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Xherdan Shaqiri delivered what has to be the goal of the tournament so far to get Switzerland level with Poland, but Poland would win in a penalty shootout, 1-1 (5-4 pens).

It was an entertaining affair with shots aplenty from both sides throughout the match, though the finishing was not there for the most part. Poland took the lead in the first half, as a cross by Kamil Grosicki in the 39th minute found Jakub Blaszczykowski in space and he was able to nutmeg the keeper for the score. Switzerland won the possession battle in the first half and they kept the ball even more in the second frame, but Swansea's Lukasz Fabianski was superb in the Polish net, making a couple of spectacular saves. There was nothing he could do about Switzerland's leveler in the 82nd minute though, when Shaqiri delivered a stunning bicycle kick from distance that caromed in off the post. The two side played a goalless extra thirty minutes and went to a shootout. Each side scored except for new Arsenal signing Granit Xhaka, who's shot went well wide of the target. Poland advances now to face the winner of Croatia v Portugal.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 25 - 11:49 AM

Ireland could receive a major boost ahead of its round of 16 showdown with France with Jonathan Walters returning to training.

The Stoke City forward missed the team's last two of the group stage against Belgium and Italy due to an Achilles injury picked up in the opening match against Sweden. But Walters returned to the training ground to take part in portions of full training on Friday ahead of Sunday's knockout-stage meeting. Meanwhile, Burnley defender Stephen Ward missed training after suffering an ankle injury in the upset win over Italy on Wednesday and is a doubt for Sunday's match.
Source: Sky Sports
Jun 25 - 10:23 AM

In a wild Group F, Austria fail to make it to the Round of 16 as upstart Iceland handed them a 2-1 loss.

Austria could not find a stroke of luck in their group, and it began seconds into their first match against Hungary when David Alaba struck one off the post in the opening minute. They failed to score for the first 240 minutes of this tournament and another bitter missed chance by Marko Arnautovic in the 11th minute summed up their misery. He stole the ball off an Icelandic defender in the opponent's box, but could not keep his balance enough to fire into a wide open goal. Iceland scored the opener and Austria finally broke their duck on the hour mark when Alaba passed to substitute Alessandro Schopf who split the defense and leveled the score. Austria needed to find a winner though but could not, as Iceland made it 2-1 in the final seconds to spoil Austria's hopes, a country many thought could make a deep run in this tournament.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 22 - 2:02 PM

Clint Dempsey was the hero yet again and the United States were able to make their two goal cushion stand, squeezing past Ecuador, 2-1.

Dempsey opened the scoring in this one in the 22nd minute, heading in a pinpoint cross from Jermaine Jones, giving him a goal in three consecutive matches in this tournament. In the second half, a double red card brought both sides down to ten men, with Jones being shown a straight red for making contact with an opponent's face.The US would double their lead in the 65th minute though. A cross was delivered to Gyasi Zardes who headed it back into the path of Dempsey. His shot was stopped but the resulting loose ball gave Zardes a simple tap-in. Things began to crack from that moment on however, as Ecuador would pull one back less than 10 minutes later and the final quarter hour was a test of withstanding consistent pressure from Ecuador. The US held though, but disciplinary issues will see them without influential Bobby Wood, Jones and Alejandro Bedoya in the semis.
Source: The Guardian
Jun 16 - 11:42 PM

Martin O’Neil has revealed that Jon Walters is "pretty doubtful" for Saturdays crunch game with Belgium in Bordeaux.

Walters has been managing an ongoing Achilles issue [tendonitis] since recovering from knee surgery and was only passed fit at the last moment to face Sweden. However, the Stoke forward admitted following the Group E opener: "It was sore after the first minute," although he did manage to complete over an hour of football. "I was trying to run and jump and get through it to see if it settled down, it didn’t. It was still sore." But, despite the early optimism, it now looks like he could miss out on Saturday with reports suggesting O’Neil is already planning his replacement with James McClean favourite to take his spot. Speaking to FAI TV, he said: "Jon Walters, obviously, would be the main concern. I'd say he would be pretty doubtful for the second game coming up."
Source: Daily Mail
Jun 15 - 6:24 AM

Xherdan Shaqiri supplied the assist for the lone goal of the match as Switerland edged Albania, 1-0.

Switzerland grabbed their goal early when Shaqiri delivered a corner in the 5th minute that was directed into the net with a glancing header by center back Fabian Schar. The Swiss were heavy favorites in this one and the early goal made it look like they would coast toward three points but Albania did well to get back into the match. Unfortunately for the Albanians, their captain Lorik Cana was sent off for a second yellow card in the 37th minute after committing an obvious handball. The Swiss could not use the man advantage to put the game to bed though and Yann Sommer had to make a couple of crucial saves to preserve the win.
Source: Guardian
Jun 11 - 10:54 AM

Jon Walters remains the Republic of Ireland’s only real injury concern ahead of Mondays’ opening Euro 2016 game against Sweden.

