Euro 2016: Unlucky France wins group despite draw

Host France won its Euro 2016 group without conceding a goal, but it again struggled to finish its chances in a 0-0 draw with Switzerland that also sent the Swiss into the round of 16. The Bleus rattled the crossbar three times on two shots by Paul Pogba and a volley by  Dimitri Payet. Albania stayed alive with a 1-0 win over Romania -- its  first major tournament win -- that gave it third place.

SATURDAY. Belgium recovered from a 2-0 loss to Italy in its opening game and beat Ireland, 3-0, with three second-half goals for its first victory at Euro 2016. Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty kick as Portugal had to settle for its second draw, a scoreless tie with Austria. Iceland was two minutes away from beating Hungary when a Birkir Mar Saevarsson own goal earned Hungary a 1-1 tie.

FRIDAY. Spain and Italy joined host France as the first teams to advance to the round of 16 at Euro 2016. Alvaro Morata scored twice to lead the two-time defending champion Spaniards past Turkey, 3-0. Eder's 88th-minute goal gave Italy a 1-0 win over Sweden. The Czech Republic came back from two goals down to tie Croatia, 2-2, on Tomas Necid's penalty kick in the third minute of stoppage time.

Note: All times ET.

GROUP A
June 10 in St. Denis
France 2 (Giroud 58, Payet 89) Romania 1 (Stancu 65 pen.).
June 11 in Lens
Switzerland 1 (Schaer 5) Albania 0.
June 15 in Paris
Romania 1 (Stancu 18 pen.) Switzerland 1 (Mehmedi 56).
June 15 in Marseille
France 2 (Griezmann 89, Payet 90+2) Albania 0.
June 19 in Lyon
Albania 1 (Sadiku 43) Romania 0.
June 19 in Lille
France 0 Switzerland 0.

Final Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
7 France 2-1-0 4/1
5 Switzerland 1-0-2 2/1
3 Albania 1-0-2 1/3
1 Romania 0-1-2 2/4

GROUP B
June 11 in Bordeaux
Wales 2 (Bale 10, Robson-Kanu 81) Slovakia 1 (Duda 61).
June 11 in Marseille
England 1 (Dier 73) Russia 1 (Berezutsky 90+2).
June 15 in Lille
Slovakia 2 (Weiss 32, Hamsik 45) Russia 1 (Glushakov 80).
June 16 in Lens
England 2 (England 2 (Vardy 56, Sturridge 90+1) Wales 1 (Bale 42).
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June 20 in Toulouse
Russia vs. Wales, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (at 5 pm)
June 20 in St. Etienne
Slovakia vs. England, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
4 England 1-1-0 3/2
3 Wales 1-0-1 3/3
3 Slovakia 1-0-1 3/3
1 Russia 0-1-1 2/3

GROUP C
June 12 in Nice
Poland 1 (Milik  51) Northern Ireland 0.
June 12 in Lille
Germany 2 (Mustafi 19, Schweinsteiger 90+2) Ukraine 0.
June 16 in Lyon
Northern Ireland 2 (McAuley 49, McGinn 90+6) Ukraine 0.
June 16 in St. Denis
Germany 0 Poland 0.
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June 21 in Marseille
Ukraine vs. Poland, noon, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (at 5 pm)
June 21 in Paris
Northern Ireland vs. Germany, noon, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
4 Germany 1-1-0 2/0
4 Poland 1-1-0 1/0
3 Northern Ireland 1-0-1 2/1
0 Ukraine 0-0-2 0/4

GROUP D
June 12 in Paris
Croatia 1 (Modric 41) Turkey 0.
June 13 in Toulouse
Spain 1 (Pique 87) Czech Republic 0.
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June 17 in St. Etienne
Czech Republic 2 (Skoda 76, Necid 90+3 pen.) Croatia 2 (Perisic 37, Rakitic 59).
June 17 in Nice
Spain 3 (Morata 34, 48, Nolito 37) Turkey 0.
June 21 in Lens
Czech Republic vs. Turkey, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (at 7 pm)
June 21 in Bordeaux
Croatia vs. Spain, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
4 Spain 2-0-0 4/0
4 Croatia 1-1-0 3/2
1 Czech Republic 0-1-1 2/3
0 Turkey 0-0-2 0/4

