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Euro 2016 current updates

Euro 2016 current updates

Wales and England are through to the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after their final Group B games.

A fearless Wales side beat Russia 3-0 to top the group at their first European Championship, with England second after a 0-0 draw with Slovakia.

On Tuesday, Northern Ireland will look to join both sides as they face Germany in Paris (17:00 BST).

The top two teams in each of the six groups qualify automatically, plus the best four third-placed sides.

Chris Coleman’s side – led by the tournament’s top scorer Gareth Bale – destroyed a poor Russia to leapfrog England at the top of the group and reach the knockout stage of a major finals for only the second time in their history.

England were frustrated by a resolute Slovakian defence and manager Roy Hodgson was criticised for making six changes – including resting captain Wayne Rooney.

Real Madrid forward Bale, who scored Wales’ third goal against Russia, said: “We said we didn’t want to make the numbers up. Well, we can’t do any more than win the group. We look forward to seeing who we play next.”

Hodgson admitted finishing as runners-up in the group was a “disappointment” but added: “We’re not doomed yet.

“Who is to say the team we will play will be that much stronger? The way we are playing I am not frightened of anybody.”

Who could Wales face?

Wales will play a third-place team from either Group A (Albania), Group D (one from Czech Republic, Croatia or Turkey) or Group C (one from Germany, Poland or Northern Ireland).

That depends on the combination of the four groups which provide the third-placed sides.

Whoever they face, Wales will play at Paris’ Parc des Princes on Saturday at 17:00 BST.

Who could England face?

Finishing as Group B runners-up, England will next face the second-placed team in Group F, in Nice on Monday (20:00 BST).

That could well be Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal – who knocked England out of consecutive tournaments, at Euro 2004 and at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

However, Austria, Hungary and Iceland can all still finish second – with Group F’s final matches to be played on Wednesday.

It is the fourth time England have reached the knockout stages of a European Championship (1996, 2004 and 2012).

What about Northern Ireland’s chances?

A draw against world champions Germany would make Northern Ireland mathematically sure of advancing even if they finished third, as they would have a point more than Albania and a better goal difference than Slovakia.

Michael O’Neill’s side would top the group if they win and Poland fail to beat Ukraine in Group C’s other match.

Even defeat may see Northern Ireland advance as one of the best third-place sides, depending on what happens in other groups.

Conclusion?

France, Wales and Italy have confirmed their places in the last 16 as group winners.

Only Group A and Group B have completed all their matches so far. Switzerland’s draw with France secured their runners-up spot in Group A, while England have ensured progress with second spot in Group B. Spain are certain to qualify from Group D.

The four third-placed teams to go through will be settled for certain once the final group matches are played on Wednesday.

 

Source: BBC

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