Euro 2016 LIVE: Manager Roy Hodson resigns after England lose to Iceland

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LIVE: After voting to leave the European Union last week, the English left the soccer European Championship in similarly surprising fashion on Monday in what will go down as their most embarrassing loss in a generation.

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LIVE:  After voting to leave the European Union last week, the English left the soccer European Championship in similarly surprising fashion on Monday in what will go down as their most embarrassing loss (against Iceland) in a generation.

Iceland, whose population of 330,000 makes it the smallest nation ever to compete at the tournament, pulled off one of the biggest shocks in European Championship history by beating England 2-1 in the round of 16.

”This is probably going to be a day that we will talk about for the rest of our lives,” said Iceland joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson, who runs a dentist surgery in his spare time.

Iceland’s players danced and sang in front of their joyous fans after earning the biggest victory in their small nation’s history. Next up is an even bigger challenge – host nation France on Sunday – but nothing may top beating England, a team Iceland always used to support in major tournaments.

As for England, the defeat meant more humiliation on the big stage and surely another inquest into why a team of supposedly talented players failed again.

”Now is the time for someone else to oversee the progress of this young, hungry and extremely talented group of players,” Hodgson said. ”They have been fantastic.”

The England fans who jeered the team off the field at halftime and fulltime at the Stade de Nice will likely have a different opinion. This unexpected result for the country that invented the game came two years after England exited the World Cup in disgrace at the group stage.

It all started so well on the French Riviera for England, with captain Wayne Rooney putting the team ahead from the penalty spot in the fourth minute after Raheem Sterling was clipped by Hannes Halldorsson as he prodded the ball past the goalkeeper.

Crucially, Iceland struck back within two minutes through Ragnar Sigurdsson, who volleyed in at the far post after Kari Arnason’s flick-on from a long throw. It is the third time Iceland has scored a goal from a long-throw routine this tournament.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson then took advantage of more slack defending by England, getting time and space to shoot from just inside the area after intricate build-up play. England goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand to the effort but the ball squirmed over the line.

Iceland was relatively untroubled in the second half as England’s passing and touch deserted its team of supposed Premier League stars, with Rooney especially culpable.

The catcalls from England supporters were at their loudest when Harry Kane miscontrolled a pass in the last minutes.

England’s players slumped to the ground in front of their jeering fans after the final whistle, crestfallen and their heads in their hands.

For a soccer nation of England’s standing, its record in major tournaments is woeful. The English have still never won a knockout-stage game abroad in the European Championship in eight attempts and haven’t won a match beyond the group stage of a major tournament since 2006.

This defeat will probably go down as England’s biggest humiliation since losing 1-0 to the United States in 1950 World Cup.

”It’s embarrassing for us,” Rooney said. ”We know we’re a better team. You can’t explain it.”

Iceland’s reaction at the final whistle was so different.

Its squad and backroom staff raced onto the field in pure joy to celebrate with the team. Iceland captain Aron Gunnarrsson, who plays for Cardiff in the second tier of English football, tore off his shirt off and ran over to fans, leading his teammates in dancing and singing.

Almost 3,000 kilometers away, in the Icelandic capital of Reykjavik, an estimated 10,000 people watched the match on a giant screen downtown in daylight. Fireworks erupted and residents danced on their balconies.

The ease with which Iceland saw out the game was surprising, another ignominy for an England side that finished the match with four strikers on the field but didn’t seriously test Halldorsson.

Hodgson harbored hopes of staying on after Euro 2016. After this exit and England’s group-stage elimination from the last World Cup without winning a game, his legacy will be seriously tarnished.

”I’m a bit lost for words. Just very disappointed, upset, sad for England, Roy and us as a team,” Hart said.

”We’re going to have to watch this tournament through our fingers.”

10:50 pm:

Iceland pulled off one the biggest shocks in European Championship history, beating England 2-1 and advancing to the quarterfinals at Euro 2016.

England slumped to its most embarrassing loss in a generation after taking the lead in the fourth minute when Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot.

Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson took advantage of defensive shortcomings to give Iceland the lead by the 18th minute, and their teammates defended superbly to earn the biggest win their history.

The country of 330,000 people next will play host nation France in Saint-Denis on Sunday, while England heads home early again for another post-tournament inquest.

The English haven’t won a match in the knockout stage of a major tournament since 2006.

9:46 pm:

Iceland has taken an unlikely 2-1 halftime lead over England in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

England went ahead in the fourth minute when Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot after Raheem Sterling was fouled by goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson.

But Iceland capitalized on England’s defensive shortcomings, equalizing in the sixth when Kari Arnason flicked on a long throw and Ragnar Sigurdsson volleyed in at the back post.

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson was then given time and space to shoot from just inside the area in the 18th. England goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand to the shot but couldn’t keep it out.

Iceland is the smallest nation ever to appear at a European Championship.

9:22 pm:

Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scored from the edge of the penalty area after England goalkeeper Joe Hart got a hand on the shot but couldn’t stop it from rolling slowly over the line.

Iceland leads England 2-1.

9:19 pm:

GOAL: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson scores for Iceland in the 18th minute. Iceland leads England 2-1.

9:10 pm:

Wayne Rooney scored from the penalty spot to give England the lead, and Ragnar Sigurdsson equalized for Iceland from close range moments later.

Rooney sent his fourth-minute penalty low and hard to the right of Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson. The penalty was awarded after Raheem Sterling was brought down by Halldorsson.

Sigurdsson equalized in the sixth minute after Kari Arnason flicked on a long throw.

England and Iceland are tied 1-1.

9:07 pm:

GOAL: Ragnar Sigurdsson scores for Iceland in the sixth minute. Iceland is tied with England 1-1.

9:05 pm:

GOAL: Wayne Rooney scores from the penalty spot for England in the fourth minute. England leads Iceland 1-0.

7:58 pm:

England selected an attacking trio of Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane and Daniel Sturridge for its match against Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

England coach Roy Hodgson has been searching for the right balance up front all tournament. Jamie Vardy and Adam Lallana are the players to miss out, with Kane and Sterling recalled despite struggling for form in France.

Full backs Kyle Walker and Danny Rose, captain Wayne Rooney and attacking midfielder Dele Alli also return after being substitutes in England’s last group game, the 0-0 draw against Slovakia.

Iceland is unchanged from the 2-1 win over Austria that clinched qualification to the knockout stage.

7:54 pm:

Here are the lineups for the match between England and Iceland in Nice:

England: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Eric Dier, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge.

Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ari Skulason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Aron Gunnarsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.

7:52 pm:

Italy has ended Spain’s European Championship reign, beating the two-time defending champions 2-0 in the round of 16.

Giorgio Chiellini poked the ball into the net from close range in the 33rd minute after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea first parried Eder’s free kick, then blocked Emanuele Giaccherini’s follow up from the rebound.

Graziano Pelle added the second in injury time.

De Gea made four quality saves to keep his team in the game at Stade de France. In the first half, he denied Pelle and Giaccherini with diving saves to his left. De Gea blocked Eder’s shot from a one-on-one chance in the 55th.

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon preserved the lead in the 89th with a diving save low to his right to push away Gerard Pique’s shot.

Italy will next play Germany in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Bordeaux.

7:49 pm:

GOAL: Graziano Pelle scores for Italy in stoppage time. Italy leads Spain 2-0.

6:47 pm:

Giorgio Chiellini scored from close range in the 33rd minute to give Italy a 1-0 halftime lead over Spain.

Chiellini scored after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea parried Eder’s free kick. Emanuele Giaccherini directed the rebound first across the goalmouth and Chiellini poked the ball into the net.

De Gea made two good saves early in the game as Spain made a slow start in heavy rain at the Stade de France.

First, he dived low to push Graziano Pelle’s eighth-minute header to safety. When Giaccherini tried an overhead bicycle kick in the 11th, De Gea again dived to his left to push the ball against a post.

