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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Misfiring Spain face Irish barricade

Spain's sizeable Barcelona contingent may be forgiven for feeling a sense of deja vu when they face Ireland on Thursday in their second Group B match at Euro 2012. Match box

Dane and dusted: Portugal back in hunt

Substitute Silvestre Varela fired home an 87th minute winner to give profligate Portugal a 3-2 victory over Denmark in Group B on Wednesday to keep alive the qualifying hopes of the 2004 Euro finalists. Match stats

Shevchenko in minor accident

Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin said Wednesday his veteran striker Andrei Shevchenko, whose brace saw off Sweden 2-1 in the co-hosts’ Euro 2012 opener on Monday, was unhurt after a minor traffic accident.

In Croatia, job security no ‘flash’ in the pan

A Croatian civil servant who bared her breasts to celebrate her team’s win at Euro 2012 could be disciplined at work, her employers warned on Wednesday.

Messi haunts misfiring Ronaldo even at Euro

The 27-year-old Portuguese superstar has yet to score in the tournament and a succession of missed chances in the thrilling 3-2 win over Denmark ended with Danish fans chanting 'Messi! Messi!'.

Czech captain Rosicky doubtful for Poland game

Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky is a doubt for their final Group A game against Poland on Saturday with an Achilles injury, said coach Michal Bilek after their 2-1 win over Greece.

'Portugal can win without Ronaldo'

Portugal's press on Thursday hailed the national side's last-gasp 3-2 victory against Denmark to kick-start their Euro 2012 campaign, but reflected on star player Cristiano Ronaldo's failure to shine.

Croatia give Azzurri the blues

A well-oiled Croatia forced Italy on the defensive and rallied to a 1-1 draw in an exciting Group C encounter on Thursday, leaving the former world champions sweating over qualification.

Squabbling Oranje left on brink of elimination

Two goals from Mario Gomez gave Germany a 2-1 victory over Netherlands in their Group B match on Wednesday, putting them on the brink of the quarter-finals while the Dutch face a potential early exit.

German fans facing action

Germany is facing fresh disciplinary proceedings after fans set off and threw fireworks during the country’s 2-1 Euro 2012 win over the Netherlands, UEFA said on Thursday, after fining the country for previous incidents.

Bare it like Bendtner: Dane in knickerful of trouble

UEFA are looking into whether Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner broke player advertising rules by flashing the waistband of his underpants after scoring against Portugal. The 24-year-old striker scored twice in Denmark’s 3-2 defeat in Lviv.

Out to break Swedish jinx

England are determined to end their decades-long jinx against Sweden on Friday in a Group D encounter which has assumed must-win status for both sides. Match box

France wary of Shevchenko magic

Kept at arm’s length by England, Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema will be expected to raise their game when France meet Ukraine on Friday in a match crucial to their Euro 2012 prospects. Match box

Champions Spain thrash Ireland to top group

Defending champions Spain are on course for the Euro 2012 quarter-finals after their 4-0 thrashing of Ireland on Thursday put them top of Group C with the Irish bowing out.

Ukraine thirsty for France win after PM bet

Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov is so convinced the bouyant co-hosts will beat France in Euro 2012 Group D in Donetsk today he is betting his best-quality cognac on it.
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