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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 07:03:03 -0400
Soccer-Mourinho targets glory at Man United unveiling

PARIS (AP) -- Home advantage has counted little for host nations in recent European Championship histor

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:50:53 -0400
Soccer-Guendogan targets September debut for Manchester City

MOSCOW (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin and top security officials on Tuesday discussed what extra legal steps may be needed to stamp out doping among Russian athletes, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "The importance of introducing rules for investigative procedures for law enforcement was stressed," Peskov said, when describing what a meeting of Russia's Security Council had discussed. He made his comments to reporters on a conference call. (Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Lidia Kelly; Editing by Andrew Osbor

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:34:15 -0400
UEFA asks players to keep their children off the grass

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from the European Championship (all times local

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Tue, 05 Jul 2016 05:28:57 -0400
Soccer-Poland defender Glik joins Monaco on four-year deal

Don't let Cristiano Ronaldo's devilish grin and chiseled torso fool you. Portugal is the undisputed ugly duckling of the four teams left standing at the European Championship. While semifinal rival Wales, along with Germany and France, have all impressed with big wins to deservedly reach this stage, Portugal has only joined them after barely squeaking through each roun

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 23:18:23 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) -- Tim Howard made two saves in his Colorado debut and the Rapids played to a scoreless draw with the Portland Timbers on Monday nigh

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 13:29:42 -0400
Soccer-Ferguson urges Giggs to stand on his own feet in management

The Wales squad playing with their children on pitches across France has provided some of the most heartwarming images of the European Championship. ''UEFA are frowning on it unfortunately because it's encroachment on the pitch,'' Football Association of Wales President David Griffiths told The Associated Press on Monday. Already history-makers in their rugby-obsessed homeland, the Welsh are one game away from a final against Germany or host Franc

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 10:32:25 -0400
Del Bosque steps down as Spain coach after Euro 2016

The referees' performances in the 48 games played so far in France have received top marks. Will it be England's Mark Clattenburg, Germany's Felix Brych or Hungary's Viktor Kassai, all of whom have turned in impressive performances? ''Mark Clattenburg must have a great chance of that huge honor of taking the Champions League final and a major international final in the same season, now that the rules allow you to do so,'' said former FIFA referee Kim Milton Nielsen, writing on the ''You are the Ref'' refereeing websit

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 09:17:41 -0400
Del Bosque steps down as Spain coach after Euro 2016 exit

Olivier Giroud is gunning for goalkeeper Manuel Neuer. With 10 goals in his past 11 games for France, Giroud is in the best form of his career heading into the European Championship semifinal against Germany on Thursday. ''Of course he's a key player for them, but I've scored a few against him,'' Giroud said Monda

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 07:08:29 -0400
EU orders Real Madrid, rival Spanish soccer clubs to repay state aid

He's being talked up as the future of Portugal's national team and the likely heir to Cristiano Ronaldo. Renato Sanches certainly has plenty to live up to. The flamboyant, dreadlocked Sanches arrived at the European Championship with a reputation as one of the continent's most-talented young player

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:55:32 -0400
Soccer-France euphoria is extra motivation for us - Germany - Loew

When Portugal and Wales face off for a spot in the final of the European Championship, two players will be expected to rise far above the rest. Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, club teammates at Real Madrid and the most expensive players in the history of the sport, will bear the hopes of their nations on Wednesday night at Stade de Lyon. The winner will earn a spot in the July 10 final at Saint-Denis against either world champion Germany or tournament host Franc

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 06:02:54 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Khedira out of France semi-final

EVIANS-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany midfielder Sami Khedira has been ruled out of Thursday's European Championship semifinal against France, while Bastian Schweinsteiger is struggling to be fit for the clash in Marseille

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Mon, 04 Jul 2016 04:51:49 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Khedira out of Euro 2016 semi-final v France

MARCOUSSIS, France (AP) -- Portugal center back Pepe is an injury concern for the European Championship quarterfinal against Wales on Wednesda

