s cross – made him the first player to score in four different European Championship finals tournaments.
“A crazy game, we were out of the European Championship three times, and we were always chasing the game,” said Ronaldo.
“It’s not every team that manages to beat Spain, so we respect them [Croatia]. But we know our strength, we know our worth, and we’ll look them in the eyes.”
Unfancied Hungary have emerged as one of the feel-good stories of the Euros and have advanced from the group stage of a major tournament for the first time since the 1966 World Cup.
They conceded 63.2% of possession to Portugal but they scored three goals and caused Portugal’s defence plenty of problems, even though manager Bernd Storck did not play four players on yellow cards.
They went ahead when 37-year-old former West Brom and Fulham midfielder Gera chested down a half-cleared corner before drilling home from 25 yards, while a free-kick and left-footed strike from Dzsudzsak went in off Andre Gomes and Nani respectively.
Akos Elek and Gergo Lovrencsics also went close, while a shot from Szalai effort struck the post in a pulsating game.
Turkey kept alive their faint hopes of reaching the last 16 of Euro 2016 and eliminated the Czech Republic with a hard-fought victory in Lens.
The result guarantees Northern Ireland go through, while Turkey must wait until Wednesday to learn their fate.
A neat finish from Burak Yilmaz put them ahead, prompting Czech pressure which saw Tomas Sivok hit the post.
Volkan Babacan made a string of saves before Ozan Tufan smashed in from 10 yards to move Turkey third in Group D.
Fatih Terim’s side and Albania in Group A are vulnerable on three points and results on Wednesday could see a host of countries in Group E and Group F replace them to qualify as one of the best third-place finishers.
Turkey had not scored in the tournament before Tuesday’s match, but they looked revitalised in northern France and knew that with each goal they scored, their goal difference and hopes of a continued stay improved.
They looked a lot more like the team who arrived at Euro 2016 with just one loss – to England – in 16 matches, and they bravely soaked up what the Czechs threw at them to inflict a defeat which could be the last action of Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech’s international career.
Spain will play Italy in the last 16 of Euro 2016 after a late Croatia winner condemned them to second in Group D.
Spain took the lead when Cesc Fabregas dinked the ball over keeper Danijel Subasic and Alvaro Morata tapped in.
An Ivan Rakitic lob hit the woodwork for Croatia, who equalised when Nikola Kalinic turned in Ivan Perisic’s cross.
Subasic saved a Sergio Ramos penalty and Perisic’s late winner gave Croatia, who finished top of the group, a tie against a third-placed qualifier.
Perisic lashed in an 87th-minute shot in a thrilling match to inflict Spain’s first defeat in 15 games at the European Championship since losing to Portugal in Euro 2004.
Croatia will now play on Saturday in Lens, while Spain’s mouth-watering tie against Italy – a repeat of the 2012 final – will take place on Monday in Paris.
Joachim Low’s side dominated from start to finish but found goalkeeper Michael McGovern in inspired form for the Northern Irish.
Gomez did eventually breach the defence after 30 minutes but could have scored five or six more, such was their dominance.
The result means group winners Germany will travel to Lille for the last 16 tie and face a third-placed side from either Group A, B or F, while Northern Ireland will face either Wales or France if they get through.
Germany’s relentless first-half attack began from the offset when Mesut Ozil stabbed a ball through to Thomas Muller but the chance was smothered well by McGovern.
Ozil wasted the next chance when he missed his kick from six yards out before McGovern saved well again from Mario Gotze a minute later.
Next to try his luck on the Northern Ireland goal was Muller after a Gomez skilfully chested the ball into his path, but the Bayern Munich man dragged his shot wide of the post.
Germany were getting closer and closer and three minutes after Muller hit the post with a low header, Gomez finally scored.
Muller ran at the Ireland defence, taking on McGovern, before pulling the ball back for Gomez to fire into an empty net.
The Germans kept coming but were wasteful with Mats Hummels and Gomez squandering chances before half time.
Germany’s wastefulness continued in the second half with Gotze turning the ball wide at the near post under pressure from McGovern.
It could have been doubled figures if not for the Hamilton goalkeeper as he made another top save from Sami Khedira before Gomez headed the rebound wide.
Gomez had yet another effort on goal as the game wore on but again McGovern was equal to it, getting down brilliantly to his left to brush the ball wide.
Michael O’Neill’s men must wait to see if they make the last 16 but are in a strong position having beaten Ukraine by two clear goals.
