Euro 2020 LIVE: Wales reach Last 16, Germany thrash Portugal, Uefa warning after Ronaldo Coca-Cola snub

EURO 2020 is in full swing as the group stage nears completion.

And Wales have booked their place in the Last 16 despite losing 1-0 to Italy in Rome.

Rob Page's side join Italy, Holland and Belgium as the teams through to the second round so far at the tournament hots up.

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Follow all of the latest news, build up and updates below…

  • Ian Tuckey

    WALES SNEAK RUNNERS-UP SPOT

    Wales survived a tense 45 minutes in BOTH Group A finale games to clinch runners-up spot on goal difference and reach the KO stage.

    Ethan Ampadu's red card left the Dragons clinging to just a 1-0 defeat against impressive group winners Italy, with Wales keeper Danny Ward inspirational

    Two-goal Xherdan Shaqiri spearheaded Switzerland to a 3-1 defeat of Turkey that put them level with Wales on four points.

    But the Welsh went through with a plus-on GD, compared to minus-one for the Swiss.

  • Ian Tuckey

    GROUP A LATEST

    Switzerland 3 Turkey 1: Irfan Can Kahveci's 61st-mknute solo goal cut the deficit for the Turks.

    But Xherdan Shaqiri blasted his second six minutes later to restore Switzerland's two-goal advantage.

    Italy 1 Wales 0: Ethan Ampadu's 54th-minute red card made unwanted history and left Wales' qualification hopes in doubt.

    Dragons' keeper Danny Ward kept the Italians out after that.

    Ampadu is the youngest ever Euros player to be sent off, aged20 years and 279 days..

    His challenge on Federico Bernardeschi was late and reckless.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    H/.T SCORES: DRAGONS IN DANGER

    Italy 1 Wales 0: Matteo Pessina's neat finish from a well-worked free-kick deservedly earned the Azzurri a half-time lead on 39 minutes.

    Dan James' pace was virtually Wales' only attacking outlet.

    Switzerland 2 Turkey 0: The Swiss ae scenting a place in the knockout stages after edging a lively first period full of chance for both teams.

    If the scores stay as they are, Wales would still be second behind Italy – as the Swiss would be level on four points with the Dragons but behind on goal difference.

     

  • Ian Tuckey

    GROUP A UPDATE

    Italy 0 Wales 0: The Azzurri continued to have way more of the possession and chances past the half-hour mark, with keeper Danny Ward the busiest Welsh player.

    GOAL – Switzerland 2 Turkey 0: Xherdan Shaqiri doubled Switzerland's lead by lashing one of the goals of the tournament on 26 minutes with his wesker, right foot.

    Yet Turkey have had plenty of half-chances.

  • Ian Tuckey

    LATEST FROM GROUP A FINALE

    Italy 0 Wales 0: The Dragons are defending solidly in the early stages, with Ethan Ampadu is in the middle of Wales' back three.

    Switzerland 1 Turkey 0: Haris Seferovic surged away for a brilliant opener on six minutes.

    If it stays the same, Italy would top the point on seven points, Wales would finish second on five points, with the Swiss on four.

  • Ian Tuckey

    POSH ‘N PECS

    Cristiano Ronaldo and partner Georgina Rodriguez have made a splash online with their incredible physiques.

    Ronaldo, 36, left Euro 2020 organisers fuming earlier this week, when he removed a Coca Cola bottle from his desk at a press conference.

    Cristiano Ronaldo dazzled fans with his ripped physique
    Georgina posted an orange bikini pic on Instagram

    He insisted ‘drink water’ – and it’s this sort of sentiment that has seen him become one of the most ripped athletes on the planet.

    The Juventus star has been in sensational form at the Euros, although couldn’t stop his Portugal side from falling to a 4-2 defeat to Germany yesterday.

    But many fans couldn’t help but marvel at his muscles after the game.

    Looking visibly gutted by the result, Ronaldo removed his shirt as he left the pitch. And a picture of him, pulsing pectorals and bulging biceps galore, has gone viral online.

    Partner Georgina, 27, has also dropped jaws on social media. The model posted a picture of herself in an orange bikini on Instagram yesterday. And the image has received a staggering 1.6million likes… and counting.

  • Ian Tuckey

    SORRY FOR SCARING YOU

    Hungary hero Attila Fiola has apologised for trashing a journalist's desk after scoring against France.

    The 31-year-old right-back sent Budapest wild after stunning the world champions with the opener in their 1-1 draw on Saturday.

