Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Euro 2016: Belgians Send Zlatan Into International Retirement; Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Portugal, Hungary Advance To Knockout Stage

Four games were contested on Wednesday in France as group-stage play in the European Championship concluded.


At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:
Robbie Brady, centre, celebrates with team-mates James McClean, left, and Stephen Ward after the Republic of Ireland’s victory over Italy.
Robbie Brady (that him [center] celebrating with James McClean [left] and Stephen Ward [right] after his tally) scored the only goal of the match as the Republic of Ireland locked up a berth in the Round of 16 by knocking off Italy (who had already advanced) 1-0.

AMA/Getty Images photo by Matthew Ashton

At Nice:

Radja Nainggolan (that's him [left] celebrating with teammates) scored the only goal of the match in the 84th minute as Belgium punched their ticket to the knockout stage with a 1-0 over Sweden.  With his earlier announcements that he would retire from the Swedish national team following this tournament as well as his decision not to take up in the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, this match turned out to be Zlatan Ibrahimovic's swan song with now-eliminated Sweden.

Associated Press photo

Final Group E Standings:

1. Italy (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
2. Belgium (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 6)
3. Republic of Ireland (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 4)
4. Sweden (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

Italy, Belgium, and the Republic of Ireland advanced to the knockout stage.


At Saint-Denis:

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (18', see the celebration here) and Arnor Ingvi Traustason (90'+4) each scored once as Iceland racked up their first-ever victory in a major tournament by defeating Austria 2-1 and thus advanced to the knockout stage.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Franck (Don't Call Me Barney)Fife

At Lyon:

Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice (50', 62', that's him celebrating with teammates after scoring one of his goals) and Nani once (42') as Portugal gained a 3-3 draw with Hungary which saw both teams advance to the knockout stage.  Balazs Dzsudzsak scored twice (47', 55') and Zoltan Gera once (19') for the Magical Magyars, who finished atop Group F.

AFP/Getty Images photo by Francisco Leong


1. Hungary (GP: 3; GD: +2; PTS: 5)
2. Iceland (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Portugal (GP: 3; GD: 0; PTS: 3)
4. Austria (GP: 3; GD: -3; PTS: 1)

Hungary, Iceland, and Portugal advanced to the knockout stage.

Match-ups for the Round of 16:


At Saint-Etienne:

Switzerland vs. Poland

At Paris:

Wales vs. Northern Ireland

At Lens:

Croatia vs. Portugal


At Lyon:

France vs. Republic of Ireland

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:

Germany vs. Slovakia

At Toulouse:

Hungary vs. Belgium

Next Monday:

At Saint-Denis:

Italy vs. Spain

At Nice:

England vs. Iceland

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