Euro 2016: Spain, Italy Get Campaign Off to Bright Start
Spain, who are seeking a hat-trick of Euro titles, got off to a winning start while Italy got the better of Belgium in a tense match. Sweden escaped with a draw against Republic of Ireland.
The first match of the day featured Spain taking on the Czech Republic. The two-time champions are vying for a hat-trick of Euro titles. (Images credit: AFP)
David de Gea, who was involved in an alleged sec scandal, was chosen for this match and he made some good saves.
Petr Cech was also good for the Czechs as Spain continued to attack.
Gerard Pique capitalised on a wonderful cross from Andres Iniesta to net the winner in the 87th minute.
The header was enough for Spain to give them a 1-0 win over Czech Republic.
The win was a welcome relief for Spain, who were troubled by allegations that de Gea was allegedly involved in a sex scandal before the start of the tournament.
Republic of Ireland took on Sweden in the second match of the day and they were determined to stop Zlatan Ibrahimovic's prolific goal-scoring form.
Wes Hoolahan gave Republic of Ireland an early lead and it seemed they would be on course for a win.
However, Ciaran Clark's own goal dented Republic of Ireland as Sweden escaped with a 1-1 draw.
Ibrahimovic did not make much impact as both teams failed to close the match out.
In the final match of the day, it was a big one between Belgium, the number two ranked side and Italy.
It was termed as the match between Belgium's attacking strikeforce and Italy's solid defence.
Emanuele Giaccherini gave Italy the early lead as Belgium could not break Italy's defence.
Graziano Pelle sealed the winner in stoppage time as Italy completed a 2-0 win over Belgium.