- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

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


11:25 p.m.

There was unrestrained joy in Iceland’s capital Reykjavik on Tuesday evening at Iceland’s draw with Portugal. Thorir Gudmundsson told The Associated Press from Iceland that 3,000 people - one percent of the country’s population - watched the game on a giant screen in downtown Reykjavik.

“The area is packed with people whose faces are painted red, white and blue,” he said. “Strangers embracing and singing and dancing.”

Iceland is the smallest country by population to qualify for the European Championship.


10:51 p.m.

Birkir Bjarnason volleyed in the equalizing goal to help Iceland hold Portugal to a 1-1 draw Tuesday at the European Championship.

Portugal was the better team and had long spells of domination but wasted many good chances.

Nani put Portugal in front in the first half on a day Cristiano Ronaldo equaled Luis Figo’s national team record of 127 appearances.


10:10 p.m.

Birkir Bjarnason curled in a shot at the far post to give Iceland an equalizer against Portugal at the European Championship. The teams are tied 1-1.

The goal was Iceland’s first at a major tournament.


10:06 p.m.

GOAL: Birkir Bjarnason scores for Iceland in the 50th minute. Iceland and Portugal are tied 1-1.


10:00 p.m.

Two police trucks carrying Russian supporters have arrived at a Marseille police station where the fans are expected to be held overnight.

The Russians were detained earlier Tuesday near the southern city of Nice as they were heading by bus to Lille, where their team is playing Slovakia on Wednesday. England faces Wales the following day in nearby Lens.

A local official said earlier that a bus carrying 29 Russian fans was stopped by police after leaving a hotel near the Cote d’Azur town of Mandelieu-La Napoule. It was not immediately clear how many were taken to the Marseille police station.

Ariane Parachini, head of communications for the local authorities, said police stopped the fans to see whether any hooligans were among them. An unspecified number were taken to detention centers, a possible prelude to deportation.

The police action follows violent clashes between Russia and England fans in Marseille ahead of their teams’ European Championship opener, a 1-1 draw on Saturday night.


9:46 p.m.

Nani gave Portugal a 1-0 halftime lead over Iceland at the European Championship with a clinical finish from close range in the 31st minute.

Starting in place of the injured Ricardo Quaresma, Nani collected a cross from Andre Gomes on the right side of the area and slotted in at the near post.


9:37 p.m.

Nani scored with a clinical finish from close range to give Portugal a 1-0 lead over Iceland at the European Championship.

Starting in place of the injured Ricardo Quaresma, Nani collected a cross from Andre Gomes on the right side of the area and slotted in at the near post.


9:31 p.m.

GOAL: Nani scores for Portugal in the 31st minute. Portugal leads Iceland 1-0.


8:25 p.m.

Cristiano Ronaldo will equal Luis Figo’s Portugal record of 127 caps against Iceland when their European Championship campaign opens in Group F in Saint-Etienne.

With Ricardo Quaresma still recovering from a hamstring injury and left on the bench, the Real Madrid star will be partnered up front by Nani. Joao Moutinho will start at the tip of Portugal’s diamond midfield.

There is no surprise in the Iceland’s team either, with midfielders Gylfi Sigurdsson and Aron Gunnarsson being given starting roles in Lars Lagerback’s team. Nantes striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson leads the attack with Jon Dadi Bodvarsson.


8:15 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between Portugal and Iceland at Saint-Etienne in Group F:

Portugal: Rui Patricio, Pepe, Raphael Guerreiro, Ricardo Carvalho, Cristiano Ronaldo, Joao Moutinho, Joao Mario, Vieirinha, Danilo, Andre Gomes, Nani.

Iceland: Hannes Halldorsson, Birkir Saevarsson, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Johann Gudmundsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Kolbeinn Sigthorsson, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Kari Arnason, Jon Dadi Bodvarsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Ari Skulason.


7:57 p.m.

Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu was upset by a reporter’s question when asked about a player who was said to have been smoking a cigarette during the loss to France.

Iordanescu called the reported a “liar” and said he was “misinforming people.”

A Romanian newspaper reported that substitute Denis Alibec could not be found to warm up early in the second half because he was smoking in the locker room. Alibec eventually came on in the 61st minute.

Iordanescu, speaking through a translator at Parc des Princes, says “I don’t defend Alibec. I think it is difficult to say what he really did, I was on the pitch.”

Romania, which lost to France 2-1 on Friday, plays its second match at the Euroean Championship against Switzerland on Wednesday.


