Sunday, June 19, 2016

Euro 2016: France and Switzerland Battle To Scoreless Draw As Both Advance; Albania Picks Up First-Ever Major Tourney Win To Keep Knockout-Stage Hopes Alive; Romania Eliminated

The third and final cycle of group-stage contests in the European Champion commenced in France with two Sunday matches in Group A.

At Lyon:

Armando Sadiku scored his country's first-ever major-tournament goal in the 43rd minute (that's him celebrating with teammates after his historic tally) as Albania defeated Romania 1-0 for their first-ever major-tournament game victory, thus keeping their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive.

Getty Images photo by Michael Steele

At Villeneuve-d'Ascq:
France's Adil Rami kicks the head of Switzerland's
France and Switzerland battled to a 0-0 stalemate as les Bleus won Group A while the Swiss advanced to the Round of 16 as well.  By missing the ball, France's Adil Rami ended up kicking the noggin of Switzerland's Admir Mehmedi instead.

Associated Press photo by Thibault Camus

Final Group A Standings:

1. France (GP: 3; GD: +3; PTS: 7)
2. Switzerland (GP: 3; GD: +1; PTS: 5)
3. Albania (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 3)
4. Romania (GP: 3; GD: -2; PTS: 1)

France and Switzerland advanced to the knockout stage while Albania still has a chance to finish with one of the four best third-place finishes and a knockout-stage berth as well.  Romania have been eliminated.

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