GROUP E
June 13 in St. Denis
Ireland 1 (Hoolahan 48) Sweden 1 (own goal 71).
June 13 in Lyon
Italy 2 (Giaccherini 32, Pelle 90+2) Belgium 0.
June 17 in Toulouse
Italy 1 (Eder 88) Sweden 0.
June 18 in Bordeaux
Belgium 3 (Lukaku 48, 70, Witsel 61) Ireland 0.
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June 22 in Lille

Italy vs. Ireland, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 22 in Nice
Sweden vs. Belgium, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (at 7 pm)

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
6 Italy 2-0-0 3/0
3 Belgium 1-0-1 2/3
1 Sweden 0-1-1 1/2
1 Ireland 0-0-1 1/4

GROUP F
June 14 in Bordeaux
Hungary 2 (Szalai 62, Stieber 87) Austria 0.
June 14 in St. Etienne
Portugal 1 (Nani 31) Iceland 1 (Bjarnason 50).
June 18 in Marseille
Iceland 1 (Sigurdsson 39 pen.) Hungary 1 (own goal 88).
June 18 in Paris
Portugal 0 Austria 0.
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June 22 in St. Denis
Iceland vs. Austria, noon, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (at 5 pm)
June 22 in Lyon
Hungary vs. Portugal, noon, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

Standings:
PTS TEAM W-T-L +/-
4 Hungary 1-1-0 3/1
2 Iceland 0-2-0 2/2
2 Portland 0-2- 1/1
1 Austria 0-1-1 0/2
 
ROUND OF 16
June 25 in St. Etienne
Match 1: Switzerland vs. 2C, 9 am, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 25 in Paris
Match 2: 1B vs. 3ACD, noon, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 25 in Lens
Match 3: 1D vs. 3BEF, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 26 in Lyon
Match 4: France vs. 3CDE, 9 am, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 26 in Lille
Match 5: 1C vs. 3ABF, noon, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 26 in Toulouse
Match 6: 1F vs. 2E, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
June 27 in St. Denis
Match 7: Italy vs. 2D, noon, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
June 27 in Nice
Match 8: 2B vs. 2F, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes

QUARTERFINALS
June 30 in Marseille
Match 9: Winner Match 1 vs. Winner Match 3, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
July 1 in Lille
Match 10: Winner Match 2 vs. Winner Match 6, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
July 2 in Bordeaux
Match 11: Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 7, 3 pm, ESPN2, ESPN Deportes
July 3 in St. Denis
Match 12: Winner Match 4 vs. Winner Match 8, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

SEMIFINALS
July 6 in Lyon
Match 13: Winner Match 9 vs. Winner Match 10, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
July 7 in Marseille
Match 14: Winner Match 11 vs. Winner Match 12, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes

FINAL
July 10 in St. Denis
Winner Match 13 vs. Winner Match 14, 3 pm, ESPN, ESPN Deportes
2 comments about "Euro 2016: Unlucky France wins group despite draw".
  1. Richard Brown, June 19, 2016 at 9:26 a.m.

    Ireland is not Italy and Belgium is not Germany.

  2. Claus Fischer, June 20, 2016 at 7:53 p.m.

    Why don't we do real reporting here? France and Switzerland did what was plainly obvious they would do: The non aggression pact. An entire 90 minutes of farce. Why? Both topped their group tables and benefited from the mere 1 point for a goalless tie. Even the sight impaired could see this coming. Nearly the same today with England vs. Slovakia. This Euro 2016 format is manifestly one that shows the greed behind more games (more groups, more teams, thus more games). Wow. Who did not see this coming? My only pity is for those under the age of 25 who are fans who have not yet witnessed this from FIFA, UEFA, and other world soccer bodies. They'll learn -- over the next three days as well.

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