Euro 2016 Day 8 - Spain and Italy reach second round while crowd trouble costs Croatia
Holders Spain batter Turkey 3-0, Italy edge past Sweden in last minute, and Croatia blow two-goal lead as fans launch flares on pitch
The latest news from Euro 2016:
- Spain cruise past Turkey
- Uefa to launch investigation as flares halt Czech Republic - Croatia
- Italy seal place in knockouts with last-minute win over Sweden
FT- Spain 3 Turkey 0
Spain become the first team at the tournament to score three in a game with a classic Spain goal finished off by Morata. Laser-precision through ball from Iniesta to Jordi Alba on the left, just onside, and he passes low for Morata to finish. Morata almost gets his hat-trick a minute later with a header wide.
The win sends the holders cruising into the second round with six points from two games, two ahead of Croatia. Czech Republic are on one, Turkey zero.
It could be a busy Saturday for Uefa’s disciplinary committee, as Turkey’s fans let off a collection of flares and fireworks on the final whistle.
HT- Spain 2 Turkey 0
After a quiet start, Spain score two goals in as many minutes to put Turkey on the rack.
Alvaro Morata lost his man to head in the first from Nolito’s cross, before Fabregas set up Nolito for the second with an attempted ball over the backline that Turkey’s defence only helped on.
Turkey are hanging on for dear life but manage to make it to half time just the two down.
Czechs refuse to give up as flare-throwing Croatia fans force halt
The Czech Republic fought back from 2-0 down with 15 minutes to go to earn a point in a match halted by flare-throwing Croatia fans.
Croatia had been dominant throughout, going ahead through Perisic in the first half and Rakitic in the second.
They should have been out of sight before substitute Skoda pulled one back, then Croatia’s ‘supporters’ decided to fire flares on to the pitch, forcing the game to be halted as players pleaded with fans to calm down.
That seemed to rattle the Croats and moments after the match restarted they conceded a penalty which Necid buried.
And they may yet face further sanction from Uefa after the idiotic antics of their fans.
“These people are terrorists, they are not fans,” fumed Croatia coach Ante Cacic.
“95 per cent of our supporters are ashamed in front of Europe, the players are very sad that after playing a beautiful match this happens.”
Ronaldo ‘emotional’ when he slagged Iceland
Cristiano Ronaldo was rightly slated for his pathetic response to Iceland’s 1-1 draw with Portugal, when he castigated them for having the temerity to celebrate.
But Portugal boss Fernando Santos says his star is being harshly treated. Diddums.
“When people talk about fair play sometimes it makes me want to laugh,” said Santos ahead of a must-win game against Austria in Paris on Saturday.
“Because when we talk about other people and other people’s reactions, in Portugal we usually say that if you don’t feel, you’re not really a good person.”
Santos blamed Iceland’s bench for heckling Ronaldo and the universally loathed Pepe during the game.
“After what the Iceland manager said and some players said, what they did for 90 minutes, they booed Pepe and Ronaldo,” he said.
“The players on the bench kept heckling Pepe, so like I said we have feelings and sometimes will respond the way we can in a very emotional way.”
Vlad impales England fans
Vladimir Putin had his sycophants rolling in the aisles at Russia’s annual economic forum in Saint Petersburg as he scoffed at England’s football fans.
“The fighting between Russian fans with the English, that is a disgrace,” he said, in something of a departure from other government officials who have seemed to support the violence.
“But I truly don’t understand how 200 of our fans could beat up several thousand English,” he added, to laughs and applause. Top bantz.
He called for equal treatment from all law enforcement against fighting fans.
A French court on Thursday sentenced three Russian fans to jail for up to two years and the Russian foreign ministry said 20 more will be expelled from the country on Saturday.
Job done for Azzurri
It was the most boring match of the championships so far, but Italy won’t care about that as they edged past Sweden 1-0 to reach the knockout stage.
Naturalised Brazilian Eder scored a cracking goal in the last minute, gliding past most of Sweden’s defence as he cut in from the left before rifling the ball home.
Italy opened with a 2-0 win over Belgium and were again supremely organised and efficient - if lacking a cutting edge.
“I think it helped me I wasn’t playing for Inter Milan a lot at the end of the season,” said Eder, who’s had an uninspiring season in Serie A. “That helped me to save some energy for this championships and also allowed me to work a lot of my fitness.”
Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic was again quiet as he looks to become the first player to score at four Euros. Sweden are still without a shot on target in the tournament, despite drawing 1-1 against Ireland thanks to an own goal.
Zlatan did miss a sitter moments before Italy scored, but was offside anyway. He and his teammates will have to beat Belgium in their last match to have any chance of qualifying.
“Zlatan is one of the greatest forwards I’ve ever encountered,” said Sweden coach Erik Hamren. “He’s a winner and if he’s disappointed, I think everyone understands that. It’s important to me to respect people for who they are.”