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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.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 26 - 11:01 PM

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.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 1:57 PM

France were behind for the majority of the match, but a brace inside of four minutes by Antoine Griezmann turned things around, and they were able to advance to the quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland.

It was the worst possible start for the host country, as they handed Republic of Ireland a penalty chance which was converted, inside the first three minutes, the quickest penalty scored in the history of the tournament. France went into the halftime looking the weaker side, but some tactics were changed for the second half, and they payed off. Most important was shifting Griezmann to a central role, playing behind Olivier Giroud. Just after the hour mark, Griezmann leveled the match, heading home a fine cross from Manchester City right back Bacary Sagna. Just a few minutes later, Olivier Giroud headed a ball into Griezmann's path and he sizzled it past the Irish keeper. He nearly made it a hat trick within five minutes, but Shane Duffy fouled him and was sent off for the infraction. France couldn't distance themselves from then on, but they allowed Republic of Ireland virtually no chance to search for an equalizer.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 26 - 11:07 AM

Alexis Sanchez and Chile will try for their second Copa America title in two summers when they face Argentina on Sunday.

The match itself was interrupted by lightning and heavy rains forcing a delay in the start of the second half. Fortunately for Chile they were already up 2-0 through goals from Charles Aranguiz and Jose Fuenzalida. Aranguiz latched on to a misplaced header by Juan Cuadrado for the opener on seven minutes. Alexis, as he has been so often was at the root of Chile's second goal putting a shot off the post from the top of the box. Jose Fuenzalida was in the right place to tap home the rebound for the final 2-0 scoreline.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 23 - 10:35 AM

Germany managed to score just once, though it could have been so much more, but it was enough to beat Northern Ireland, 1-0, and top Group C in Euro '16.

Thomas Muller, who had been quiet in the first two matches of the group stage was a constant threat throughout the match with Northern Ireland and he would get the assist on the lone goal by Mario Gomez. He had a big chance in the 8th minute after being set up by Mesut Ozil but Michael McGovern made himself big and kept out the shot. Muller pulled one inches wide on 23 minutes and then hit the post four minutes after that. He finally got a deserved contribution in the 29th minute, after Gomez played a 1-2 with him and Gomez found the back of the net for his first international goal since Euro '12. The Germans could have made this a 4-0 or 5-0 affair but they have to be feeling good about how the attack was looking tonight and were able to top their group.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 21 - 1:58 PM

Wales made history by making its first-ever European championships this summer and now will add a first-place finish in the group to a growing list of accomplishments.

The Dragons easily disposed of Russia in a 3-0 win thanks to goals from Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey, Swansea City defender Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale, who now leads the Euros with three goals after scoring in every group-stage match. After losing to England in devastating fashion, Wales bounced back to secure three points while watching the Three Lions drop points against Slovakia to win the group by one point. Wales will now face a third-place team from Group A, C, D with Albania a potential opponent in the Round of 16.
Source: BBC Sport
Jun 21 - 5:50 AM

Tomas Rosicky has been ruled out for the remainder of the European Championships after scan results revealed he suffered a thigh injury during Fridays draw with Croatia.

The former Arsenal midfielder came into this tournament with questions marks over his fitness having spent more than two-months out after suffering a thigh strain in January. But, the Czech captain was able to prove himself during the Euro 2016 warm-up matches and made an impressive start in the Group D opener versus Spain. Rosicky then helped the Czech Republic earn a share of the spoils against Croatia before pulling up in the 90th minute because of a problem in his thigh: "I felt that we needed to push for the three points so I pushed myself harder," he said. "I didn't have much strength left and I've paid for it unfortunately." The Czech team doctor revealed Rosicky could be side-lined for between 3-6 weeks.
Source: UEFA.com
Jun 20 - 6:56 AM

The Czech Republic were dominated for large stretches of the match and went down 2-0 to Croatia but came back late to draw 2-2.

