June 21, 2016

The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):


1:25 p.m.

France says it has expelled Russian fan group leader Alexander Shprygin, again.

Arrested in Toulouse, having returned to the European Championship, Shprygin was put on a plane that left Paris for Moscow just past midnight on Wednesday morning, Interior Ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet told The Associated Press in a text message.

Shprygin ''has been expelled from France,'' he wrote. ''His plane took off from Paris Charles de Gaulle shortly after midnight bound for Moscow.''

Shprygin, who heads the government-linked All-Russian Fans' Union, has been accused of far-right links and admitted posting far-right symbols online, but denies he or his organization are racist.


00:55 p.m.

Sparta Prague striker David Lafata and Bordeaux midfielder Jaroslav Plasil announced they are retiring from international football after the Czech Republic's group stage exit from the tournament.

The Czechs finished fourth in Group D with only one point from a 2-2 draw with Croatia. It lost 1-0 to Spain 1-0 and then 2-0 to Turkey in its final group match on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Plasil was a mainstay of the team. He played at four European Championships, starting in 2004, the 2006 World Cup and made a total of 103 appearances, scoring seven goals.

The 35-year-old Lafata played 41 internationals, scoring nine times.

Other players, including goalkeeper Petr Cech and captain Tomas Rosicky, are expected to decide about their international futures later after the tournament.


11.05 p.m.

Northern Ireland will play in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

Three hours after its 1-0 loss to Germany finished, Northern Ireland advanced when the final whistle blew on Turkey's 2-0 win over the Czech Republic.

Northern Ireland will finish among the four best third-placed teams, who will join the top two teams from each group in the knockout stages.

The Northern Irish have three points with a zero goal difference, and win the tiebreaker with Turkey and Albania who have three points and a minus-2 goal difference.

Turkey is above Albania in a separate tiebreaker because it has scored more goals - two to one.

The rankings of third-placed teams will be completed Wednesday when the last matches in Groups E and F are played.


10:55 p.m.

Ivan Perisic scored in the 87th minute to give Croatia a 2-1 comeback victory over defending champion Spain.

Perisic scored with a low left-foot shot, beating Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post to finish off a fast counter attack.

Spain striker Alvaro Morata had put his side ahead in the seventh minute, before Croatia forward Nikola Kalinic equalized just before halftime with a back-heel flick.

Spain had a chance to retake the lead, but defender Sergio Ramos' penalty was saved by Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic in the 72nd minute.

The defeat was Spain's first at a European Championship since 2004.

Both teams have qualified for the round of 16, Croatia as winner of Group D.


10:51 p.m.

Turkey rebounded from two losses to beat the Czech Republic 2-0 on Tuesday and keep alive its chance of reaching the knockout stages.

Burak Yilmaz struck early, rounding off a swift counter attack 10 minutes into the game. Emre Mor's crossed from the right flank for Yilmaz, who beat Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech at the near post with a first-time right shot.

As the Czechs were pushing up front, they opened up their defense for the Turkish attack.

Ozan Tufan fired a rising shot past Cech in the 65th minute from inside the area to start a wild celebration of the Turkish supporters who used fire crackers and lit flares landed on the pitch..

The Turkish fans celebrated with firecrackers and lit flares that landed on the pitch.

The results means the Czech Republic has been eliminated from the tournament. Turkey has to wait till the final group stage matches are played on Wednesday.


10:45 p.m.

GOAL: Ivan Perisic scores for Croatia in the 87th minute. Croatia leads Spain 2-1.


10:26 p.m.

Midfielder Ozan Tufan doubles the lead for Turkey against the Czech Republic in the 65th minute as he hammers the ball past goalkeeper Petr Cech from short range following a free kick by Selcuk Inan.

Their team's second goal prompted fans in the Turkish section of the stands to set off six flares, four of which were thrown on the pitch.

Two firecrackers and a smoke bomb had already been set off in a section with Turkish fans at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens shortly before the match started.


10:21 p.m.

GOAL: Ozan Tufan scores for Turkey in the 65th minute. Turkey leads the Czech Republic 2-0.


9:55 p.m.

Striker Burak Yilmaz scored early to give Turkey a 1-0 lead over the Czech Republic at halftime in their final Group D game.

