PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):
Shkodran Mustafi has scored to put Germany 1-0 up in its Group C opener against Ukraine at Euro 2016. Toni Kroos curled in a free kick from the right, just outside the penalty area, and the Valencia defender beat his marker to head inside the left post.
GOAL: Shkodran Mustafi scores for Germany in the 19th minute. Germany leads Ukraine 1-0.
Italy’s veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon has criticized the violent clashes between fans at Euro 2016.
“The incidents we have seen, clearly it is deplorable, something that really tarnishes the competition and the feeling of joy that we should be experiencing,” the 38-year-old keeper said.
The worst of the violence has occurred in Marseille involving English and Russian fans over three days.
“The buildup to this competition wasn’t necessarily easy with regards to security for everyone,” Buffon said. “So the fact that people are not behaving like proper citizens and don’t desire to watch their team and share this sensation of coming together is very serious.”
The big question for Germany before kickoff was who would fill in at right back with Benedikt Hoewedes moving inside to cover for the injured Antonio Ruediger. Mats Hummels is also injured. Joachim Loew opted for safety in picking Valencia defender Shkodran Mustafi over the inexperienced Joshua Kimmich.
World Cup hero Mario Goetze has been charged with leading the attack, preferred as a “false 9” to Besiktas’ Mario Gomez, who is more of a target man.
Loew knows his side will have to play around Ukraine’s tight defense, marshaled expertly by Yevhen Khacheridi, making his 43rd appearance.
Speedy wingers Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka will be expected to provide much of Ukraine’s attacking threat, with Roman Zozulya their target man up front.
Ukraine has never beaten Germany in five previous meetings between the sides.
Here are the lineups for Sunday’s Group C match between Germany and Ukraine in Lille:
Germany: Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Hoewedes, Jerome Boateng, Shkodran Mustafi, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze.
Ukraine: Andriy Pyatov, Yevhen Khacheridi, Taras Stepanenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Roman Zozulya, Viktor Kovalenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Artem Fedetskiy, Yaroslav Rakitskiy.
An Arkadiusz Milik goal was enough for Poland to break down a determined Northern Ireland and hand his team a 1-0 victory in Group C of Euro 2016.
Poland’s win was its first ever at a European Championship.
Milik scored with a low shot in the 51st minute after Northern Ireland, which was playing in the tournament for the first time, withstood a series of Poland attacks.
Milik and 19-year-old Bartosz Kapustka had clear chances to give Poland a halftime lead, while Jakub Blaszczykowski dragged a low shot narrowly wide in the second.
A wayward overhead kick from Kyle Lafferty was the closest Northern Ireland came to equalizing.
Northern Ireland’s defense did contain Poland’s star striker Robert Lewandowski for much of the game.
French authorities in the European Championship host city of Lille say two people have been slightly injured during violence involving supporters from Germany and Ukraine.
In a statement, regional authorities said police intervened and restored calm after the incidents on Sunday.
The statement said the two people with light injuries refused medical treatment.
The French government is asking for restrictions to be imposed on the sale and consumption of alcohol in European Championship host cities after three days of drunken hooligan violence in Marseille.
Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said he asked local officials on Sunday “to take all useful measures aimed at prohibiting the sale, consumption and transport of alcoholic drinks within sensitive areas on the eve and on days of matches and on days when fan zones are open.”
Local officials will be allowed to decide which areas are “sensitive,” the ministry said. The bans could apply to public spaces, bars around stadiums and stores that sell alcohol for consumption off the premises.
Lens, in the north, has already banned sales of bottles of hard liquor and restricted other alcohol sales.
The English Football Association is taking “with utmost seriousness” a warning by UEFA that the national team could be disqualified from the European Championship if there is further violence by the team’s supporters.
FA chief executive Martin Glenn says “we understand the potential implications of our supporters’ actions and wholly accept that every effort needs to be made by the FA to positively urge them to act in a responsible and respectful way.”
UEFA’s threat followed three days of violence involving England fans in Marseille’s Old Port district, where they clashed with Russian fans and youths from the city’s suburbs. A section of England supporters was also stormed by some Russian fans moments after the final whistle of the match between the two countries at Stade Velodrome on Saturday.
Glenn says “I have not seen scenes like that in a football stadium for decades.”
Croatia scorer Luke Modric did not mind having an uninvited fan join in the celebrations for his superb winning goal against Turkey.
A man in Croatia’s red-and-white checkerboard shirt ran on to the field from the main stand to join the players.
“He was not a dangerous one,” said the Croatia star, who did not immediately spot the intruder in a huddle of blue-shirted teammates. “After scoring this kind of goal I didn’t even notice.
“If he went on the pitch, he went with a really positive attitude.”
The man was led away by stadium staff.
The incident is likely to lead to Croatia’s soccer federation being fined by UEFA.
Arkadiusz Milik has opened the scoring for Poland against Northern Ireland, firing a shot between two defenders to give his team a 1-0 lead in the 51st minute.
Jakub Blaszczykowski crossed from the right and Milik scored with a low left-footed shot to put Poland on course for what would be its first European Championship victory in its third tournament.