Spain settled into the game when the sun came out midway through the half but struggled to create chances.

The winner will play Germany in the quarterfinals on Saturday in Bordeaux.

6:37 pm:

Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini ran in to poke the ball into the net after Spain goalkeeper David De Gea first saved Eder’s free kick. Italy midfielder Emanuele Giaccherini got to the rebound first and directed it to Chiellini in the goalmouth.

6:34 pm:

GOAL: Giorgio Chiellini scores for Italy in the 33rd minute. Italy leads Spain 1-0.

5:50 pm:

The match between Italy and Spain at the European Championship is one for the veterans.

Six players in the starting lineups have made more than 100 international appearances. And on the Spain bench is goalkeeper Iker Casillas, whose 167 caps is the most of all.

Gianluigi Buffon, making his 159th appearance in Italy’s goal, is joined by midfielder Daniele De Rossi (106) in the centurion club. Spain has defender Sergio Ramos (135), midfielders Andres Iniesta (112) and Cesc Fabregas (110), and forward David Silva (103).

5:05 pm:

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque will use the same starting lineup for the fourth straight time when his team faces Italy in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

The coach didn’t make any changes despite losing to Croatia 2-1 in Spain’s final group game, a result that set up the early encounter with the Italians.

Italy coach Antonio Conte is using his regular starters again after resting them in the final group game against Ireland. He won’t be able to count on winger Antonio Candreva, who is being replaced by Mattia de Sciglio at Stade de France.

5 pm:

Here are the lineups for the match between Italy and Spain at Stade de France:

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Alessandro Florenzi, Marco Parolo, Daniele De Rossi, Emanuele Giaccherini, Mattia de Sciglio, Graziano Pelle, Eder.

Spain: David De Gea, Juanfran Torres, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Manuel “Nolito” Agudo, Alvaro Morata.

2:45 pm:

UEFA will take no action against the Portuguese soccer federation for a fan running across the field to take a selfie with Cristiano Ronaldo.

The man evaded security lines to run across half the field from behind one goal at Parc des Princes after Portugal drew 0-0 with Austria on June 18. He found Ronaldo near the halfway line, and the Portugal forward gestured to security officials to stay back until the picture was taken.

UEFA says it “decided to close the proceedings” which had been opened against the Portuguese body for a “field invasion.”

UEFA rules make federations responsible for fans’ behavior fans inside a stadium.

11 am:

On any given Sunday, a rested France team will play at the European Championship.

In tournament soccer where a team’s matches typically come every four days, France’s schedule is more like a club team.

On Sunday, June 19, France drew 0-0 with Switzerland to ensure first place in its group. That earned France a match against Ireland in the round of 16 exactly one week later. The hosts won 2-1. Next Sunday, France will return to Stade de France for a quarterfinal match against either England or Iceland.

 

In arguably one of the better displays from Belgium in the last few years, Eden Hazard’s masterclass helped Belgium win big against Hungary.

Hungary played good football and it’s a shame to see a decent team go out, but Belgium were just a couple of notches above. Belgium showing a different quality of football, will definitely be a team to watchout for.

Meanwhile Germany’s Julien Draxler showed a dazzling display with a goal and an assist as Germany thumped Slovakia 3-0 to book a Euro 2016 quarter-final. They will play against the winner of the match between Spain and Italy.

11:47 pm:

Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon doesn’t expect Monday’s game against Spain to be his last even if the team is eliminated from the European Championship.

The 38-year-old Buffon says his “idea is to continue” playing for another two years.
He says his decision ultimately will depend on whether he can keep playing at a high level to be selected for the national team.

10:49 pm:

Eden Hazard scored one goal and set up another to give Belgium a 4-0 win over Hungary and a spot European Championship quarterfinals.

Toby Alderweireld scored first for Belgium, heading in Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick in the 10th minute. Substitute Michy Batshuayi then added the second in the 78th when he was left unmarked in front of goal, scoring from Hazard’s cross two minutes after coming off the bench.