Poland secured their passage to the Euro 2016 Round of 16 with a 1-0 victory over already knocked-out Ukraine in Marseille.
Despite already being out of the competition, and merely fulfilling fixtures, Mykhaylo Fomenko’s team were playing with a high intensity.
Aside from two early chances for Poland – Milik forcing a fine stop from Pyatov, and Lewandowski sending a clear chance over the bar – the opening half was dominated by Ukraine.
Yarmolenko went close with a long range drive, Zozulya was put through on goal before Pazdan denied him with a fantastic last ditch tackle, and then the former popped up again with a great chance – but he could only mishit his curling attempt wildly.
There was just more intent from Ukraine’s play than had been seen in their opening two games, and a series of attacks kept Poland pinned back in the final third. The Yellow-Blue’s defensive line were rarely troubled – at least until the 44th minute, when Jodlowiec had space to take a shot, but he could only hit it weakly at Pyatov.
Adam Nwalka clearly saw weakness in his team, and at the break he made the game-changing substitution, bringing on Blaszczykowski for the ineffective Piotr Zielinski.
And it took just 10 minutes for Blaszczykowski to rifle his left footed finish home following a well-worked short corner routine.
With Germany leading Northern Ireland at the same time, Poland were aware a second goal would improve their chances of finishing the group in first place, and Kapustka messed up a chance to double the lead moments later.
The opening strike appeared to calm the nerves of Nawalka’s players for a few minutes, although they were soon facing a series of constant attacks from their opponents, Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko exerting their influence over the game.
The latter had a powerful shot blocked, and both were sending in a constant stream of crosses for the tall Zozulya – although the Polish defence stood strong.
He did manage one clear header, which flew wide of Fabianski’s far post, before being denied a fantastic chance to level from yards out when Krychowiak intercepted a low cross in superb style.
That was the last chance Ukraine had to hit the back of the net, and the game ended with Yellow-Blue leaving the tournament in last place of Group C – having not scored a single goal in their miserable campaign.
England failed to break down a resilient Slovakian defence as they drew 0-0 in St Etienne.
The point means Chris Coleman’s Wales finish as winners of Group B after comfortably seeing off Russia in Toulouse.
Jamie Vardy had the best chance for Roy Hodgson’s men early on as he raced through on goal and failed to beat the goalkeeper, while Dele Alli nearly made an instant impact when he came off the bench – his first touch was a shot cleared off the line by Martin Skrtel.
Their final position in the group means the Three Lions will face the second-placed opponent from Group F – consisting of Portugal, Hungary, Iceland and Austria – next Monday.
Hodgson gambled by making six changes, with captain Wayne Rooney among those standing down in St Etienne.
Recalls for Vardy and Daniel Sturridge always seemed likely after their match-winning displays against Wales four days ago, with Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling duly dropped to the bench.
Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Alli were the others taken out of the starting XI, with Ryan Bertrand, Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson and Jack Wilshere on duty.
Slovakia were unchanged from the team that started their 2-1 win over Russia last time out.
After a quiet start in terms of chances, Vardy had England’s first opportunity, showing a superb turn of pace to beat Skrtel. Through on goal, on the left-hand side of the box, the Leicester City striker could not steer the ball past Matus Kozacik.
Clyne, starting in place of Kyle Walker – who has been excellent so far for the Three Lions – got forward well and his pull-back from the byline was not met in the box.
Clyne made another lung-busting run forward and this time found Liverpool team-mate Lallana, whose shot was saved well by the Slovakia shot-stopper.
The first-half showing was dominant by England but it was lacking that clinical finishing ability in the final third.
They had a nervy start to the second half and it could have been much worse after a mix up between Joe Hart and Chris Smalling. Manchester United defender Smalling tried to chest a cross back to the City goalkeeper but he was sold short and Robert Mak failed to take advantage of the defensive error.
Hodgson reacted by bringing on Rooney and then Alli, Wilshere and Lallana making way. Tottenham starlet Alli nearly netted with his first touch when he met Henderson’s cross and volleyed on target, Skrtel making the goal-line clearance.
Eric Dier – moments after pulling up with a problem – threaded a classy ball over the top of the defence and Sturridge, running onto it from six yards, failed to connect with the ball on the turn as England grew increasingly anxious. That was Sturridge’s last act of the game as Hodgson introduced Harry Kane – the Premier League’s top scorer last season.