Yilmaz rounded off a swift counter attack after 10 minutes, collecting Emre Mor's cross from the right wing and beating Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech at the near post with his shot.

As only the winner of the match has a chance to advance to the knock out stage, the Czechs were applying the pressure but exposing their defense to the Turkish attacks.

Tomes Sivok almost equalized six minutes after Yilmaz's strike, hitting the post following a cross by Borek Dockal.

Defender Pavel Kaderabek had only the goalkeeper to beat in the 24th minute but failed with an angled shot, and then failed to get a clean shot away in the area after Tomas Necid's header.


9:50 p.m.

Nikola Kalinic equalized in the last minute of the first half for Croatia to leave his side drawing 1-1 with defending champion Spain at the break.

Alvaro Morata had put Spain ahead in the seventh minute from close range after midfielder Cesc Fabregas struck a goal-bound shot. The goal owed much to David Silva, who split open the Croatia defense with a through-ball.

Kalinic leveled with a back-heel flick that beat Spain goalkeeper David De Gea at his near post. Ivan Perisic delivered the cross from the left. A firework went off in the Croatia fans' section at the Stade de Bordeaux after the goal.

Both sides have qualified for the round of 16 but are looking to top Group D.


9:45 p.m.

GOAL: Nikola Kalinic scores for Croatia in the 45th minute. Croatia and Spain are level at 1-1.


9:35 p.m.

Five teams sealed their places in the European Championship round of 16 as a result of 1-0 wins for Germany and Poland in Group C.

Germany advances as group winners and Poland as runners-up, but those results also set the bar at four points as a guarantee of staying in France.

Slovakia, Croatia and Hungary already reached that mark and also advance.

Those three teams cannot be worse off than two of the confirmed third-place teams - Northern Ireland, which lost 1-0 to Germany, and Albania, which finished its Group A program on Sunday - which have three points.

Slovakia, placed behind Wales and England in Group B on Monday, is assured of being one of the four best third-placed teams.

Croatia, which plays Spain later Tuesday, cannot fall worse than third in its group, and nor can Group F leader Hungary which plays Wednesday against Portugal.


9:20 p.m.

Turkey striker Burak Yilmaz rounded off a swift counter attack to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute. Emre Mor's cross from the right wing found Yilmaz, who beat Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech at the near post.


9:15 p.m.

Spain striker Alvaro Morata poked the ball into the back of the Croatia net after midfielder Cesc Fabregas struck a goal-bound shot.

Spain playmaker David Silva had split open the Croatia defense with a throughball to create the chance.


9.10 p.m.

GOAL: Burak Yilmaz scores for Turkey in the 10th minute. Turkey leads the Czech Republic 1-0.


9:07 p.m.

GOAL: Alvaro Morata scores for Spain in the seventh minute. Spain leads Croatia 1-0.


9:05 p.m.

A few dozen French riot police holding shields and gas masks were standing between the Croatia fans and the pitch, after the team's fans threw flares and fireworks on the field in Croatia's previous match.

The police had been standing in a tunnel at the Stade de Bordeaux on Tuesday before the match between Croatia and Spain. But a few minutes before kickoff, they took up positions in front of the Croatian support.

Croatian fans disrupted the match against the Czech Republic in Saint-Etienne. Leading 2-1 in the 85th minute, smoking flares suddenly rained on the field. Croatia players seemed distracted by having to plead with some fans to stop when play resumed after a five-minute break. The Czech Republic then leveled with a penalty in stoppage time.


8:35 p.m.

Without injured captain Tomas Rosicky, Czech Republic coach Pavel Vrba has brought in Sparta Prague midfielder Borek Dockal to face Turkey in their final Group D match.

Vrba made three other changes: dropped left back David Limbersky to give a chance to Daniel Pudil, ineffective striker David Lafata was replaced by Tomas Necid and David Pavelka comes on for Jiri Skalak in the midfield.

Turkey coach Fatih Terim is sticking by captain Arda Turan, who was booed by fans during the 3-0 loss to Spain. Terim made three changes, sending in left back Ismail Koybasi for Caner Erkin, along with two new forwards - 18-year-old Emre Mor and Volkan Sen.

Both sides need a win to have any hope of advancing.


