Two late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet helped hosts France become the first team to advance to the knockout stages of the European Championships. They defeated Albania 2-0. It wasn't as easy as the scoreline suggests. For the second match in a row, an uneven French side laboured through to victory. The first of the goals came from a 90th minute header and then the second was added deep into injury time.
Switzerland vs Romania turned out to be nothing that excited the spectators. It did end up with Romania earing their first point of the competition. The Romanians took the lead through a Bogdan Stancu penalty but never really looked to be wrapping up the game.
Over in the Slovakia vs Russia game there was much excitement as Russia, with a suspended disqualification already, may just be eliminated at the group stage itself. Marek Hamsik stole the show in the first half with two well carved out goals. Russia came back strongly in the second half but with a goal from Denis Glushakov in the 80th minute, they were running out of time to score an equaliser. The Russians need a win in their last game to avoid elimination.
There were also reports of Russian fans igniting flares inside Stade Pierre Mauroy after Denis Glushakov scored for their team. This may now compel UEFA to take further action against Rusisa and their status in the remainder of the tournament.
Off the pitch there was much drama as at least 36 people were arrested in yet another instance of fan violence. This time it was in Lille city center and between England and Russia fans, once again. French riot police were called into action as English fans continued to linger on after early clashes were quased. All of this continued late into the night. Police had to use teargas to diseprse, English, Welsh and French fans. 16 people were hospitalised according to French authorities.
Photo curation: Sehar Qazi