The Stoke forward completed today's warm-up with the group before working separately with physio Dan Horan for the remainder of the morning as he battles an Achilles issue. When asked if Walters would be ready on June 13, manager Martin O’Neill replied: "He has a few days yet and he's improving." However, there was better news regarding Robbie Brady who declared himself fit after overcoming a back problem. Meanwhile, Robbie Keane [calf] and James McCarthy [groin and hamstring] are also ready following their recovery from injury.
Jun 9 - 3:35 PM

Leicester City, looking to buy ahead of a potential N'golo Kanté departure, have inquired after former Potter N'zonzi.

Sevilla are unlikely to want to sell after winning their third straight Europa League and readying themselves for the Champions League next season. Kanté has said he's "happy" at the King Power Stadium but rumors have Arsenal and PSG chasing his signature.
May 29 - 9:40 AM

Jürgen Klinsmann confirmed on Tuesday that Stoke defender Geoff Cameron will not be available to face Ecuador tonight.

Cameron suffered a hamstring strain during the win over West Ham on the final day and won’t be considered for the friendly match as the US Men’s National Team prepare for the Copa America which begins on June 4. Klinsmann’s side began there warm-up with a win over Puerto Rico on Sunday evening and will face Bolivia in their final match before the tournament opener against Colombia. The US team are fourth favourites to lift the Copa America trophy – behind Argentina / Brazil / Chile – and feature two other English based players. DeAndre Yedlin finished the season strongly with Sunderland while Brad Guzan was part of the Aston Villa squad which was relegated from the top flight. Tim Howard has ended his 10-year association with Everton and will join MLS side Colorado Rapids when his contract expires on the 1st June.
Source: SBI Soccer
May 25 - 7:35 AM

Marc Wilson will not feature at this summers’ European Championships after suffering another setback.

Martin O’Neill confirmed today that the Stoke defender had been cut from the Republic of Ireland squad after losing his battle to recover from damaged knee ligaments. Wilson hasn’t played competitively since picking up the injury at Crystal Palace back in January, and despite early optimism, the 28-year-old will not be ready. Initial concerns arose after Wilson suffered a setback during a behind-closed-doors friendly last month, however, the Stoke defender was still expected to be available, even after Mark Hughes ruled Wilson out for the remainder of the domestic campaign due to worries over his fitness. But today, Martin O’Neill confirmed that Wilson was one of four players to be released from the squad following another setback: "The best thing for him is to take 4 or 5 weeks off."
May 23 - 10:16 AM

Mame Biram Diouf upset West Ham with a late goal in the 88th minute.

Stoke City defeated the Hammers, who were looking for a win in order to qualify for the Europa League next season. Even with the loss, they still hold a chance, but they need Manchester United to defeat Crystal Palace in the FA Cup next Saturday. They missed injured star Payet a lot today, and it showed in their lack of creativity. Payet will be one of the top fantasy picks next season.
Source: Sky Sports
May 15 - 12:17 PM

Glen Johnson is fit again and it sounds likely that he will be available for the Potters match against the Hammers to close out the season.

Johnson has been injured since February and that injury has been symptomatic of the overall defensive injury crisis at Stoke City over the second half of the season. Johnson, Shawcross, Muniesa, Wilson and Pieters have been injured and/or suspended for significant chunks of the second half and the Potters have fallen off the pace accordingly. With West Ham still challenging for the Europa League next season, Johnson is a tough player to pick this weekend for fantasy purposes. Evaluating the Potters' defense going into the summer is equally difficult given the inconsistent line-ups over the past three-plus months.
May 13 - 3:28 PM

Stephen Ireland is set for an extended period on the sidelines after the 29-year-old broke his leg in a routine training session on Tuesday morning.

Specific details of the injury have not been released, and as yet there is no current timeline on when Ireland could return to action. Recovery periods vary dependent upon of the severity and type of break but typically 6-8 weeks is generally accepted as a guide in the first instance for a minor fracture. Ireland joins long-term casualties Jack Butland (broken ankle), Afellay (ACL) Marc Wilson and Glen Johnson (both knee) in the treatment room. The 29-year-old has been nothing more than a bit part player this season – all of his 13 Premier League appearances have come from the bench and with only one-year remaining on his current contract - his future at the Britannia remains questionable.
Source: BBC Sport
May 11 - 4:41 AM

Charlie Adam scored the opener but the Potters conceded two unanswered and lost 2-1 on the road.

Crystal Palace and Stoke City have both been struggling in recent weeks but the Eagles came from behind to win at Selhurst Park on Saturday. Charlie Adam scored the opener but the Potters allowed a Dwight Gayle brace and couldn't manage as much as a single point on the road.
Source: Espnfc.com
May 7 - 1:54 PM

Mark Hughes will check on Bojan Krkic after he took a bang on his foot today: "He probably won't train tomorrow but we hope he will be OK this weekend."

Bojan was an unused substitute last time out as Hughes made a number of changes to help freshen his side against Sunderland. Peter Crouch and Charlie Adam did well: "I was delighted," said Hughes who confirms "both are in my thoughts for the game." Glen Johnson "is training" but this weekend will come too soon for the full-back. He should be available for the final game "we hope." Marc Wilson’s domestic campaign is over as he won’t be fit enough to play in either of the two remaining games. However, he should be available for the Republic of Ireland. A decision on Marko Arnautovic will be made closer to kick off while a groin problem continues to hamper Shay Given.
May 5 - 10:24 AM


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