Mats Hummels has insisted that Germany are in good shape for the rest of the tournament despite scoring only three goals in the group stage. Joachim Löw’s team still managed to top Group C, without conceding any goals, and the defender believes they will be hard to beat in the knockout rounds.
It turns out the luck of the Irish might not have been used up in Paris on Tuesday night after all. The Republic knew they had to win here and for 85 minutes it looked like they were going to be frustrated by Italian competence at defending, even with a string of reserves on the pitch.
One microphone in a lake, one rescue act, two European Championship records and one press conference that showed where the balance of power lies between himself and Uefa; another day in the life of Cristiano Ronaldo. Or, as the man himself put it when asked about becoming the first player to score at four consecutive Euros and a record 17th appearance at the tournament: “That comes naturally.”
A delighted Heimir Hallgrimsson warned England that Iceland are not afraid of facing them in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Monday after his side’s rollercoaster 2-1 victory over Austria at Stade de France.
It was an occasion that called for quality, cohesion and courage, and the Republic of Ireland were not found wanting. It was also one that demanded a decisive moment in front of goal, something to spark a result for the ages and, to the unconfined joy of those in green, Robbie Brady provided it.
La Fin. In France, the country where Zlatan Ibrahimovic has won so many hearts as he played out the past few years of his career in his own inimitable style at Paris Saint-Germain, a yellow curtain fell.
Arnor Ingvi Traustason supplied the rip-roaring dream climax to this match when, with the very final touch of the ball, he finished past Robert Almer to claim a scarcely believable winner and continue Iceland’s fairytale at this European Championship.
The Manchester City winger has scored only four goals in his last three Premier League seasons, but is still reportedly attracting the interest of both Milan clubs.
The United States Golf Association’s belated attempt at damage limitation arrived on Monday evening, with those responsible for the chaos which engulfed the second major of the year expressing “regret” over events at Oakmont.
“You tried your best and failed miserably. The lesson is: never try” – Homer.
Leaving the EU could put Britain’s biggest cities at risk of the industrial decline last seen in the 1980s under Margaret Thatcher, Gordon Brown will warn.
Oh dear, a clutch of slightly moth-eaten Tory grandees have laid into David Cameron, George Osborne, into the Treasury and Bank of England too, in terms that will make it even harder to bind up the country’s wounds when the referendum campaign ends.
Boris Johnson has dismissed fears about the value of sterling in the event of Brexit and suggested the Bank of England governor, Mark Carney, is guilty of talking the economy down.