The Latest: Alderweireld heads Belgium in front


PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):

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9:13 p.m.

Toby Alderweireld headed home Kevin De Bruyne’s free kick to give Belgium a 1-0 lead over Hungary.

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9:10 p.m.

GOAL: Toby Alderweireld scores for Belgium in the 10th minute. Belgium leads Hungary 1-0.

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8:50 p.m.

Hungary has been forced to make a late change after midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler was injured during the warm-up. He has been replaced by Adam Pinter.

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8:06 p.m.

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots made one change to his lineup for the match against Hungary at the Stadium de Toulouse.

Forward Dries Mertens will start in place of midfielder Yannick Ferreira Carrasco, with striker Romelu Lukaku continuing to lead Belgium’s attack.

Midfielder Radja Nainggolan kept his place in the team after scoring a late winner against Sweden in Belgium’s third group match. Mousa Dembele had been a doubt with an ankle injury, and Wilmots has left him on the bench.

Hungary coach Bernd Storck made three changes after his team’s 3-3 draw with Portugal.

Storck decided to start with defender Tamas Kadar and midfielders Adam Nagy and Laszlo Kleinheisler in place of Mihaly Korhut, Adam Pinter and Akos Elek.

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8 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between Hungary and Belgium at Stadium de Toulouse:

Hungary: Gabor Kiraly, Adam Lang, Roland Juhasz, Richard Guzmics, Tamas Kadar, Zoltan Gera, Adam Nagy, Gergo Lovrencsics, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Adam Szalai.

Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Thomas Meunier, Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Vermaelen, Jan Vertonghen, Radja Nainggolan, Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens, Romelu Lukaku.

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7:50 p.m.

Germany produced its best performance yet at the European Championship, beating Slovakia 3-0 and advancing to the quarterfinals.

Jerome Boateng got the World Cup winners off to a good start when he scored from outside the penalty area in the eighth minute.

Despite dominating chances and possession, Germany had to wait until the 43rd for the next goal, scored by Mario Gomez with a simple finish at the near post. Julian Draxler added the third with a volley in the 63rd after Mats Hummels got his head to a corner.

Mesut Ozil had the chance to score another in the first half after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a blatant shove on Gomez, but Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away the spot kick.

Germany will next face either Spain or Italy in the quarterfinals in Bordeaux on Saturday.

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7:42 p.m.

World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury has had an expensive round — buying drinks for a bar crammed with England fans in Nice.

Fury, wearing an England jersey, arrived unannounced in Nice’s historic old town on Sunday, the evening before England plays Iceland in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

The boxer, who recently postponed a title rematch against Wladimir Klitschko that had been scheduled for July 9, citing an ankle injury, was mobbed by the fans and led them, pied piper-like, into a nearby bar before buying Jaegermeister shots for them all.

Fury, sweaty and without his jersey, emerged a short while later and walked away.

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7:23 p.m.

Julian Draxler scored with a volley from short range.

Mats Hummels’ header from a cross by Toni Kroos found the winger at the far post, and Draxler sent the ball past goalkeeper Matus Kazocik.

Germany leads Slovakia 3-0.

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7:20 p.m.

GOAL: Julian Draxler scores for Germany in the 63rd minute. Germany leads Slovakia 3-0.

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7:18 p.m.

Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque says the Spanish media has been trying to disrupt the squad’s positive atmosphere at the European Championship.

A day before Spain faces Italy in the round of 16 at Stade de France, Del Bosque told Radio Marca that the media back home has published “lie after lie” about his players at Euro 2016.

The latest was about reports related to his alleged problem with veteran goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who lost his spot as a starter in France. There were also negative reports when midfielder Pedro Rodriguez complained about his lack of playing time at Euro 2016.

Del Bosque says the press “can mess with me because I don’t have anything to lose,” but not with his players.

He says the unfounded reports and the negative headlines are “annoying” and “sad.”

Defender Jordi Alba says “it’s the media who is making up problems” about the national team.

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7:15 p.m.

France coach Didier Deschamps is optimistic that Kingsley Coman can recover quickly after twisting his ankle in the 2-1 win over Ireland.

The 20-year-old winger came on for the second half, but was hobbling near the touchline at the end and was replaced in injury time by midfielder Moussa Sissoko.

Speaking after the game, Deschamps said the injury “doesn’t look too bad,” adding that “Kingsley is young and he recovers quickly.”

France wil play either England or Iceland in the quarterfinals in Saint-Denis on Sunday.

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6:49 p.m.

Jerome Boateng and Mario Gomez scored to give Germany a 2-0 halftime lead over Slovakia in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

Boateng scored in the eighth minute when he shot from outside the penalty area and put the ball inside the left post.

Mesut Ozil had the chance to add another six minutes later after Martin Skrtel conceded a penalty for a blatant shove on Gomez, but Matus Kozacik guessed the right way and palmed away his spot kick.