    Fiola, lost in the moment, celebrated by running towards the crowd inside the full capacity 67,000 Puskas Arena.

    His emotions then got the better of him as he wildly swiped at a pitch-side reporter's desk, leaving her in shock.

    The images went viral following the incident with reporter Edit Szalay becoming an internet sensation.

    With the dust settled, Fiola has apologised to Szalay on Instagram by sending her a video.

    According to Hungarian journalist Matyas Szeli, the player said: "Hi Edit, sorry for overwhelming you, that was one of the nicest moment of our lives, we've seen after the initial shock you were happy for our goal.

    "Good luck for the rest of the Euros."

  • Joshua Mbu

    SWITZERLAND VS TURKEY: BOTH NEED WIN

    Bottom side Switzerland, with one point, and point-less Turkey each need victory in their 5pm game to have any chance of going through.

    Even if the Swiss win, they would only finish in the top two if Wale slose to Italy with a swing of five on goal difference.

    Four points could be enough as four third-placed teams going through.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ITALY VS WALES TEAM NEWS 

    Rob Page makes three changes for his Dragons for the 5pm Group A finale. 

    Neco Williams, Chris Gunter and Ethan Ampadu replace Ben Davies, Chris Mepham and Kiefer Moore 

    Neco Williams, Chris Gunter and Ethan Ampadu come in.

    WALES: Ward, Roberts, Williams, Rodon, Ampadu, Gunter, Allen, Morrell, Ramsey, Bale, James.

    Italy also make a host of changes. 

    Ciro Immobile, Manuel Locatelli, Leonardo Spinazzola, and Lorenzo Insigne are all rested, while Giorgio Chiellini is left out altogether.

    ITALY: Donnarumma, Toloi, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson, Verratti, Jorginho, Pessina, Chiesa, Belotti, Bernardeschi.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TEAM NEWS: SWITZERLAND VS TURKEY

    SWITZERLAND XI: Sommer; Nico Elvedi, Akanji, Ricardo Rodríguez; Widmer, Granit Xhaka, Freuler, Zuber; Shaqiri; Embolo, Seferovic.

    TURKEY XI: Çakir; Çelik, Demiral, Soyunçu, Muldur; Ayhan, Tufan; Ünder, Kahveci, Calhanoglu; Burak Yilmaz.

    Follow all the latest for the game between Switzerland and Turkey HERE

  • Joshua Mbu

    TEAM NEWS: ITALY VS WALES

    WALES XI: Ward, Roberts, Williams, Rodon, Ampadu, Gunter, Allen, Morrell, Ramsey, Bale, James.

    ITALY XI: Donnarumma, Toloi, Bonucci, Bastoni, Emerson, Verratti, Jorginho, Pessina, Chiesa, Belotti, Bernardeschi.

    Follow all the latest for the game between Italy and Wales HERE

  • Joshua Mbu

    GROUP A

    We're under two hours away from the first Euro 2020 game of the day, and Italy are welcoming Wales to the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, Italy.

    Kick-off is scheduled for 5pm.

    And Switzerland and Turkey is due to get underway at 5pm as well.

    Italy and Wales are all but through, but Switzerland need a win to stand a chance of qualifying – possibly as one of four of the best third placed teams.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘NONSENSE’

    Graeme Souness has insisted that moaning Bruno Fernandes ‘would not have lasted five minutes in my dressing room’ after his latest display for Portugal, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The 26-year-old started for his country yesterday against Germany but was subbed off in the second half of their 4-2 Euro 2020 defeat.

    Speaking on ITV Sport, Souness said: “He’s an exceptionally talented boy, there is so much to like about him.

    “A great striker of the ball, when he shoots he makes the goalkeeper work.

    “I played with players that would not be accepting of the thing you just touched on [petulance], you know he doesn’t get the ball and he is waving his hands around.

    “He would not have lasted more than five minutes in my dressing room, but he is a wonderful talented boy.”

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    'LEAVE CHRISTIAN ALONE'

    Daley Blind has hit out at claims Christian Eriksen may never be able to play again following his cardiac arrest, writes GARY STONEHOUSE.

    The Danish midfielder, 29, collapsed against Finland after suffering a cardiac arrest and has now been fitted with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) last Saturday.

    It remains unclear whether the former Tottenham star will be able to play football again but he has made a good recovery and was fit enough to be released from hospital on Friday.

