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Portugal 2-0 Wales: Wales struggle to penetrate Portugal’s block, then Ronaldo and Nani pounce

July 7, 2016
Portugal 2-0 Wales: Wales struggle to penetrate Portugal’s block, then Ronaldo and Nani pounce

Portugal defeated Wales in an unspectacular but efficient manner, in a low-key semi-final. Fernando Santos was without suspended holding midfielder William Carvalho, so played Danilo in his place. Bruno Alves replaced the injured Pepe, while Raphael Guerrero came on for Eliseu at left-back. The shape of the side, however, was unchanged. Chris Coleman had two suspensions...
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France 5-2 Iceland: Griezmann & Giroud together helps wins the game before half-time

July 5, 2016
France 5-2 Iceland: Griezmann & Giroud together helps wins the game before half-time

A completely one-sided game in Paris, as France progressed to the semi-final with ease. Didier Deschamps had two players suspended. Adil Rami was replaced by left-footed Samuel Umtiti, who was making his international debut, which meant Laurent Koscielny moved to the right of the centre-back duo. The other decision was more important, however. With N’Golo...
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Germany 1-1 Italy: Low matches Conte’s back three, and playmaking starts from defence

July 4, 2016
Germany 1-1 Italy: Low matches Conte’s back three, and playmaking starts from defence

Germany squeezed past Italy on penalties, after Jogi Low changed his formation to match Italy’s three-man defence. That change involved dropping Julian Draxler and bringing Benedikt Howedes back into the side. Sami Khedira started alongside Toni Kroos, but lasted just 15 minutes because of injury, and was replaced by Bastian Schweinsteiger. Antonio Conte was without the...
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Wales 3-1 Belgium: positioning of Ramsey, Bale, Taylor & Gunter pulls Belgium out of shape

July 4, 2016
Wales 3-1 Belgium: positioning of Ramsey, Bale, Taylor & Gunter pulls Belgium out of shape

Wales went behind – but nevertheless produced a brilliant all-round team display to eliminate Belgium. Chris Coleman made one change to his side, reintroducing Hal Robson-Kanu, who was deemed more likely to stretch the Belgian defence than Sam Vokes, a more traditional centre-forward. In a game where Wales expected to play on the break, that...
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Portugal 1-1 Poland: Portugal forced to press higher, but game fades badly

July 2, 2016
Portugal 1-1 Poland: Portugal forced to press higher, but game fades badly

Portugal qualify for the semi-finals, despite failing to win any of their five matches in 90 minutes. Portugal coach Fernando Santos made two changes. The most important decision was handing Renato Sanches his first start of the competition, while Eliseu returned at left-back. Andre Gomes and Raphael Guerreiro dropped out. Poland manager Adam Nawalka named an...
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