8:16 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between the Czech Republic and Turkey at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens in Group D:

Czech Republic: Petr Cech, Pavel Kaderabek, Roman Hubnik, Tomas Sivok, Daniel Pudil, David Pavelka, Jaroslav Plasil, Borek Dockal, Vladimir Darida, Ladislav Krejci, Tomas Necid.

Turkey: Volkan Babacan, Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Hakan Balta, Ismail Koybasi , Ozan Tufan, Selcuk Inan, Volkan Sen, Emre Mor, Burak Yilmaz, Arda Turan.


8:13 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the Group D match between Croatia and Spain at the Stade de Bordeaux:

Spain: David De Gea, Juanfran Torres, Sergio Ramos, Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta, Cesc Fabregas, David Silva, Manuel ''Nolito'' Agudo, Alvaro Morata

Croatia: Danijel Subasic, Sime Vrsaljko, Ivan Perisic, Vedran Corluka, Tin Jedvaj, Ivan Rakitic, Darijo Srna, Marko Rog, Nikola Kalinic, Milan Badelj, Marko Pjaca


8:06 p.m.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says that midfielder Andre Gomes and defender Raphael Guerreiro are doubtful for the team's decisive match against Hungary.

Both first-choice players are nursing thigh injuries since Portugal's 0-0 draw with Austria.

Santos says ''I can't tell you if they will play or not. It can go either way.''

Gomes provided the assist for Nani's goal in Portugal's opening 1-1 draw with Iceland, the team's only goal so far.

Portugal faces Hungary on Wednesday at Stade de Lyon. It most likely needs a win to advance to the round of 16.


7:58 p.m.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo will be ''anxiety free'' for the last Group F game against Hungary as the forward seeks his first Euro 2016 goal.

Portugal enters the game in third place with only two points after drawing with Iceland and Austria so far in France.

Ronaldo, the three-time world player of the year, has failed to score from 22 opportunities in the two games.

Speaking through a translator, Santos said ''I am sure he will get over everything and do what he does best ... and he will be anxiety free to score.''

Midfielder William Carvalho added that ''Cristiano has been working like he normally does and the team has been working and practicing in the same way ... the goals will show up sooner or later.''


7:51 p.m.

Poland secured its first appearance in the knockout stage of a European Championship with a 1-0 win in its last Group C match against already eliminated Ukraine.

Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski struck the winner in the 54th minute.

However, Poland coach Adam Nawalka will be all too aware that Robert Lewandowski, his Bayern Munich striker, missed easy chances and has yet to get off the mark at Euro 2016.

Left-winger Bartosz Kapustka will miss Poland's next match through suspension, having picked up another yellow card.


7:49 p.m.

Germany pounded Northern Ireland but could only manage a narrow 1-0 win to ensure the world champion topped Group C and advanced to the round of 16.

Defied by the woodwork and standout Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern, Germany had only Mario Gomez's 30th-minute goal to show for its domination.

McGovern ensured his team can yet advance among the best third-placed teams in a tiebreaker where goal difference could be key.

McGovern stood strong to defy Mueller and Mario Goetze twice when the feared Germany forwards had one-on-one chances, and pushed away a late Gomez header.

Mueller also struck the goal frame twice in the first half, as Germany's relentless forward pressure faded near the end of the match.


7:14 p.m.

Second-half substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski put Poland ahead after Arkadiusz Milik sent over a cross following a short corner on the right. Blaszczykowski took his time before calmly stroking a curling shot into the far corner.

Poland fans set off two flares after the strike.


7:11 p.m.

GOAL: Jakub Blaszczykowski scores for Poland in the 54th minute. Poland leads Ukraine 1-0.


6:35 p.m.

GOAL: After missing a series of chances, Germany finally scored when Mario Gomez sidefooted his shot home after Thomas Mueller's run across the penalty area drew the goalkeeper and two defenders out of position.


6:30 p.m.

GOAL: Mario Gomez scores for Germany in the 30th minute. Germany leads Northern Ireland 1-0.


5:45 p.m.

Ireland coach Martin O'Neill says striker Jon Walters ''is very doubtful'' for the game against Italy in Lille on Wednesday.

Suffering from an Achilles injury, the Stoke forward skipped the team's final training session in Versailles on Tuesday morning.

