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Portugal Euro 2016 Champions

The winners pushed through the loss of their main man Cristiano Ronaldo who was carried off the pitch in the 25th minute after injuring his knee following a clash with French man Dimitri Payet. Even the absence of Ronaldo did not deter Portugal from being declared European Champions as the Real Madrid man remained a big inspiration on the touchline throughout the high octane fixture. By beating France, Portugal ended a 41-year losing streak against their opponents whom they had lost to in ten consecutive matches. Even with the absence of Ronaldo and being favourites before the match, France was unable to capitalize on this and will blame themselves for letting it slip through their fingers. The French were attempting to win a third major trophy on home soil after lifting the 1984 European ...

Euro: France in Germany out

France will play Portugal in Sunday’s final in Paris. The Portuguese beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday night to make it to the final. Antoine Griezmann was the hero for France after scoring twice to send his side to the final and with it an opportunity to win a major tournament on home soil for the third time. France won the European Championships at home in 1984 and also the World Cup in 1998 which they also hosted. Griezmann who remains, the tournament’s top scorer, found the back of the net first at the stroke of half time when he netted from the penalty spot after Germany’s Bastian Schweinsteiger was penalised for handball. Then poor defending by the Germans ensured that Griezmann netted his second with 18 minutes to the end of the match beating goalkeeper Manuel Neuer from close range...

EURO: Portugal through to the finals

Wales made history by reaching the last four after a shock 3-1 win over Belgium in a result that raised a lot of hope back home of the first ever final turn up. Towards the build-up to Wednesday’s match, there was a lot of attention on Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale with both players tipped to shine. However, in the end, it was only Ronaldo who shone bright scoring first in the 50th minute with a powerful header and he then set up Nani to score the second three minutes later. Until Ronaldo scored the first goal five minutes into the second half, the Real Madrid forward had a quiet first half in which Bale proved dangerous and should have punished Portugal on at least one occasion. Bale said the following after the game: “We’re massively disappointed but we’ve got to be proud of ou...

EURO: Semi-Final France VS Germany

As the hosts, France would have loved to play in the final but this remains under threat against a determined German side who are looking to win a second major trophy in two years. The Germans are the current World Champions after being crowned in 2014 in Brazil and have shown all indications that they are capable of adding the Euro 2016 to their trophy cabinet. The World Champions seemed to have left the best for last when you look at their performance in the knock-out stages of the Euro 2016. Place a bet at Betway Their biggest victory and which they will look to for inspiration on Thursday remains the 6-5 post-match penalty victory over Italy. With that win, Germany ended their losing streak against the Azzurri in major competitions. Germany has also been tight at the back and conceded ...

EURO Semi-Final: Portugal VS Wales

As the two countries battle each other, the focus will be on Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo two of the players who have had a great influence on their teams in this competition. The two Real Madrid players have managed to carry both their teams to the last four of this year’s competition and will be under scrutiny to do the same. The two have not always enjoyed a cordial relationship with each other though they play on the same team and this could add some rivalry to Wednesday’s clash. Real Madrid paid heavily to sign both players and the Spanish side has also reaped big considering that they have won two Champions League titles in the last three seasons. While Ronaldo has struggled in his performance for Portugal, Bale has had no such problems and it is obvious that his thr...

EURO: France send Iceland home

Germany on the other hand needed post-match penalties to edge out Italy 6-5 on Saturday night. With Iceland coming into the match with a big reputation of having edged out England in the round of 16, the French were keen to get in charge quickly and avoid any embarrassing moments. This they did with two quick goals from Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba who scored to settle their nerves early as well as put them in complete control of the match. France were not done yet and two more goals one each from Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann ensured that they had a 4-0 advantage at the break. But Iceland refused to give up and after the restart pulled one goal back when Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored. But it did not last long as France restored their four-goal advantage from an Oliver Giroud header. ...