Kane headed a late chance wide as England had to settle for their second draw of the group stages and second spot in Group B behind their rivals.
A scintillating Welsh performance saw them dismiss a diabolical Russian side 3-0, a result which ensured Wales progressed to the last-16 as winners of Group A and which confirmed Russia‘s elimination from Euro 2016.
Well-drilled Switzerland struggled to create and never seriously tested Hugo Lloris in the France goal but got the point they needed to bag a spot in the second round.
Payet, who had scored in both of France’s previous games, and N’Golo Kante were benched by boss Didier Deschamps with the team having already qualified from the group.
Without the key pair the hosts began nervously and Pogba almost scored an own goal when he sliced Xherdan Shaqiri’s 10th-minute corner in the area.
But, two minutes later, he came close to the opener at the right end when Sommer spilled his effort onto the top of the bar.
Juventus midfielder Pogba was at the heart of France’s early attacking efforts and Sommer denied him again when he superbly turned away his drive.
Pogba continued his one-man assault in the 17th minute and his 25-yard shot clipped the bar but, despite dominating much of the half, France failed to net.
Pogba’s four shots in the opening 17 minutes were as many as he had had in France’s opening two games as he rampaged forward.
Andre-Pierre Gignac forced Sommer into a low save seven minutes after the break and then the ball had to be replaced after it burst following Valon Behrami’s tackle on Griezmann.
Atletico Madrid forward Griezmann’s shot was parried over soon after following a neat one-two with Gignac with Switzerland struggling to offer any attacking threat of their own.
Stoke midfielder Shaqiri tried and failed to find a way through France but resilient Switzerland continued to battle away and deserved a point, although they survived a scare with 15 minutes remaining.
In-form Payet, a former Lille player, had been brought on with 27 minutes left as France chased the opener and the West Ham man almost grabbed it.
Moussa Sissoko’s barnstorming run down the right ended with the Newcastle midfielder crossing for Payet – only for his stunning first-time volley to crash off the underside of the bar.
The 29-year-old then sliced wide with time running out and his late free-kick hit team-mate Blaise Matuidi in the wall.
And Switzerland were denied a penalty in injury time when Blerim Dzemaili was tugged in the area by Bacary Sagna as the sides settled for a point.
Albania clinch to 0-1 victory over Romania in Euro 2016 fixture. Despite managing more then 60% of possession Romania couldn’t find a victory as Armando Sadiku only goal in the first half was enough to give Albania their first victory. Both Romania and Albania are out of Euro 2016 as Switzerland and France qualifies from this group.
Portugal are still searching for their first win of Euro 2016 after they were held by Austria in Group F.
Fernando Santos’ side drew with Iceland in their opener on Tuesday, while the Austrians were hoping to bounce back from defeat to Hungary.
It was an action-packed game, the Portuguese having over 20 shots once again but they could not find the breakthrough.
Nani hit the post with a first-half header, while Cristiano Ronaldo failed to find the back of the net with a number of chances – the Real Madrid forward missing a penalty in the second half before having a header ruled out for offside on his record-breaking 128th appearance.
A goal for the Portuguese forward would make him the first player to score at four European Championship finals – but he could be pipped to the achievement by Sweden’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
It was an exciting start to the match at Parc des Princes, the Austrians very nearly taking the lead after four minutes. Marcel Sabitzer lost Pepe in the box to meet Martin Harnik’s cross, heading it wide when he should really have been hitting the target.
Robert Almer was in for a busy night and he was called into his first piece of action on 12 minutes, first stopping Vieirinha’s deflected shot before making an excellent save to deny Nani in a one-on-one.
Ronaldo had a relatively quiet half and he was furious with himself after missing a great chance for Santos’ side, meeting Nani’s cross from the left, letting the ball run across his body and side-footing the ball past the near post from eight yards.
On the half hour Nani – recently linked with a return to Manchester United – headed a cross against the post, Portugal’s best chance of the half and the rebound was smashed over from 20 yards by Andre Gomes – another reported target for United and Chelsea.
Austria continued to look dangerous on the attack, Bayern Munich left-back David Alaba marauding forward and he was fouled on the edge of the area on the right-hand side. The angle for the resulting free-kick was too acute to shoot from and the resulting cross fizzed across goal, Vieirinha eventually heading it clear off the line.
As Ronaldo operated in a wider position early in the second half with Nani central, the Real Madrid legend sent a 25-yard, left-footed drive towards goal – Almer saving again. From the following corner, the 31-year-old headed on target but it was straight at the ever-present goalkeeper.
