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Hungary, Portugal, Iceland and Belgium look ahead to round of 16

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Hungary and Portugal reached the Euro 2016 knockout stages after a rip-roaring 3-3 draw in which Cristiano Ronaldo netted twice and became the first player to score at four European Championship finals on Wednesday (22 June).

The Portuguese came from behind three times as Ronaldo, who also set a tournament record of 17 appearances, finally rediscovered his touch to help Portugal make the last 16, where they will meet Croatia in Lens on Saturday (25 June).

Group F winners Hungary finished above Iceland, who also qualified after a last-gasp 2-1 win over Austria in Paris, and third-placed Portugal.

Iceland snatched a stoppage-time winner to continue their fairytale story at Euro 2016 by making it through to the last 16 after a deserved 2-1 victory against Austria in their final Group F match.

Iceland end their section second with five points. Austria go out with one point. Iceland faces England in the next round.

Ireland reached the knockout phase at a European Championship for the firs time when Robbie Brady’s late goal earned them a 1-0 victory against Group E winners Italy.

Brady made a brilliant run into the box and headed home Wes Hoolahan’s right-wing cross to make sure Ireland qualified as one of the four best third-placed teams with four points. Ireland will face hosts France in the last 16.

Italy made eight changes and it showed at the Stade Pierre Mauroy as the Azzurri looked a touch disjointed, although they had a huge opportunity 12 minutes from time when substitute Lorenzo Insigne’s perfectly curled shot hit the post.

Belgium went through to the last-16 when Radja Nainggolan’s late strike gave them a 1-0 win over Sweden, who were knocked out after scoring only once in three games.

Sweden’s elimination meant the end of forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career as he had announced the day before that he would stop playing for his country once the tournament was over.

 

 

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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