EURO 2016, Copa America Today: Spain, Italy, Belgium arrive; Mexico in action

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Five games is the perfect way to brighten up your Monday, right?

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Reigning European champs Spain kick things off against the Czech Republic, while a clash between the Republic of Ireland and Sweden is followed by the heavyweight encounter of Belgium versus Italy.

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In Copa America play Mexico and Venezuela scrap for top spot in Group C, while Uruguay and Jamaica square off with nothing on the line as both have already been eliminated.


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EURO 2016, Game 8: Spain vs. Czech Republic

When: Monday, 9 a.m. ET

Where: Stade Municipal, Toulouse

Live updates: NBCSports.com

The two-time reigning champs get their campaign off and running with a tricky test against the Czechs. Vicente del Bosque left the likes of Diego Costa and Fernando Torres at home, while the controversy surrounding David De Gea rumbles on. Hardly idea preparations. Spain should beat the Czech Republic but they came through a tough group to reach EURO 2016. Plus, with Petr Cech in goal they’ll always have a chance of shutting the opponent out and grabbing a goal on the break.


EURO 2016, Game 9: Republic of Ireland vs. Sweden

When: Monday, 12 p.m. ET

Where: Stade de France, Saint-Denis

Live updates: NBCSports.com

The Irish have arrived and have high hopes despite being drawn in a ridiculous tough Group D with Germany, Ukraine and Sweden. Shane Long will be Martin O’Neill’s main attacking threat and they will look to keep things tight and feed balls in-behind for Long to latch onto. Sweden will take a very similar approach, staying solid and getting the ball to talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic as much as possible.


EURO 2016, Game 10: Belgium vs. Italy

When: Monday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Parc Olympique Lyonnias, Lyon

Live updates: NBCSports.com

A mouth-watering clash awaits in Lyon as many people’s dark horses collide. Belgium have been world No. 1 up until recently and have a squad packed with talent. Overcoming Vincent Kompany‘s injury will be key but in attack the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne, Romelu Lukaku et al. will be tough to stop for opponents. Italy will be tough to break down under Antonio Conte and their stingy defense is led by 38-year-old goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon.


Copa America, Game 21: Mexico vs. Venezuela

When: Monday, 8 p.m. ET

Where: NRG Stadium, Houston

Live updates: NBCSports.com

With both Mexico and Venezuela already qualified for the quarterfinals, this is a straight-shot for the Group C crown. With their superior goal-difference, a draw will see Mexico finish top and set up an counter with either Chile or Panama in the last eight.


Copa America, Game 22: Uruguay vs. Jamaica

When: Monday, 10 p.m. ET

Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara

Live updates: NBCSports.com

To call this game a dead-rubber is a bit of an understatement. Uruguay and Jamaica have already been dumped out after two defeats to open up Copa America play and Luis Suarez is out injured for Uruguay once again.