Portugal piled on the pressure after the break, Ronaldo failing to hit the target with a couple of trademark free-kicks.
The star man was then fouled in the area by Martin Hinteregger and he stepped up to take the resulting spot-kick, with the continent expecting him to set the record ahead of Man Utd-bound Ibrahimovic. But he dragged it wide from 12 yards, rattling the frame of the goal.
The Madrid man soon started celebrating as he finally headed past Almer, but this time he was denied by the flag. It was not his day and not Portugal’s, as Austria settled for a hard-earned point ahead of their final group match with Iceland
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A late own-goal handed Hungary a share of the spoils as they came from behind to draw 1-1 with Iceland in a tight affair at the Stade Velodrome.
Gylfi Sigurdsson converted a 39th-minute penalty to open the scoring for Iceland ahead of Portugal’s match with Austria on Saturday evening.
The penalty was given after Hungary keeper Gabor Kiraly failed to clear a cross and in the resulting scramble Aron Gunnarsson was deemed to have been unfairly challenged by Tamas Kadar.
Iceland finally crumbled late on in the second half following sustained pressure from Hungary. Substitute Nemanja Nikolic delivered a low cross from the left and Birkir Saevarsson poked the ball into his own net after pressure from the Hungarian attackers.
That sparked jubilant celebrations in the crowd at the Stade Velodrome with fireworks, as has become common in the tournament, again being set off.
The start of the match was overshadowed by reports that fighting had broken out between some Hungary fans and the police inside the stadium.
Hungary will feel the result was the least they deserved, although they found chances hard to come by.
Captain Balazs Dzsudzsak did have one chance in the early stages but his fierce shot from the edge of the area was blocked by Aron Gunnarsson and he later had another effort deflected for a corner.
Iceland went close when Jon Dadi Bodvarsson headed over and Sigurdsson might have hoped for a better outcome after whipping in a dangerous-looking ball that evaded everyone.
Iceland came alive on the half-hour mark as Sigurdsson outmuscled Tamas Kadar to turn and shoot but Gabor Kiraly saved well with his feet.
Kiraly needed to stand up well again just moments later, but this time to redeem himself after playing team-mate Richard Guzmics into trouble. Guzmics was forced into a rushed clearance from a poor Kiraly pass and Iceland intercepted. Kolbeinn Sigthorsson swept in but the goalkeeper turned his shot away for a corner.
The danger was not over, however, and Kiraly compounded his error by spilling the corner. The ball ran loose and Gunnarsson went down under a Kadar challenge. It was perhaps a harsh penalty but Sigurdsson made no mistake from the spot.
Iceland seemed content to sit on their lead in the second half, although Bodvarsson attempted the spectacular with an overhead kick that flew well wide.
Hungary were allowed to keep pushing forward but Iceland stayed deep and limited their opportunities. Dzsudzsak did take aim with two long-range free-kicks but only of them troubled Hannes Halldorsson, and the goalkeeper clutched that at the second attempt.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between but Hungary’s pressure eventually bore fruit as they found space down the right with 87 minutes on the clock.
Laszlo Kleinheisler released Nikolic and his cross into the middle was diverted in by a tired Saevarsson.
Iceland might have snatched the lead back in injury time but Sigursson fired a free-kick into the wall and veteran substitute Eidur Gudjohnsen put the rebound wide.
After a goalless first-half, the Belgians made their pressure tell in the second 45 minutes with a brace from Romelu Lukaku and a header from midfielder Axel Witsel.
Martin O’Neill made just one change to the side which claimed a point against Sweden with Stephen Ward coming into the side for the injured Jon Walters, a change which saw Robbie Brady start in midfield.
A defensive, hard-working display was always going to be required against a Belgian side which featured Manchester City star Kevin De Bruyne and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard.
It was De Bruyne’s corner from the right which saw Toby Alderweireld glance wide in the 13th minute before Hazard fired a warning when he picked up a loose ball in the area, but blasted over eight minutes later.
Marc Wilmots’ side thought they had taken the lead with 24 minutes gone. De Bruyne crossed for Yannick Carrasco to force the ball home at the second attempt following an excellent Darren Randulph save, but the Irish defence stepped up at the right time to see the flag raised.