    As reported by the Metro, Blind said: “When this happened to me, the whole world was telling me I was finished as a player, that I would not be able to play again.

    “Look where I am today. This is why I say to everyone, ‘Leave Christian alone!’

    “I felt I was ready and I felt comfortable to return once I got the green light from the doctors in the hospital and the medical staff at Ajax.

    “There was no reason why I could not play at the top level again.

    “The most important thing is that you have to feel free in your head.”

    Christian Eriksen's life was saved by the fast reactions of team-mates and medics
  • Joshua Mbu

    HOLY SCHICK

    Nobody has managed to beat Schick's wonder-strike against Scotland yet!

    Patrik Schick's incredible goal for the Czech Republic vs Scotland
  • Joshua Mbu

    NEW PAGE

    Wales boss Rob Page wants his team to compete with Italy today, and wants his team to go out and try to win every game.

    He said: "We can't plan for [qualification], if four points is good enough to get through then brilliant.

    "We'll pick a team and formation to go out against Italy and compete, and get the win.

    "We want to win every game we play, and it's no different on Sunday."

    Credit: GETTY IMAGES
  • Joshua Mbu

    ATTACKING OPTIONS

    Domenico Berardi, Italy forward, praises the options his team has in attack.

    Speaking to EURO2020.com, he said: "We have so many options in attack.

    We must try to give 100% in every game. There's another important test coming up [against Wales] and we will aim to win that too.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SWITZERLAND TEAM GUIDE

    A win could fire Switzerland into contention for knockout qualification.

    A third placed finish with a decent number of points could see the Swiss go through as one of four of the best third placed teams.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TEAM NEWS: SWITZERLAND VS TURKEY

    Turkey threw everything they had at Wales and made all five substitutions they had at their disposal, writes SAM STREET.

    Caglar Soyuncu, Halil Dervisoglu, Hakan Calhanoglu and Burak Yilmaz are all on a warning, so if Turkey do progress then they will want to make sure none of these players get booked again.

    Cenk Tosun is missing with a serious knee injury.

    Switzerland do have a plethora of talent in Borussia Monchengladbach quartet of Yann Sommer, Nico Elvedi, Denis Zakaria and Breel Embolo and Premier League duo Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri.

  • Joshua Mbu

    KNOCKOUT-BOUND

    Wales are ever so close to securing a place in the knockout stages of Euro 2020!

  • Joshua Mbu

    TEAM NEWS: ITALY VS WALES

    Roberto Mancini is likely to make changes from his starting XI as he has the chance to rotate, writes SAM STREET.

    Italy's ageing back-two of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci – who have a combined age of 70 – will need a rest for sure

    Chiellini went off after a suspected hamstring injury against the Swiss.

    Mancini coudl recall midfield lynchpin Marco Verratti, who may feature after finally overcoming a troublesome knee injury. 

    Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale have been at the forefront of this Wales side so far, combining brilliantly last Wednesday and will need to turn on the heat against Italy.

    Ethan Ampadu and Harry Wilson, introduced from the bench against Turkey, are two players pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.

  • Joshua Mbu

    TURKEY TEAM GUIDE

    Turkey take on Switzerland today.

    And Turkey have disappointed in the tournament so far. They were tipped as dark horses.

  • Joshua Mbu

    ‘FULLY FOCUSED ON THE JOB HERE’ 

    Harry Kane has insisted that he is ‘fully focused’ on England’s Euro 2020 campaign despite his future at Tottenham unclear.

    The striker hasn’t got off to the best of starts at the tournament, and has failed to score in the two group games played so far.

    And he was even substituted.

    Speaking to The Guardian, he said: “Absolutely not.

    “All my focus is on how I can help this team and how we can be successful in this tournament.

    “I understand from a media point of view there is speculation, but I am fully focused on the job here.”

  • Joshua Mbu

    SUPER RON

    Cristiano Ronaldo rolled back the years when he scored the opening goal of Portugal's encounter with Germany, writes KEALAN HUGHES.

    But it was not enough as the Germans fought back to win the best game of the Euros so far 4-2 in Munich.

    Joachim Low's side dominated early proceedings and had a goal ruled out for offside before Ronaldo scored.

    And Portugal's opener came as a result of a German corner, with Ronaldo, 36, tapping into an empty net just 14.2 seconds after Toni Kroos' set-piece.

  • Joshua Mbu

    WALES TEAM GUIDE

    Bale and Ramsey destroyed Turkey in the last game!

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