Italy 1-0 Sweden Italy are through to the last 16 of the European Championship finals after Ede...
Italy 1-0 Sweden
Italy are through to the last 16 of the European Championship finals after Eder struck late on to beat Sweden.
Eder scored another late, late goal to send Italy through to the knockout stages after only two games and confirm Antonio Conte's team as one of the favourites to win Euro 2016.
#EURO2016 - RESULT:— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 17, 2016
THAT IS HOW YOU WIN IT!
An 88th minute winner by Eder books #ITA spot in the final 16. https://t.co/7010xKUk54
The game looked to be heading towards a dull goalless draw before Eder raced onto Zaza's knockdown to drive home from outside the box.
|Eder's 89th minute strike|
Italy are top of Group E with six points while Sweden are third on one.
Sweden failed to produce a shot on goal for the second successive game, with captain and star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic kept quiet throughout. It was heartbreak for Sweden, whose future is hanging by a thread with only one point from two games, and Ibrahmovic missed a chance to become the first man to score in four successive tournaments.
|The big Swede missed with a couple of headers and then put the ball over from a yard out, although he was offside on that occasion.|
Belgium 3-0 Ireland
Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 bid with a deserved 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland in Bordeaux in Group E on Saturday afternoon.
Ireland, who created only two efforts on target, were soundly beaten by a side, who were heavily criticised after their opening 2-0 defeat to group winners Italy.
Perfect start to the half for #BEL. They hold the lead thanks to this strike from Lukaku. WATCH LIVE on SS3/SS11. https://t.co/08sWxSqu0Y— SuperSport (@SuperSportTV) June 18, 2016
But the team ranked No. 2 in the world had a point to prove and dominated the game. Kevin de Bruyne fired high when well placed early on and the Ireland defence held firm until just after the break.
|Emotional Lukaku celebrates his first goal with younger brother Jordan|
Everton frontman Romelu Lukaku broke the deadlock after just two minutes of the restart through a lightning quick counter-attack. From Ireland’s free-kick the ball was cleared to Lukaku, who played in De Bruyne and he dribbled past Stephen Ward before feeding Lukaku, who curled a brilliant shot into the bottom corner.
And on the hour mark Belgium doubled their lead through Axel Witsel’s powerful header. The Zenit St Petersburg man, who is angling for a move to to the Premier League timed his run perfectly to crash a header past Darren Randolph from full-back Thomas Meunier’s cross from the right.
Belgium made it 3-0 on 70 minutes through another counter-attack finished off by Lukaku. Eden Hazard skipped away from Ciaran Clark’s rash tackle on halfway and galloped towards the edge of the box before squaring the ball for Lukaku to tap home.
Marc Wilmots’ men simply had too much for Ireland, who barely landed a blow at the Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux with Belgium dominating possession from the off and forcing them on to the back foot.