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 21:12:08 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) -- Matt Besler scored in stoppage time to help Sporting Kansas City beat the Columbus Crew 3-2 on Sunday night and extend its unbeaten streak to four game

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:44:00 -0400
Who will take Spain - crown? Euro 2016 down to final 4 teams

Antoine Griezmann defied plenty of skeptics by becoming the highest scorer at the European Championship. France's hopes of a first title since Euro 2000 rest largely on the slim shoulders of Griezmann, who is on the small side for an attacking player at 1.76 meters (5-foot-9). The 25-year-old forward scored with an excellent finish and set up two more goals as France swatted aside Iceland 5-2 on Sunday to set up a semifinal against German

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:42:09 -0400
Soccer-Arsenal agree deal for Japan forward Asano

The European Championship semifinals promise mouth-watering matchups as the last four teams battle for a berth in the July 10 final and a chance to succeed two-time winner Spain. In Lyon on Wednesday, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal takes on a Welsh team featuring his Real Madrid teammate Gareth Bale. A day later in Marseille, world champion Germany, fresh from a nerve-rattling penalty shootout win against Italy, looks to add the European title against host France which is coming off a morale-boosting 5-2 win against Icelan

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 18:12:13 -0400
Soccer-Colombian championship liga aguila ii results and standings

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Iceland left with heads held high. France now faces Germany riding a wave of confidence that comes from scoring five goals in one match. Iceland goes home having proved to everyone that a great deal can be done with very littl

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:56:43 -0400
The Latest: France beats Iceland 5-2 to make the semifinals

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Olivier Giroud scored two goals to lead France to an emphatic 5-2 victory over Iceland on Sunday, sending the hosts into a European Championship semifinal meeting with Germany. It was a humbling but far from embarrassing exit for Iceland, which was playing in its first-ever international tournament and progressed much further than expected. Giroud, who was booed by the team's fans in May, is proving to be an essential component of Les Bleus, netting the opener and heading in France's fifth goal at the Stade de Franc

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:26:54 -0400
The Latest: Umtiti to make France debut in quarterfinal

NEW YORK (AP) -- Jack Harrison scored an early goal and set up David Villa for one in the second-half as FC New York City beat New York Red Bulls 2-0 Sunday, FCNYC's first win over its local riva

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 14:04:06 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

Sweat and tears is what Italy coach Antonio Conte demanded from his players, and sweat and tears is what he got during a two-year reign that ended in the quarterfinals of the European Championship. Conte, who is leaving the Azzurri to join Chelsea in the English Premier League, transmits passion and the desire to succeed to his players. Captain Gianluigi Buffon was crying as he left the pitch, while another experienced player Andrea Barzagli also broke down while giving an intervie

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:56:26 -0400
Germany - Mario Gomez to miss rest of Euro 2016 with injury

Pep Guardiola began life as Manchester City manager on Sunday by dismissing any chance of signing Lionel Messi and outlining his determination to silence critics who doubt he will be able to replicate his success at Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Guardiola, possibly the most coveted coach in world soccer, was welcomed by an estimated 6,000 City supporters at a fan event at the club's Etihad Stadium campus. Presented alongside six players from across City's various teams, in front of a screen bearing the motto ''It Begins,'' Guardiola was relaxed - even to the point of answering a question from a heckling fan about whether Messi would be following him to Cit

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:28:20 -0400
Soccer-Germany - Gomez out of Euros, Khedira and Schweinsteiger doubtful

EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the European Championship semifinal against either France or Iceland, while midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are both doubtfu

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 12:01:55 -0400
Soccer-Brazilian championship results and standings

Germany striker Mario Gomez has been ruled out of the rest of Euro 2016 with a muscle tear in his right thigh. Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira are also both doubtful for Thursday's semifinal in Marseille with a knee injury and groin injury, respectively. The DFB says an MRI scan in Annecy on Sunday revealed Schweinsteiger had a ligament strain in his right knee after receiving a knock in Saturday's quarterfinal against Italy, while Khedira has a left adductor injur