Walters' injury flared up in Ireland's first game against Sweden, and forced him out of the following game against Belgium.

O'Neill says Walters might not recover in time for the match against Italy, which has already qualified for the last 16 as winners of Group E.

With one point from its first two games, Ireland must beat Italy to stand a chance of advancing from the group - a feat it has failed to achieve at its two previous appearances at a European Championship in 1988 and 2012.


5:08 p.m.

Brief clashes have erupted outside Marseille's Stade Velodrome, with police using a water cannon and tear gas to disperse unruly Poland fans.

The scuffles on a roundabout outside the stadium followed similar confrontations in the city's Old Port area earlier Tuesday, ahead of Poland's European Championship match against Ukraine.

It was peaceful inside the stadium as the stands began to fill up an hour before kickoff.


4:30 p.m.

Scuffles have briefly broken out in Marseille's Old Port neighborhood ahead of the European Championship match between Poland and Ukraine.

Riot police fired tear gas and detained at least two people after rowdy fans threw bottles and fought in the waterfront streets that were the scene to three days of violence involving Russian and English fans and French locals early in the tournament.

The unrest quickly died down in the Old Port as the fans began walking toward the Stade Velodrome for the Group C match.

Poland supporters vastly outnumbered their Ukrainian counterparts. Outside the stadium, the atmosphere was noisy, but peaceful.

Ukraine has already been eliminated from Euro 2016 after losing its first two matches. A draw would be enough to ensure qualification for Poland, which is second in Group C, behind Germany on goal difference.


4:10 p.m.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic says he will retire from international football after the European Championship.

The 34-year-old striker says ahead of Sweden's final group game on Wednesday with Belgium that it would be his last for his country if the team gets eliminated.

Ibrahimovic says ''the last game for Sweden in Euro will be my last game with Sweden, so I hope it will not be tomorrow.''

Even if Sweden loses and fails to qualify for the knockout stages, Ibrahimovic says he would not be disappointed with his international career.

He says ''I'm very proud to be captain of Sweden and what I achieved.''

He added he ''will not participate in the Olympics'' in Rio de Janeiro.


12:20 p.m.

Rory McIlroy is flying in to watch his home country Northern Ireland in a European Championship game against Germany later Tuesday.

The former No. 1 golfer has posted a photograph on his Twitter account of himself and a group of five friends boarding a private airplane.

McIlroy, who is from Holywood near Belfast, tweets ''See ya soon Paris!!'' He adds the hashtag with the acronym `GAWA,' for the Northern Ireland fans' label ''Green and White Army.''

He is wearing a white t-shirt with the face of George Best, the late and iconic Northern Ireland and Manchester United winger.

Playing at its first major tournament in 30 years, Northern Ireland could advance to the round of 16 even if it loses at Parc des Princes today.


12:03 p.m.

A Russian fan group leader is being kicked out of France again, days after he was deported for alleged involvement in hooliganism and slipped back in to the country illegally.

Alexander Shprygin, who is suspected of ties to the extreme right, was detained with several other Russian fans and barred from French territory last week after violence around a match in Marseille.

Shprygin left France on Saturday, then returned Monday for Russia's match against Wales in Toulouse, apparently traveling overland from a neighboring country to avoid border controls.

He was detained again at the Toulouse stadium after tweeting about his return and posting images of himself online.

He has been ordered to leave France and is likely to fly out of Toulouse on a charter flight for Moscow on Tuesday, according to a Russian government official who was not authorized to be publicly named.

Shprygin sits on a Russian government commission overseeing Moscow's preparations for the 2018 World Cup. He has acknowledged posting pictures of far right symbols online but says neither he nor his organization is racist.


11:53 a.m.

The head of Russia's football federation has blasted the country's players for a lack of talent and desire as they exited the European Championship in the group stage.

Vitaly Mutko, who is also Russia's Sports Minister, says fourth place in Group B with defeats to Wales and Slovakia ''shows the real level of our football'' ahead of a home World Cup in 2018.

Mutko tells Russian state news agency Tass that ''we don't have any top class players right now'' and that ''perhaps many have a lack of desire to grow, to move, to perfect themselves.''

Mutko adds Russia should focus on developing young players and improving the domestic league but ''you can't change anything in an hour.''

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