Hazard then scored his own goal two minutes later. The Chelsea playmaker raced down the left flank, cut inside and beat three players before curling a shot into the bottom right corner.

Yannick Carrasco added the final goal in injury time.
Belgium will next play Wales in the quarterfinals on Friday in Lille.

10:46 pm:

GOAL: Yannick Carrasco scores for Belgium in injury time. Belgium leads Hungary 4-0.

10:38 pm:

Michy Batshuayi and Eden Hazard scored in quick succession to give Hungary a 3-0 lead.

Batshuayi was left unmarked in front of goal and he scored from Hazard’s cross two minutes after coming off the bench.

Hazard then raced down the left flank, cut inside and beat three players before curling a shot into the bottom right corner.

10:35 pm:
GOAL: Eden Hazard scores for Belgium in the 79th minute. Belgium leads Hungary 3-0.

10:34 pm:
GOAL: Michy Batshuayi scores for Belgium in the 78th minute. Belgium leads Hungary 2-0.

9:45 pm:

Toby Alderweireld scored to give Belgium a 1-0 halftime lead over Hungary at the European Championship.

Alderweireld was left unmarked in the 10th minute when Kevn De Bruyne floated in a free kick from the left. The Tottenham defender headed it powerfully under the bar.

De Bruyne almost doubled Belgium’s lead in the 35th with another free kick, but his effort hit the crossbar. The Manchester City midfielder was also denied several times by

Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly.

Thibaut Courtois almost gifted Hungary a goal as he completely missed the ball when trying to control a backpass. Fortunately for the Belgium goalkeeper, the ball trickled past his post.

Hungary almost equalized shortly before halftime when Gergo Lovrencsics’ shot hit the crossbar.

9:13 pm:

Toby Alderweireld headed home Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick to give Belgium a 1-0 lead over Hungary.

9:10 pm:
GOAL: Toby Alderweireld scores for Belgium in the 10th minute. Belgium leads Hungary 1-0.

8:50 pm:
Hungary has been forced to make a late change after midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler was injured during the warm-up. He has been replaced by Adam Pinter.

8:06 pm:

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots made one change to his lineup for the match against Hungary at the Stadium de Toulouse.

Forward Dries Mertens will start in place of midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, with striker Romelu Lukaku continuing to lead Belgium’s attack.

Midfielder Radja Nainggolan kept his place in the team after scoring a late winner against Sweden in Belgium’s third group match. Mousa Dembele had been a doubt with an ankle injury, and Wilmots has left him on the bench.

Hungary coach Bernd Storck made three changes after his team’s 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Storck decided to start with defender Tamas Kadar and midfielders Adam Nagy and Laszlo Kleinheisler in place of Mihaly Korhut, Adam Pinter and Akos Elek.

8 pm:

Here are the lineups for the match between Hungary and Belgium at Stadium de Toulouse:

Hungary: Gabor Kiraly, Adam Lang, Roland Juhasz, Richard Guzmics, Tamas Kadar, Zoltan Gera, Adam Nagy, Gergo Lovrencsics, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Adam Szalai.

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Meunier, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Radja Nainggolan, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku.

7:50 pm:

Germany produced its best performance yet at the European Championship, beating Slovakia 3-0 and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Jerome Boateng got the World Cup winners off to a good start when he scored from outside the penalty area in the eighth minute.

Despite dominating chances and possession, Germany had to wait until the 43rd for the next goal, scored by Mario Gomez with a simple finish at the near post. Julian Draxler added the third with a volley in the 63rd after Mats Hummels got his head to a corner.

Mesut Ozil had the chance to score another in the first half after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a blatant shove on Gomez, but Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away the spot kick.

Germany will next face either Spain or Italy in the quarterfinals in Bordeaux on Saturday.

7:42 pm:

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has had an expensive round – buying drinks for a bar crammed with England fans in Nice.