Ozil, Thomas Mueller and Toni Kroos all missed further chances before Gomez finally beat Kozacik at his near post in the 43rd after some fine work from Julian Draxler.

Marek Hamsik had gone close in a rare chance for Slovakia just before, but Manuel Neuer tipped his effort over.

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6:44 p.m.

GOAL: Mario Gomez scores for Germany in the 43rd minute. Germany leads Slovakia 2-0.

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6:30 p.m.

England coach Roy Hodgson says Iceland counterpart Lars Lagerback deserves to have a statue made in his honor after leading the small Nordic country to its greatest soccer success.

Under the Swede, Iceland qualified for its first major tournament and remains unbeaten as it prepares to face England in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

Hodgson and Lagerback were coaches together in Swedish club soccer in the 1970s and 1980s, with Lagerback following Hodgson’s lead in using a back four.

Hodgson says Lagerback’s contribution to Swedish soccer is “fantastic” and praised him for making teams like Iceland “unbelievably difficult to beat.”

Hodgson adds that “his chances of a statue are a damn sight greater than mine.”

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6:25 p.m.

Mesut Ozil’s penalty kick was saved by Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik.

The penalty was awarded after Slovakia captain Martin Skrtel brought down Germany striker Mario Gomez in the area.

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6:15 p.m.

Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil has his penalty saved in the 13th minute. Germany still leads Slovakia 1-0.

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6:13 p.m.

Jerome Boateng scored with a low shot from just outside the area. The shot was slightly deflected and left Slovakia goalkeeper Matus Kozacik with no chance.

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6:09 p.m.

GOAL: Jerome Boateng scores for Germany in the eighth minute. Germany leads Slovakia 1-0.

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5:20 p.m.

Germany coach Joachim Loew has dropped Mario Goetze for the match against Slovakia in Lille.

Goetze started all three group games but failed to score. He was replaced by Julian Draxler, who returns after sitting out the final group game against Northern Ireland so that Mario Gomez could start.

Gomez, who scored in that game, keeps his place to lead Germany’s attack, where he will also be supported by Thomas Mueller and Mesut Ozil. Joshua Kimmich keeps his place in defense.

Slovakia is looking to Marek Hamsik and Vladimir Weiss to lead its attack, where Michal Duris comes in to replace Robert Mak.

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5:05 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between Germany and Slovakia at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille:

Germany: Manuel Neuer, Jonas Hector, Joshua Kimmich, Mats Hummels, Jerome Boateng, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Julian Draxler, Thomas Mueller, Mesut Ozil, Mario Gomez.

Slovakia: Matus Kozacik, Peter Pekarik, Martin Skrtel, Jan Durica, Norbert Gyomber, Milan Skriniar, Juraj Kucka, Patrik Hrosovsky, Marek Hamsik, Vladimir Weiss, Michal Duris.

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4:58 p.m.

Iceland’s players have been likened to an “army” ahead of their European Championship match against England.

Responding to a question about the post-war shipping dispute between the countries from the 1950s to the ’70s known as the “Cod Wars,” which was over the rights to fish in Icelandic waters, Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said Sunday “that is the only time Iceland has gone to war. We are too few to have an army.”

Referring to the Iceland team, Hallgrimsson added “these guys are the Icelandic army. That is why everyone (in Iceland) is supporting them.”

Iceland, a nation of 330,000 people, came out on top regarding the settlements from the “Cod Wars” but are underdogs going into the game in Nice on Monday.

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4:53 p.m.

Antoine Griezmann scored two second-half goals to lead France to a 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland and give his team a spot in the European Championship quarterfinals.

Ireland, which finished the match with 10 players, took the lead at Stade de Lyon from a second-minute penalty by Robbie Brady after Paul Pogba fouled Shane Long in the box.

But Griezmann turned in Bacary Sagna’s cross with a header in the 58th and then scored another in the 61st after Olivier Giroud fended off a defender to head a pass into his path.

Griezmann was also involved when Ireland defender Shane Duffy was given a straight red card in the 66th. Duffy fouled the France forward with only the goalkeeper to beat.

The goals were Griezmann’s second and third of the tournament. He also scored a late goal in France’s 2-0 win over Albania in the group stage.

France will next play either England or Iceland in the quarterfinals.

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4:33 p.m.

France forward Antoine Griezmann jumped to the top of the European Championship scoring chart with his two goals against Ireland.

Griezmann now has three goals at Euro 2016, the same as Wales forward Gareth Bale and Spain striker Alvaro Morata.

Morata can add to his tally when Spain plays Italy in the round of 16 on Monday.

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4:29 p.m.

Ireland defender Shane Duffy was shown a straight red card in the 66th minute for fouling Antoine Griezmann with only the goalkeeper to beat.

