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Euro 2016: France vs Germany… Live! 

Good evening brothers and sisters, and welcome to our live blog for the second Euro 2016 semi-final, between France and Germany. It’s difficult not to think back to 1982 and Seville when considering this match, when a dramatic evening in a World Cup semi-final between these two nations that saw four goals in extra-time, one of the most controversial fouls in the histor of the game, and eventually a penalty shoot-out win for West Germany after a match that had ended as a thrilling three-all draw. We can only hope for such excitement again this evening. Germany have been...

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Euro 2016: Wales vs Portugal… Live!

Good evening everybody and welcome to the first of this summer’s Euro 2016 semi-finals, between Wales and Portugal in Lyon. This evening, one of two teams will be celebrating a historic win. Wales, of curse, have not reached the finals of a major tournament since the 1958 World Cup, and have never gone this far before. Portugal are a little more experienced than this at the latter stages of tournament football. They’ve been losing semi-finalists on four occasions and reached the final of the the 2004 tournament, which they hosted, before losing to Greece. Tonight’s match will, of course,...

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Euro 2016: No Quarters Given, Apart from One

Euro 2016 has been condemned for a goal-per-game ratio below Italia ’90, itself still thought the worst international tournament ever. The quarter-finals were an unexpected venue for the catch-up. Italia ’90 still wins by 2.21 to 2.15. Three goals, essentially. But Euro 2016 is winning everywhere else. The hosts have become semi-finalists with more style in 2016. While the “unlikely semi-finalist” contest is no contest. And not just in England, where football fans’ recent scramble for Welsh ancestry has resembled that for Irish passports in the “real world.” Wales/Belgium is currently game of the tournament, especially when you consider...

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Euro 2016: France vs Iceland… Live!

Good evening everybody, and welcome to the last of the four quarter-finals at Euro 2016, between France and Iceland. We may learn something about the nature of fairy tales this evening. Iceland have already knocked Russia and England out of this year’s competition, but tonight they face their biggest test yet, a match against the hosts of the competition – and one of the strongest in the world at the moment – France at the Stade de France, just to the north of Paris. Iceland have got this far sticking relentlessly to a game plan that has served the...

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Euro 2016: England’s Reduced Status

At half-time during the match between Italy and Germany last night, the BBC cut back to its studio in Paris. Sitting opposite host Gary Lineker were Gianluca Vialli and Thierry Henry, speaking elegantly and honestly about the strengths and shortcomings of the the two teams in their respective second languages. Alongside them was Alan Shearer, who recently made a pitch for the freshly-vacated England manager’s job. He sounded like a jacket potato suddenly gifted the power of speech in comparison with the other two. It’s unfair, of course, to single out Alan Shearer for criticism when there’s so much...

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