Both goals came from substitutes as Tomas Rosicky served a ball that Milan Skoda fired home. Following unrest from Croatian supporters in the stands, Mark Clattenburg adjudged Domagoj Vida to have handled the ball in the box. Another substitute, Tomas Necid, took the penalty and scored it for the final 2-2 scoreline. The result was really not indicative of the extent to which Croatia dominated the chances for large stretches of the match.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 17 - 3:06 PM

Arsenal could have gotten been given an early boost with a match against Liverpool on the first weekend of the season.

The reason Arsenal could be at an advantage playing Liverpool on opening weekend is that Liverpool's squad was heavily involved in Euro 2016 whereas Arsenal's squad was less involved. Throw in that Liverpool are likely to have a number of new recruits still looking to integrate into the club. The advantage might be a slight one but in what could be the most competitive Premier League race in memory any advantage is a significant one.
Jun 15 - 10:34 AM

Alexis Sanchez provided a goal and scored two more as Chile beat Panama 4-2 to advance to the knockout stages of Copa America Centenario.

It was the Sanchez and Vargas show in Philadelphia to close out Group D for the defending Copa America champions. First it was Eduardo Vargas who scored a brace with Sanchez assisting on the second of those goals. From there, the tables were turned as Vargas turned provider and Sanchez scored his brace for the final four goal tally. Chile will now move on to face Group C winners Mexico in what should be the marquee match-up of the quarter finals.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 15 - 9:43 AM

Petr Cech continued to show why he is still one of the top goalkeepers in the world by helping the Czech Republic stay level with Spain for nearly the entire match, but the Spaniards would find a late winner to spoil the Arsenal man's day, 1-0.

There really is no other player in the first half of this match for the Czech Republic that did anything of note. It was all Cech, who came up with some big saves to keep his country in it despite it being a truly one-sided affair. He stopped Alvaro Morata a couple of times in the first half and beat away a well-struck shot by Jordi Alba. The Czech Republic did not threaten to score until the very end of the first half but the longer they kept Spain out in the second half, the more they looked capable of finding an upset. Fellow PL keeper David de Gea was up to the test as well though, and Spain would finally beat a helpless Cech with three minutes left plus stoppage time. Cech will try to help his country again in a few days with a tough match against Croatia.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 13 - 11:03 AM

The Arsenal goalkeeper didn't have a great deal to do as Poland beat Northern Ireland 1-0.

Poland had most of the chances and Arkadiusz Milik cashed in early I'm the second half from the top of the penalty area. After the goal Poland looked the more likely to score the second goal but that goal never came and the match ended 1-0 with Poland moving to the top of the group with Germany still to play.
Source: Espnfc.com
Jun 12 - 2:15 PM

Aaron Ramsey teed up Hal Robson-Kanu in the 81st minute as Wales eased past Slovakia 2-1 in Group B action.

Ramsey was looking like he might be the goat after missing a wide open header in the middle of the box in the 64th minute with the score tied at one. He redeemed himself in the 81st minute as he passed to Robson-Kanu who miscued it into the Slovakian net for the go-go-ahead goal.
Jun 11 - 1:53 PM

Olivier Giroud scored the tournament opener in the 57th minute against Romania after letting three solid chances go begging earlier in the match.

Olivier Giroud has been a controversial figure for both Arsenal and France. He scores goal at a solid clip but there exists a feeling that he should convert more chances than he does. That was on full display against Romania with Giroud failing on his first three chances on goal before scoring on the fourth. It was Giroud's seventh goal in his past six matches for his country.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 10 - 4:25 PM

David Ospina might not be able to get many matches at Arsenal but he is certainly making his presence felt at the Copa America.

The stat sheet said that Ospina made two saves against the USA in the opening match of the tournament but it certainly didn't feel like he had any hard work to do. The second group stage match was a different story. With Colombia leading 2-0 Ospina made a spectacular diving save in the 62nd minute to preserve the two goal margin. This was huge because Paraguay would score a screamer a few minutes later that would have tied the score but for Ospina's heroics. That has to make Arsenal happy if they do end up selling the Colombia #1 this summer as has been rumored.
Source: espnfc.com
Jun 9 - 12:52 PM


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