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 08:35:46 -0400
Light injuries after Paris Euro 2016 fan zone fight

The heads of state and prime ministers from France and Iceland are to attend the European Championship quarterfinal between their countries on Sunday. French president Francois Hollande has been a regular guest wearing his Les Bleus scarf at Euro 2016 matches. Prime Minister Manuel Valls will lead a delegation of French lawmakers among the VIP guests at Stade de France, according to UEF

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Sun, 03 Jul 2016 05:27:08 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

It beat a strongly-favored Belgium side 3-1 on Friday to line up a semifinal against Portugal, the national team's biggest achievement since reaching the quarterfinals of the 1958 World Cup. Over the past five years, the Welsh squad and its supporters have been coping with the sudden death of its coach, Gary Speed, who was found hanged in his home in 2011 at the age of 42. Speed's progressive methods were starting to pay dividends when he died, a blow to Welsh football lovers who saw the young coach as a role mode

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 23:46:03 -0400
Maidana scores in 95th to give Dynamo 1-0 win over Union

By Tris Pan HONG KONG (Reuters) - In China's eastern city of Hangzhou, Mr Li could barely watch as Portuguese striker Cristiano Ronaldo lined up a penalty kick in a finely-balanced Euro 2016 group match against Austria. With 10 minutes to go in the game in Paris, Real Madrid star Ronaldo hit the post, the game ended in a draw, and Li lost the money he had bet using Tencent Holdings Ltd's popular messaging app WeChat. Amid a surge of Chinese interest in global soccer, a side-effect has been a record spike in illegal gambling online, prompting multi-million dollar busts by police on betting rings, and tech giants like Tencent and Alibaba Group Holding Ltd cracking down on gambling activity on their app

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 21:40:55 -0400
Salazar scores 2, Piatti makes PK as Impact beat Revolution

Jordan Morris scored in the 61st minute goal to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 1-1 draw with Toronto FC on Saturday night. Seattle almost won it in the 87th when Morris' raking cross came within inches of bouncing in. Jordan Hamilton scored in the 60th to give Toronto (5-6-5) the lea

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 21:35:45 -0400
A tale of 2 penalties for Italy - Bonucci in Euro 2016 exit

MONTREAL (AP) -- Rookie forward Michael Salazar scored his first two MLS goals and Ignacio Piatti converted a penalty kick to give the Montreal Impact a 3-2 victory over the New England Revolution on Saturda

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 21:33:56 -0400
Soccer-US championship results and standings

In the end, it was a tale of two penalties for Leonardo Bonucci. The Italy defender coolly converted the first one to level against Germany in their European Championship quarterfinal on Saturday. Germany went on to win 6-5 on penalties and defeat Italy for the first time in a competitive match, sealing a spot in the semifinals against either France or Icelan

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 21:12:33 -0400
Argentines take to streets, demand Messi return to national team

Despite missing more penalties in one shootout than it had done in 40 years of taking spot-kicks after extra time, Germany still managed to end its curse against Italy. Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil and Bastian Schweinsteiger all missed in Saturday's shootout after the sides finished 1-1 following extra time in their European Championship quarterfinal. Fortunately, goalkeeper Manuel Neuer spared their blushes with two saves as Italy missed four spot-kicks and Germany went on to win 6-5, securing the team's first competitive victory over the Azzurri at the ninth attemp

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 20:42:40 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

By Maximilian Heath BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Argentines protested in the pouring rain on Saturday, demanding that soccer star Lionel Messi return to Argentina's national team after he unexpectedly quit following a loss in the regional Copa America final. Messi, a five-time World Player of the Year, has played in three Copa America finals, in 2007, 2015, and 2016, as well as in the 2014 World Cup final, losing every time. During the finals match with rival Chile last week, he missed Argentina's opening penalty in the shootout after the game ended 0-0 and was in tears sitting near the team dugou

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 20:28:19 -0400
Soccer-Mournful Conte bids farewell to Italy after Germany loss

