The UEFA Euro 2016 was the 15th edition of the European Football Championship.
The tournament was held in France.
The 2016 edition was held in France from June 10 to July 10 and featured 24 teams.
The tournament’s group stage consisted of six groups of four teams, with the top two teams advancing to the knockout stage. The groups were as follows:
Group A: France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland
Group B: England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia
Group C: Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland
Group D: Croatia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey
Group E: Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Sweden
Group F: Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary
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Group A featured Turkey, Italy, Wales, and Switzerland. Italy dominated in their opening match against Turkey, winning 3-0. They continued their winning streak by defeating Switzerland and Wales, maintaining a clean sheet record. On the other hand, Turkey struggled, losing their final match to Switzerland 3-1.
Germany, the 2014 World Cup champions, topped the group with 9 points, followed by Poland with 6 points. Ukraine earned 3 points, while Northern Ireland finished at the bottom of the group with 0 points. Germany and Poland advanced to the knockout stage as the group winners and runners-up, respectively.
Belgium, led by their star player Eden Hazard, was considered the favourite to win the group. Italy, managed by Antonio Conte, was also seen as a strong team. Ireland and Sweden were considered the underdogs in the group.
In the end, Italy finished in first place with 6 points, securing their spot in the knockout stage. Belgium finished second place with 6 points, advancing to the next round. Ireland finished third but made it to the next round after being the best third place. And Sweden was eliminated from the tournament, finishing in third and fourth place, respectively.
England, who had a disappointing showing at the 2014 World Cup, finished second in the group with 5 points, behind group winners Wales, who earned 6 points. Russia and Slovakia both earned 3 points, but Russia advanced to the knockout stage as one of the best third-place teams due to a superior goal difference.
Croatia, led by star player Luka Modric, finished first in the group with 6 points, followed by Spain with 5 points. The Czech Republic earned 4 points, while Turkey finished at the bottom of the group with 1 point. Croatia and Spain advanced to the knockout stage as the group winners and runners-up.
Group F of Euro 2016 featured Austria, Hungary, Iceland and Portugal. Hungary, led by Balazs Dzsudzsak and Adam Szalai, finished first in the group, winning two games and drawing one. Iceland, led by their captain Aron Gunnarsson, finished second in the group, winning one game and drawing two. This was historic for Iceland as they reached the quarter-finals, becoming the smallest nation to reach the knockout stages of a major tournament. Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, finished in third place, drawing all their games. Despite the lack of success in the group stage, Portugal went on to win the tournament. Austria, led by David Alaba, finished in fourth place, only drawing one and losing two of their games and were eliminated from the tournament.
Switzerland and Poland faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. The match was played on June 25th, 2016, at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Etienne, France. Both teams were considered strong and had high hopes for the tournament. Switzerland took the lead with a goal from Xherdan Shaqiri, but Poland equalized with a goal from Arkadiusz Milik. The match ended in a 1-1 draw, and Switzerland advanced to the quarter-final on penalties.
Wales and Northern Ireland faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. Both teams were making their first-ever appearance in the tournament’s knockout stage. Wales took the lead with a goal from Gareth McAuley, but Northern Ireland equalized in the 90th minute with an own goal. The match went into extra time, and Wales sealed the win with a goal from Hal Robson-Kanu, securing their spot in the quarterfinals. This was a historic moment for Wales as they reached the semi-final for the first time in their history.
Germany and Slovakia faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. Germany, the reigning World Cup champions, defeated Slovakia 3-0 with goals from Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and Julian Brandt. The match was one-sided, with Germany dominating possession and creating numerous chances. Slovakia could not capitalize on their opportunities, and the match ended with Germany’s 3-0 victory.
Italy and Spain faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. Italy defeated Spain 2-0 in extra time with goals from Graziano Pelle and Éder. The match was closely contested, with both teams showing strong defensive efforts.
Croatia and Portugal faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. Both teams had high hopes for the tournament, with Croatia coming off a strong group-stage performance and Portugal being the reigning European champions. The match was closely contested, with both teams showing strong defensive efforts. Portugal took the lead in the 117th minute with a goal from Ricardo Quaresma in extra time, and Portugal advanced to the next round.
The match was closely contested, with both teams showing strong defensive efforts. France took the lead in the 58th minute with a goal from Antoine Griezmann and doubled their lead in the 72nd minute with a goal from Paul Pogba. Ireland scored a goal in the 71st minute with a goal from Robbie Brady, but the match ended 2-1 for France.
Hungary and Belgium faced off in the Round of 16 of Euro 2016. Belgium, one of the tournament’s favourites, defeated Hungary 4-0. Belgium took the lead in the 26th minute with a goal from Toby Alderweireld and extended their lead with goals from Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukaku, and Marouane Fellaini. Belgium dominated the match. Hungary could not capitalize on their opportunities, and the match ended in Belgium’s 4-0 victory.
England took the lead in the 4th minute with a goal from Wayne Rooney, but Iceland equalized in the 18th minute with a goal from Ragnar Sigurdsson. Iceland went on to secure the win with a goal from Kolbeinn Sigthorsson in the 18th minute of the second half, and the match ended 1-2 in favour of Iceland.
Poland faced off against Portugal. The match was played on June 30th, 2016, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France. Portugal took the lead with a goal from Renato Sanches and secured their place in the semi-final with a 1-0 win.
Wales faced off against Belgium. The match was played on July 1st, 2016, at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille, France. Belgium took the lead with goals from Radja Nainggolan and Marouane Fellaini and secured their place in the semi-final with a 3-1 win.
Germany faced off against Italy. The match was played on July 2nd, 2016, at the Stade de Bordeaux in Bordeaux, France. Italy took the lead with goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Éder, but Germany equalized with a goal from Mesut Özil. The match went into extra time, and Italy sealed the win with a goal from Éder in the second half of extra time.
France faced off against Iceland. The match was played on July 3rd, 2016, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. France took the lead with goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, and Oliver Giroud and secured their place in the semi-final with a 5-2 win.
The first semi-final match was held on July 6th, 2016, at the Stade Velodrome in Marseille, France, against Germany. Both teams were considered favourites to win the tournament and had performed well in the group stages and knockout rounds leading up to the semi-finals.
However, the French team struck first in the 72nd minute when Antoine Griezmann scored from the penalty spot after a handball in the box by German defender Jerome Boateng. The French team then doubled their lead in the 78th minute when Paul Pogba scored from close range, effectively securing their place in the final.
The second semi-final match was held on July 7th, 2016, at the Stade de Lyon, France and featured Portugal taking on Wales. This match was a historic occasion for Wales as it was the first time they had reached the semi-finals of a major international tournament. The match was a rather uneventful affair, with neither team managing to score in the first half. However, Portugal broke the deadlock in the 50th minute when Cristiano Ronaldo, playing with an injury, scored from a header. Portugal then doubled their lead in the 57th minute when Nani scored from close range, effectively securing their place in the final.
The final of Euro 2016 was held on July 10th, 2016, at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France. France took on Portugal in the tournament’s final match. The match was cagey, with both teams struggling to create clear-cut chances and the score locked at 0-0 after the full-time whistle. In the second half of extra time, Portugal scored the match-winning goal in the 109th minute when Eder scored a stunning goal from long range, securing Portugal’s first major international tournament victory. The final whistle blew, and Portugal was crowned the champions of Euro 2016.
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