Last 16: Italy and Iceland in, Spain, England out of Europe
The first round of the knock-out phase now complete, we have the following matches in the quarter-finals: Poland v. Portugal; Wales v. Belgium ; France v. Iceland; Germany v. Italy.
Italy 2 Spain 0
Some quality football from Italy, a team which had a game-plan adapted to stopping Spain's tiki-taka short-passing game, which was put into effect intelligently, effectively and rapidly. The result? Del Bosque is speaking to the President of the Spanish football federation.
Buffon (Captain), De Sciglio, Chiellini, Florenzi (Darmian), Pellè, Barzagli, De Rossi (Thiago Motta), Éder (Insigne), Parolo, Bonucci, Giaccherini
De Gea, Piqué, Busquets, Iniesta, Morata (Vázquez), Fàbregas, Ramos (Captain), Juanfran, Alba, Silva, Nolito (Alduriz) (Rodríguez)
Iceland 2 England 1
Rooney (4 pen)
Ragnar Sigurdsson (6)
Pressing is not winning. England had 18 shots, Iceland had 8; England saw three shots saved, Iceland had two attempts at goal and scored twice, England saw more of the ball (63% to 37%). As Roy Hodgson said agter the game, "We're in the results business" and that is why the England coach resigned while his conterparts, Lars Lägerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson, enter the annals of Iceland's soccer history.
Hart, Walker, Rose, Cahill, Smalling, Sterling (Vardy), Kane, Rooney (Captain) (Rashford), Sturridge, Dier (Wilshere), Alli
Halldórsson, Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Sigthorsson (Elmar Bjarnason), Gylfi Sigurdsson, Arnason, Bödvarsson (Traustason), Gunnarsson (Captain), Skúlason
, (Bjarnason), Bjarnason, (Finnbogason),
France 2 Republic of Ireland 1
Griezmann (58, 61)
Brady (2 pen.)
Individual talent was the word of the day in the match between France and the Republic of Ireland, a brave team which scored the second earliest goal (2 minutes) in the UEFA competition but which could not hold back the rising tide of French national pride (at home) and footballing talent.
Lloris, Evra, Rami, Kante (Coman) (Sissoko), Griezmann, Payet, Giroud (Gignac), Matuidi, Pogba, Sagna, Koscielny
Republic of Ireland
Randolph, Coleman (Captain), Keogh, McCarthy (Hoolahan), Long, McClean (O'Shea), Duffy, Hendrick, Ward, Brady, Murphy (Walters)
Germany 3 Slovakia 0
Three nil, a penalty saved (Özil). 19 attacks against 7; ball possession 59% to 41%. The statistics say it all. Germany is a well-oiled machine.
Neuer (Captain), Hector, Hummels, Khedira (Schweinsteiger), Özil, Draxler (Podolski) Müller, Boateng (Höwedes) Kroos, Kimmich, Gomez
Kozacik, Pekarik, Skrtel (Captain), Durica, Gyömber (Saláta), Weiss (Gregus), Hrosovsky, Skriniar, Hamsik, Kucka, Duris (Sestak)
Hungary 0 Belgium 4
Alderweireld (10) Batshuayi (78), Hazard (80) Carrasco (90)
Kiraly, Lang, Kadar, Dzsudzsak (Captain), Nagy, Szalai, Gera (Elek), Lovrencsics, Pintér (Nicolic), Guzmics, Juhász (Böde)
Courteois, Alderweireld, Vermaelen, Nainggolan, Vertonghen, Witsel, De Bruyne, Lukaku (Batshuayi), Hazard (Captain) (Fellaini), Mertens (Carrasco), Meunier
UEFA Knock-out: Poland, Wales, Portugal
Xherdan Shaqiri's goal for Switzerland must enter the annals as a candidate for the best goal in the history of soccer, however Poland's defence was equally amazing and impervious. McAuley's own goal saw Wales beat Northern Ireland and Nani-Ronaldo-Quaresma...
Xherdan Shaqiri's goal for Switzerland must enter the annals as a candidate for the best goal in the history of soccer, however Poland's defence was equally amazing and impervious. McAuley's own goal saw Wales beat Northern Ireland, although if he had not touched the ball, the Welsh striker (Robson-Kanu) running in behind him would have scored in a match which saw Wales have slightly more possession (55% to 45%) but Northern Ireland had more shots, 3 on goal against Wales' 1 with Hennessey the busier keeper.
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Poland 1 Switzerland 1 (5-4 penalties)
Switzerland equalised the game late, having hit the woodwork and having done enough to draw. In general terms it was an even match and Poland showed why and how they had drawen against Germany, the World Champions. The man of the match, though, was Switzerland's Xherdan Shaqiri, whose equalising goal was nothing more than utterly stunning.
Fabianski, Pazdan, Jedrzejczyk, Maczynski (Jodlowiec), Milik, Lewandowski (Captain), Krychowiak, Grosicki (Peszko), Glik, Blaszczykowski Piszczek,
Sommer, Lichtsteiner (Captain), Seferovic, Xhaka, Behrami (Gelson Fernandes), Rodríguez, Dzemaili (Embolo), Mehmedi (Derdiyok), Djourou, Schär, Shaqiri
Northern Ireland 0 Wales 1
McAuley (og. 75)
McGovern, McAuley, Johnny Evans, Davis (Captain), Lafferty, Corry Evans, Dallas, Norwood (McGinn), Hughes, Ward (Washington), Cathcart
McLaughlin, Ferguson Baird McNair
Hennessey, Gunter, Taylor, Ben Davies, Chester, A. Williams (Captain), Allen, Ramsey, Bale, Ledley (J. Williams), Vokes (Hal Robson-Kanu)
(J. Richards), Edwards
Croatia 0 Portugal 1
The first ten minutes belong to Croatia, Portugal mounting a slow and predictable attack on 6', Croatia taking control again, until Portugal started to appear more regularly after the first quarter of an hour. Some flashes of brilliance showed why Croatia was playing a containing game and why Portugal's opponents show the greatest respect and do not let them play.
On 25', Pepe headed over from a free kick and Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens Agglo here in Lens started to reverberate to the sound of thousands of voices chanting Por-tu-gal over those shouting for Hrvatska (Croatia). The game took off, cruise-mode, played mainly in the midfield between two sides showing copious amounts of mutual respect. Portugal started pressing more but it ended with Croatia in attack. The end of the first half showed a slight superiority to the Croats in terms of ball possession (55% to 45%) with three shots against one.
More of the same at the beginning of the second half, Croatia controlling the game more in the first ten minutes but without creating any situations of danger for the goalmouth defended by Rui Patrício, Portugal coming back into the game but at 90 minutes, the score was 0-0.
Extra time. First half, balanced. 0-0. Second half, balanced, until 116', when the excellent Renato Sanches broke from the Portuguese defense, passed to Nani, who found Ronaldo, whose shot was saved and there was Ricardo Quaresma to fire home. 1-0 for Portugal.
Subasic, Strinic, Perisic, Corluka (Kramaric), Rakitic (Pjaca), Modric, Srna (Captain), Brozovic, Mandzukic (Kalinic), Badelj, Vida
Patrício, José Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro, Ronaldo (Captain), João Mário (Ricardo Quaresma), William Carvalho, Gomes (Renato Sanches), Nani, Cédric, Adrien Silva (Danilo)
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