France wins quarters against Iceland in the Euro 2016

 

Two first half goals by Giroud and then by Pogba puts France in a very strong position against Iceland in the quarter finals of Euro 2016.

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France striker Griezmann after scoring a goal in the quarter finals against Iceland. Payet about to kiss Griezmann’s feet

However, even before the first half ends another goal by Payet in the 43rd minute, and then by Griezmann at the stroke of half time makes it 4-0 in France’s favour. Griezmann’s goal in particular has shown the loopholes in Iceland’s defence. A great through pass and Griezmann flicking the ball over the goalkeeper was a spectacular visual. (more…)

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France in the quarter finals of Euro 2016

After conceding an early goal against republic of Ireland, France came back in the second half strongly.

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Irish goalkeeper saves a shot by Gignac at Lyon against France in the Euro 2016

France scored two goals in the 58th and 61st minute. The two goals by Griezmann changed the course of the match. Ireland put up a resolute defense in the first half, but just couldn’t handle the pace after being down to 10 men, with still 23 minutes left in the match. (more…)

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Spain makes a winning start in the Euro 2016

Czech defended for 87 minutes till that cross from Iniesta came on for the lunging Pique who scored a perfect header to give Spain a victory in their opening Group D encounter.

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Football Soccer – Spain v Czech Republic – EURO 2016 – Group D – Stadium de Toulouse, Toulouse, France – 13/6/16
Spain’s Gerard Pique celebrates after scoring their first goal
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Although, the stats show a possession of 67% in favour of Spain, yet, with only 33% possession, the Czech did well with 3 shots on the target, and the one was very close where Fabrigas had to make a goal line clearance to deny a header from Theodor Gebre Selasie to enter the net. (more…)

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Wales defeat Slovakia

If Northern Ireland has waited 30 years to play in a major final, then Wales have waited even more, 58 years to be precise.

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Bale celebrating at the end of the match against Slovakia Image Source independent.ie

The day, however, belongs to Wales, who somehow managed to scrape through, and finally won in the end in a group-B encounter. (more…)

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Northern Ireland fans pouring in at Nice for the opening Euro 2016 game

Northern Ireland opening fixture will be a treat to watch.

Carl Framton to watch Northern Island opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016

Carl Framton to watch Northern Island opening game against Poland in the Euro 2016 Image Sourcebelfasttelegraph.co.uk

 

It is special. And it is indeed special because they are playing in major finals after a very long time. There are at least 10,000 fans on their way to Nice, France to watch their team play against Poland. It will be a 30 years wait for Northern Ireland fans who last watched their team play in major finals in the 1986 FIFA World Cup when the team took on Brazil in Mexico. (more…)

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