Fury, wearing an England jersey, arrived unannounced in Nice’s historic old town on Sunday, the evening before England plays Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

The boxer, who recently postponed a title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko that had been scheduled for July 9, citing an ankle injury, was mobbed by the fans and led them, pied piper-like, into a nearby bar before buying Jaegermeister shots for them all.

Fury, sweaty and without his jersey, emerged a short while later and walked away.

7:23 pm:

Julian Draxler scored with a volley from short range.

Mats Hummels’ header from a cross by Toni Kroos found the winger at the far post, and Draxler sent the ball past goalkeeper Matus Kazocik.

Germany leads Slovakia 3-0.

7:20 pm:

GOAL: Julian Draxler scores for Germany in the 63rd minute. Germany leads Slovakia 3-0.

7:18 pm:

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says the Spanish media has been trying to disrupt the squad’s positive atmosphere at the European Championship.

A day before Spain faces Italy in the round of 16 at Stade de France, Del Bosque told Radio Marca that the media back home has published ”lie after lie” about his players at Euro 2016.

The latest was about reports related to his alleged problem with veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who lost his spot as a starter in France. There were also negative reports when midfielder Pedro Rodriguez complained about his lack of playing time at Euro 2016.

Del Bosque says the press ”can mess with me because I don’t have anything to lose,” but not with his players.

He says the unfounded reports and the negative headlines are ”annoying” and ”sad.”
Defender Jordi Alba says ”it’s the media who is making up problems” about the national team.

7:15 pm:

France coach Didier Deschamps is optimistic that Kingsley Coman can recover quickly after twisting his ankle in the 2-1 win over Ireland.

The 20-year-old winger came on for the second half, but was hobbling near the touchline at the end and was replaced in injury time by midfielder Moussa Sissoko.
Speaking after the game, Deschamps said the injury ”doesn’t look too bad,” adding that ”Kingsley is young and he recovers quickly.”

France wil play either England or Iceland in the quarterfinals in Saint-Denis on Sunday.

6:49 pm:

Jerome Boateng and Mario Gomez scored to give Germany a 2-0 halftime lead over Slovakia in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

Boateng scored in the eighth minute when he shot from outside the penalty area and put the ball inside the left post.

Mesut Ozil had the chance to add another six minutes later after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a blatant shove on Gomez, but Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away his spot kick.

Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos all missed further chances before Gomez finally beat Kozacik at his near post in the 43rd after some fine work from Julian Draxler.

Marek Hamsik had gone close in a rare chance for Slovakia just before, but Manuel Neuer tipped his effort over.

6:44 pm:

GOAL: Mario Gomez scores for Germany in the 43rd minute. Germany leads Slovakia 2-0.

6:30 pm:
England coach Roy Hodgson says Iceland counterpart Lars Lagerback deserves to have a statue made in his honor after leading the small Nordic country to its greatest soccer success.
Under the Swede, Iceland qualified for its first major tournament and remains unbeaten as it prepares to face England in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
Hodgson and Lagerback were coaches together in Swedish club soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, with Lagerback following Hodgson’s lead in using a back four.
Hodgson says Lagerback’s contribution to Swedish soccer is ”fantastic” and praised him for making teams like Iceland ”unbelievably difficult to beat.”
Hodgson adds that ”his chances of a statue are a damn sight greater than mine.”

6:25 pm:
Mesut Ozil’s penalty kick was saved by Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik.
The penalty was awarded after Slovakia captain Martin Skrtel brought down Germany striker Mario Gomez in the area.

6:15 pm:
Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has his penalty saved in the 13th minute. Germany still leads Slovakia 1-0.

6:13 pm:
Jerome Boateng scored with a low shot from just outside the area. The shot was slightly deflected and left Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik with no chance.

6:09 pm:
GOAL: Jerome Boateng scores for Germany in the eighth minute. Germany leads Slovakia 1-0.

5:20 pm:
Germany coach Joachim Loew has dropped Mario Goetze for the match against Slovakia in Lille.

Goetze started all three group games but failed to score. He was replaced by Julian Draxler, who returns after sitting out the final group game against Northern Ireland so that Mario Gomez could start.

