EURO 2016, Copa America Today: France-Romania; Argentina can advance

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Woah Momma. Two massive continental tournaments going on at the same time?

Yes please.

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On Friday the 2016 European Championships kick off in France with the host nation taking on Romania. Amid a huge security presence in France the biggest-ever Euros takes place after the format was expanded to 24 teams. Let the party begin.

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In Copa America action on Friday we see Argentina clash with Panama and Chile take on Bolivia in a must-win game for the defending champs. If Argentina win then they’re in the quarterfinals, joining Colombia, Mexico and Venezuela who’ve already advanced.


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EURO 2016, Game 1: France vs. Romania

When: Friday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade de France, Saint Denis, France

Live updates: NBCSports.com

This is it. EURO 2016 is here. Hosts France meet Romania in the opening game of the tournament, with 51 matches to take place over the next month to crown Europe’s champion. Didier Deschamps’ side are among the favorites and with talented attackers such as Anthony Martial, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba running the show in midfield, why can’t they go all the way? Romania will plan to be the party poopers but anything other than a convincing home win would be a shock.


Copa America, Game 15: Chile vs. Bolivia

When: Friday, 7:30 p.m. ET

Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Live updates: NBCSports.com

The reigning Copa America champs have it all to do after losing to Argentina in their opening game. Bolivia provided Panama with a tough test in their Group D opener and will be no pushovers but Chile simply has to win to keep their hopes of advancing to the knockout stage alive. Can Alexis Sanchez conjure up some magic?


Copa America, Game 16: Argentina vs. Panama

When: Friday, 9:30 p.m. ET

Where: Soldier Field, Chicago, Illinois

Live updates: NBCSports.com

The equation is simple for Argentina: win and you’re in the last eight. Lionel Messi and Co. got off to a great start by beating Chile as Angel di Maria starred. Panama will not have high hopes for this game but as we know from many CONCACAF encounters with the U.S., they can hang in there and be dangerous from set pieces. Expect a big win from La Albiceleste to seal their spot in the quarters.