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Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Lukaku hits double as Belgium down Ireland

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Bordeaux (AFP) Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with a brace as Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 campaign by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

After being frustrated by the Irish in the first half, Belgium broke through when Lukaku struck three minutes after the restart, atoning for his profligacy in front of goal in Monday's 2-0 loss to Italy.

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The night before had been unkind to Ivan. As we left our apartment and headed for the earlier train he commented "Even the local tramp looks better than me."

Due to the strike the train was always going to be crowded so we thought of ways to find a seat. "We could sing English songs, that usually works!

Hungary stun 10-man Austria in Euro 2016 to end 30-year wait

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Hungary stun 10-man Austria in Euro 2016 to end 30-year wait

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Austria look to lay down Euro 2016 marker against old foe Hungary

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Bordeaux (AFP) Seen by many as dangerous dark horses at Euro 2016, Austria have an early chance to underline their credentials when they begin their Group F campaign against old rivals Hungary on Tuesday.

The game in Bordeaux will be the 138th meeting of the two nations, but their first encounter in a decade and their first competitively in more than 30 years.

Austria look to lay down Euro 2016 marker against old foe Hungary

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Bordeaux (AFP) Seen by many as dangerous dark horses at Euro 2016, Austria have an early chance to underline their credentials when they begin their Group F campaign against old rivals Hungary on Tuesday.

The game in Bordeaux will be the 138th meeting of the two nations, but their first encounter in a decade and their first competitively in more than 30 years.

‘Historic’ victory for Wales, says Bale

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Bordeaux (AFP) Real Madrid star Gareth Bale hailed Wales's 2-1 victory over Slovakia in their first ever European Championship finals match in Bordeaux on Saturday as "a historic moment" for the country.

Bale, who opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 10th minute, said the win was "just a memorable moment, a historic moment for our country".

‘Historic’ victory for Wales, says Bale

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Bordeaux (AFP) Real Madrid star Gareth Bale hailed Wales's 2-1 victory over Slovakia in their first ever European Championship finals match in Bordeaux on Saturday as "a historic moment" for the country.

Bale, who opened the scoring with a free-kick in the 10th minute, said the win was "just a memorable moment, a historic moment for our country".

Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

Robson-Kanu gives Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

Robson-Kanu gives Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

Wales fans’ journey reaches Euro 2016 destination

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Bordeaux (AFP) For the thousands of long-suffering Wales supporters excitedly travelling to France this week, the road to Euro 2016 has been perilous and, at times, seemingly never-ending.

Gareth Bale and his team-mates face off against Slovakia in their Group B opener in Bordeaux on Saturday, after the minnows secured a place at a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Wales fans’ journey reaches Euro 2016 destination

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Bordeaux (AFP) For the thousands of long-suffering Wales supporters excitedly travelling to France this week, the road to Euro 2016 has been perilous and, at times, seemingly never-ending.

Gareth Bale and his team-mates face off against Slovakia in their Group B opener in Bordeaux on Saturday, after the minnows secured a place at a major tournament for the first time since the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

France stages terror attack exercises ahead of Euro 2016

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French emergency services carried out terrorist attack simulation exercises on Monday at selected fan zones and venues two months ahead of the 2016 European Championships.

Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve and Health Minister Marisol Touraine both assisted at the exercise at a fan zone in the western city of Bordeaux which mobilized 600 fire fighters, police, army, and emergency services.

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Perisic winner stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was left to rue his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval in the Group E game in Bordeaux but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Lukaku hits double as Belgium down Ireland

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Bordeaux (AFP) Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with a brace as Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 campaign by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

After being frustrated by the Irish in the first half, Belgium broke through when Lukaku struck three minutes after the restart, atoning for his profligacy in front of goal in Monday's 2-0 loss to Italy.

Star-studded Belgium on edge before Ireland Euro clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the line of fire amid suggestions he is not doing enough to get the best from a star-studded squad ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in their opening game in Group E in France, losing 2-0 to Italy in Lyon.

Star-studded Belgium on edge before Ireland Euro clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the line of fire amid suggestions he is not doing enough to get the best from a star-studded squad ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in their opening game in Group E in France, losing 2-0 to Italy in Lyon.

Walters ruled out for Ireland’s Belgium clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Jon Walters will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Belgium on Saturday due to injury, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"Jon Walters is not going to be fit so we will have to make at least one change. We will have a look at it and decide on it tomorrow morning," said O'Neill at a press conference in Bordeaux on Friday.

Walters ruled out for Ireland’s Belgium clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Jon Walters will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Belgium on Saturday due to injury, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"Jon Walters is not going to be fit so we will have to make at least one change. We will have a look at it and decide on it tomorrow morning," said O'Neill at a press conference in Bordeaux on Friday.