GOAL: Arkadiusz Milik scores for Poland in the 51st minute. Poland leads Northern Ireland 1-0.
A former policeman who was brutally attacked by German hooligans at the 1998 World Cup in France has joined a delegation from the German football federation (DFB) for its team’s opening game of Euro 2016 against Ukraine.
Daniel Nivel spent weeks in a coma with severe head injuries and never fully recovered after being attacked by several German fans in Lens in June 1998.
Nivel, 61, was joined by his wife Lorette, their two sons and a grandson as they were welcomed by DFB president Reinhard Grindel ahead of Sunday’s match in Lille, which is around 30 kilometers (around 19 miles) from Lens.
Grindel says, “We have never forgotten what Germans did to him, the suffering brought upon him and his family.”
Sevilla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has been named in Poland’s starting lineup for the team’s Group C match against Northern Ireland despite a recent knee injury.
Poland’s main attacking threat will likely come from Robert Lewandowski, who was top scorer in qualifying for Euro 2016.
Kyle Lafferty leads the attack for Northern Ireland in what is the team’s first appearance at the European championship. Watford’s Craig Cathcart and West Bromwich Albion’s Jonny Evans at center-back will likely be tasked with stopping Lewandowski.
Both teams come into the tournament on strong form, with Northern Ireland unbeaten in 12 games and Poland having lost just twice since March 2014.
Here are the lineups for Sunday’s Group C match between Poland and Northern Ireland in Nice:
Poland: Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Michal Pazdan, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Krzysztof Maczynski, Bartosz Kapustka, Arkadiusz Milik, Robert Lewandowski.
Northern Ireland: Michael McGovern, Conor McLaughlin, Shane Ferguson, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley, Johnny Evans, Chris Baird, Steven Davis, Oliver Norwood, Paddy McNair, Kyle Lafferty.
French authorities believe there could be more violence between Russian and English fans, and say they have turned away 14 suspected hooligans who were trying to cross into northern France from Belgium.
Philippe Malizard, the prefect’s cabinet director in the northern Nord/Pas-de-Calais region, also said they are considering restricting alcohol sales in European Championship host city Lille. Local police will be getting riot-police reinforcements for games on Wednesday and Thursday, when Russian and English fans could again cross paths following three days of violence in Marseille.
Russia plays Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday afternoon. England meets Wales a day later in Lens, which is just 30 kilometers (20 miles) away from Lille.
Malizard also told The Associated Press in a phone interview that Lille will be reinforced with at least one extra company of 80 riot police officers.
Luka Modric’s perfect technique lifted Croatia to a 1-0 win over Turkey on Sunday at the European Championship.
The Real Madrid midfielder scored with a dipping volley in the 41st minute of a rugged and bloodied Group D game at Parc des Princes.
Modric strode forward into the path of a high clearance for a 25-meter shot that Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan failed to keep out.
Croatia had several good chances to score, but was twice denied by the crossbar in the second half. Veteran captain Darijo Srna’s curling free kick glanced off the woodwork on its way over, and Ivan Perisic’s close-range header rebounded out of danger.
UEFA has warned England and Russia that their teams could be disqualified from the European Championship if there is further violence by their supporters.
The warning followed three days of clashes between rival fans in Marseille, and further trouble at the city’s stadium after England and Russia drew 1-1 on Saturday night.
UEFA says its executive committee has “warned both football associations that — irrespective of any decisions taken by the independent disciplinary bodies relating to incidents inside the stadium — it will not hesitate to impose additional sanctions on the Football Association and the Russian Football Union, including the potential disqualification of their respective teams from the tournament, should such violence occur again.”
UEFA has only opened a disciplinary case against Russia as the violence caused by England fans on Saturday night was away from the stadium.
UEFA is urging the English and Russian football authorities “to appeal to their supporters to behave in a responsible and respectful manner.”
Russian football’s governing body has called on fans to “obey the law” after they attacked English supporters in the stadium during Saturday’s 1-1 draw in Marseille.
Russia faces UEFA charges of crowd disturbances, racist behavior by fans and the setting off of fireworks at the game, which followed three days of disorder in Marseille’s Old Port district involving English, Russian and French fans.
The Russian Football Union said it “expresses regret for the disturbances involving Russian fans both outside and actually at the game,” and calls on fans to “respect the opponents and their fans.”
The RFU also asks fans not to use banned equipment such as pyrotechnics and laser pointers at games “to avoid disciplinary sanctions” for Russia at upcoming Group B games against Slovakia and Wales. A flare was fired from a section of Russian fans at the end of Saturday’s match.
GOAL: Luka Modric scores for Croatia in the 41st minute. Croatia leads Turkey 1-0.
FIFA has criticized “idiotic troublemakers” for causing “shameful scenes” of violence in Marseille in recent days.
FIFA issued a statement Sunday soon after UEFA opened a disciplinary case against the Russian soccer federation for disorder and racist chants by fans at Stade Velodrome, where Russia drew 1-1 against England on Saturday. UEFA will judge the case on Tuesday.
The match followed three days of clashes between fans and police in the city.