By Maximilian Heath BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Hundreds of Argentines protested in the pouring rain on Saturday, demanding that soccer star Lionel Messi return to Argentina's national team after he unexpectedly quit following a loss in the regional Copa America final. Messi, a five-time World Player of the Year, has played in three Copa America finals, in 2007, 2015, and 2016, as well as in the 2014 World Cup final, losing every time. During the finals match with rival Chile last week, he missed Argentina's opening penalty in the shootout after the game ended 0-0 and was in tears sitting near the team dugou

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 19:52:10 -0400
Soccer-Ecuador championship 1st round results and standings

Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout. Jonas Hector lifted the so-called ''Italian curse'' off Germany on Saturday by converting the 18th kick of one of the wildest shootouts in European Championship history, clinching a 6-5 victory and a place in the semifinals. Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon guessed the right way but dived over Hector's kic

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 18:25:04 -0400
Soccer-Germany win shootout 6-5 to end Italy jinx

Germany finally ended 54 years of hurt against Italy in major tournaments, winning a wild penalty shootout 6-5 to reach the semifinals of the European Championship on Saturday. Jonas Hector scored the winning penalty in the quarterfinal match in Bordeaux with the 18th kick of the shootout, slotting beyond Gianluigi Buffon and putting Germany in the last four of a sixth straight tournament. A cagey, tactical match between two of the continent's heavyweights finished 1-1 after extra time, with Leonardo Bonucci's 78th-minute penalty for Italy canceling out a 65th-minute strike by Mesut Ozi

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 13:53:45 -0400
Soccer-Norwegian championship results and standings

Trying to explain how Iceland has unexpectedly reached the European Championship quarterfinals, coach Lars Lagerback recalled some early managerial advice. ''Doing it simple is to be a genius,'' Lagerback was told by then-West Ham manager Ron Greenwood on a visit to London in the 1970s. Before Lagerback could continue his answer at a news conference on Saturday, the man sitting two seats to his left chipped in with a question of his ow

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 13:24:19 -0400
Soccer-Portugal ugly duckling wont get out of town, says Santos

PARIS (AP) -- History will be stacked against Germany when it plays Italy in the European Championship quarterfinals in Bordeaux on Saturday nigh

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 10:55:35 -0400
Soccer-Finnish championship results and standings

Aaron Ramsey has matched Gareth Bale for high-class play and a team-first ethic during Wales' magical advance to the semifinals of the European Championship. Ramsey was punished for intentionally handling the ball to break up a Belgium attack when Wales was under pressure leading 2-1 in the 75th minute. ''If they have to take one for the team then, so be it, and Aaron has done that,'' Wales coach Chris Coleman said after the greatest night in the nation's soccer histor

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:36:41 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Giggs got the slightest of touches on Brian McClair's right-wing cross, and the ball deflected off City defender Colin Hendry and ricocheted into the net - but the goal was given to Giggs. It clinched a 1-0 win and was the first of Giggs' 168 goals for Unite

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:31:09 -0400
Giggs leaves United after 29 years, wants to become manager

Ryan Giggs is leaving Manchester United after 29 years at Old Trafford, the Premier League club said on Saturday. The 42-year-Welshman played 963 games for United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues in a glittering career before hanging up his boots in 201

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 09:20:53 -0400
Soccer-Man United confirm Giggs departure

Ryan Giggs ended his 29-year association with Manchester United on Saturday, leaving the English Premier League club at the start of Jose Mourinho's reign in a bid to become a manager himself. After joining in 1987, Giggs went on to appear a record 963 times for the first team, mostly under Alex Ferguson. In tandem, Giggs became British soccer's most decorated player and Ferguson the most successful manage

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:54:49 -0400
Dortmund accepts Man United bid for Henrikh Mkhitaryan

MANCHESTER, England (AP) -- Highlights in the career of Ryan Giggs, who left Manchester United on Saturday to end his 29-year association with the clu

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:41:51 -0400
Soccer-Mkhitaryan joins Mourinho revolution at Manchester United

