France through to Euro 2016 final, will face Portugal

Two goals from Antoine Griezmann put Euro 2016 hosts France into Sunday’s final against Portugal. France had been under pressure for much of the first half, but a penalty given away by Schweinsteiger in the final seconds of the opening period changed the course of the game. As it happened Peep! We are off! 1 min: France, in…

Portugal reach Euro 2016 final as Ronaldo and Nani see off Wales

Two goals in three second-half minutes from Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani booked Portugal’s place in the final of Euro 2016 as Wales were beaten in their first-ever major tournament semifinal. Chris Coleman’s side had enjoyed an outstanding run to the last four but were powerless to respond to Portugal’s devastating attacking burst. Ronaldo bulleted home…

Gareth Bale: ‘It’s Wales v Portugal, not Bale v Ronaldo’

Gareth Bale has played down the significance of his duel with Real Madrid team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Wales’ Euro 2016 semi-final against Portugal. Their relationship has been the subject of intense media scrutiny, with both insisting there is no rift. They meet in Lyon on Wednesday, Wales’ first semi-final at a major tournament. “It’s…

Euro 2016 hosts France thrash Iceland to set up Germany semifinal

France progressed to the Euro 2016 semifinals as they brought an end to Iceland’s remarkable tournament with a comprehensive victory at the Stade de France. Olivier Giroud, Paul Pogba, Dimitri Payet and Antoine Griezmann were all on target inside the opening 45 minutes as France set up a meeting with 2014 World Cup winners Germany…

Germany outlast Italy on penalties to reach Euro 2016 semifinals

Germany triumphed 6-5 over Italy in a wild, nine-round penalty shootout to advance to the semifinals at Euro 2016 after the game ended 1-1 after extra time. After Leonardo Bonucci’s 78th-minute penalty cancelled out Mesut Ozil’s opener for Germany, the quarterfinal was decided from the spot, where both teams missed three times before Manuel Neuer…

Wales stun Belgium to reach Euro Semis for first time

Wales reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time after a stirring fightback to beat Belgium in the European Championship quarter-final in Lille. Radja Nainggolan put Belgium ahead with a thunderous 25-yard strike but Wales captain Ashley Williams headed in from a corner to equalise in a breathless first half littered with…

Portugal beat Poland on penalties

Marseille (France), July 1 (IANS) Despite first half goals from Robert Lewandowski and Renato Sanches, it took a penalty shootout to separate the sides, with the Seleccao coming out on top in the first quarter final match of the Euro 2016 here on Thusrday Portugal booked their place in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on…