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Euro 2016 Group F Round-up: Hungary, Iceland and Portugal all qualify

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The benefits of playing on the last day of group matches were there for all to see as Hungary, Iceland and Portugal all advanced to the last 16 of the European Championships after a pulsating day of Group F action saw an amazing 9 goals being scored.

Portugal showed tremendous resolve an courage after a poor start to their tournament to come back from a goal down not once, not twice, but three times as they drew 3-3 with Group F toppers Hungary, who benefited from two deflected goals.

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Euro 2016: Croatia stun Spain to top Group D

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An 87th minute goal from Inter Milan forward Ivan Perisic wherein he beat Spain keeper David de Gea at his near post has given Croatia a stunning 2-1 win over the two-time defending European Champions, condemning Spain to a second place finish in Group D and setting up a last 16 showdown with Italy in what would be a repeat of the 2012 European Championship final.

Spain completely dominated the first half, passing the ball with ease around the Croatian midfielders and took an early lead through in-form hitman Alvaro Morata, who stabbed home Cesc Fabregas' cross from close range after some wonderful interplay between the Chelsea playmaker and his Manchester City counterpart David Silva.

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Euro 2016 Group C Round-up: Germany, Poland advance, Northern Ireland in with a chance

mario_gomezGermany and Poland registered contrasting 1-0 wins against Northern Ireland and Ukraine respectively to finish on 7 points each in Group C of the European Championships with the Germans narrowly condemning the Poles to second place courtesy of a marginally better goal difference 3 to 2.

Perhaps more crucially was the fact that an inspired showing in goal by Northern Ireland keeper Michael McGovern limited Germany to just a solitary goal, leaving the minnows with a goal difference of 0 and 3 points to show for their efforts. That means that in the stakes for the four best third placed teams, Northern Ireland are currently 2nd out of 3 behind Slovakia and ahead of Albania.

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Gary Cahill: "Didn’t have the cutting edge"

England and Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, who wore the captain's armband for the first hour or so of the Three Lions' clash with Slovakia tonight, bemoaned a lack of cutting edge from his side in the final third, having created enough opportunities to win the game multiple times over, but not really taking their chances, despite having a ridiculous 29 shots on goal.

A telling statistic, the second half of the aforementioned one is that only 5 of those were on target and forced Slovakian keeper Matus Kozacik into action, with Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy and Liverpool's Adam Lallana having England's best two chances in the first half.

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Euro 2016: Wales hammer Russia to top Group B, England finish second

A terrific team performance from Wales saw the European Championship minnows advance to the last 16 as winners of Group B courtesy of a 3-0 thumping of Russia with Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale grabbing the goals. The result coupled with England playing out a nil-nil draw against Slovakia meant that Russia were eliminated from the competition, England also advance to the last 16 as Group B runners-up, while Slovakia have an excellent chance of going through as one of the best 4 third place teams finishing the group stage with 4 points.

The Wales - Russia contest was the one to watch today and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey gave Wales an 11th minute lead, producing an outstanding chipped finish over Igor Akinfeev after having been played through on goal by a gorgeous pass from Liverpool man Joe Allen.

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