Two minutes after the break, Belgium did take the lead. De Bruyne broke down the right following an Irish attack to find Lukaku just outside the area and he swept home to score Belgium’s first goal of the European Championships.
Ireland responded well with several crosses from Brady just out of the reach of Long and Brady had a shot blocked from within the area by Thomas Meunier in the 58th minute.
Belgium doubled their lead just three minutes later as Meunier found space on the right to cross for Witsel to ghost in and head home unchallenged.
As Ireland committed more players forward, Belgium exploited the space left at the back to stretch their advantage. In the 69th minute, Hazard skipped past the challenge of Ciaran Clark to find Lukaku who made no mistake from 10 yards out to seal the points.
Ireland continued to work hard on and off the ball in the late stages of the game as striker Robbie Keane was introduced with 12 minutes remaining, but couldn’t get the goal Ireland’s play deserved.
Belgium move up to second in Group E with Ireland now dependent on a win against leaders Italy in their final group game to stand any chance of progression to the knock-out stages.
A dominating performance by Spain saw them run out 3-0 winners over a lacklustre Turkey side in Nice.
The victors became the first side to score more than two goals in the tournament, and in doing so, secured their qualification to the Round of 16.
Despite the first goal not coming until 34 minutes into the game, it was clear from the opening stages that Vicente del Bosque’s men were in complete control of proceedings.
Andres Iniesta once again dictated proceedings, leading to chances for Nolito and Alvaro Morata – both which missed the target.
However, Turkey couldn’t hold out for long, and it was Juventus forward Morata who grabbed the opener with a perfectly weighted header from Nolito’s inswinging cross.
It was no more than La Roja deserved, and the lead was doubled just three minutes later, with provider turning goalscorer.
Cesc Fabregas had possession just outside the area, and he sent a lovely ball dipping into the area. Mehmet Topal was there to clear from danger, but he misjudged his header, and saw it bounce backwards off his head to land perfectly for Nolito to finish past Volkan Babacan in the Turkish goal.
The Spaniards were toying with their opponents, Nolito and Iniesta at the heart of some great attack play, and Hakan Balta prevented Gerard Pique adding a third from Morata’s cross – with the Barcelona centre-back deciding to play in attack for a time.
Turkey must have been grateful when the half-time whistle was blown, as they could recuperate in the break, but they came out and were back under pressure almost immediately.
Just three minutes into the second period, Iniesta sent a perfect pass into the path of full-back Jordi Alba, who cut the ball across the face of goal for Morata to tap home.
It was Spain’s third goal, and his second, and the 23-year-old was unlucky to not complete his hat-trick less than a minute later – but he failed to direct Iniesta’s lofted ball towards goal.
Burak Yilmaz registered a rare chance for Turkey, turning Pique well before firing high and wide when it looked easier to hit the target. It just about summed up the performance put in by Fatih Terim’s men.
Spain had no need to play with any intensity, and so were content passing the ball around in a methodic rhythm; the game came to replicate a training match.
As a result, Turkey never had the ball so could never launch any of their own attacks, their motivation fading with every completed Spanish pass.
The game drew to a close with nothing of note happening in the dying stages, with a place in the last 16 booked for an emphatic Spain team.
Tomas Necid scored an injury time penalty to complete the Czech Republic’s fightback from 2-0 down to a 2-2 draw against Croatia.
Two glorious goals from Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic had given the tournament dark horses the lead, and Milan Skoda’s powerful header appeared to be nothing more than a consolation goal.
However, fan trouble meant the game was temporarily halted, and after the restart the Czechs went all out for the equaliser, Necid thrashing home a spotkick after Domagoj Vida had handled in the box.
Croatia were well worth their lead heading into half-time, Perisic’s goal coming midway through arguably the most dominant performance of the tournament so far.
Vatreni controlled play with ease, Luka Modrid and Rakitic dictating the tempo of the game from the midfield zone. They pressed so far up the pitch, restricting the Czechs to a damage limitation performance, with full-backs Ivan Strinić and Darijo Srna acting as major attacking forces on both flanks.
They were consistently sending crosses into Petr Cech’s area, which the Arsenal keeper struggled to deal with, although clear goalscoring opportunities were few and far between.
Manager Ante Cacic has still not found how to utilise Mario Mandzukic to the best of his abilities, meaning that, for all the fantastic build-up play, Croatia struggled to record shots on goal.
They managed just three attempts in the opening 45 minutes, but showed the cutting edge when it mattered, Perisic sending the ball past Cech after a powerful run into the left side of the area.