FIFA says it “strongly condemns any form of violence and finds it wholly unacceptable to see such shameful scenes around football matches.”
The world soccer body blames “a minority of idiotic troublemakers, who have nothing to do with football and its true fans.”
In the next two summers, Russia will host the FIFA-organized Confederations Cup in four cities and the 2018 World Cup in 11 cities.
Both Croatia and Turkey fielded full strength lineups for their opening Group D match at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris.
Croatia will look to the creativity of midfielders Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, who are coming off standout seasons at Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively.
Turkey is captained by midfielder Arda Turan, who was denied playing time at Barcelona by Rakitic in the second half of the season.
Turkey came to Euro 2016 having lost just once in 16 games since 2014 under Fatih Terim, who is coaching the national team at his third European tournament over three spells in charge.
Here are the lineups for Sunday’s Group D match between Turkey and Croatia in Paris:
Turkey: Volkan Babacan, Gokhan Gonul, Mehmet Topal, Hakan Balta, Caner Erkin, Ozan Tufan, Selcuk Inan, Oguzhan Ozyakup, Hakan Calhanoglu, Cenk Tosun, Arda Turan.
Croatia: Danijel Subasic, Darijo Srna, Vedran Corluka, Domagoj Vida, Ivan Strinic, Luka Modric, Milan Badelj, Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic.
A French government spokesman says it is “unacceptable” that fans managed to smuggle flares into the Marseille stadium for England’s match against Russia that was marred by crowd violence.
Pierre-Henry Brandet, a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, told France Info radio that tournament organizers “must clamp down very quickly” to prevent a repeat of such problems and that his ministry “will be intractable on this subject.”
“It is unacceptable that banned objects could be brought into a stadium,” he said.
He said that most of the hooligans involved in three days of fighting in Marseille were previously unknown to British and Russian police services and were not among 3,000 people who have been banned from France for the tournament.
Russia’s sports minister has condemned crowd disturbances by Russian fans during a European Championship game against England in Marseille on Saturday.
Vitaly Mutko told the Tass news agency on Sunday that “some people went there not to watch football, that’s for sure” and that such behavior was “a disgrace for this country.”
UEFA said on Sunday it has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian Football Federation for crowd disturbances and racist behavior inside the Stade Velodrome, where the game finished 1-1.
Asked if Russia would appeal if the ruling went against the federation, Mutko said it was possible but added that Russia fans “have disturbed public order.”
German police have stopped 18 hooligans who were apparently headed for Germany’s opening European Championship match.
Federal police said the group was stopped near Trier in western Germany on Sunday and prevented from leaving the country, news agency dpa reported.
The hooligans, who came from the eastern city of Dresden and were known to authorities as violent hooligans, were traveling in three vans. Officials found balaclavas in the vehicles.
Police are carrying out extra checks in the area, on the border with Belgium and Luxembourg, ahead of Germany’s opening match Sunday in the northern French city of Lille.
UEFA says it will implement “corrective measures” to strengthen security at European Championship stadiums after “segregation issues” at the Marseille stadium where Russian fans attacked their English counterparts.
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against the Russian federation for crowd disturbances and racist behavior by its fans at the Stade Velodrome, where the game finished 1-1.
UEFA says it “acknowledges that there were segregation issues at Stade Velodrome and will implement corrective measures to strengthen the deployment of security personnel at stadiums, in close collaboration with local authorities.”
In its statement, UEFA said it also “expresses its utter disgust for the violent clashes that occurred in the city center of Marseille, and its serious concern for the incidents at the end of the match inside Stade Velodrome. This kind of behavior is totally unacceptable and has no place in football.”
UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body will judge the Russia case on Tuesday.
UEFA says “a decision on the sanctions to be imposed will be made within the next few days, once the RFU has been able to submit written statements and evidence.”
France coach Didier Deschamps has condemned the hooligan violence in Marseille.
During three days of violence in the southern French seaport, locals fought with English fans and then fighting erupted between Russian and English supporters, including Russian fans attacking their English counterparts in the stadium.
“It’s sad to see this,” Deschamps said on television channel TF1. “It sends chills down your spine.
“These people are not fans,” Deschamps added. “They use football to do acts of barbarism, violence.”
UEFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against Russia for crowd disturbances, racist behavior by fans and fireworks being set off during the European Championship game against England on Saturday.
UEFA has not opened any case against the English Football Association.
UEFA says its control, ethics and disciplinary body will judge the Russia case on Tuesday ahead of its second Euro 2016 game against Slovakia on Wednesday.
Police say 35 people have been wounded in clashes that erupted between England and Russia soccer fans before and after a match at the European Championship.
Regional police chief Laurent Nunez said in a text message that most of the injuries were minor. He did not immediately reply to a question about a British victim who was reported to be in serious condition.
French authorities have been on the defensive after media broadcast live scenes of brutal fighting at the Old Port in Marseille and surrounding side streets ahead of Saturday’s game.
Speaking to Europe 1 radio, French Socialist leader Jean-Christophe Cambadelis defended his country’s law enforcement, blaming the violence on “drunken cretins.”