The Latest: Ukraine eliminated from Euro 2016

June 16, 2016
Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov lies on the pitch after Northern Ireland's Niall Mcginn scored, during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Ukraine goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov lies on the pitch after Northern Ireland's Niall Mcginn scored, during the Euro 2016 Group C soccer match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland at the Grand Stade in Decines-­Charpieu, near Lyon, France, Thursday, June 16, 2016. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):


10:57 p.m.

Ukraine has become the first team to be eliminated from the European Championship after the 0-0 draw between Germany and Poland.

Ukraine, which has zero points after two Group C matches, still has to play Poland but can’t overtake Northern Ireland.

Ukraine lost to Northern Ireland 2-0 on Thursday.


10:49 p.m.

Germany and Poland played to a 0-0 draw Thursday at the European Championship.

The Group C match, the first to end in a scoreless draw at Euro 2016, had a glaring miss as its key moment. Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik miscued a header falling to his knees deep in Germany’s goalmouth, and the ball bounced just wide of Manuel Neuer’s right-hand post.

Neither team could sustain attacking pressure, and a point suits both after their opening wins.

Germany was playing at Stade de France for the first time since the Nov. 13 attacks during its friendly against the French national team.


9:55 p.m.

French authorities say police made only six arrests on Thursday in Lille on a much calmer day in the northern French city.

The arrests were for throwing a smoke bomb at a police officer and for violence against a security guard in the Lille fan zone where close to 10,000 people gathered to watch a broadcast from nearby Lens of England beating Wales 2-1.

On Wednesday, when there was sporadic violence in the city and tear gas was occasionally deployed, local authorities said police made 37 arrests and detained 15 people in custody.


9:45 p.m.

Germany and Poland are tied at 0-0 at halftime at the European Championship.

Neither goalkeeper was troubled in a largely incident-free first 45 minutes in Group C.

Germany forward Mario Goetze flicked a header over the crossbar in the fourth minute, and Toni Kroos hooked a shot wide in the 16th.

Both teams won their first games at Euro 2016 and earning a fourth point would almost ensure advancing to the round of 16.

Germany was playing at Stade de France for the first time since the Nov. 13 attacks during its friendly against the French national team.


9:20 p.m.

Northern Ireland spokesman Neil Brittain says a fan of the team has died at Stade de Lyon after its 2-0 win over Ukraine.

He gave no more details, saying the team would be issuing a statement with more information.

This is the second Northern Ireland fan to die during the tournament.

On Sunday, 24-year-old Darren Rodgers died after a fall in Nice, following Northern Ireland’s loss to Poland.

Northern Ireland’s players wore black armbands and its fans dedicated a round of applause to pay their respects for Rodgers in Thursday’s match against Ukraine.


8:35 p.m.

French authorities combed through hundreds of hours of video footage to build a case against three Russian fans convicted of hooliganism.

Jean-Marie Salanova, director of public security for Marseille, says investigators worked around the clock to see if Russian suspects encountered during a raid on a hotel Sunday had taken part in disorder around the game between England and Russia a day before.

He says they watched “more than 200 hours of video,” adding that it “was 48 hours of work, non-stop, for around 20 investigators” before 43 fans from the hotel were detained Tuesday while traveling to Russia’s next game.

Besides the three fans who were convicted, 20 more face deportation.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says the hotel raid followed a tip-off from “our friends in Russian police” that hooligans were staying there.


8:05 p.m.

Defender Mats Hummels comes into the lineup picked by Germany coach Joachim Loew to face Poland at the Stade de France.

Hummels has recovered from a calf injury to replace Shkodran Mustafi, who impressed in the 2-0 win over Ukraine and scored Germany’s first goal.

Poland made two changes to its winning team. Lukasz Fabianski replaces goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny who picked up a slight injury when the Poles beat Northern Ireland 1-0.

Coach Adam Nawalka has opted for Kamil Grosicki to play on the left side of midfield ahead of 19-year-old Bartosz Kapustka.


7:58 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the Group C match between Germany and Poland at Stade de France:

Germany: Manuel Neuer, Benedikt Hoewedes, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels, Jonas Hector, Sami Khedira, Toni Kroos, Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Julian Draxler, Mario Goetze.

Poland: Lukasz Fabianski, Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Michal Pazdan, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Krzysztof Maczynski, Kamil Grosicki, Arkadiusz Milik, Robert Lewandowski.


7:54 p.m.

Northern Ireland beat Ukraine 2-0 for its first victory at a European Championship, ending a 34-year wait for a win at an international competition.

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley headed in a free kick from Oliver Norwood at the far post in the 49th minute, building on a strong finish to the first half.

Substitute Niall McGinn added the second goal in the sixth minute of stoppage time.

With five changes to the side that lost its opener to Poland, Northern Ireland bounced back strongly from a poor performance when it didn’t muster a shot on goal.