Lukaku in firing line as Belgium prepare for Ireland at Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium head into their Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday desperate to atone for their opening defeat to Italy as debate rages about whether Romelu Lukaku should be dropped.

Marc Wilmots' much-fancied side are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in a 2-0 loss to Italy in their first Group E outing in Lyon on Monday.

Lukaku in firing line as Belgium prepare for Ireland at Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium head into their Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday desperate to atone for their opening defeat to Italy as debate rages about whether Romelu Lukaku should be dropped.

Marc Wilmots' much-fancied side are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in a 2-0 loss to Italy in their first Group E outing in Lyon on Monday.

Hungary earn shock 2-0 win over 10-man Austria in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber scored second-half goals as Hungary stunned highly-fancied neighbours Austria 2-0 in their Group F opener in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Austria, tipped as tournament dark horses, dominated the opening period but Szalai fired Hungary ahead on 62 minutes with Stieber wrapping up a shock victory over their old rivals late on in the 138th meeting between the sides.

Bale, Robson-Kanu give Wales winning return

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Bordeaux (AFP) Substitute Hal Robson-Kanu scored a joyously celebrated 81st-minute winner as Wales marked their major tournament return by edging Slovakia 2-1 in Saturday's Euro 2016 opener in Bordeaux.

Playing their first game at a major championship since the 1958 World Cup, Wales took a 10th-minute lead courtesy of Gareth Bale's fine free-kick, only for Slovakia substitute Ondrej Duda to equalise.

Do yourselves justice, Coleman tells Wales ahead of Euro

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Bordeaux (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has urged his players not to be overawed by the occasion when they open their long-awaited Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday.

When Gareth Bale and his team-mates take to the field at the 40,000-seater Stadium Bordeaux, they will become the first Welsh players to feature at a major tournament since a 1-0 quarter-final defeat by Brazil at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Do yourselves justice, Coleman tells Wales ahead of Euro

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Bordeaux (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman has urged his players not to be overawed by the occasion when they open their long-awaited Euro 2016 campaign against Slovakia in Bordeaux on Saturday.

When Gareth Bale and his team-mates take to the field at the 40,000-seater Stadium Bordeaux, they will become the first Welsh players to feature at a major tournament since a 1-0 quarter-final defeat by Brazil at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Bale can cope with Wales pressure – Coleman

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Bordeaux (AFP) Gareth Bale can handle the huge focus on his performances for Wales at Euro 2016, manager Chris Coleman declared on Friday on the eve of their opening match against Slovakia.

Bale, 26, is tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament in France, having scored seven of Wales's 11 goals in qualifying to inspire his country to a first major championship finals since 1958.

Bale can cope with Wales pressure – Coleman

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Bordeaux (AFP) Gareth Bale can handle the huge focus on his performances for Wales at Euro 2016, manager Chris Coleman declared on Friday on the eve of their opening match against Slovakia.

Bale, 26, is tipped to be one of the stars of the tournament in France, having scored seven of Wales's 11 goals in qualifying to inspire his country to a first major championship finals since 1958.

Slovakia wary of Wales world-beater Bale ahead of Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Slovakia coach Jan Kozak and star player Marek Hamsik lauded Gareth Bale as "one of the best players in the world" on Friday, but warned against focusing only on him.

Real Madrid forward Bale, the world's most expensive player, will be the centre of attention at Stadium Bordeaux on Saturday when Wales launch their Euro 2016 campaign against Group B rivals Slovakia.

Slovakia wary of Wales world-beater Bale ahead of Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Slovakia coach Jan Kozak and star player Marek Hamsik lauded Gareth Bale as "one of the best players in the world" on Friday, but warned against focusing only on him.

Real Madrid forward Bale, the world's most expensive player, will be the centre of attention at Stadium Bordeaux on Saturday when Wales launch their Euro 2016 campaign against Group B rivals Slovakia.

Bordeaux come from behind to hold PSG

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux recovered from falling behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to hold champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in a rearranged game in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic had put the visitors in front with his 36th league goal of a remarkable campaign just before the hour mark, but Nicolas Pallois equalised for Bordeaux shortly after.

Bordeaux come from behind to hold PSG

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Paris (AFP) Bordeaux recovered from falling behind to a Zlatan Ibrahimovic goal to hold champions Paris Saint-Germain to a 1-1 draw in a rearranged game in Ligue 1 on Wednesday.

Ibrahimovic had put the visitors in front with his 36th league goal of a remarkable campaign just before the hour mark, but Nicolas Pallois equalised for Bordeaux shortly after.

The Rest

Mourinho's lucrative deal for winger; Klopp wants La Liga star; South American heading to Chelsea

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With all the domestic campaigns done and dusted, it is time for every club to focus on the transfer market and improve their chances of doing well next season.

Although the transfer window officially opens on the 1st of July, almost every club has started working on their deals and new signings are being confirmed every day.