Gomez, who scored in that game, keeps his place to lead Germany’s attack, where he will also be supported by Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil. Joshua Kimmich keeps his place in defense.

Slovakia is looking to Marek Hamsik and Vladimir Weiss to lead its attack, where Michal Duris comes in to replace Robert Mak.

5:05 pm:

Here are the lineups for the match between Germany and Slovakia at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille:
Germany: Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gomez.

Slovakia: Matus Kozacik, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Norbert Gyomber, Milan Skriniar, Juraj Kucka, Patrik Hrosovsky, Marek Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss, Michal Duris.

4:58 pm:

Iceland’s players have been likened to an ”army” ahead of their European Championship match against England.

Responding to a question about the post-war shipping dispute between the countries from the 1950s to the ’70s known as the ”Cod Wars,” which was over the rights to fish in Icelandic waters, Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said Sunday ”that is the only time Iceland has gone to war. We are too few to have an army.”

Referring to the Iceland team, Hallgrimsson added ”these guys are the Icelandic army. That is why everyone (in Iceland) is supporting them.”
Iceland, a nation of 330,000 people, came out on top regarding the settlements from the ”Cod Wars” but are underdogs going into the game in Nice on Monday.

4:53 pm:

Antoine Griezmann scored two second-half goals to lead France to a 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland and give his team a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals.

Ireland, which finished the match with 10 players, took the lead at Stade de Lyon from a second-minute penalty by Robbie Brady after Paul Pogba fouled Shane Long in the box.

But Griezmann turned in Bacary Sagna’s cross with a header in the 58th and then scored another in the 61st after Olivier Giroud fended off a defender to head a pass into his path.

Griezmann was also involved when Ireland defender Shane Duffy was given a straight red card in the 66th. Duffy fouled the France forward with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The goals were Griezmann’s second and third of the tournament. He also scored a late goal in France’s 2-0 win over Albania in the group stage.
France will next play either England or Iceland in the quarterfinals.

4:33 pm:

France forward Antoine Griezmann jumped to the top of the European Championship scoring chart with his two goals against Ireland.

Griezmann now has three goals at Euro 2016, the same as Wales forward Gareth Bale and Spain striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata can add to his tally when Spain plays Italy in the round of 16 on Monday.

4:29 pm:

Ireland defender Shane Duffy was shown a straight red card in the 66th minute for fouling Antoine Griezmann with only the goalkeeper to beat.

It’s the first straight red card of the tournament, and the third overall.

Griezmann has already scored two goals at Stade de Lyon, in the 58th and 61st minutes, to give France a 2-1 lead.

4:26 pm:

RED CARD: Ireland defender Shane Duffy gets a straight red card in the 66th minute.

4:24 pm:

Antoine Griezmann first turned in Bacary Sagna’s cross with a header in the 58th minute. He then scored a second in the 61st after Olivier Giroud fended off a defender to head a pass into his path.

France leads Ireland 2-1.

4:21 pm:

GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores for France in the 61st minute. France leads Ireland 2-1.

4:17 pm:

GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores for France in the 58th minute. France is tied with Ireland 1-1.

3:55 pm:

Three players have been shown their second yellow card of the tournament in the first half of France’s match against Ireland and will be suspended for the quarterfinals.

Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick, plus France midfielder N’Golo Kante and defender Adil Rami, were booked in the first half by Italian official Nicola Rizzoli, the 2014 World Cup final referee.

They are set to be suspended for one match if their team advances.

UEFA wipes all yellow cards from each player’s disciplinary record after the quarterfinal round. That rule ensures no player can miss the final for being shown a yellow card in the semifinals.

3:49 pm:

Robbie Brady’s second-minute penalty has given Ireland a 1-0 halftime lead over France in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

France was caught off guard by a poorly defended Ireland incursion that only ended when Paul Pogba knocked down Shane Long in the box at Stade de Lyon.

Brady stepped up and sent the spot kick off the post and into the net for his second goal of the competition.

