The top teams really took the shine as expected in yesterday matches at the Euro 2016. Below are the highlights from yesterday's matches from the European nation cup in France.
Slovakia takes a whooping from Germany (3-0)
Germany claimed their place in the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with all the smoothness that might be expected of world champions in a one-sided game in Lille, once again demonstrating they have few equals for imaginative passing and clever movement all over the pitch.
Joachim Löw’s side will face sterner challenges than Slovakia as Spain or Italy lie in wait in the next round, but after four games without a goal conceded the Germans’ progress already looks ominous, especially with the goals scored column now looking a lot healthier. Video Credit: David Payne
And another Thrashing by Belgium spearheaded Hazard
It was Hazard like we know him against Hungary
They had already come close through Romelu Lukaku before Alderweireld, reading the flight of a De Bruyne set piece perfectly, ran far too easily off Gergo Lovrencsics to score the opener. It was, for the next 35 minutes, a shoot-out between Belgium’s forwards and Kiraly, but for whom Hungary would have had little stake in second-half matters. He saved three times from De Bruyne and, perhaps most impressively, from a clean-through Dries Mertens.
However, Hazard who had a fine game in his home town of Lille contributed to the second goal when he dribbled down the left flank, effectively passing to himself as team-mates came back from offside positions, opened up space and an inch-perfect centre allowed the substitute Michy Batshuayi to score with his first touch. It only took a minute for better to follow; he had earlier been thwarted by Gabor Kiraly after cutting in from the left but this time a low, accurate shot across the goalkeeper from a similar spot bore no opposition.
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Griezmann ends Republic of Ireland's fairy tale
Robbie Brady’s third-minute penalty and a performance that gave Les Bleus’ defence its first genuine ordeal of the European Championship put Ireland in dreamland. A second win at a major tournament for the first time in the country’s history was a prospect and not just an aspiration but then came the response. And what a response.
Deschamps introduced Kingsley Coman for N’Golo Kanté, speed for protection, and switched from a three-man central midfield to 4-2-3-1 with Antoine Griezmann occupying the No10 role. France were devastating while Ireland’s defence disintegrated during an eight‑minute onslaught when Griezmann scored twice and might have had a third but for a professional foul by Shane Duffy. A straight red card for the Blackburn Rovers’ defender ended credible hope of a comeback but Ireland fought to the last