Week 3 is upon us: Teams now play their last group-league match simultaneously. On Sunday (19 June), the Group A fixture was France played Switzerland and Albania locked horns with Romania to fight it out for a place in the Round of 16.
Let's start with the hosts. They played Switzerland knowing that a draw would be enough for them to top the group and that's exactly what happened at the full-time whistle. France laboured to another listless performance. The 0-0 draw against the Swiss though wasn't devoid of any drama.
The French players ripped apart the Swiss players' shirts one by one. Granit Xhaka had to go through three of them.
There was a 50-50 tackle between Valon Behrami and Antoine Griezmann that resulted in neither of them getting injured. Instead, it was the ball that got deflated.
Switzerland - France. Match of deflated ball and lots of ripped shirts. Ever happened in your game? pic.twitter.com/oejCSri5fg— Jan ter Harmsel (@dutchreferee) June 19, 2016
In the end, with the draw, France finished top of the group with seven points. Switzerland finished second with five points.
In the group's other game, it was Albania that provided the shock against the Romanians. Albania kept alive their slim hopes of qualifying for the round of 16 with a 1-0 win over Romania in Lyon.
Armando Sadiku's name will go down in history. His header "clinched Albania their maiden win at a major tournament and first against Romania in 68 years to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the Euro 2016 knockout stages". The Romanians never looked like scoring an equaliser except whe susbsitute Florin Andone hit the post.
The next fixtures are as follows:
- 1. Russia vs Wales (12:30 AM)
- 2. Slovakia vs England (12:30 AM)