DORTMUND, Germany (AP) -- Borussia Dortmund has accepted a bid from Manchester United for midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who would become Jose Mourinho's third signing as manager if the transfer is complete

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 08:24:46 -0400
Soccer-France ready for Iceland long throws, says Deschamps

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- France coach Didier Deschamps has a dilemma in defense for the European Championship quarterfinal against Iceland on Sunday. With Adil Rami being suspended, he must pick either untested Samuel Umtiti or the out of form Eliaquim Mangala to partner Laurent Koscielny at center half. Umtiti has never played for France, while Mangala did not feature in any pre-tournament warmup matches and he has looked low on confidence in trainin

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 06:58:17 -0400
Soccer-Belgium - talent falls short of expectation again

A talent-laden Belgian team again fell disappointingly short of expectation after being bundled out of the European Championship in a far from glittering performance from a supposedly golden generation. With the heavyweight contenders for the title grouped into one side of the knockout draw, the path looked clear for Belgium to march into next week’s final with a squad, on paper at least, bristling with talent. Captain Eden Hazard and fellow midfielder Kevin de Bruyne have proven capable of match-winning performances at club level, but failed to make any mark on the plucky Welsh, reduced to anonymity at times in the quarter-final in Lill

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 06:15:01 -0400
Soccer-Watford sign Success for club-record fee

France coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris made sure they got to an early news conference on time - by taking a helicopter. Ahead of Sunday's quarterfinal against Iceland, France held its pre-match conference at Stade de France to 11 a.m - much earlier than usual. ''The police force put a helicopter at our disposal, which was very kind,'' Deschamps said Saturda

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Sat, 02 Jul 2016 05:35:08 -0400
5 France players to watch

Iceland is facing France in a European Championship quarterfinal on Sunday. For much of Halldorsson's career, goalkeeping was his side job, while his main income came from directing movies and music videos in Iceland. At Euro 2016 he has a starring role in the tournament's best feelgood stor

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:03:29 -0400
Union-Dynamo preview

On the greatest night in its soccer history, Wales swept past the world's No. 2-ranked team at the European Championship on Friday. Wales stormed back from a rough start to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal won by classy goals from two unheralded forwards. As usual, Gareth Bale was excellent and, of course, all the talk will be of him and Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo before the two teams meet in a semifinal next wee

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:43:47 -0400
Soccer-Welsh underdogs revel in greatest night with Belgium win

Belgium knew that replacing two seasoned defenders was never going to be easy in its European Championship quarterfinal against Wales. In a game that highlighted its defensive problems, Belgium lost 3-1, and thus the chance to reach its first semifinal of a major competition since the 1986 World Cup. Coach Marc Wilmots went into Euro 2016 without injured regulars Vincent Kompany and Nicolas Lombaert

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 18:27:37 -0400
Soccer-Peruvian championship results and standings

By Toby Davis LILLE, France (Reuters) - Wales produced a stunning upset to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals after Hal Robson-Kanu's superbly fashioned goal and Sam Vokes's late header secured a 3-1 comeback win over Belgium on Friday to set up a clash with Portugal. Robson-Kanu left three Belgium players for dead with a 'Cruyff' turn and calmly stroked the ball home to put Wales ahead in the second half, while substitute Vokes's header ensured they reached their first major tournament semi-final. It was a crushing blow for heavy favorites Belgium, who had taken the lead in the 13th minute when Radja Nainggolan rifled a shot into the top corner from distance only for Wales captain Ashley Williams to level with a header from a corne

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:54:10 -0400
Wales stuns Belgium 3-1 at European Championship

The year of the underdog keeps going from strength to strengt

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Fri, 01 Jul 2016 17:50:43 -0400
Wales down Belgium to reach first ever semi-final

Wales stormed back from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 in a pulsating quarterfinal on Friday at the European Championship. This time Wales did not need to rely on its star player Gareth Bale, as it fought back from trailing in the 13th minute to secure its first ever berth in a semifinal of a major tournament. Unheralded forwards Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes settled the game with goals in the 55th and 85th minute

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