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EURO Today: Wales, Portugal meet in bid for historic Final appearance

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A pair of Real Madrid superstars are within one win of a massive international final, but only one can make the trip to Saint-Denis.

Gareth Bale is the underdog in this pairing, as his Welsh side looks to continue a massive run at EURO 2016 when it faces Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal on Wednesday.

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(Pepe is also there, sharpening his knives).

Portugal has been here before, losing to eventual champion Spain in penalties at EURO 2012.

These are unchartered waters for Wales, whose only other major international experience was a 1958 World Cup quarterfinal run.


Essential reading: JPW previews the EURO semis. … Welsh coach Chris Coleman has had a long road to their semifinal.

ICYMI: Our own Kyle Lynch spent some time with Southampton, talking their future plans. … Jordan Morris scored twice to lead Seattle past West Ham United.


EURO 2016, Game 49: Wales vs. Portugal

When: Wednesday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon

Live updates: NBCSports.com


EURO Today: Spain meets Italy, Iceland stares down England; Germany, France await

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A pair of international giants square off to earn the right to face another one, as the final day of EURO 2016’s Round of 16 provides a pair of doozies.

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Six teams are already onto the quarterfinals: Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Wales, France, and Poland.

Now Italy meets Spain, and England takes on Iceland. Our own Joe Prince-Wright is on the scene for the latter.


Essential reading: JPW is in Nice for England-Iceland, and says England’s support demands a win. … Chile won a second-straight Copa America, prompting Lionel Messi to claim he’s done with Argentina football. Here’s the tourney’s Best XI.

ICYMI: Arsenal reportedly bid for Gabigol, but Brexit may be an issue? … PSG and Laurent Blanc have parted ways. … Saints may have a new boss, but are they losing a key player to Liverpool?


EURO 2016, Game 43: Italy vs. Spain

When: Monday, Noon ET

Where: Stade de France in Saint-Denis

Live updates: NBCSports.com

What a tilt! Two sides with seven EURO finals and four wins between them meet in a rematch of the 2012 final, won by Spain 4-0. No one’s expecting a blowout in this one, though both teams stumbled in group stage finales after 2-0 starts. The stars will be back out for this Round of 16 game. The winner moves on to face Germany.


EURO 2016, Game 44: England vs. Iceland

When: Monday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Allianz Riviera in Nice

Live updates: NBCSports.com

NICE, FRANCE - JUNE 26: In this handout image provided by UEFA, England Captain Wayne Rooney and England manager Roy Hodgson face the media during the England press conference at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 26, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)
NICE, FRANCE – JUNE 26: In this handout image provided by UEFA, England Captain Wayne Rooney and England manager Roy Hodgson face the media during the England press conference at Allianz Riviera Stadium on June 26, 2016 in Nice, France. (Photo by Handout/Getty Images)

England will be expected to win, perhaps big, though the Three Lions have failed to put it all together in a single match at EURO 2016. Iceland has posted the same record through group play, though, and has won via offense and drawn via defense. Could a massive upset be in play? Dare we say, in kicks? France awaits.

EURO, Copa America Today: High drama on tap; Colombia meets USMNT again

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Prior to Tuesday’s blowout loss to Argentina, the United States men’s national team’s lone Copa America Centenario blemish was a 2-0 loss to Colombia.

The manager gets a chance to rectify that in some aspects during Saturday night’s third place game against Colombia.

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It’s the American highlight of a busy day in world soccer, as EURO 2016 opens its knockout rounds with a trio of matches in France that includes three matches with no true favorites (save for maybe Wales).

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Essential reading: What does Brexit mean for the Premier League? … Is there a “Super” Copa America coming?

ICYMI: The lead investor of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres wants to bring MLS to town. … Spain’s Nolito admits Man City is an option for him.


EURO 2016, Game 37: Switzerland vs. Poland

When: Wednesday, 9 a.m. ET

Where: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Poland’s stingy defense and dangerous attackers make them a threat in any game, but Switzerland can claim a similar game (formation differences aside). Expect the quality of Polish strikers in their 4-4-2 — Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik — to strike another blow for the formation in a matchup with the Swiss’ talented five-man midfield.


EURO 2016, Game 38: Wales vs. Northern Ireland

When: Saturday, Noon ET

Where: Parc des Princes in Paris

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Wales is favored in this one given Gareth Bale, though Norn Iron goalkeeper Michael McGovern is one of the stories of the tournament. Either side reaching a quarterfinal is an accomplishment, and promises to be a story of EURO 2016.


