Euro 2012: How Walcott saved England

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  When substitute Theo Walcott came on to the pitch against Sweden on the hour mark, England were trailing 2-1 and staring defeat in the face. England, who had led through Andy Carroll’s bullet header, conceded twice during a wretched 10-minute period after half-time to leave them deep in trouble. But manager Roy Hodgson’s decision [...]

Euro 2012: Bendtner ordered to change underpants

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Pants stunt: Nicklas Bendtner revealed his underwear with Paddy Power logo Photo: REUTERS   Denmark and Arsenal football star Nicklas Bendtner has been ordered to change his pants after his controversial goal celebration against Portugal on Wednesday night. The 24-year-old lifted his shirt after scoring his second goal in the Danes’ 3-2 defeat by Portugal at [...]

Euro 2012: Cristiano Ronaldo has not been efficient, Portugal coach says

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JEFF PACHOUD/AFP/GettyImages Cristiano Ronaldo is a great player who was “inefficient” at key moments, Portugal coach Paulo Bento said in defence of his below-par display in their 3-2 win against Denmark at Euro 2012. Bento, who said his side could have won the Group B game with less suffering, denied that Ronaldo was frustrated with [...]

Euro 2012: England played like Chelsea, says Patrice Evra

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Patrice Evra admitted his France side had been left frustrated by England’s tactics during the 1-1 draw in the opening Euro 2012 Group D game. The Manchester United full-back claimed it was like watching Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final rearguard action against Barcelona. Evra said: “I think we played much better than England, but in the [...]

Euro 2012: England aim to finally deliver on European stage

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Two of a kind: Steven Gerrard and Scott Parker will be giving their all for England’s cause in Donetsk Photo: ACTION IMAGES From misplaced arrogance to self-flagellating no-hope, England have swept the spectrum of expectation over the decades, but on Sunday captain Steven Gerrard spoke of the motivation that can be drawn from such embarrassments. “Some [...]

Euro 2012: Torres fires Spain into life

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Spanish forward Fernando Torres celebrates after scoring.  AFP PHOTO / CHRISTOF STACHECHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/GettyImages   Apart from the odd flash of his old brilliance, Fernando Torres has endured a torrid 18 months since moving from Liverpool to Chelsea for a British record £50m in January 2011. Even when the Blues were winning the Champions League, Torres [...]

Holland on brink of elimination after defeat

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Mario Gomez gave the Netherlands a lesson in finishing as Germany left their bitter rivals on the brink of an early exit from Euro 2012. The Bayern Munich striker turned sharply and slotted home Bastian Schweinsteiger’s pass before lashing in a brilliant second from the right. Robin van Persie, who had wasted a golden chance [...]

Euro 2012: Poland, Russia draw 1-1 as fans clash in Warsaw

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After their fans fought outside the National Stadium, Poland and Russia drew 1-1 in an emotionally charged match between two fierce rivals at the European Championship. Police said 15 people were injured and more than 100 detained in violent clashes in Warsaw as Russian supporters marched to the stadium. It was a display of patriotism [...]

Rafael Nadal admits nerves before record French Open win

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Rafael Nadal says he was nervous before beating Novak Djokovic to collect a record seventh French Open after a rain-delayed final. The finale of Nadal’s 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 win came on Monday after play ended on Sunday with Djokovic in control. “I wasn’t ready for the match until three minutes before,” said Nadal. “That [...]

Euro 2012: Cesc Fabregas blames ‘lamentable’ pitch for Italy draw

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Cesc Fabregas blamed the state of the pitch in Gdansk for Spain’s lack of fluency during their 1-1 draw with Italy. The Barcelona midfielder grabbed the equaliser for the defending champions, moments after Antonio Di Natale had put the Azzurri ahead after 61 minutes. Spain might have won the match had Fernando Torres taken one [...]