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Spain vs. Italy Betting Odds Preview, Euro 2016 Round-of-16 Prediction

Spain will be trying to bounce back from their first UEFA Euro loss since 2004 as they continue their drive towards a third straight European Championship on Monday, taking on Italy in the round of 16 as the +100 betting favorites at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark.<p>Italy are riding high …

The Question: What Level Are Roy Hodgson's England At?

England are in the last 16 of the European Championship, but they did not make it in quite the manner that had been hoped.<p>After failing to break down Slovakia, England qualified in second place in their group behind Chris Coleman's Wales.<p>England will come up against Iceland in the last 16 on …

Spain not as aggressive as 2012, claims Carlo Ancelotti

The former Real Madrid boss believes Italy have every chance of reaching the Euro 2016 quarter-finals at La Roja's expense<p>Spain's lack of variety and …

Iceland takes on England, the team it's cheered from afar

NICE, France (AP) — Brought up on a regular supply of the Premier League, Iceland's players are used to cheering on England at major soccer tournaments.<p>Now, they're trying to eliminate them.<p>In what appears to be the biggest mismatch of the European Championship's round of 16, Iceland — the smallest …

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Mario Gomez Must Keep His Spot as Euro 2016 Really Kicks off for Germany

With the knockout stages right around the corner, there's a sense that, for Germany, Euro 2016 is about to really start.<p>Failure to get out of a group that also contained Northern Ireland, Poland and Ukraine would have gone down as perhaps the biggest surprise in Euros history, and even winning it …

Roy Keane calls for Republic of Ireland to put pressure on France

• Ireland fans will be heavily outnumbered by home support • First meeting between countries since controversial 2010 play-off<p>The challenge for the Republic of Ireland, as Roy Keane outlined, will be to impose their game on France in the last 16 on Sunday in much the same way that they did against …

Poland fans back Robert Lewandowski to light up Euro 2016 despite stuttering start

For Robert Lewandowski, this has not been a sparkling Euros. The man who has terrified defences across Europe with his pace, quick-wittedness and cool-headed dispatch, who scored 30 goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances and nine goals in 12 Champions League ties this season has thus far in France …

Euro 2016: Lawro's predictions - last-16 ties

<b>BBC Sport football expert Mark Lawrenson is predicting the outcome of every game at the 2016 European Championship.</b><p>He enjoyed a 42% success rate in the group stage, correctly guessing the outcome of 15 of the 36 games.<p>The only group he failed to get a single result in was Group F, which saw Hungary …

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Gareth Bale driven by past and future as Euro 2016 opportunity knocks for Wales

Bale is taking inspiration for last-16 game against Northern Ireland from the exploits of the national team at the 1958 World Cup<p>As Gareth Bale pulls up a chair at the Wales training camp in Brittany and talks about a once-in-a‑lifetime opportunity with his country, the world’s most expensive …

Sports quiz of the week: Euro 2016, Lionel Messi and Wimbledon

This week’s quiz wishes the EU referendum had been as fun as the Euros<p>• Euro 2016 quiz: spot the ball • European Championship: who said it?<p>Two teams qualified from the Euro 2016 group stage without conceding a goal. Germany are one; who are the other?<p>Italy<p>Poland<p>Switzerland<p>France<p>How many of the 24 …

Germany vs. Slovakia Betting Odds Preview, Euro 2016 Round-of-16 Prediction

Germany is the biggest favorite of any team in the Euro 2016 round of 16 but will have a daunting matchup in the quarterfinals assuming they beat Slovakia on Sunday in Lille.<p>The Germans are listed as -233 chalk (bet $233 to win $100) on the three-way line at sportsbooks monitored by Odds Shark …

Bale voted best player of Euro 2016 group stage

Goal readers have backed the Wales international over the likes of Andres Iniesta, Michal Pazdan and Dimitri Payet for his performances so far in …

Zoltan screamer or Modric worldie? Vote for the best goal of Euro 2016's group stage | Goal.com

Here are the best five strikes in the group stage of the continental competition...<p>The Euro 2016 group stage involved some fantastic strikes and Goal …

My England starting XI

<b>The knockout stage of Euro 2016 starts on Saturday - but who do you think have been the most impressive players so far?</b><p>By Friday morning more than 131,000 people had selected their best XI from a long-list of the star performers in the group stage.<p>And here is your team of the tournament so far, …

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Euro 2016: Roy Keane's surprise at reaction to joyful embrace with Martin O'Neill

<b>Roy Keane has vowed to carry on hugging as the Republic of Ireland prepare for their Euro 2016 knockout game against France in Lyon on Sunday.</b><p>Republic assistant boss Keane, 44, was pictured in a memorable embrace with manager Martin O'Neill after Wednesday's dramatic win over Italy.<p>Keane insisted …

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VIDEO: Republic of Ireland fans steal the show at EURO 2016

Okay, so the battle for the best fans in any tournament is intense.<p><b>[ MORE: Will Brexit impact the PL? ]</b><p>Given the appalling scenes from plenty of some …

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Inside Euro 2016's tech, Brexit fallout: Podcast 273

• Add to iTunes<br>• Subscribe via RSS<br>• Download<p>Coming up today: we go inside the vast complex responsible for broadcasting Euro 2016 to the world, find out …

Euro 2016: Why a deep sense of injustice is making it hard for Karim Benzema's home city to love the French team

The letterbox at 33F Rue Marcel Cerdan tells its own story of how Lyons and Karim Benzema are inextricably bound up.<p>It states in small letters – …

Euro 2016: Superstar names grace opening round of knockout games

Potential fairytales, possible upsets and the road to a blockbuster clash. The opening Euro 2016 knockout games have it all, including two of world …

Euro 2016: We have Aaron Ramsey as well as Gareth Bale, says Wales coach Chris Coleman

Chris Coleman expects something special from Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale on Saturday against Northern Ireland. (Source: Reuters)<p>Wales coach Chris …

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UEFA's Collina happy with European Championship refs' work

PARIS (AP) — No goal controversies. No straight red cards. No players seriously injured by bad tackles.<p>The absence of contentious incidents involving referees at the European Championship has delighted UEFA.<p>"We are happy with the performances of all these referees," UEFA's head of refereeing, …

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Croatia’s hopes at Euro 2016 ride on the star-making emergence of Ivan Perisic off the wing

PARIS — Few people cared when Ivan Perisic scored two years ago at Arena Amazonia. The World Cup match wasn’t in question. Croatia was in full …

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England Euro 2016 stars questioned Roy Hodgson's Slovakia shake-up before 6 change side was held to costly draw

Roy Hodgson was openly challenged by several of his England players when he announced six changes in the team that ended up drawing with Slovakia.<p>And …

Euro 2016: Wales and Northern Ireland set for historic last-16 tie in Paris

<b>Wales and Northern Ireland are set for a historic meeting on Saturday as they each attempt to reach a first European Championship quarter-final.</b><p>The last-16 tie in Paris is the first time two home nations have met in the knockout stages of a major tournament.<p>Wales finished above England to win Group …

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Eric Cantona Sings 'Will Grigg's on Fire,' Talks Euro 2016, Mario Gotze and More

Whether it's the joy of Ireland's support, the jubilation of Icelandic commentators or Cristiano Ronaldo tossing a reporter's microphone into a lake, Euro 2016 has thrown up many highlights already—and we've still got two weeks to go.<p>But perhaps the best of the lot emerged on Friday in a Facebook …

Pique, Ramos unite to face Italian brute force in Euro 2016

PARIS: Enemies at club level, Spain’s Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have united to build the bedrock upon which a quest to win a third consecutive …