No goals but France eased into the last 16 as group winners and, perhaps more importantly, this was the night Paul Pogba joined the par...
No goals but France eased into the last 16 as group winners and, perhaps more importantly, this was the night Paul Pogba joined the party
France 0-0 Switzerland
France and Switzerland finished first and second respectively in Group A after a goalless draw in Lille on Sunday.
Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet both hit the woodwork for France as the Euro 2016 hosts clinched the point they needed to secure top spot.France boss Didier Deschamps, whose side had already qualified for the round of 16, made five changes to his starting lineup, with Pogba and Antoine Griezmann among those restored while Payet and Olivier Giroud were rested.
Pogba had an impressive showing for Les Blues, forcing the goalkeeper to make top notch saves and hitting the woodwork
Pogba's shot that canoed off the cross bar
Pogba came very, very close in the first half.— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 19, 2016
Will he find the back of the net in the second?
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Switzerland -- who knew that a point would guarantee a top-two finish -- gave Breel Embolo a start in attack after two wasteful displays by Haris Seferovic.
Switzerland saw a late penalty appeal waved away when Bacary Sagna appeared to pull substitute Seferovic's shirt, but ultimately the match finished in a draw that saw both advance to the round of 16.
Romania 0-1 Albania
Albanian striker Armando Sadiku made history on a emotional night for his country as he scored their first ever goal in a major finals to beat Romania 1-0 – and now they face an agonising wait to see if it is enough to clinch a place in the last 16.
|Sadiku celebrates with his team mates after their historic win|
The result means Albania finish third in Group A, ahead of Romania who go home.
But until other groups are completed they won’t know if it is enough to be one of only four third-placed teams who qualify for the knockout stage. Whatever happens, however, this was a huge night for Albanian football.
Romania edged near an equaliser throughout the second half, with Florin Andone thundering a right-footed attempt off the post in the 76th minute. But the leveller never came and Albania must await their Euro 2016 fate as the remaining groups play out.
Watch Sadiku's goal below
Watch Sadiku's goal below
THIS goal from Armando Sadiku gave #ALB their first ever win at a major tournament. #EURO2016 https://t.co/oXBdGgQhGD— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 19, 2016