Home advantage at the European Championship may not count for much when Hungary faces a Portugal team with scoring talent and one particular player looking to make history.
Cristiano Ronaldo needs six more goals to become the all-time leading scorer for a men’s national team.
France and Germany usually play each other in the latter stages of major soccer tournaments.
Not this time.
The teams will meet in the group stage of a European Championship or World Cup for the first time on Tuesday when they open their Euro 2020 campaigns in Munich.
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Christian Eriksen has told his Denmark teammates to look forward to their European Championship game against Belgium on Thursday.
HOUSTON (AP) — Carli Lloyd scored 24 seconds into the game and the U.S. women's national team went on to defeat Jamaica 4-0 on Sunday night in the Summer Series.
The U.S. women are undefeated in 41 straight matches, the third-longest streak in team history.
CUIABA, Brazil (AP) — A surprising choreographed move gave Colombia a 1-0 win against Ecuador on Sunday in its first match of Copa America.
Edwin Cardona was the scored the winner at the Arena Pantanal in Cuiabá in the 42nd minute of a tense game.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil kicked off a Copa America tournament that has been opposed by some members of its own team with a 3-0 win over Venezuela on Sunday.
Marquinhos, Neymar and Gabriel Barbosa scored in the opener at Mané Garrincha stadium in Brasilia, less than a day after several Venezuelan players tested positive for COVID-19.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Lionel Messi has won it all with Barcelona in a decorated career. Winning a title with Argentina remains one of his biggest ambitions.
The 33-year-old Messi might have one of his final chances at the Copa America.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Netherlands defender Daley Blind had to overcome a “mental hurdle” to play in Sunday’s European Championship match against Ukraine after watching television images of former teammate Christian Eriksen collapse a day earlier.
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Netherlands defender Daley Blind says he had to overcome a “mental hurdle” to play in the European Championship match against Ukraine after watching television images of former teammate Christian Eriksen collapse on Saturday.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Denzel Dumfries picked a pretty good time to score his first international goal.
After missing an open chance in the first half, Dumfries helped set up two goals in the second and then headed in an 85th-minute winner to give the Netherlands a 3-2 win over Ukraine at the European Championship.
Raheem Sterling scored his first goal in a major soccer tournament to give England a 1-0 win over Croatia on Sunday at the European Championship.
The goal ensured England overcame its opening-game stumbling block, finally making a winning start to the continental tournament in its 10th appearance.
LONDON (AP) — Sections of fans at Wembley Stadium booed England players for taking a knee before the European Championship game against Croatia on Sunday.
The boos, which could be heard over those fans applauding, came despite pleas from the team to respect the anti-racism gesture.
SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — Hundreds of people in Skopje, many wrapped in the yellow and red national flag, gathered in a park Sunday to watch North Macedonia's debut at the European Championship.
LONDON (AP) — A soccer fan was in serious condition in a London hospital after falling from the stands at Wembley Stadium during England’s 1-0 victory over Croatia at the European Championship on Sunday.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The Austrians finally earned a victory at the European Championship, getting the goals they needed from the bench.
Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautović both came on as substitutes and scored late to help Austria beat North Macedonia 3-1 Sunday in Group C.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Robert Lewandowski’s standing as one of the greatest ever strikers at club level is surely undisputed after a record-breaking season with Bayern Munich.
With 66 goals in 119 games for Poland, his status in the international game is well-established, too.
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Scotland's nearly quarter-century wait is about to end.
The Scots haven't competed in a major men's soccer tournament since the 1998 World Cup in France, but that will change on Monday when the team takes on the Czech Republic at the European Championship.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Colombia said Sunday that two members of its coaching staff tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of its Copa America match against Ecuador.
Colombia's technical assistant, Pablo Román, and physiotherapist Carlos Entrena are in good health, the national team said in a statement.
SEVILLE, Spain (AP) — It was only a week ago that Spain received some bad news that could have jeopardized its participation in the European Championship.
Captain Sergio Busquets tested positive for the coronavirus and the national team suddenly faced the possibility of a COVID-19 outbreak.
LONDON (AP) — Raheem Sterling grew up in the shadow of Wembley Stadium as it was being rebuilt, even getting a tattoo of its famous arch on his left forearm.
Now playing for his country at the iconic venue, he used his right foot to give England the start it had been longing for at the European Championship.
PARIS (AP) — A brewing feud between France strikers Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud has gone public, potentially threatening team unity ahead of the opening match against Germany at the European Championship.
COPENHAGEN (AP) — Denmark's team doctor said Sunday that Christian Eriksen's heart stopped and that “he was gone” before being resuscitated with a defibrillator at the European Championship.
Eriksen collapsed during Denmark's opening Euro 2020 group game against Finland on Saturday and was given lengthy medical treatment before regaining consciousness.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Although coronavirus restrictions are keeping crowds small at the European Championship, it wasn’t only the pandemic that affected the low turnout in Baku.
A crowd of only 8,782 people were hand to watch Wales and Switzerland draw 1-1 on Saturday even though organizers said up to 31,000 spectators could attend the four matches in the city.
GENEVA (AP) — Christian Eriksen was playing in his 66th competitive game in exactly one year since soccer restarted after a shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 29-year-old playmaker’s collapse in the first half of Denmark’s opening European Championship game on Saturday came hours after the soccer players’ union FIFPRO repeated long-standing fears about pressure on its members in a congested season.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Barrel-chested and with braids in his hair, Romelu Lukaku was already looking the part at international level at the tender age of 17 when he scored his first goals for Belgium in a match at Russia in 2010.
