Euro 2016: France appear to be pushing into fifth gear, right in time for semis

In a major tournament, success is often all about peaking at the right time. As France ruthlessly plundered minnows Iceland 5-2 in Paris, in order to set up a mouth-watering date with world champions Germany in the semi-final, you couldn’t help but wonder: have coach Didier Deschamps’ men timed it right? It’s a tough question to answer. France’s next opponent will be the strongest the host nation would’ve faced in…

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Euro 2016: Germany fire up ‘the machine’ in Ukraine win, but need to fix some spare parts

With little over a minute to go before full time, Ukraine had a corner. It trailed Germany by a goal and, as a final desperate throw of dice, the players pushed forward to seek parity. The move, however, broke down instantly and within seconds Andre Schurrle had released Mesut Özil on the left. The Arsenal playmaker looked up and composed himself before delivering a sumptuous ball that Bastian Schweinsteiger placed…

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Euro 2016: Spotlight on Bale means Ramsey can profit for Wales – Coleman

• Ramsey has put in ‘best performances I’ve seen from any Welsh midfielder’ • Performance, not dyed blond hair, will make Euro 2016 impact, says Ramsey Chris Coleman said he is more than happy for all the attention to be on Gareth Bale at the European Championship finals in France this month if it enables Aaron Ramsey to thrive in the shadows of the world’s most expensive footballer. Bale scored…

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Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney fire England to win over Australia

For Marcus Rashford this was another occasion to add to his increasingly impressive portfolio of outstanding moments. Rashford had reiterated his Euro 2016 credentials before any of the players had a single grass stain on their kit. In the process he became the youngest scoring debutant in England’s history and, of most significance, a boy who started the season in Manchester United’s under-18s might have secured a place in Roy…

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Brendan Rodgers: people who say this is a step down don’t know Celtic

• Northern Irishman says he couldn’t pass up chance to manage club • 10,000 supporters come to Parkhead to see new manager unveiled The arrival of 10,000 supporters for his unveiling provided Brendan Rodgers with all the evidence he required that swapping the Premier League for Scotland does not automatically constitute a massive fall from grace. On his maiden appearance as the Celtic manager, Rodgers claimed those who are sceptical…

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Sheffield Wednesday take control against injury-hit Brighton in play-off

Source By theguardian… This was a Friday the 13th Brighton & Hove Albion will not forget in a hurry. Statistics suggest a third-placed finish is anything but a curse in the Championship play-offs but after leaving the first leg of their semi-final against a rampant Sheffield Wednesday four men and two goals down they might not believe it. Six of the previous 10 sides to finish third have been promoted. But…

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Leicester City confident of keeping Riyad Mahrez as speculation mounts

Source By theguardian… Leicester vice-chairman says Mahrez ‘wants to stay’ • Player’s agent had indicated there was a 50/50 chance he would leave Leicester City are confident of holding on to Riyad Mahrez despite his agent saying there is a “50/50 chance” the Algeria international could leave this summer. The club will open talks over a new contract in the next couple of weeks in an attempt to ward off interest…

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Middlesbrough let lead slip as David Davis draws Birmingham City level

Source By theguardian… Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka hit out at the officials after his side were denied the chance to take a decisive step towards the Premier League. Ritchie De Laet encapsulates Middlesbrough’s frustration at the final whistle against Birmingham City as they had to settle for a share of the points. Photograph: JMP/REX/Shutterstock Daniel Ayala’s second-half strike was clearly shown by replays to have been wrongly ruled out for offside…

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European Football: Five stories you might have missed

Source By bbc… Spain’s top three all won to keep the battle for La Liga too close to call asLuis Suarez starred with four goals for Barcelona. Francesco Totti urged Roma fans not to be divided over his uncertain future, while Juventus moved a step closer to clinching the Serie A title. And Bayern Munich won again at the top in Germany. But what else happened in Europe this weekend?…

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Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (5-4 agg): Dejan Lovren goal secures semi-final place

Source By skysports… Dejan Lovren scored a dramatic injury-time winner as Liverpool staged a stunning comeback to beat Borussia Dortmund 5-4 on aggregate and reach the semi-finals of the Europa League. With the tie finely poised following a 1-1 draw in Germany last week, Dortmund made a blistering start at Anfield on Thursday night, with goals inside the opening 10 minutes from Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Liverpool replied early in…

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