Northern Ireland’s last win at a major international competition came in 1982 when it beat World Cup host Spain.

Ukraine was left without a win through two games in Group C.


7:53 p.m.

GOAL: Niall McGinn scores for Northern Ireland in the sixth minute of stoppage time. Northern Ireland leads Ukraine 2-0.


7:25 p.m.

Marseille prosecutor Brice Robin says he is investigating the cases of two severely injured English fans as attempted murder.

The two, whom Robin did not name, were injured during clashes between rival fans ahead of Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Russia and England at the European Championship.

Robin says he has extended an initial investigation into the cases, which “I qualify as attempted murder.”

Robin adds that the prison sentences given to three Russian fans Thursday send a strong message to hooligans who had planned to stage a “Tour de France of violence” at Euro 2016.


7:15 p.m.

Play was briefly suspended in the 58th minute of the match in Lyon because of hail. The players came back on after a very short break. Northern Ireland leads Ukraine 1-0.


7:10 p.m.

Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley headed in a free kick from Oliver Norwood at the far post in the 49th minute to give his side a 1-0 lead against Ukraine.

Northern Ireland dominated the latter stages of the first half, but was denied a breakthrough goal.


7:04 p.m.

GOAL: Gareth McAuley scores for Northern Ireland in the 49th minute. Northern Ireland leads Ukraine 1-0.


6:38 p.m.

Northern Ireland’s players are wearing black armbands in their game against Ukraine and their fans have dedicated a round of applause to pay their respects to a fellow supporter who died following the team’s loss to Poland on Sunday.

The 24-year-old Darren Rodgers died after a fall, which was not related to the hooligan violence that has plagued the European Championship.


6:15 p.m.

Delirious scenes in Lille where England fans are celebrating their team’s 2-1 victory over Wales by dancing in fountains and singing their hearts out.

A boisterous, beery crowd about 8,000 strong watched the match in nearby Lens via a giant screen in the Lille fan zone.

Watch here how they showered themselves with beer when England equalized and again with Daniel Sturridge’s late winner


5:40 p.m.

Needing a win against Ukraine, Northern Ireland coach Michael O’Neill has made five changes to the side that failed to produce a shot on goal in an opening 1-0 loss to Poland in Group C.

His biggest move is entrusting his attack to Conor Washington in place of Kyle Lafferty.

Midfielders Jamie Ward, Stuart Dallas and Corry Evans will also start instead of Chris Baird, Paddy McNair, and Shane Ferguson. Aaron Hughes will get his 101st cap in defense, sending Conor McLaughlin to the bench.

Also looking to spark an attack that failed to score in a 2-0 loss to Germany, Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko has given start to Yevhen Seleznyov up front in place of Roman Zozulya. Seleznyov went on as a substitute against Germany.


5:30 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the Group C match between Ukraine and Northern Ireland at Stade de Lyon:

Ukraine: Andriy Pyatov, Artem Fedetskiy, Yevhen Khacheridi, Yaroslav Rakitskiy, Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Taras Stepanenko, Andriy Yarmolenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Yevhen Konoplyanka, Yevhen Seleznyov.

Northern Ireland: Michael McGovern, Aaron Hughes, Craig Cathcart, Gareth McAuley, Jonny Evans, Stuart Dallas, Oliver Norwood, Steven Davis, Corry Evans, Jamie Ward, Conor Washington.


4:57 p.m.

Daniel Sturridge scored an injury-time winner as England came from behind to beat Wales 2-1 at the European Championship.

Sturridge scored the winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time, putting England at the top of Group B.

Jamie Vardy also scored for England, pouncing on a defensive mistake to equalize in the 56th minute.

Both Vardy and Sturridge came on as substitutes in the second half.

Gareth Bale had given Wales the lead from a free kick in the 42nd minute.


4:50 p.m.

GOAL: Daniel Sturridge scores for England in stoppage time. England leads Wales 2-1.


4:30 p.m.

Three Russian soccer fans have been given prison terms for their part in violence ahead of Saturday’s European Championship game between England and Russia.

A French court sentenced Alexei Erunov, Sergei Gorbachev and Nikolai Morozov to two years, 18 months and 12 months, respectively.


4:17 p.m.

Halftime substitute Jamie Vardy scored with a volley from short distance, benefitting from Ashley Williams’ misdirected headed clearance.

Vardy came on for Harry Kane.

England and Wales are tied 1-1.


4:14 p.m.

GOAL: Jamie Vardy scores for England in the 56th minute. England and Wales are tied 1-1.


3:46 p.m.

Gareth Bale sent a long free kick past England goalkeeper Joe Hart to give Wales a 1-0 lead over England at the European Championship.

The shot was almost a copy off Bale’s opening goal in Wales’ 2-1 win over Slovakia.


