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Euro 2016: France top Group A, Albania stun Romania

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Dmitri PayetFrance and Switzerland played out a goal-less draw at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy as Group A concluded on a positive note for both teams, sending them through to the knockout rounds of Euro 2016. The point earned for France means that they finish the Group as table toppers and will face one of the third placed teams in Lyon on Sunday, while Switzerland finished in second place in the Group and will square off against the second place team in Group C, who as things presently stand is Poland, at Saint-Etienne on Saturday.

The other Group A game today saw minnows Albania score their first ever goal in a major championship, with that honour going to FC Zurich striker Armando Sadiku as the first time European Championship participants stunned Romania 1-0 to give themselves a decent chance of finishing as one of the best 4 third place teams in the competition.


Euro 2016 Group F Round-up: Portugal - Austria, Iceland Hungary play out twin draws

Cristiano RonaldoHungary continue to be the surprise leaders of a tumultuous Group F at the European Championships after Matchweek 2 ended in a pair of draws which leaves the unexpected group leaders within sniffing distance of qualification should they avoid defeat against Portugal in their final outing.

Portugal themselves meanwhile find themselves level on points and behind on goals scored with minnows Iceland, who followed up their 1-1 draw against the Portuguese with another 1-1 draw today against Hungary. Austria meanwhile have got off the mark today courtesy of holding Portugal to a 0-0 draw at the Parc des Princes, but still find themselves bottom of the group having yet to score a goal in the competition, and quite possibly needing a win against Iceland in their last game to qualify.


Euro 2016: Czech Republic salvage late draw

The Czech Republic kept their European Championship Last 16 hopes alive with a hard fought 2-2 draw against Croatia in Paris on Friday.

Ivan Perisic opened the scoring for Croatia before half-time which was followed by a fine finish from Barcelona star Ivan Rakitic to make it 2-0 in their favour after a defensive error from the Czech Republic. Milan Skoda's late header appeared a mere consolation for the Czech as the tall forward nodded home from a delightful pass from the outside of his right boot from former Arsenal man Tomas Rosicky.


Euro 2016: Shearer calls for new England strike partnership

Former England striker Alan Shearer believes that head coach Roy Hodgson must start with Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge up front against Slovakia in their last group stage European Football Championship clash here on Monday.

Vardy and Sturridge came off the bench to score a goal each to help England beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday.


Euro 2016: Italy book Last 16 berth with hard earned win against Sweden

chieliniAn 88th minute goal from Brazilian-born Italian forward Eder helped Italy edge out Sweden 1-0 in a rather dull Group E encounter at the Stadium de Toulouse on Friday afternoon.

Eder struck the winner for the four-time World Cup Champions in the closing stages of a poor contest between two evenly matched teams.


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