It’s the first straight red card of the tournament, and the third overall.

Griezmann has already scored two goals at Stade de Lyon, in the 58th and 61st minutes, to give France a 2-1 lead.

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4:26 p.m.

RED CARD: Ireland defender Shane Duffy gets a straight red card in the 66th minute.

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4:24 p.m.

Antoine Griezmann first turned in Bacary Sagna’s cross with a header in the 58th minute. He then scored a second in the 61st after Olivier Giroud fended off a defender to head a pass into his path.

France leads Ireland 2-1.

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4:21 p.m.

GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores for France in the 61st minute. France leads Ireland 2-1.

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4:17 p.m.

GOAL: Antoine Griezmann scores for France in the 58th minute. France is tied with Ireland 1-1.

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3:55 p.m.

Three players have been shown their second yellow card of the tournament in the first half of France’s match against Ireland and will be suspended for the quarterfinals.

Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick, plus France midfielder N’Golo Kante and defender Adil Rami, were booked in the first half by Italian official Nicola Rizzoli, the 2014 World Cup final referee.

They are set to be suspended for one match if their team advances.

UEFA wipes all yellow cards from each player’s disciplinary record after the quarterfinal round. That rule ensures no player can miss the final for being shown a yellow card in the semifinals.

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3:49 p.m.

Robbie Brady’s second-minute penalty has given Ireland a 1-0 halftime lead over France in the round of 16 at the European Championship.

France was caught off guard by a poorly defended Ireland incursion that only ended when Paul Pogba knocked down Shane Long in the box at Stade de Lyon.

Brady stepped up and sent the spot kick off the post and into the net for his second goal of the competition.

Brady’s goal, exactly on the two-minute mark, was the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.

France threatened to score in injury time when Dimitri Payet’s shot from close range was blocked by the Irish defense.

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3:20 p.m.

Robbie Brady’s penalty for Ireland is the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.

Brady appeared to score with exactly 2 minutes on the clock against France in Lyon.

The record is 1 minute, 7 seconds, scored by Dmitri Kirichenko of Russia at Euro 2004 in a 2-1 win over eventual champion Greece.

The previous second-fastest was 2:07, by Sergei Aleinikov in the Soviet Union’s 3-1 win over England in 1988.

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3:10 p.m.

UEFA now says Robbie Brady’s goal was scored in the second minute, not the third.

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3:08 p.m.

Robbie Brady sent his penalty in off the right post for his second goal of the tournament.

Ireland was awarded the spot kick after Paul Pogba fouled Shane Long in the area.

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3:02 p.m.

GOAL: Robbie Brady scores from the penalty spot for Ireland in the third minute. Ireland leads France 1-0.

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2:55 p.m.

Ireland’s fans were vastly outnumbered inside the 58,000-capacity Stade de Lyon.

Ireland coach Martin O’Neill had lamented his team’s poor ticket allocation before the game, saying it was unfair that they should have less than 10 percent.

However, the French majority of supporters are lending them a hand by passing a huge Irish flag around the stadium.

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2:50 p.m.

Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Bundesliga club Schalke.

Swiss champion Basel and Schalke said Sunday that the 19-year-old striker has signed a five-year contract.

Basel says the fee will not be disclosed, though it is reportedly 25 million euros ($27.8 million).

Embolo played in each of Switzerland’s games at Euro 2016 without scoring, and was a second-half substitute against Poland in the round of 16 on Saturday. Poland won a penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.

Embolo has won three Swiss league titles with Basel, and has traded a place in the group stage of the Champions League for the Europa League with Schalke next season.

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2:15 p.m.

France forwards Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud, and midfielders Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante have been recalled for the round-of-16 match against Ireland.

After experimenting with his lineup during the last two group games, France coach Didier Deschamps is returning to the same starting lineup used to start the tournament against Romania.

Center backs Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny, as well as Kante and Giroud, are all one booking away from a suspension.

Ireland coach Martin O’Neill is sticking with the same team that beat Italy 1-0 in their final group match, with Stephen Ward passing a late fitness test to keep his place at left back.

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2:10 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon:

France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Adil Rami, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.

Ireland: Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Shane Long, Darly Murphy.

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11:45 p.m.

Spain is pledging to stick to its acclaimed passing game to try to break through Italy’s equally famous defense in the round of 16 of the European Championship on Monday.

Facing one of the best defenses at Euro 2016, Spain is vowing to stay patient and keep the ball for as long as needed to create scoring chances against its old rival in Monday’s match at Stade de France.

Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara says “it’s difficult to score and it’s difficult to create opportunities against them.”

With Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in command, Spain finished the group stage as the most accurate passing team at Euro 2016, completing 93 percent of its passes. It also had the most passing attempts among all 24 teams that started the tournament, with 2,023. That was nearly double what Italy had in its first three games.

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