Sporting Life | 04/07/2016

The Semi-Finalists of Euro 2016

By Hussein Zohair
Copywriter, SSSPORTS.COM

Could the Euro 2016 get any more intense? It’s been a hard fought battle between the best of the best from Europe, but only the finest four have managed to qualify for the semi-finals. Through sheer determination, team effort, individual talent and a hint of luck, these four teams have deservedly booked their place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals and we can’t wait to see them face off for the spot in the finals!

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Germany and Italy locked horns in what was supposed to be an early Euro 2016 final, but that wasn’t quite how the fans saw it. An almost dead match with lucky goals from Mesut Ozil through a deflected pass and a penalty spot kick from a handball ensured that the match ended 1-1 with penalties left as a decider. After a dreadful succession of penalty kicks from either side, the match finally ended in Germany’s favour with a 6-5 win, taking them to the Semi-Finals of the Euro 2016 to face France who obliterated Iceland in a 5-2 match of epic proportions. Become a part of the semi-final hype and get yourself a Germany National Team football kit.

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France opened up on the front foot and never let up by scoring four goals in the first half with Giroud, Payet, Griezmann & Pogba all on the score-sheet. Iceland tried to make a comeback in the second half by scoring a goal through Sigthorsson but that was short-lived as Giroud scored a towering header to restore the four goal lead. Iceland did get a consolation goal towards the 84th minute in the form of a Bjarnason header, which ended the game 5-2. Iceland may have lost the cup but they’ve won several hearts with their performance and dedication at Euro 2016. Show your support for the impressive French football team and get yourself a France National Team football kit.

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France is through to the semi-finals and will face off against Germany in what is set to be a seriously hot contest between two powerhouses of the tournament. France has dominated the recent history between the two sides, going 6-2-1 in their nine meetings dating back to 1990 – but Germany are world champions and were the ones to kick out France from the 2014 FIFA World Cup quarterfinals. Will France exact revenge for being kicked out from the previous World Cup tournament? Or will Germany try to better its record against France?

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A hard fought match between Poland and Portugal saw Portugal taking the win through a penalty shootout after the game ended 1-1 with Lewandowski opening the scoring for Poland and Sanches responding with a left-footed shot into the corner from the edge of the box. Ronaldo, Sanches, Moutinho, Nani & Quaresma were all on the score-sheet as they ensured their place in the Euro 2016 Semi Finals against Wales who knocked out Belgium in style. Join the excitement and get yourself a Portugal National Team football kit!

Belgium were the first to draw blood with Nainggolan scoring a wonder goal from 30 yards out against Wales – but an unbreakable team spirit and goals from Williams, Robson-Kanu and Vokes brought about an unforgettable moment in a summer to remember for Wales as they won 3-1.

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Facing off Portugal in the Semi-Finals of the Euro 2016, Wales are looking to make history by getting themselves a place in the finals. But it’s going to be a tough mountain to climb as Portugal is a strong side and Ronaldo has been waiting to add an international title to his name, unlike his rival, Leo Messi. So which Real Madrid superstar you think will take the cake? Ronaldo or Bale? We’ll just have to wait and watch on as the Euro 2016 tournament continues!

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