Euro 2016 Group A – Wasteful Swiss aim to secure top-two spot

On paper, four points from the opening two games of Euro 2016 represents a reasonable haul for Switzerland, but their rewards would surely have been greater had they been more ruthless in front of goal. An early header to beat Albania was not added to despite several further chances being created, while more profligacy against Romania meant their overall dominance counted for relatively little. Young forward Breel Embolo looks a very good prospect, but at present his overall game is not quite polished and as a result he has not…

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Euro 2016 Group A – Payet to take centre stage for Albania clash

Perhaps it was inevitable, but there were obvious signs of nerves from hosts and tournament favourites France as they began their campaign on Friday against Romania, where only a stunning late goal from Dimitri Payet prevented them from unexpectedly dropping points. But in the circumstances it was clearly the result that mattered most, and victory over Albania in their latest outing will see them qualify for the knockout stages. It is a game where anything other than a French victory would come as a major surprise, but Albania showed that,…

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Euro 2016 Group A – Hosts France begin with high expectations

Comprising of 24 nations for the first time, the European Championships finally get under way on Friday after a great deal of anticipation, tinged with concerns over security. The Stade de France was a venue very much caught up in the tragic events of November, but hopefully the football will be the only topic of conversation after it holds the first match of the tournament as hosts France take on Romania. Due to the steady progress the team has been making over the course of former World Cup winning captain…

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