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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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

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

Group C

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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.”