Euro 2012: Germany handles Greece easily, wins 4-2

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Aris Messinis/AFP/GettyImages Germany scored three second-half goals to reach the European Championship semifinals for a record seventh time Friday after a 4-2 win over Greece. Team captain Philipp Lahm gave Germany the lead in the 39th minute before Georgios Samaras equalized for Greece in the 55th. But Sami Khedira, Miroslav Klose and Marco Reus all [...]

Euro 2012: France make quarters despite loss to Sweden

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A combination photo showing Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s brilliant effort to score Sweden’s first goal against France. Pic/AFP France qualified for the knockout stages of a major finals for the first time in six years here on Tuesday despite losing their final Euro 2012 Group D match 2-0 to already eliminated Sweden. A brilliant bicycle kick by [...]

Euro 2012: Nervy Spain edge past Croatia into quarters

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Reigning European champions Spain lived to fight another day when a late Jesus Navas goal gave them an edgy 1-0 victory over Euro 2012 Group C rivals Croatia and sent them into the last eight of the tournament. The goal that started with a piece of brilliance from substitute Cesc Fabregas, who lobbed the ball [...]

Euro 2012: Finally, a Cristiano Ronaldo special

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Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo proved against the Netherlands why many regard him as the best current European footballer. The Real Madrid forward’s two goals gave Portugal a 2-1 victory over the Dutch in Group B to set-up a quarter-final clash against Czech Republic. But Ronaldo’s contribution to Portugal was much more than his two strikes. [...]

Euro 2012: Greece, Czech overcome odds and qualify for quarters

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Greece may be bust and the basket case of the European economy but last night their football credit rating soared sky-high. On a night when the European Championship’s Group A was turned on its head, Greece advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2012 after beating mighty Russia 1-0 in Warsaw thanks to a goal [...]

Euro 2012: Ronaldo heads Portugal into last four

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Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates after defeating Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 quarter-final soccer match at the National stadium in Warsaw, June 21, 2012. Credit: REUTERS/Peter Andrews Cristiano Ronaldo’s powerful header 11 minutes from time sent Portugal into the Euro 2012 semi-finals with a deserved 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Thursday. The world’s [...]

Euro 2012: England exceed expectations, says team boss

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Manager Roy Hodgson admits England have done better than expected by qualifying top of Group D at Euro 2012. Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Ukraine, coupled with France’s 2-0 defeat by Sweden, means England win their group and now face Italy in the quarter-finals. “Getting out of the group partly exceeded my expectations,” Hodgson told BBC [...]

Euro 2012 goal: Balotelli strikes late for Italy

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Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli comes off the bench to double Italy’s lead and secure a 2-0 win over Republic of Ireland to ensure the Azzurri progress to the quarter-finals while Republic of Ireland are eliminated. Ireland started with purpose but went behind when Antonio Cassano headed in a near post Andrea Pirlo corner after [...]

Euro 2012: Germany keeps 100% record

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Lars Bender (photo) scored the winner 10 minutes from time as Germany took their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 as convincing winners of Group B. The 23-year-old Bayer Leverkusen player poked in late on to end Denmark’s dream of repeating their heroics of 1992. Germany had taken a 19th-minute lead through Lukas Podolski, [...]

EURO 2012: France secured their first Group D win at Euro 2012

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France secured their first Group D win at Euro 2012 at the expense of co-hosts Ukraine during a rain-interrupted spectacle in Donetsk. The teams were forced off after only four minutes because of the stormy conditions, returning almost an hour after the scheduled start.Jeremy Menez opened the scoring in the second half when he drifted [...]