3:43 p.m.

GOAL: Gareth Bale scores for Wales in the 42nd minute. Wales leads England 1-0.


1:55 p.m.

England selected an unchanged team against Wales, with captain Wayne Rooney again starting in midfield and coach Roy Hodgson leaving Jamie Vardy on the bench.

Wales brought back goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey following a back injury, and also recalled midfielder Joe Ledley and striker Hal Robson-Kanu in place of Jonny Williams and Dave Edwards.

Robson-Kanu, who scored Wales’ winner against Slovakia on Saturday, will start as a lone striker, allowing Gareth Bale to have a roving role behind him. Ledley makes his comeback after a broken leg.

Wales will qualify, as Group B winner, with a victory. England opened with a 1-1 draw against Russia.


1:50 p.m.

Here are the lineups for Thursday’s Group B match between England and Wales in Lens:

England: Joe Hart, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose, Gary Cahill, Chris Smalling, Eric Dier, Adam Lallana, Wayne Rooney, Dele Alli, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane.

Wales: Wayne Hennessey, Chris Gunter, Neil Taylor, Ben Davies, Ashley Williams, James Chester, Joe Ledley, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey, Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu.


1:45 p.m.

Each of the 15 games at the European Championship has produced at least one goal.

That record, following an exhilarating start to the 2014 World Cup, indicates tournaments are shedding their old reputation of teams being too cautious at the start.

Still, there is a long way to go to beat the goal-scoring feats of Euro 2012.

Four years ago, in Poland and Ukraine, the first 27 games in a 31-match program all delivered the goal-scoring goods.

The first scoreless game was Italy’s penalty shootout victory over England in Kiev, the final quarterfinal match.

The goal-free games came quicker at previous European Championships. In 2008, the fifth game — France-Romania — was scoreless. Four years previously, the first 0-0 game came as soon as the third match when Switzerland played Croatia.


12:50 p.m.

French officials say 20 Russian men will be deported for their role in violence at the European Championship.

Stephane Bouillon, prefect for the region including Marseille, where the violence occurred last week, says the unnamed men will be deported Monday.

They are suspected of “participation in skirmishes linked to the England-Russia game on June 11 in Marseille.”

They are currently being held in a detention center.

The men were among 43 Russian fans detained Tuesday after their bus was stopped by French police near the town of Mandelieu in a check for hooligans.


12:40 p.m.

French authorities say scattered unrest in Lille “was provoked essentially by British citizens in a drunken state, obliging police to intervene to disperse them.”

The statement says there were no fights of note between English and Russian fans, as had been feared.

The statement says police used tear gas on two occasions to disperse groups of several hundred people. However, The Associated Press also saw police spraying gas in other incidents in Lille on Wednesday.

Police detained 37 people. Of those, only 15 were kept in custody. Most of the others were for public drunkenness.


11:30 a.m.

Two supporters watching France play Albania in a fan zone in the city of Lyon have been slightly injured following a scuffle involving fans from three nations.

Local authorities in Lyon said the altercation broke up Wednesday evening after French supporters started to sing France’s national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” They were confronted by a group of Albania fans, leading police to intervene inside the fan zone.

Privately-hired security agents are normally in charge of security inside the fan zones at Euro 2016, with French authorities dealing with it outside.

Lyon prefecture’s press office said the two fans injured are a Belgian and a Frenchman, “who sustained wounds to their thigh and bottom.” Police did not find the weapon used by the attacker.

In a separate incident, police arrested a supporter who smuggled a flare inside the open-air space set up in downtown Lyon.

The fan zone will be open on Thursday but the Lyon prefect will meet with the company in charge of its security and UEFA officials to strengthen safety.


11:15 a.m.

It’s beer for breakfast for England’s seemingly indefatigable fans, who are downing pints in the rain in Lille before the team’s match against Wales in nearby Lens later Thursday.

A boisterous crowd a couple of hundred people have picked up where they left off, singing “England ’til I die” and other songs at the “The 3 Brewers” pub opposite the Flanders train station.

But unlike the previous night, when French riot police charged groups of fans and sprayed tear gas, the mood is good-humored.

Long lines have formed in the station of fans waiting to board trains to the match.


11:10 a.m.

UEFA says England’s participation in the European Championship is under no immediate threat despite a fresh outbreak of fan violence.

UEFA said after disorder in Marseille last week that England — along with Russia — faced potential disqualification if there was more violence away from stadiums.

In Lille on Wednesday, French police used tear gas to disperse rampaging England fans. It was the fourth time England fans have been involved in violent incidents since the start of the tournament.

UEFA says it “regrets the skirmishes which occurred in Lille last night. Police forces made several arrests and were quick to restore order and keep the situation under control.”

But there are no plans for an emergency meeting of UEFA’s executive committee to discuss any further warning or sanctions.