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  • Kane looking to emerge from scoring slump at Euro 2016

    Some of the continent's top strikers are finding it tough at the low-scoring European Championship, stifled by so-called weaker teams employing defensive tactics to grind out points. England striker Harry Kane might know this better than anyone. The leading scorer in last season's English Premier…

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  • Italy ready for Spain challenge, says Chiellini

    Key defender Giorgio Chiellini insists Italy's confidence remains intact as the beaten 2012 finalists prepare to beat their "bogey team" Spain to a Euro 2016 quarter-final spot on Monday. "It's a shame we're meeting each other so early in the tournament," Chiellini told journalists on Friday. …

  • Italy defender Chiellini ready to face nemesis Spain

    Giorgio Chiellini will be facing a familiar foe when his Italy side lines up against Spain in the last 16 of the European Championship on Monday. Italy was humiliated 4-0 by Spain in the Euro 2012 final in Kiev, Ukraine, having lost on penalties to La Roja in the quarterfinals four years…

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  • Personal kudos nothing if Spain don't beat Italy - Morata

    Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn't care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday. "I couldn't care less about the top scorer's chart if we lose," Morata said after the defending champions' shock…

  • Coach Laurent Blanc leaves PSG - report

    Coach Laurent Blanc has left ambitious Paris Saint-Germain and will be handed 22 million euros to go on his way, the French newspaper L'Equipe said Thursday, with Unai Emery hot favourite to succeed him. The departure of Blanc, whose position has looked increasingly tenuous after he failed to…

  • Euro 2016 so far: Minnows impress, goals dearth, fans' shame

    With the European Championship group stage over, UEFA proudly flagged up a statistic on Thursday: no team won all three games. The lack of walkovers and dead-rubber group games provides some vindication for UEFA after eight teams were added to make its showpiece a 24-team event. Part of the joy…

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  • The composite team of Euro 2016 - so far

    PARIS (AP) -- It's no surprise to see Gareth Bale and Andres Iniesta lighting up the European Championship. However, some other players who are hardly household names in European soccer have also impressed at this year's tournament.

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  • Sweden bids adieu to 'proud' Zlatan

    Sweden bid farewell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic with noisy tributes but no goals and exited the European Championship finals meekly after a 1-0 defeat by Belgium. The brash giant of football ended his 116-cap international career on Wednesday with 62 often spectacular goals yet not a shot on target…

  • The Latest: Conte still surprised by Italy facing Spain

    PARIS (AP) -- The Latest at the European Championship (all times local):

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  • Five flops of Euro 2016 so far

    Paris (AFP) - With the European Championship finals first round now over here are five stars who failed to bring the tournament alight in the group games:

  • Column: Ibrahimovic doesn't go out like a legend

    The self-proclaimed legend of Swedish football stopped delivering. Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last game in Swedish bright yellow wasn't worthy of a movie and had no Hollywood ending. Sweden's record scorer leaves international football with memories to cherish, none more powerful than the acrobatic…

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  • Departing Ibrahimovic proud of journey from 'ghetto'

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was filled with pride as he bowed out of international football on Wednesday, saying he had emerged from "the ghetto" to become Sweden's record goal scorer. "It's heavy, it's disappointing, but at the same time I enjoyed it," Ibrahimovic said after the final Group E…

  • Belgium knocks out Sweden in Ibrahimovic's last game

    Zlatan Ibrahimovic chested the ball down, let it bounce and hit it. The Swedes were eliminated from the competition while Belgium advanced to the round of 16, where it will play Hungary on Sunday in Toulouse. ''It feels heavy, it feels disappointing but at the same time I enjoyed it,''…

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  • Ronaldo, Ireland, Iceland fuel European Championship drama

    Cristiano Ronaldo dragged Portugal back from the brink of elimination twice, and Ireland found a late goal to stun Italy and stay in the European Championship on Wednesday. Iceland's winning goal in stoppage-time against Austria wrote another chapter of the tournament's feel-good story and set up…

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  • Belgium seal Euro last-16 berth in Ibrahimovic farewell

    A late goal by Premier League target Radja Nainggolan earned Belgium a last-16 berth with a 1-0 win over Sweden ending superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic's international career with a defeat. The Roma midfielder, reportedly wanted by Chelsea, controlled a cross from Eden Hazard outside the area and…

  • Euro 2016 Group E: Well hello Ireland, goodbye Zlatan and Sweden

    Robbie Brady's late winner against Sweden will be remembered forever after it secured a knockout-round berth for Ireland.

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  • Ronaldo throws reporter's mic in lake ahead of Euro 2016 crunch match

    Portugal's superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo let the tension show as he prepared for his country's crunch Euro 2016 match on Wednesday by throwing a reporter's microphone in a lake. The three-time World Player of the Year has had a frustrating time in France, hitting the post with a penalty in…

  • Ronaldo out to avoid exit, Ireland face Italian job

    Portugal will be relying on a drastic turnaround for superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid an embarrassing early Euro 2016 exit against surprise package Hungary on Wednesday. Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, meanwhile, are still in contention to join Group E winners Italy in the…

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  • 6 teams advance, 1 goes home as Euro 2016 takes shape

    Spain dropped into an unwanted match against its old rival after conceding an 87th-minute goal in a 2-1 defeat by Croatia late on Tuesday. Croatia is the unexpected winner of Group D and is rewarded with a game against one of the third-place teams.

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