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Chile joins Argentina in Copa America quarter-final

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Copa America Centenario: Group D results

Chile vs Panama (4-2)

Argentina vs Bolivia (3-0)

Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas both scored a brace to spare defending Copa America champions Chile the blushes, keeping their team in contention as they joined Argentina on top of Group D and moved in the quarter finals.

But both Panama and Chile had everything to play for, with the both teams needing a win to get through the group stages.

And it was Panama who came through in the beginning, starting strong and with Miguel Camargo’s long-range shot flew underneath Chile goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to give the underdogs an early start.

Chile then pulled off a response in no time to level the game. Alexis Sanchez, who managed only low-key performances before, improved much this time around. He got free in the Panama box and had a shot parried by opposition keeper Jaime Penedo. But there were no worries for Chile as Vargas was right there to slot the loose ball home.

Vargas then added his second with a precise cross from Jean Beausejour just 2 minutes before the second half.

5 minutes after the break, Sanchez powered a volley past Penedo from a Vargas cross to extend Chile’s lead. Still, the advantaged was cut short to a one-goal difference as Bravo misplayed a headed effort from Panama’s Abdiel Arroyo in the 75th minute.

At that point, Panama entire team worked hard to get the two additional goals they sorely need for survival. But Chile merely added to their final tally as Sanchez scores another, this time a close range header.

And with that, Chile wraps the game up at 4-2 and will face Mexico next, a strong contender in the tournament. They need to be more wary then, for there is hardly room for mistakes in the knockout stages.

Euro 2016: first match results and second match predictions

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Group D

Spain vs Czech Republic (1-0)

Croatia vs Turkey (1-0)

Euro 2016 first match results and second match predictions

Spain’s Gerard Pique left it late to score his team’s sole goal against a stubborn Czech Republic.

In a play reminiscent of Barcelona’s style, Andres Iniesta flips a cross for the defender, who heads the ball past Petr Cech with 3 minutes left to play. But it was all that was needed for Spain as they attempt to win a record-breaking third consecutive European Championship.

Meanwhile at the Parc des Princes, Real Madrid’s Luka Modric scored a sensational long-range volley as Croatia deservedly opened their Euro 2016 campaign with victory over Turkey.

Group Standings

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.Croatia110013
2.Spain110013
3.Czech Republic1001-10
4.Turkey1001-10

Group E

Ireland vs Sweden (1-1)

Italy vs Belgium (2-0)

group e

Ireland was left frustrated after they endured a frustrating draw after a painful Ciaran Clark own goal.

The mistake costs Wes Hoolahan’s dazzling opener volley against Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden, and the match culminated with a draw.

Meanwhile, Italy proved to everyone that rankings do not matter in any tournament as they began their own European campaign with a significant 2-0 win over Belgium, who is number one in FIFA’s world rankings.

Italy triumphed with superior discipline and organization against Belgian players who possess greater talent, on paper at least.

Emanuele Giaccherini slotted home in the first half as he gathers Leonardo Bonucci’s superb long pass, while Graziano Pelle sealed the win in injury time with an emphatic volley following an incisive break.

Group Standings

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.Italy110023
2.Ireland101001
3.Sweden101001
4.Belgium1001-20

Group F

Portugal vs Iceland (1-1)

Hungary vs Austria (2-0)

group f

Portugal is left to endure a frustrating 1-all draw against minnows Iceland in what proved to be a memorable point for the European Championship debutants.

Nani slotted in the first half but Birkir Bjarnason’s volley early in the second equalized the game.

Meanwhile, Hungary stunned 10-man Austria as they contained their rivals and took the lead when Adam Szalai slotted in Laszlo Kleinheiser’s pass.

Aleksandar Dragovic was subsequently sent off for a second bookable offence before Zoltan Stieber sealed Hungary’s win with a composed dink.

Group Standings

TeamPWD LGDPts
1.Hungary110023
2.Iceland101001
3.Portugal101001
4.Austria1001-20

Upcoming Matches and Predictions:

Russia vs Slovakia (1-1)

Romania vs Switzerland (1-1)

France vs Albania (2-0)

England vs Wales (2-0)

Ukraine vs Northern Ireland (2-1)

Germany vs Poland (2-0)

 

Barcelona takes deal over Neymar transfer case

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FC Barcelona has taken a deal over the transfer deal over their star forward, Neymar’s transfer case.

The Catalan club will pay a €5.5m fine over “an error in tax planning” following the signing of Neymar from Brazilian club Santos in 2013.

Earlier this month, Spanish prosecutors called for Neymar to be tried for fraud in relations to the case. They alleged that the player and his father hid the true value of the transfer from Santos to Barcelona.

The transfer fee paid by the La Liga club at the time was reported to be €57m, with €17m going to Santos and the remainder to Neymar’s parents.

Brazilian investment fund DIS, which held 40 percent of Neymar’s sporting rights at Santos, said it was deprived of its full share of the transfer as Barcelona had concealed the actual value of the deal.

Investigators have since claimed that the actual value was closer to €83m. The club denied the claim.

FCB made a voluntary tax payment of €13.5m in 2014 after being charged with tax fraud over the signing, but denied any wrongdoing.

Club president Josep Maria Bartomeu informed reporters there had been “a mistake… in tax planning” in connection with the transfer.

“We have had to accept paying a €5.5m fine due to a mistake in the 2011 and 2013 tax planning in the signing of Neymar,” Mr Bartomeu said. “It was better to accept this agreement than continue on with the uncertainty that has dragged on for a long time over the Neymar case.”

The deal was made after a vote by Barca’s board approves a pact to absolve both current president Josep Bartomeu and former president Sandro Rosell of wrongdoing with regard to the transfer.

Bartomeu was a vice president under Rosell when Neymar was signed in a complex deal involving multiple contracts. A tax probe was launched after a club member questioned the figures given for the Neymar deal.

Meanwhile, the Brazilian international is also being investigated for tax evasion in his home country.