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Euro 2016: French Police Arrest 40 People For Violence

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  PARIS – French police arrested around 40 people for violence and other offences before and after France’s defeat to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final in Paris on Sunday, police said. Police used tear gas and rounded up supporters who pelted them with bottles at the foot of the Eiffel Tower after they were…

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Portugal Beats France 1-0 To Win Euro 2016

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PARIS – Cristiano Ronaldo was stretchered off in tears but an extra-time goal by Eder saw Portugal beat hosts France 1-0 in Sunday’s Euro 2016 final to win their first major tournament. The victim of a heavy challenge by Dimitri Payet, Ronaldo went off in the first half, but returned to the touchline to see…

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Germany Win On Penalties To Reach Euro 2016 Semi-Finals

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  BORDEAUX – Germany moved into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday but their un-German-like inefficiency in a penalty shootout with Italy almost cost them dear before Jonas Hector kept his head. Germany missed three penalties before triumphing 6-5 in a rollercoaster 18-penalty shootout as Hector slotted home his kick under the diving Gianluigi…

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Shootout Win Sees Ronaldo’s Portugal Into Euro Semi-Finals

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  MARSEILLE – Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal battled their way to a place in the European Championship last four on Thursday winning a penalty shootout 5-3 against Poland in a tense quarter-final. Teenage sensation Renato Sanches, who scored Portugal’s goal and smashed home one of the penalties, said it was a “wonderful moment for the team…

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Euro 2016: Last Chance Saloon For Stuttering Austria

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  PARIS: Marcel Koller’s Austria have one “uncomfortable” last chance to salvage their Euro 2016 campaign in their final group game against Iceland at the Stade de France on Wednesday. Touted as dark horses before the tournament, Austria have struggled to reproduce their impressive qualifying form and are bottom of Group F with just one…

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Euro 2016: Late Own Goal Saves Hungary From Being Frozen Out

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  MARSEILLE – An own-goal by Iceland’s Birkir Savarsson in the dying seconds rescued a draw for Hungary in a frenetic Euro 2016 clash that keeps both team’s hopes alive of a second round berth. A first-half penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson put little Iceland on course for a fairytale win. But the European Championship newcomers…

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Euro 2016 Roundup: Spain In Knockout Stage After Win Over Turkey

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  ALVARO Morata scored twice as defending champion Spain cruised to a 3-0 victory over Turkey on Friday in Nice, France, to qualify for the knockout stages of the European Championship. Spain recorded the largest winning margin of the tournament so far with a second victory that left it top of Group D. Turkey’s second…

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Germany Coach Apologises For Trouser Antics At Euro 2016

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GERMANY boss Joachim Low has apologised after television cameras caught him putting his hands down his trousers and smelling his fingers. Low was ridiculed on social media for his sideline antics during his side’s Euro 2016 victory over Ukraine. “It was adrenaline and concentration. I will try to behave differently in the future,” said Low,…

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Switzerland Made To Wait After Romania Draw

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  PARIS: Switzerland were frustrated in their attempt to book a place in the knockout stage of Euro 2016 after a 1-1 draw on Wednesday against Group A rivals Romania in Paris. Bogdan Stancu’s penalty gave Romania the advantage at a sunny Parc des Princes and the Swiss spurned a host of chances to score…

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Russia Handed Suspended Euro 2016 Disqualification

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PARIS/NICE (Reuters) – Police on Tuesday detained 43 Russia fans suspected of taking part in clashes with England supporters in Marseille at the start of the Euro 2016 football tournament, and two cities in northern France imposed alcohol bans in a bid to avert more hooliganism. UEFA said Russia would be thrown out of the…

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Euro 2016: Violence Mars England-Russia Match

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England fans have been embroiled in fresh clashes with police and rival supporters in Marseille on the day the team played its first Euro 2016 game. The latest violence followed two nights of trouble in the French port city. French police used tear gas for a third day and a water cannon. They say one…

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England Headline Euro 2016 Super Saturday

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  PARIS – England’s bid to end 50 years without winning a major international tournament takes centre stage at Euro 2016 on Saturday as Roy Hodgson’s men take on Russia. Real Madrid star Gareth Bale leads Wales’ charge against Slovakia, whilst there will be the rare of sight of brothers going head-to-head as Arsenal’s new…

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Euro 2016: Dutch Humiliated By Turkey

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WHILE European powerhouse the Netherlands looks set to miss out on Euro 2016 qualification, tiny Iceland booked its passage to a major finals for the first time Sunday. The contrast could not be greater as the Dutch stumbled to a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Turkey, while Iceland drew 0-0 with Kazakhstan to stay top of…

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Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Spain Beat Slovakia

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SPAIN moved a step closer to qualification for Euro 2016 and the chance to win a third successive continental competition by beating Slovakia 2-0 on Saturday night. Jordi Alba and Andres Iniesta scored the goals as Vicente del Bosque’s side leapfrogged their opponents at the top of Group C, with La Roja leading the pool…

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Uefa Likely To Investigate Crowd Trouble In Italy’s Draw With Croatia

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UEFA look set to launch an investigation into the crowd trouble in Italy’s Euro 2016 Group H qualifier against Croatia, which was halted after flares were thrown on to the pitch at the Giuseppe Meazza Stadium in Milan. Antonio Candreva had put Italy ahead after 11 minutes but that was quickly cancelled out when the…

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Dick Advocaat Resigns As Serbia Coach After Home Defeat By Denmark

