Spain's tournament ends more quickly than most would have imagined, getting knocked out in the round of 16 by a magnificent Italian side with a 2-0 loss.
This was a really tough draw for the first round of the knockout stage as two of the historically best tournament teams went up against each other and one had to go home. It was deservedly Spain that did, as Italy outplayed them thoroughly. David De Gea came up with two huge saves in the first 11 minutes but a save from a free kick was not cleared away and Italy pounces on the loose ball to take the lead. De Gea may have been at fault for the goal, but he also single-handedly kept Spain in it with a couple more top-drawer stops. In the end, the Spanish attack could not break down Italy, with just an occasional flash of hope for Andres Iniesta, while PL players like David Silva and Cesc Fabregas offered very little. Gerard Pique had a chance to level the score on 89 minutes but his shot from 8 yards was stopped by veteran Gianluigi Buffon. Italy then added a second goal moments later to put the game to bed.
Italy may have entered Euro 2016 without much fanfare or backing from the pundits, but they are turning heads with each passing match, today completely outclassing two-time defending European champions Spain, 2-0.
Antonio Conte, who will be taking over at Chelsea this season, will have plenty of hype when he begins his career at Stamford Bridge, as he and the Italian side were tactically brilliant, frustrating a Spain side that normally excels at possession and passing. Emanuele Giaccherini, who has been fantastic in the Euro fantasy game, put up another fine score by grabbing a clean sheet and assisting the first goal, scored by Giorgio Cheillini after David de Gea spilled the initial free kick attempt. The second goal didn't come until added time, when Graziano Pelle struck one on the volley when Italy were on the counter-attack. Thought to be one of the weaker sides Italy have brought to a major tournament in quite some time, they prove again that they are masterful at tournament play.
Stoke City goalkeeper Jack Butland has been given the green light to step up his recovery from a fractured ankle after test results came back all-clear.
Butland missed out on a place at Euro 2016 after breaking his ankle on international duty in March. Now, after three months, the 23-year-old has been told he can move onto the next phase of his rehabilitation with a view to re-joining his team-mates for pre-season. Butland posted an update via his personal Twitter account: "Had my final scan and have been given the all clear by the surgeon! Now I can push on and be fully fit for pre-season!" The news will provide a welcome boost to Stoke boss Mark Hughes whose season took a dramatic downturn following the loss of his No.1 goalkeeper. Back-up Jakob Haugaard conceded 9-times from his four starts, meanwhile, Shay Given ended up losing 4-nil in two of his three games after battling back from a knee injury.
Chris Coleman is expected to provide an update on Ashley Williams during today’s press conference after the Wales skipper injured his shoulder during Saturday’s last-16 win over Northern Ireland.
Williams collided heavily with team-mate Jonny Williams deep into the second half but managed to see the game out after receiving lengthy treatment. However, the Swansea central defender was sent for a scan on Sunday to determine the extent of the damage and is rated as touch and go for the upcoming quarter-final with Belgium. "The next 24 to 48 hours will be key, whether it's bruising and just impact, or whether there's damage to any ligaments or a tear in his muscle," said the Wales boss post-match. "We won't really know until [Sunday], but he was struggling, couldn't move his arm." If Williams fails to recover then West Ham’s James Collins is expected to step into the fray with Aaron Ramsey taking the captains armband.
Alexis Sanchez wasn't on the field for penalties but he and his teammates won the Copa America for the second consecutive summer in penalties over Argentina.
It was a similar script to last summer with New Jersey playing the role of Santiago. It was a hotly contested match that saw two first half red cards and numerous yellows. There were no goals but plenty of talking points. Ultimately it came down to penalties where Arturo Vidal and Lionel Messi traded misses and Lucas Biglia had his attempt saved to make the difference in the match.
Belgium didn't look great in the group stage but they exploded when it mattered in the knockout stages with a 4-0 win over Hungary today.
It was four goals from four players as Belgium went up early through Toby Alderweireld in the tenth minute. They didn't score again until late but then the floodgates opened with goals from Batshuayi, Hazard and Carrasco. On the easier side of the bracket, Belgium have to be the current favorites to at least reach the finals.
Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to submit a £10 million bid for Crystal Palace forward Dwight Gayle this summer.
The Crystal Palace striker could be tempted into a change of scenery this summer despite just signing a new four-year contract with the Eagles in April. The 25-year-old scored three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season but didn't break into the first team much after turning down a move to Bristol City in the winter transfer window. Gayle has emerged as a top target for Benitez in the summer transfer window with players like Moussa Sissoko and Andros Townsend expected to move on.
Germany put on perhaps the most dominant performance by any one country in any one match thus far in Euro 2016, carving up Slovakia 3-0, punching their ticket to the quarterfinal.
A very positive display by the Germans that has to leave spectators thinking they may be the favorites to win this tournament. In the 8th minute, Toni Kroos sent a cross in that was headed away but into the path of Jerome Boateng and the center back fired it low and hard to score the opener. Near halftime, Julian Draxler crossed one to Mario Gomez who was camped out in the six yard box and he finished from short range. The Germans seemed to preserve their energy in the second half, concentrating more on possession, but, just after the hour mark, they put the game to bed when Draxler was left unmarked on a corner kick and fired home on the volley. The only negative came from Mesut Ozil, who was unable to convert a penalty chance, but he was doing fine otherwise in open play.