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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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Group E

Ireland vs Sweden (1-1)

Italy vs Belgium (2-0)

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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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Group F

Portugal vs Iceland (1-1)

Hungary vs Austria (2-0)

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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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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)

 

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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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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Group C

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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)

Euro 2016 opening games: highlights and predictions

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Group A: France vs Romania

Euro 2016 opening games highlights and predictions

EURO 2016 kicks off with France facing off against Romania, with the host nation looking to top Group A ahead of Romania, Switzerland and Albania.

But conversely, the other teams would have nothing to lose.

Additionally, there were not much opportunities to gauge France’s potential to force wins amidst difficult situations. While they have powerhouses such as Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba forming a strong forward and midfield lineup, they had noted been shaky at the back.

Still, it does not mean that Romania can win it – even if they are among the best defense teams in the tournament. Quite simply, France has the means to wear them down, or find an early opportunity even.

Prediction: France 2-0 Romania

 

Group B: England vs Russia

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There is a lot hype surrounding England’s attackers especially. Whether it is Premier League top scorers Jamie Vardy and Harry Kane or latest addition Marcus Rashford, a lot is expected of their pace and ability.

But therein lies the issue with the team – the abundance of attackers leaves little room for their defense to play an important role. Roy Hodgson is spoilt for choice as he needs to seriously contemplate how to incorporate Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Dele Alli, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling into a single, functioning lineup without bending the team out of shape.

Even with that thought things does not look exactly bright for Russia. They lack key performers who had been vital during qualifiers, such as playmaker Alan Dzagoev, Real Madrid’s winger Denis Cheryshev, the experienced left-back Yuri Zhirkov and, as of last weekend, Igor Denisov.

The Eastern Europeans will be without first-choice midfielders, leaving only a makeshift partnership attempting to protect the central defenders, Vasili Berezutski and Sergei Ignashevich, who have a combined age of 69. Their lack of pace can have serious implications to the team, even if England kicks themselves in the foot in trying to move forward.

Prediction: England 1-0 Russia

 

Group C: Germany vs Ukraine

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Doubting the World Champions would be almost unimaginable two years ago, but their warm-up results leading to Europe’s main event can only described as disheartening.

But it remains that Ukraine, another defense minded team, lacks strength up front. One could only wish that the Germans can summon the strength to play their usual, technically sound and pristine football so that they earn themselves another nothing-to-see victory.

Prediction: Germany 2-0 Ukraine

 

 

Euro 2016 squads finalized for the tournament

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Euro 2016 squads finalized for the tournament

All troops are finalized as the main event for football in this summer approaches; here are the few national teams and their squads tipped to lift the trophy in France.

France (odds: 7 to 2)

Being the host nation, and having a significant strike force with the likes of in-form forwards Antoine Griezmann and midfilder Paul Pogba would definitely give an edge to any team hoping to grab the European Championship trophy.

France has been the bookies odds-on favorite even after Didier Deschmaps had left our Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema. Les Bleus will face Romania in Group A in the opening game of the tournament on June 10 before playing Albania and Switzerland.

France’s Euro 2016 squad:

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham)

Much is expected from France’s Griezmann-Pogba combo

Much is expected from France’s Griezmann-Pogba combo

Germany (odds: 4 to 1)

Despite performing not quite up to expectations after winning the World Cup two years ago, Germany is still a team to be watched given their strength behind to up front. They will have a relatively easier time too, facing Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine in the group stages.

Marco Reus was visibly left out of the team following injury concerns but Bastian Schweinsteiger, who also struggled with injury, was included.

Germany’s Euro 2016 squad:

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Cologne), Benedikt Hoewedes (Schalke 04), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Ruediger (Roma)

Midfielders: Julian Draxler (VfL Wolfsburg), Sami Khedira (Juventus), Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray), Andre Schurrle (VfL Wolfsburg), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund).

Forwards: Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Mario Goetze (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke 04)

Germany dropped Marco Reus off the team hours after wishing him a happy birthday.

Germany dropped Marco Reus off the team hours after wishing him a happy birthday.

Spain (odds: 11 to 2)

The defending champions were a shadow of their form since their group stage exit in the World Cup, but their ageing team then had since been refreshed by Vincente Del Bosque with youngsters the like of Thiago Alcantara and Koke.

Spain’s Euro 2016 squad

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David de Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué (Barcelona), Jordi Alba (Barcelona), Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San José (Athletic Club), Juanfran (Atlético Madrid), Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal FC)

Midfielders: Bruno Soriano (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets (Barcelona), Koke (Atlético Madrid), Thiago Alcântara (Bayern), Andrés Iniesta (Barcelona), David Silva (Manchester City), Cesc Fábregas (Chelsea)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Club), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Álvaro Morata (Juventus), Pedro Rodríguez (Chelsea FC), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid)

Spain will look to win the Euro for a third consecutive time.

Spain will look to win the Euro for a third consecutive time.

England (odds: 9 to 1)

Roy Hodgson will be spoilt for choice as he loads up on strikers for the team, featuring Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and teenager Marcus Rashford – all of whom had enjoyed a fruitful season in the Premier League. The group plays Russia in Group B’s opening fixture, and subsequently against Wales and Slovakia.

England’s Euro 2016 squad

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley), Fraser Forster (Southampton)

Defenders: John Stones (Everton), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Danny Rose (Tottenham)

Midfielders: Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Dele Alli (Tottenham), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Man City), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal), James Milner (Liverpool)

Forwards: Jamie Vardy (Leicester City), Marcus Rashford (Man Utd), Wayne Rooney (Man Utd), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Harry Kane (Tottenham)

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are both Premier League top scorers

Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy are both Premier League top scorers