EURO: Germany, Italy, France and Iceland in action

But in the end the Azzurri came off the better side edging out Spain 2-0 to set up a date with Germany in Saturday’s quarter-final match of the Euro 2016. Can Italy brush aside a German side that has been ruthless and efficient? That will be the big question, when the two giants clash on Saturday night. Looking at the way Italy brushed aside Spain, Germany will be in real trouble if they underrate the Azzurri. The aggressiveness shown by Italy is capable of breaking down any team including Germany. So far, Italy have shown that they have what it takes to go all the way and even win the trophy and will not let anything to stop them setting the stage for an exciting encounter. The Italians have not only been aggressive in front of goal but they have also been impressive at the back and this ...

EURO: Portugal take out Poland

The match had to be decided on spot-kicks after ending 1-1 in full time. Portugal’s hero was goalkeeper Rui Patricio who saved a penalty taken by Jakub Blaszczykowski. The save allowed Ricardo Quaresma to score the winning penalty. Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski had put Poland ahead in the second minute before Renato Sanches equalized for Poland to level the scores in full time. EURO’s youngest scorers 18yrs 141 days: Vonlanthen 18yrs 237 days: Rooney 18yrs 317 days: Renato Sanches#EURO2016 pic.twitter.com/M4L4TEEu4A — UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 30, 2016 Worth noting is that Portugal has sailed to the last four without winning a match in normal time. They picked three draws in the group stages to finish third and still made it to the knock-out stage where they ne...

EURO: Wales VS Belgium

Wales have been impressive in this year’s tournament and reaching the last eight where their ‘big brothers’ England have failed is proof of that. With England and Northern Ireland out, Wales have been left to carry the pride of Great Britain in the remaining fixtures of the tournament. Friday’s match may as well be the most important match for Wales who seek to make it to the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time. Gareth Bale arguably the biggest name in Welsh football told the BBC on Wednesday he believes his side has lifted their game to another level since beating Belgium 1-0 in the qualifiers where he scored the lone goal. “From that night, we have gone up to another level,” said Bale in an interview with bbc.com. “We’ve ta...

EURO: Poland VS Portugal preview

Portugal has been anything but impressive in this year’s tournament and have the opportunity to make up for their poor show so far. The team has over-relied on Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo and have sometimes paid for it. But at his best, Ronaldo has been able to carry Portugal on his shoulders and his performance against Hungary when the teams drew 3-3 will remain etched in the minds of the fans for a long time to come. After Lionel Messi announced his decision to retire from international football this week, the stage is left for Ronaldo to add a major trophy to his cabinet and with it an opportunity to out-muscle the Argentine in the battle for who is the world’s best player. Bet on this game at Betway It is another important match for Portugal on Thursday and the Real Madrid st...

EURO: Iceland send England packing

The Icelanders ranked 34th in the world and with a population of just 330,000 people had to come from a goal down to cause the tournament’s biggest upset. England went ahead in the fourth minute after Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot. But the lead lasted only for one minute as Ragnar Sigurdsson banged home the equalizer after the England defence failed to deal with a long throw-in. Iceland went ahead in the 18th minute and England goalkeeper Joe Hart will have to take blame for letting the goal in as he let Kolbeinn Sigthorsson’s shot slip through his fingers. It was the second time that Hart is making a similar mistake as he did the same thing against Wales in the group stages. Despite their reputation as underdogs, Iceland showed plenty of commitm...

Euro: Last round of Knock Outs

The fixtures promises a lot of entertainment to the fans but will sadly lead to the exit of one of the two teams in the early stages of the competition. The stats and head to head record points to a sumptuous fixture as two familiar foes come head to head. It could easily be the most played fixture in the European Championships considering that the two sides are now playing each other for the sixth time. Spain could be starting with an advantage as they have lost just once to Italy in 11 matches. In those matches, Spain has won four times and drawn six times. Italy last beat Spain in the quarter-finals of the 1994 World Cup in a match that featured current Azzurri coach Antonio Conte. Conte who is expected to join Chelsea when the new season starts has had a successful stint as Azzurri coa...

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