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Goals galore! France, Germany, and Belgium advance in exciting knockout round

France v Republic of Ireland 2-1

Germany v Slovakia 3-0

Hungary v Belgium 0-4

If yesterday’s matches were sleep-inducing, then today was one to keep our eyes open. A total of ten goals was scored today!

France came from behind to beat the Irish 2-1 with both goals coming from Antoine Griezmann. The Irish led til half-time, but the second half was all France. They played with a sense of determination knowing that they must win or stay home. They showed consistency – and I can’t believe I’m saying this given the stage we’re in – but there is still room for improvement. Imagine this! Improvement! However, if they play their cards right, they might just end up in the final with Germany. Okay, that’s dreaming, but I wrote a cool final for Les Bleus! The Path to Euro 2016 between the two teams last month. France awaits England or Iceland in the quarter-final.

Speaking of Germany, they became the first team to not concede any goals in their first four Euro games prompting many football fans to doubt their advancement. They feel the big, bad Germans are yet to be tested. What do I think? The Germans LIVE for these tournaments. They’re hungry and they’re not going to stop until they say so. Germany will play Spain or Italy in the quarters.

Belgium ended the day with a convincing win over the Hungarians, who had a good game themselves. A shame they couldn’t leave with a goal or two. Belgium will face Wales in the quarters and this makes for an exciting match.

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Group A done and dusted

Switzerland v France 0-0

Romania v Albania 0-1

France tops the group with 7 points after drawing 0-0 with Switzerland giving Hugo Lloris 2 clean sheets so far in the tournament. France has not been a force to be reckoned with thus far. They have the confidence, but they’re still shaky in some areas. They’re not a threat and that’s why before the tournament I didn’t list them as hot favorites. They’re my favorite because they are my team, but the cold hard reality has been laid bare for everyone to see in their 3 group matches. They cannot progress like this in the round of 16, although I know they’ll end up into the round of 8 somehow.

Switzerland showed shades of confidence and organization during the match against France, but they too have some kinks to iron out. Albania, the Cinderella of the group, clinched the 3rd spot with a 1-0 victory over Romania. This was Albania’s first major tournament victory. Armando Sadiku, the goal scorer should take a bow.

Romania v Albania - EURO 2016 - Group A

It was a historic win for the Albanians! They have to wait until Wednesday to see if they are one of the four best thrid-placed sides. As for Romania, they’re the first team to head home. 

FINAL STANDING:

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Beautiful moment: French and Albanian supporters dancing together

It’s a beautiful thing when fans can come together and show team spirit instead of fighting like hooligans and causing damages to anything or anyone in their path.

The French and Albanian supporters dancing together prior to the match on Wednesday:

And here, we have the Turkish and Croatian fans showing off class:

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Standings: Group A

France v Romania 2-1

Albania v Switzerland 0-1

Group A is no easy group regardless of what the experts may say. I think it’s kind of disrespectful to write off teams. France certainly has work to do with the likes of Albania and Switzerland. They had to work hard against Romania to secure a well-deserved 2-1 victory. The last time we played Albania we lost 1-0.

^ This is Albania’s first major tournament so it was kind of hard watching them lose 1-0 to Switzerland earlier. 

^  With Granit Xhaka playing for Switzerland and Taulant Xhaka playing for Albania, it marks the first time that brothers are playing against each other at a European Championship. 

As Group A stands after the first round of games:

Country W D L GD Pts
FRA 1 0 0 1 3
SWI 1 0 0 1 3
ROM 0 0 1 -1 0
ALB 0 0 1 -1 0