Vedran Corluka and Vida both went close moments later, but they got in each other’s way attempting to convert Rakitic’s free-kick, and failed to double the lead.
By the end of the half, Pavel Vrba’s men had failed to record a single shot – either on or off target – and Croatia looked more than comfortable to secure the three points – and their place in the Round of 16.
The victory was guaranteed 15 minutes into the second period, Rakitic beating the offside trap and sending a delightful chip over Cech to double the lead.
Prior to this, the Czechs had managed to record a strike on target, although Ladislav Krejci’s overhead kick was weak and easily saved by Subasic.
Mario Mandzukic then missed a glorious opportunity to open his Euro 2016 account, although he skied his one-on-one opportunity.
The tempo of the game slowed heading into the final 15 minutes, following the departure of Luka Modric to a potential injury.
And the loss of their influential playmaker appeared to destroy Croatia’s midfield shape, resulting in the Czechs getting back in the game.
Tomas Rosicky sent a perfect cross into the area from the right wing, and Milan Skoda’s powerful header flew into the corner of Subasic’s goal.
Croatia should have killed the game off prior to conceding their first goal of the tournament, but their profligacy in front of goal haunted them – and continued to do so.
Brozovic missed a glorious opportunity moments after Skoda’s strike to restore the two-goal lead, and it came back to haunt Cacic’s men, as Vida handled in the box minutes from time.
He was dismissed, and Necid converted the resulting penalty to complete the comeback.
However, questions will be asked about the Croatian fans, who threw flares onto the pitch in the final stages, when their team were in control and cruising to a win.
The game was halted, and after the restart the Czechs dominated, and grabbed the equalising goal.
A late wondergoal from Eder lit up an otherwise dull game as Italy beat Sweden 1-0 to progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2016.
Until that point there had only been one short on target in the whole match as big-name attacking players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Graziano Pelle had quiet afternoons.
However, the Sampdoria striker came to life in the 88th minute as he danced through the Swedes’ defence before firing home into the far corner.
For Sweden’s part, the underdogs showed some resolute defending to put Italy off their stride, and looked far more convincing in this game than they ever did against the Republic of Ireland.
Ibrahimovic will be particularly disappointed as he was almost invisible, with his only memorable moment being his missing an absolute sitter in the 73rd minute, though his blushes were slightly spared by the offside flag.
Sweden also felt they should have had a penalty in stoppage time, though their claims were waved away by the referee, leaving them with a mountain to climb to go through.
Italy, however, made it two wins out of two, and continue to look solid at the back even if relying on individual moments of quality from a sterile attack to see off their opponents.
Ukraine take on Norther Ireland in the second match on the sixth day of the Euros, at the Parc OL, Lyon. This will be a crucial match for both the teams, as they lost their openers to Germany and Poland respectively.
Northern Ireland registered a disappointing performance against Poland, which they lost 1-0. Michael O’Neill will hope for a better showing in this ‘make or break match’ against Ukraine.
Ukraine meanwhile lost 2-0 to World Champions Germany, but they’ll take inspiration from playing well in patches against one of the tournament favourites. A loss could potentially end either of the teams’ campaign while a win would keep their chances of making it to the last 16, alive.
England vs Wales 2-1 All Goals
Daniel Sturridge struck a stoppage-time winner as England came from a goal down to beat Wales 2-1 in Lens.
Fellow substitute Jamie Vardy had earlier cancelled out Gareth Bale’s 35-yard free kick to leave the game on tenterhooks in the second half.
The late winner was a reward for the positivity of England manager Roy Hodgson, who had introduced both goal scorers at half time in a bid to spark a recovery following Bale’s opener.
It should have needed something special for Bale to beat England goalkeeper Hart from such a distance when the Wales talisman was granted the opportunity to shoot following a clumsy Wayne Rooney foul on Hal Robson-Kanu. But simply getting the free kick strike on target proved to be enough for the Real Madrid forward, with Hart getting both hands to the shot but only managing to turn it on to the inside of his own post and in.
It was the one moment of danger in the entire first half from a Welsh side who struggled to get going, but Bale’s strike changed the shape of the game and forced Hodgson into a double change at the interval.
Off went Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling, with Sturridge and Vardy coming on to try to give England more of a cutting edge.
And the switch seemed to work when Vardy tucked home from a couple of yards out after a lofted cross had come back off Ashley Williams to find the Leicester forward in an offside position.
