Euro 2016: The Football Action from Yesterday

Day nine at Euro 2016 produced win for Belgium and draws for Iceland and Hungary as well as Portugal and Austria.

The first game of the day came from Group E, as Belgium comfortably defeated Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux. The first half was goalless, but the Red Devils did not take long to establish a lead after the break scoring on 48 minutes.

Manchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne found Romelu Lukaku 20 yards away from goal, the Everton striker controlled the ball before curling a superb effort beyond the dive of Ireland ‘keeper Darren Randolph.

 

Marc Wilmots team doubled their lead just after the hour mark, as central midfielder Axel Witsel headed home from inside the penalty area. Lukaku added his second on 70 minutes sliding the ball past Randolph from close range after Eden Hazard unselfishly squared the ball to the big forward.

The win put the Red Devils back in contention to finish top of the group, while Ireland face Italy in their last group, but could still qualify with a victory, depending on other results.

The action then switched to Group F, as Hungary and Iceland drew 1-1 in Marseille. Hungary dominated possession in the first half, but it was Iceland that took the lead on 39 minutes. Aron Gunnarsson was brought down in the area by Tamas Kadar and Gylfi Sigurdsson sent Gabor Kiraly the wrong way with the resulting spot kick.

Iceland looked to be heading for a historic win, but with just three minutes left on the clock Hungary equalised. Hungary substitute Nemanja Nikolic cut the ball back from the right and Iceland defender Birkir Saevarsson slid in and diverted the ball past his own ‘keeper.

Hungary are on the brink of qualification, but face Portugal in their last group game, while Iceland will need to win their last group game against Austria to have a chance to make the knockout stages.

Portugal and Iceland were involved in a goalless draw in the other game of the group. The Portuguese dominated possession and had the better chances in front of goal, with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani missing good opportunities. In the end Fernando Santos’ team could not find a way past the Austrian defence.

Both teams still have a chance of making it to the knockout stages of the competition, but the group is pretty open going into the game week three.

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