Day Two of Euro 2016 

 

With the UEFA EURO’s 2016 underway, tension, flare and excitement has already built up ahead of the early group stages of the tournament. The French hosted tournament kicked off with the home nation up against Romania and coming away with a 2-1 win thanks to a headed goal by Olivier Giroud and wonder-strike by Dimitri Payet. With the EURO’s heating up, many are keen to see what drama and twists will unravel next.

 

Albania vs Switzerland (Group A)


 

Albania Starting IX:

 

E. Berisha

E. Hysaj

A. Agolli

L. Cana

M. Mavraj

E. Lenjani

B. Kukeli

A. Abrashi

T. Xhaka

O. Roshi

A. Sadiku

 

Switzerland Starting IX:

 

Y. Sommer

S. Lichtsteiner

R. Rodríguez

F. Schär

J. Djourou

G. Xhaka

X. Shaqiri

V. Behrami

B. Džemaili

H. Seferović

A. Mehmedi

 

The early drama in France began when F. Schär scored the first goal of the game within the first 5 minutes. The night went from bad to worse for Albania after their talisman got his marching orders after a previous yellow and straight red thereafter for different incidences. The game was a vibrant affair with Switzerland making the extra man count, holding onto possession but unable to find the back of the net again. The game produced 6 yellow cards in total. While Albania’s shot stopper, E. Berisha, had to keep Switzerland at bay and his side In the contest.

 

Yellow cards:

F. Schär (Switzerland) 13th minute

L. Cana (Albania) 23rd minute

E. Kaçe (Albania) 63rd minute

V. Behrami (Switzerland) 67th minute

B. Kukeli (Albania) 89th minute

M. Mavraj (Albania) 90th minute

 

Red cards:

L. Cana (Albania) 36th minute

 

Substitutes:

T. Xhaka (off), E. Kaçe (on) 62nd minute (Albania)

A. Mehmedi (off), B.Embolo (on) 62nd minute (Switzerland)

O. Roshi (off), S. Cikalleshi (on) 74th minute (Albania)

B. Džemaili (off), F. Frei (on) 76th minute (Switzerland)

A. Sadiku (off), S. Gashi (on) 82nd minute (Albania)

X. Shaqiri (off), G. Fernandes (on) 88th minute (Switzerland)

 

Final Score: Albania 0 – 1 Switzerland

 

 

Wales vs Slovakia (Group B)


 

Wales Starting IX:

 

D. Ward

C. Gunter

N. Taylor

B. Davies

A. Williams

J. Chester

D. Edwards

A. Ramsay

G. Bale

J. Williams

J. Allen

 

Slovakia Starting IX:

 

M. Kozáčik

P. Pekarîk

M. Škrtel

J. Durica

D. Švento

P. Hrošovsky

J. Kucka

M. Hamšík

R. Mak

M. Duriš

V. Weiss

 

Gareth Bale’s start to the EURO’s couldn’t have gone any better. A perfectly placed freekick inside ten minutes gave Wales the lead against a strong Slovakian side. It ended 1-0 at half time to the Welsh, but Slovakia were able to soon pull one back in O.Duda (on the field for only a minute after being substituted on). Substitute, Robson-Kanu came on in the 71st minute and ten minutes later hit the back of the net giving Wales the lead once again and scoring a crucial goal in the tie.

 

Yellow Cards::

P. Hrošovsky (Slovakia) 31st minute

R. Mak (Slovakia) 78th minute

V.Weiss (Slovakia) 80th minute

M. Škrtel (Slovakia) 90th minute

 

Red Cards:

N/A

 

Substitutes:

P. Hrošovsky (off), O. Duda (on) 60th minute (Slovakia)

D.Edwards (off), J. Ledley (on) 69th minute (Wales)

J. Williams (off), H. Robson-Kanu (on) 71st minute (Wales)

V. Weiss (off), M. Stoch (on) 83rd minute (Slovakia)

A. Ramsey (off), J. Richards (on) 88th minute (Wales)

 

Final Score: Wales 2 – 1 Slovakia

 

 

England vs Russia (Group B)


 

England Starting XI:

 

J. Hart

K. Walker

D. Rose

E. Dier

G. Cahill

C. Smalling

D. Alli

A. Lallana

R. Sterling

W. Rooney

H. Kane

 

Russia Starting XI:

 

I.Akinfeev

I.Smolnikov

G. Shchennikov

S. Ignashevich

V. Berezutski

R. Neustädter

A. Golovin

O. Shatov

F. Smolov

A. Dzyuba

A. Kokorin

 

The first half of this contest seemed a tight affair with England the dominant side, while also having a few high profile players in the starting IX not coming to the fall. With many major names left out of the England side, just showing how much quality is in this national team’s squad. The second half began with a Gary Cahill yellow card and soon produced a goal by the brilliance of Eric Dier. Dier’s freekick seemed impossible to stop just, taken just outside the area and handed England the lead. England’s attacking flair seemed to dimmer and Russia fought back, claiming the equalizer on the 90 minute mark via V. Berezutski.

 

Yellow Cards:

G. Cahill (England) 62nd minute

G. Shchennikov (Russia) 72nd minute

 

Red Cards:

N/A

 

Substitutes:

A.Golovin (off),R. Shirokov (on) 77th minute (Russia)

W. Rooney (off), J. Wilshere (on) 78th minute (England)

R. Neustädter (off), D. Glushakov (on) 80th minute (Russia)

F. Smolov (off), P. Mamaev (on) 85th minute (Russia)

R. Sterling (off), J. Milner (on) 87th minute (England)

 

Final Score: England 1 – 1 Russia

 

Who knows what will happen next in the EURO’s?