Brady’s goal, exactly on the two-minute mark, was the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.

France threatened to score in injury time when Dimitri Payet’s shot from close range was blocked by the Irish defense.

3:20 pm:

Robbie Brady’s penalty for Ireland is the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.

Brady appeared to score with exactly 2 minutes on the clock against France in Lyon.
The record is 1 minute, 7 seconds, scored by Dmitri Kirichenko of Russia at Euro 2004 in a 2-1 win over eventual champion Greece.

The previous second-fastest was 2:07, by Sergei Aleinikov in the Soviet Union’s 3-1 win over England in 1988.

3:10 pm:

UEFA now says Robbie Brady’s goal was scored in the second minute, not the third.

3:08 pm:

Robbie Brady sent his penalty in off the right post for his second goal of the tournament.
Ireland was awarded the spot kick after Paul Pogba fouled Shane Long in the area.

3:02 pm:

GOAL: Robbie Brady scores from the penalty spot for Ireland in the third minute. Ireland leads France 1-0.

2:55 pm:
Ireland’s fans were vastly outnumbered inside the 58,000-capacity Stade de Lyon.
Ireland coach Martin O’Neill had lamented his team’s poor ticket allocation before the game, saying it was unfair that they should have less than 10 percent.
However, the French majority of supporters are lending them a hand by passing a huge Irish flag around the stadium.

2:50 pm:
Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Bundesliga club Schalke.
Swiss champion Basel and Schalke said Sunday that the 19-year-old striker has signed a five-year contract.

Basel says the fee will not be disclosed, though it is reportedly 25 million euros ($27.8 million).

Embolo played in each of Switzerland’s games at Euro 2016 without scoring, and was a second-half substitute against Poland in the round of 16 on Saturday. Poland won a penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Embolo has won three Swiss league titles with Basel, and has traded a place in the group stage of the Champions League for the Europa League with Schalke next season.

2:15 pm:

France forwards Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud, and midfielders Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante have been recalled for the round-of-16 match against Ireland.

After experimenting with his lineup during the last two group games, France coach Didier Deschamps is returning to the same starting lineup used to start the tournament against Romania.

Center backs Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny, as well as Kante and Giroud, are all one booking away from a suspension.

Ireland coach Martin O’Neill is sticking with the same team that beat Italy 1-0 in their final group match, with Stephen Ward passing a late fitness test to keep his place at left back.

2:10 pm:
Here are the lineups for the match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon:

France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Adil Rami, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.

Ireland: Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Shane Long, Darly Murphy.

11:45 pm:
Spain is pledging to stick to its acclaimed passing game to try to break through Italy’s equally famous defense in the round of 16 of the European Championship on Monday.

Facing one of the best defenses at Euro 2016, Spain is vowing to stay patient and keep the ball for as long as needed to create scoring chances against its old rival in Monday’s match at Stade de France.

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara says ”it’s difficult to score and it’s difficult to create opportunities against them.”

With Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in command, Spain finished the group stage as the most accurate passing team at Euro 2016, completing 93 percent of its passes. It also had the most passing attempts among all 24 teams that started the tournament, with 2,023. That was nearly double what Italy had in its first three games.

In a historic night for Irish football, with the team recording another victory against Italy to qualify for the knockout round of 16 in Euro 2016. Robbie Brady put a crucial 85th minute header into the goal in the 85th minute, in a nail-biting win against France.

The round of 16 lineup at the European Championship 2016:

 

Saturday: Switzerland vs. Poland (Saint-Etienne, 3 pm);

Wales vs. Northern Ireland (Paris, 6 pm);

Croatia vs. Portugal (Lens, 9 pm)

Sunday: France vs. Ireland (Lyon, 3 pm);

Germany vs. Slovakia (Lille, 6 pm);

Hungary vs. Belgium (Toulouse, 9 pm)

Monday: Italy vs. Spain (Saint-Denis, 6 pm);

England vs. Iceland (Nice, 9 pm)

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