It was just his third touch since coming on and his celebrations were wild, but it took until stoppage time for England to find the winner, when a clever poked finish by Sturridge beat Wayne Hennessey at his near post to send England to the top of Group B.
England had begun the match unchanged from the team that started the 1-1 draw with Russia on Saturday, and Hodgson’s side controlled much of the first half, with Eric Dier and Dele Alli particularly influential in midfield.
Sterling should have opened the scoring but couldn’t quite stretch enough to turn an Adam Lallana cross on target after seven minutes in the pick of England’s first-half chances, while a penalty appeal was waved away when Kane’s off-target header flicked the arm of Ben Davies, and Chris Smalling also went close when he met a Wayne Rooney corner on 36 minutes.
Wales had made three changes to their starting XI to introduce Wayne Hennessey, Joe Ledley and Robson-Kanu, but there was little encouragement for the Chris Coleman’s side for much of the first half, until Rooney bundled over Robson-Kanu to give Bale a chance 35 yards from goal.
Bale disappeared under a pile of red-shirted bodies after seeing his free kick squirm beyond Hart, but Wales’ lead only lasted until the 56th minute when Vardy pounced.
Hodgson threw everything at Wales in search of the win, bringing on Marcus Rashford for Adam Lallana to finish the game with a three-pronged front line, and the England manager received his reward as the travelling Welsh fans were silenced in northern France.
The result puts England a point above Slovakia and Wales at the top of Group B, but qualification is still wide open ahead of the final round of matches, with all four teams still able to qualify for the knockout stages.
Euro 2016: France 2-0 Albania
Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet struck late against Albania to secure France’s passage from Group A into the Euro 2016 round of 16.
A spirited Albania appeared to have done enough to claim the 0-0 draw, but the late double salvo means they end matchday two without a single point to their name.
One could be forgiven for believing the game only started in the second half, seeing how dull the opening 45 minutes were.
France had the better of the game without ever really threatening, managing only one shot on target.
There was no real chemistry amongst the players, with Anthony Martial – starting in place of Paul Pogba – looking especially lost on the wing.
For all the host’s dominance, Albania did threaten; Armando Sadiku was inches away from sliding in Elseid Hysaj’s cross.
They started to grow into the game as the half wore on, having proven they were more than a match for their illustrious opponents.
Changes were needed at half-time, and Didier Deschamps responded, introducing Pogba for the ineffectual Martial.
And it was the Juventus superstar who went close to grabbing France’s first goal – though not before the Red and Blacks struck the woodwork.
Hysaj sent in another wonderful cross which Ermir Lenjani attempted to bundle home, although he could only watch on as the ball struck the post and deflected back off the midfielder and out of play.
Pogba then had his glorious chance, though he slipped when connecting with Dimitri Payet’s excellent cross and could only send his shot flying over the bar from close range.
France were trying to turn their dominance into goals – with little success.
Albania were becoming more and more stretched, but Laurent Koscielny sent a header flying over the bar, and goalkeeper Etrit Berisha was commanding his area well to limit chances on goal.
Olivier Giroud had the next chance, but his low header struck the foot of the post with Berisha flailing, whilst Andre-Pierre Gignac then wasted a chance after being set through on goal.
The pressure was being turned up and up; N’Golo Kante saw a deflected shot trickle past the post as all Albania could do was wait for the next French attack.
And the ball finally found its way past Berisha; Griezmann directing the Adil Rami’s cross into the far corner with his head to rapturous celebrations.
It was game over, but there was still time for another flourish with Payet finishing off a well worked move involving Pogba and Gignac to secure a 2-0 win in the dying seconds.
Romania 1 – 1 Switzerland Euro 2016 Highlights
Ahmed Mehmedi rocketed home a stunning volley shortly before the hour mark to give Switzerland a vital point against Romania at Euro 2016.
The goal followed Bogdan Stancu’s opener from the spot. Alexandru Chipciu had his shirt pulled in the area by Juventus defender Stephan Lichtsteiner before Stancu converted his penalty, his second of the competition. In doing so he became the first player since Gaizka Mendieta at Euro 2000 to score two penalties at a European Championship finals.
The result left Romania on a single point after their opening two games, likely requiring a result from their match against Albania in the final game of Group A. Switzerland are in a good position to progress to the knockout round after picking up four points.