SEOUL (AP) — Son Heung-min sent a message of support to former Tottenham Hotspur teammate Christian Eriksen on Sunday after his second-half penalty gave South Korea a 2-1 win over Lebanon in Asia’s second round of World Cup qualifying.
COPENHAGEN (AP) — As Christian Eriksen lay unconscious on the field, his pulse slipping away, Denmark team doctor Morten Boesen quickly realized there wasn’t a second to lose.
David Rugamas scored a pair of first-half goals, California-born Joshua Pérez added another and El Salvador won 4-0 at St. Kitts and Nevis on Saturday, moving into commanding position to advance in World Cup qualifying.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Copa America has yet to kick off, but 11 players have tested positive for COVID-19 upon arriving in Brazil. Eight are Venezuelans and three Bolivians, soccer bodies of the two countries said on Saturday.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Striker Alexis Sánchez will not travel to Brazil with the rest of the Chile squad and will miss at least the group stage of Copa America due to a calf injury.
Chile's national team said in a statement on Saturday that 32-year-old Sánchez felt muscular soreness in a calf after a training session.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazil is starting Lucas Paquetá up front instead of the experienced Roberto Firmino against Venezuela in their Copa America opener on Sunday, coach Tite said.
Goalkeeper Alisson is also replacing Ederson, and left back Renan Lodi is in for Alex Sandro to face an adversary that has been ravaged by COVID-19 in the latest 24 hours.
ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) — Romelu Lukaku’s first thought after scoring at the European Championship wasn’t to celebrate with his Belgium teammates.
Instead, the striker wanted to send a heartfelt message to a close friend who was in the hospital.
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Belgium coach Roberto Martinez says wing back Timothy Castagne will miss the rest of the European Championship after sustaining a double fracture of his right eye socket during the match against Russia.
COPENHAGEN (AP) — Joel Pohjanpalo scored and Lukas Hradecky saved a penalty to give Finland a 1-0 victory over Denmark on Saturday in a European Championship game overshadowed by Christian Eriksen’s collapse on the field.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Although scoring goals has been a major issue for Austria at previous European Championships, scoring goals against North Macedonia has been a non-issue in recent years.
AMSTERDAM (AP) — Seven years is a long, long wait.
It's been that many years since the Netherlands last played at a major soccer tournament, dating back to the orange-clad team's run to the World Cup semifinals in 2014.
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Austria midfielder Christoph Baumgartner took off from the middle of the field, picked up some pace and dove head first onto the grass.
He wasn't trying to score a goal at the European Championship, or even trying to stop an opposing attack.
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — With his head wrapped in bandages the same color as his red shirt, Kieffer Moore scored the goal Wales needed.
Moore headed in a cross from Joe Morrell in the 74th minute to give the Welsh a 1-1 draw with Switzerland on Saturday at the European Championship.
ZEIST, Netherlands (AP) — A small plane flew over the Netherlands' European Championship training ground on Saturday pulling a banner that read in Dutch: “ Frank.
MADRID (AP) — Spain has sent home the 17 extra players it called up this week to form an alternative squad after a coronavirus outbreak had threatened to infect the team at the European Championship.
ROME (AP) — For months, Italy’s players have been repeating the same mantra: “Our strength is in the group. We don’t have a single standout player.”
The Azzurri do have a standout coach, though, and Roberto Mancini’s impact in turning around a team that failed to qualify for the last World Cup into a European Championship contender is worthy of praise.
LONDON (AP) — There’s an indicator of why England has never won the European Championship. In nine attempts, it's never won an opening match at the tournament.
Not even when its first match was at Wembley in 1996.
SAO PAULO (AP) — Players from Brazil's women's team protested against sexual harassment on Friday, days after the president of the national federation was suspended for allegations of the same thing.
Australia became the fourth Asian team to advance to the third stage of World Cup qualifying after beating Nepal 3-0 on Friday.
Goals from Mathew Leckie, Fran Karacic and Martin Boyle in Kuwait City earned Australia Group B honors and a seventh win out of seven matches.
GENEVA (AP) — There’s a new interpretation of the handball law in soccer and the first game at the European Championship on Friday set the tone that there should be fewer cheap penalties given.
Twice during the first half in Rome, Italy’s players pleaded with UEFA’s hand-picked referee for the prestige game, Danny Makkelie, to award a penalty when the ball struck a Turkey defender on the arm.
ROME (AP) — Postponed by a year, the biggest sporting event since the coronavirus brought the world to a halt kicked off Friday at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome — a milestone both for European and world sports.
ROME (AP) — Italy waited a long time for this European Championship to start and then showed Friday just how eager the team was to play the tournament opener.
After humiliatingly failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, Italy was already back on track with a perfect qualifying campaign of 10 wins in 10 matches.
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A flurry of second-half goals gave Italy a 3-0 win over Turkey in the opening match of the European Championship.
MADRID (AP) — Bilbao will be compensated by UEFA for having lost its right to host games at this year's European Championship, the Spanish city’s municipal government said Friday.
Bilbao’s city hall said UEFA had agreed to compensate it with 1.3 million euros ($1.6 million) and the commitment that the city’s San Mames Stadium will host a Europa League final and a Women’s Champions League final “in the coming years.”
BURTON-ON-TRENT, England (AP) — What should be the perfect opening to England’s European Championship campaign — in its home stadium on a scorching summer afternoon — instead carries an element of trepidation about the reception the players will receive from their own fans.