EURO 2016, Game 39: Croatia vs. Portugal

When: Saturday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens

Live updates: NBCSports.com

There’s real potential for fireworks when these two get together to finish the day’s EURO matches, with names like Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Ivan Perisic and Ivan Rakitic in fine form. Given the side of the bracket, either could be on the path to a final with a win.


Copa America, Game 31: United States vs. Colombia

When: Saturday, 8 p.m. ET

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona

Live updates: NBCSports.com

How will the Yanks line up for their second Los Cafeteros encounter in a month? Sunil Gulati has assigned some significance to the third place game, so we’ll probably see a mixture of what worked for the Yanks in their three wins of the tournament and some fresh faces. With Jermaine Jones, Bobby Wood and Alejandro Bedoya back from suspension, we might just see the exact same squad. Now, will Colombia care?

EURO Today: All alive in Group B with England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia

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There is only one certainty in Group B of EURO 2016: England won’t finish last.

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The Three Lions have four points thanks a draw with Russia and win over Wales, and head into Monday’s group finale against Slovakia assured of third place or better.


Essential Reading: Jurgen Klinsmann and Michael Bradley know Argentina is good, but say a win wouldn’t be a miracle or anything.

ICYMI: Saints have reportedly agreed a fee with Spurs for Victor Wanyama. … Napoli, Marek Hamsik might be tempted to part ways.


EURO 2016, Game 27: England vs. Slovakia

When: Monday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stadium Municipal in Toulouse

Live updates: NBCSports.com

A draw puts England into the knockout rounds, while a win gives them the group (They can also win the group with a draw and a Wales loss). Slovakia would definitely advance and could win the group with the win, while a draw will keep them out of third place. This is a potentially huge match for Roy Hodgson’s tenure as England boss, as it would be a massive disappointment to finish anywhere but the pinnacle of Group B.


EURO 2016, Game 28: Russia vs. Wales

When: Monday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade Geoffroy-Guichard in Saint-Étienne

Live updates: NBCSports.com

The Russians needs a win and help to advance, given their single point earned so far, but will be happy to have a fighting chance entering the match. Wales will have to prove it wasn’t flattened by blowing a lead to rival England, but knowing a draw and an England win or draw would put them in the knockout rounds.

EURO 2016, Copa America Today: Italy, Spain look to advance; Colombia aims for semis

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One of two CONMEBOL teams will advance to the semifinals of Copa America Centenario, while two legendary national teams hope to clinch a berth in the next round of EURO 2016 on Friday.

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Peru and Colombia vie for a berth in the semis on the other side of the bracket from the United States men’s national team when they mix up in New Jersey at 8 p.m. ET.

That’ll come after Italy, Spain and Croatia aim for second round berths with wins in France.

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Essential reading: recap of the United States’ 2-1 win over Ecuador, as well as 3 things we learned from the win and player ratings.

ICYMI: Even Gigi Buffon is scared of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.


EURO 2016, Game 19: Italy vs. Sweden

When: Friday, 9 a.m. ET

Where: Stadium de Toulouse

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Gli Azzurri looked terrific in an opening win over Belgium, while Sweden needed an own goal to get a draw with Ireland. That obviously puts the stress a bit more on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s crew, who has a mighty task in breaking down Antonio Conte’s Italy.


EURO 2016, Game 20: Czech Republic vs. Croatia

When: Friday, Noon ET

Where: Stade Geoffrey Guichard, Saint-Etienne

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Croatia can clinch a second round berth by getting the better of Petr Cech and the Czech Republic, who gave up an 87th minute goal to Gerard Pique in Spain in the group stage opener.


EURO 2016, Game 21: Spain vs. Turkey

When: Friday, 3 p.m. ET

Where: Stade de Nice

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Spain’s possession game worked well against the Czechs, but it would love to get some early goals against desperate Turkey. Winning Group D keeps Spain in the driver’s seat for a third-straight EURO title.


Copa America, Game 26: Peru vs Colombia

When: Friday, 8 p.m. ET

Where: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey

Live updates: NBCSports.com

Colombia’s much-weakened lineup stumbled against Costa Rica, costing them Group A, but Los Cafeteros won’t mind too much having avoided Argentina’s side of the bracket while scoring a match with surprising Peru.

Colombia won a 2-0 decision at home in 2018 World Cup qualifying, and the two sides drew 0-0 at last year’s Copa America. The winner of this All-CONMEBOL match-up, one of two in the knockout rounds, gets either Chile or Mexico in the semifinal.