Russia 1 – Slovakia 2: Russians on verge of Euros exit amid focus of attention on fans
ALL EYES were on the fans after UEFA warned that Russia would be kicked out of the tournament if there was a repeat of Saturday’s scenes in Marseille were repeated at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.
ut although they did let off a solitary flare after Denis Glushakov scored a consolation goal in defeat by Slovakia on Wednesday at Euro 2016, it is likely that UEFA will simply fine them, rather than send them home.
But Russia do not need their hooligans or UEFA to send them home early – their players looking capable of doing it themselves.
Marek Hamsik made one for Wladimir Weiss with his superb vision and then scored a belter of his own for Slovakia, who face England on Monday.
And though Russia did briefly threaten another fight back when Glushakov struck late on, the Slovaks held on for their first win at the Euros following defeat by Wales in their opening match.
Defeat left the Russians bottom of Group B with just a point from two games and needing to win their final match against Wales.
Coach Leonid Slutsky claimed afterwards he had not seen the flare, which was quickly extinguished by stewards. Asked if he feared his side would be disqualified, the Russia coach said: “I was totally concentrated on the game. I did not see it.
“The situation in the group is complicated. Every team still has a chance to go through. It will be decided at the end.”
Russia actually started the better team but Hamsik turned the tide with a wonderful ball over the top to Weiss in the 32nd minute.
The former Manchester City player, now playing in Qatar, still had work to do but cut inside and fired a peach of a shot into the bottom corner.
Napoli star Hamsik, this game’s best player, then took matters into his own hands before half time by firing a spectacular curler in off the far post.
When Russia finally did threaten, defender Jan Durica blocked Fedor Smolov’s goalbound shot.
Glushakov gave them hope of another comeback with a fine header from Oleg Shatov’s cut-back as Slovakia tired, but there would be no late heroics this time.
Euro 2016: Portugal 1-1 Iceland: Birkir Bjarnason strikes to secure valuable point
Birkir Bjarnason scored Iceland’s first ever tournament goal as Heimir Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback’s men fought back to a 1-1 draw with Portugal in Saint-Etienne.
Luis Nani had opened the scoring in a dominating performance from the favourites, but a defensive mishap allowed Iceland back into the game, and they held on valiantly to claim a point from the hardest game in Group F.
It took over half-an-hour for Nani to grab the opener, but Portugal will rightfully feel they should have been much further ahead by that point – although it was Gylfi Sigurdsson who came closest to breaking the deadlock.
Finding space in the inside-left channel, he hit a powerful drive towards the near post, although Rui Patricio dealt with the shot, before claiming the rebound which Sigurdsson failed to direct into the back of the net.
Following that chance for the tournament debutants, Portugal dominated the half; Andre Gomes and Joao Mario were heavily involved in much of the attacking play.
Vieirinha had their first real attempt, smashing a strong shot at goal from 25 yards which goalkeeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson did well to punch away.
Halldorsson was Iceland’s most involved player in the half, following up that punch with a series of impressive catches from Portugal crosses.
He then made one of the saves of the tournament, to keep the score level.
Cristiano Ronaldo showed his first real glimpse, making space for himself on the left wing and sending the ball into the box. It was perfectly weighted for Nani to head home, but Halldorsson came flying across his goal to deflect the ball with his foot.
However, the keeper could not hold his own for much longer, and Nani soon beat him with a sidefooted finish from Gomes’ well worked cross.
Portugal continued to apply the pressure, Ronaldo going closest to grab the second, but Iceland’s back-line held firm, entering the dressing room at half-time in need of some severe changes.
And although Iceland started the second half in the same manner they ended the first, it was they who got the all-important next goal.
A counter attack saw Birkir Bjarnason lashing home a Savarsson cross from close range, having been given all the time in the world to set himself up thanks to some woefully poor defending from Vieirinha.
The goal brought a renewed vigour to Portugal, although they struggled to break through a sold defence.
Ronaldo and Nani each had two opportunites to retake the lead, although Iceland looked dangerous on the counter without ever really threatening the goal.
Portugal pushed for the next goal, introducing Renato Sanches and Ricardo Quaresma from the bench, whilst Alfred Finnbogason came on as Iceland themselves continued to attack when presented the opportunity.
And Finnbogason was so close to bagging a winner, forcing a fine stop from Patricio with a powerful left footed shot from inside the area.
Ronaldo had the last opportunities for Portugal, but two successive free-kicks hit the wall, and following the latter the referee blew the whistle to great cheers from the Iceland players.