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THE Dutchman Dick Advocaat (pic) has stepped down as Serbia coach after a 3-1 home defeat by Denmark in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, the Serbian football association (FSS) said on Saturday. “The FSS wishes to thank Advocaat as he has shown utmost professionalism and we are disappointed that our cooperation with him ended so abruptly.…

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Spain’s Debutant Isco Nets Brilliant Goal In Win Over Belarus

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ISCO scored the pick of the goals as holders Spain strolled to a 3-0 home victory over Belarus in Euro 2016 qualifying Group C on Saturday. Spain dominated from the start in Huelva and Isco fired them ahead in the 18th minute when he curled an exquisite shot into the top corner, the 22-year-old Real…

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Wayne Rooney And Danny Welbeck Rescue Drab England Against Slovenia

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FOR a long while, the story of this match could be accurately told by the fact the scoring started with, in order, an own-goal, a penalty and then a mis-kick. At least Danny Welbeck’s second goal added a bit more decoration to an evening when England took their time to get going before that 13-minute…

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo Breaks European Championship Goals Record

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CRISTIANO Ronaldo became the record goalscorer in European Championship football as Portugal beat Armenia 1-0 in Group I. The Real Madrid forward took his tally in qualifying and tournament matches to 23, passing Denmark’s Jon Dahl Tomasson’s total with a close-range finish on 71 minutes. Portugal are a point behind Denmark, who won 3-1 in…

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Paul Papp Pops Northern Ireland’s Bubble With Late Brace For Romania

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DEFEAT in Bucharest – but still far from downhearted. There remains a definite, positive pulse in this quietly determined Euro qualifying campaign for Northern Ireland even though there was a distinct gulf against a fluid Romania, who now top Group F. Michael O’Neill’s side may have been edged off the summit after two superb goals…

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Germany See Off Battling Gibraltar With Thomas Muller Double

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GERMANY picked up their obligatory Group D win over Gibraltar but the expected flurry of goals failed to arrive as they managed only four without reply in Nuremberg. Thomas Müller was on target twice with Mario Götze raising Germany’s lead to three before half-time. An own-goal from Yogan Santos midway through the second half made…

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Scotland Defeat Republic of Ireland After Shaun Maloney’s Magic Moment

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GORDON Strachan’s success as Scotland’s manager, in breaking from what had become a dismal normality before his appointment, has been turning promise into tangible reward. That much was the case again on a tense, fraught Celtic Park evening as Scotland secured a crucial win over the Republic of Ireland. It was the most significant result…

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Albania Captain: Our Lives Were In Danger Against Serbia

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THE Albania captain Lorik Cana (pic) believes it was “a miracle” none of his team’s players were seriously injured in the violent scenes which caused the Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia in Belgrade to be abandoned on Tuesday. Uefa has charged the Serbian and Albanian Football Associations after the brawl involving players, supporters and stewards…

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Albanian FA Claims Serbian Police Attacked Players

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THE Albanian Football Association has stated its players were attacked by police and stewards as well as by opposition supporters during the violence that marred the Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia, with Lorik Cana claiming it was “a miracle” that no one was seriously injured. Tuesday night’s match in Belgrade descended into chaos and was…

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‘I’ve Never Flown A Drone In My Life’, Says Albanian Prime Minister’s Brother

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THE brother of Albania’s prime minister has denied being behind the incendiary flag-flying stunt that led to the abandonment of his country’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Serbia. The game was called off after fighting broke out between players, fans and officials on the pitch of the Partizan Stadium after a drone appeared above it, flying…

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Albania And Serbia Face Uefa Sanctions After Abandoned ‘Drone’ Game

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SERBIA and Albania face heavy sanctions from Uefa in the fallout from the extraordinary melee sparked by a low-flying drone that caused their match in Belgrade to be abandoned on Tuesday night. The Serbian FA accused their rivals of a “pre-planned terrorist action” after a remote-controlled drone carrying the insignia of so-called “Greater Albania” flew…

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Gylfi Sigurdsson Double Gives Iceland First Ever Win Over Holland

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HOLLAND’S World Cup hangover lingers on and they remain off the pace in their attempt to qualify for Euro 2016 after a 2-0 defeat in Iceland. Two goals from Gylfi Sigurdsson secured victory for Iceland, who have nine points from nine in Group A and sit alongside the Czech Republic with their 100% record. Holland…

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Euro 2016 Qualifying: Hal Robson-Kanu Keeps Wales In The Driving Seat

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IT never seems straightforward with Wales and so it proved yet again as Chris Coleman’s side turned what should have been a comfortable victory into an ordeal for every home supporter in the crowd. Coasting after early goals from David Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu, Wales contrived to let Cyprus back into the game, when Wayne…

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Wayne Rooney’s Free-Kick Edges Stuttering England Past 10-Man Estonia

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FOR a long time it had looked as though England might rack up one of their least distinguished results of the Roy Hodgson era. Estonia had been reduced to 10 men early in the second half yet Hodgson’s men had to toil away for another 25 minutes before the goal, direct from Wayne Rooney’s free-kick,…

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Republic Of Ireland’s Robbie Keane Hits Hat-Trick Against Abject Gibraltar

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IN the grand scheme of things, this demolition means very little apart from providing further proof that the European Championship qualifiers are worse off for including teams such as Gibraltar. After 14 minutes the result was a foregone conclusion, by the hour mark it made for some very uncomfortable viewing. The chances of the Republic…

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