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Euro 2016: Germany, Wales and France open campaign with wins

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Group A

Euro 2016 Germany, Wales and France open campaign with wins

West Ham’s Dimitri Payet scored an emotional late winner for France, ending the game against Romania by 2-1 as the hosts looked fated to suffer frustration in their opening game.

Olivier Giroud had scored the tournament’s first goal, only to have it levelled by a Bodgan Stancu penalty that was conceded by Patrice Evra.

Meanwhile, Switzerland was also able to collect the full 3 points after Fabian Schar heads one in after just 5 minutes. The goal proved vital as the Swiss team wrapped it up with by 1-0.

Although they played with only 10 men as captain Lorik Cana received a second yellow for handball, Albania failed to convert their chances in the hotly contested game in Lens.

Group Standings

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.France110013
2.Switzerland110013
3.Romania1001-11
4.Albania1001-11

 

Group B

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Wales won their first major in their first major tournament in 58 years as substitute Hal Robson-Kanu’s low strike culminated in a Welsh victory.

Gareth Bale’s early free kick goal had been cancelled out by a spirited Slovakian comeback in the second half, as Ondrej Duda cancelled out the Real Madrid star’s contribution.

Then, in the 81st minute, Joe Ledley played a superb long pass to Aaron Ramsey, who nicked the ball past Martin Skrtel and into the path of Robson-Kanu. The substitute had the slightest of touches, but managed to slide the ball through the legs of Durica and beyond the goalkeeper.

With that, Wales held on for glory and finished the game at 2-1 to the delight of their fans and much Welsh song.

Meanwhile, England was forced to endure frustration as their match against Russia ended at 1-1.

Eric Dier hammered a 20-yard free-kick high past keeper Igor Akinfeev with 17 minutes left, only to be thwarthed as Vasili Berezutski’s stoppage-time header earned Russia a draw.

But that was not the only highlight sin Marseille. Well before and after the match, crowed troubles marred the event as fans of both teams resorted to physical violence that left the stadium in chaos. UEFA had since handed both national teams disqualification warnings should they fail to keep their fans in check in the future.

Group Standings

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.Wales110013
2.England101001
3.Russia101101
4.Slovakia1001-10

Group C

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.Germany110023
2.Poland110013
3.Northern Ireland1001-10
4.Ukraine1001-20

 

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Germany had a typical day in their group match as Bastian Schweinsteiger and Shkodran Mustafi each scored a goal for the World Champions to settle their match in convincing fashion.

In the other group match, Poland managed just a goal, but that was all they needed to trump Northern Ireland.

Upcoming Matches and Predictions:

Spain vs Czech Republic (1-0)

Republic of Ireland vs Sweden (0-1)

Belgium vs Italy (1-1)

Austria vs Hungary (1-0)

Portugal vs Iceland (2-0)

Dominic Thiem stuns Roger Federer at Stuggart

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Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem pulled off a surprise victory against Roger Federer in Stuggart by 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4.

They met in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semi-final in Tennis Club Weissenhof. Early on, Federer had threatened to end the game early after he pulls even in the second set despite being 5-0 down.

In the subsequent tiebreaker, Federer, playing on his favourite grass surface, squandered one match point with a smash into the net. He then wasted another as tried to serve and volley behind a second serve but was passed by an impeccable return.

Thiem then won the set with a smash. He went on the win the match as Federer delivered a backhand wide on Thiem’s second match point.

“I can’t believe it. To beat Federer on grass is a dream,” said Thiem after the match. “You need a little bit of luck to beat him on his best surface. I’m the happiest person on the Earth now.”

Earlier, Thiem had won against Federer on clay in the third round of the Italian Open before Federer took a month off due to a back injury. With three ATP titles already under his belt, he reached his first grand slam semi-final at the French Open, and leapfrogged to No7 in World Rankings.

His current encounter against Philipp Kohschreiber in the final was as it ties at 6-6 in the first set. The match delayed till Monday due to rain after the first set.

Indeed, the weather had not been ideal in Stuggart Thiem’s match against Federer either. It was twice interrupted by rain for 30 minutes; the second delay came immediately after Thiem broke for 4-3 in the third set.

On the other hand, Federer has not won a title this calendar year. There were injury issues that plagued the serial grand slam winner, first a knee surgery after the Australian Open, flu in the States and a back injury that forced him out of the French Open. But the 34-year-old remains optimistic.

“Any match you lose is disappointing. But to lose when you have match point means it was a close one,” he conceded. “We both had our chances throughout. After coming back from 0-5 in the second, it was tough to lose the tie-break.”

“It was a tough match for both of us,” Federer added. “I could have played better at some of the bigger moments. At the same time, Thiem came up with some really good shots when he needed them. It’s just unfortunate. It’s just a matter of working hard and maybe things will go my way next time.”

Brazil eliminated from Copa America by Peru’s hand of God

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Brazil had been eliminated from the Copa America by Peru after a handball by Raul Ruidiaz was ruled as a goal, winning his team 3 points and into the tournament’s quarter finals.

In what Group B’s final match, the Peruvian forward received a cross in the 75th minute right in front of Brazil’s goal and knocked the ball into the net. It appeared that he had used his right hand for the action, and it was ruled as a goal.

In scenes reminiscient of Diego Maradona’s infamous hand of god goal against England, Brazil furiously appealed to referee Andres Cunha for a handball on Rubidiaz and disallow the goal. The official went ahead to confer with his assistants and linesmen, but five minutes of discussions he upheld the decision.

Rubidiaz claimed that the ball hit his thigh after the game.

Early on, the five-time world champions had looked to progress comfortably with just a point needed to advance. The goal set them into frenzy in search of an equalizer.

Elias almost salvaged the required draw but the unmarked midfielder failed to score inside the six-yard box with three minutes left to play.

The win was Peru’s first against Brazil since 1985, with the win on Sunday marking just the fourth time the small South American nation has beaten the neighbouring football giants.

And with that, Dunga and his team will woe the efficiency of match officials for their exit, as there were also incidents in the first half where Peru could have conceded penalties in two instances. Instead, the referee merely gestured play on.

But Brazil was not entirely blameless. Their 7-1 victory against Haiti seemed to have dulled them, and clearly cut themselves short of their typical killer’s edge even with their well-coordinated plays.