7:55 p.m.

Some scuffles have started in Lille, where English, Russian and Welsh fans are gathering ahead of European Championship matches in the northeastern French city and in nearby Lens.

At least one person was detained by police in Lille, which is on a direct rail line from London and Marseille. Russian and English fans clashed over the weekend in southern France.

Russia is scheduled to play Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille, while England is to play Wales on Thursday in Lens.

Russia has been threatened with disqualification by UEFA if its fans create any more violence at the team’s next games.


7:52 p.m.

Adam Szalai scored his first goal in 12 appearances and Zoltan Stieber added another to help Hungary beat Austria 2-0 at the European Championship.

Szalai scored in the 62nd minute after playing a one-two with Laszlo Kleinheisler. He ran into the box to latch onto the return pass and shot under Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer.

Stieber added another in the 87th minute, about 20 minutes after Austria was reduced to 10 men. He ran from his own half onto a long ball and lifted it over the onrushing Almer.

Aleksandar Dragovic was shown a second yellow card and sent off in the 66th.


GOAL: Zoltan Stieber scores for Hungary in the 87th minute. Hungary leads Austria 2-0.


7:23 p.m.

RED CARD: Aleksandar Dragovic of Austria gets a second yellow card and is sent off in the 66th minute.


7:22 p.m.

Adam Szalai played a one-two with Hungary teammate Laszlo Kleinheisler, running into the box to latch onto the return pass and scoring under Austria goalkeeper Robert Almer.

Szalai raced over to celebrate with the Hungary fans.


7:19 p.m.

GOAL: Adam Szalai scores for Hungary in the 62nd minute. Hungary leads Austria 1-0.


6:48 p.m.

Austria and Hungary are even at 0-0 at halftime at the European Championship.

David Alaba has been at the heart of most of Austria’s attacking moves. The Bayern Munich defender nearly put his team in the lead in the opening minute but his 25-yard shot hit the bottom of the right post.

Alaba went close again nine minutes later following a through ball from Marko Arnautovic but his first-time effort was smothered by Hungary goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly.


5:08 p.m.

Gabor Kiraly will set a tournament record when he starts in goal in Hungary’s European Championship match against Austria.

At 40 years and 75 days, Kiraly is about to become the oldest player to take part in the tournament, beating Lothar Matthaus, who was 39 years and 91 days when Germany played Portugal at Euro 2000.

Kiraly made his international debut against Austria 18 years ago and saved a penalty after four minutes.

Versatile Bayern Munich defender David Alaba will be in the midfield for Austria and will push forward in support of Marc Janko, who scored five goals in his team’s unbeaten qualifying campaign.


5:03 p.m.

Here are the lineups for the match between Austria and Hungary in Bordeaux in Group F:

Austria: Robert Almer, Christian Fuchs, Martin Hinteregger, Aleksandar Dragovic, Florian Klein, David Alaba, Julian Baumgartlinger, Marko Arnautovic, Zlatko Junuzovic, Martin Harnik, Marc Janko.

Hungary: Gabor Kiraly, Attila Fiola, Richard Guzmics, Adam Lang, Tamas Kadar, Zoltan Gera, Adam Nagy, Laszlo Kleinheisler, Krisztian Nemeth, Balazs Dzsudzsak, Adam Szalai


4:40 p.m.

British police are searching for 48 England fans involved in fighting at the European Championship in Marseille to ban them from attending soccer matches at home.

Mark Roberts, the head of soccer policing in Britain, told The Associated Press that his team has been working with French investigators to find the suspects following disorder around Saturday’s game in Marseille.

Roberts said in an interview in Lille that “there were some English supporters who behaved badly. We have footage of those. There are currently 48 people we have images of … and we will be seeking banning orders on them once we have identified them and they return to the U.K.”

England fans are starting to flood into Lille, which has direct train links from Marseille and London, ahead of Thursday’s game against Wales in nearby Wales.

Roberts says “we are obviously concerned (about Lille). What we saw in Marseille was appalling violence. It was concerted and largely came from people who came with the sole intent of injuring others. So we have to be concerned.”


4:25 p.m.

Ahead of his team’s match against Russia, Slovakia coach Jan Kozak says “the emotions tomorrow will calm down at the stadium and the atmosphere will be as it should be at such a great tournament.”

Slovakia plays Russia on Wednesday in Lille.

UEFA ruled earlier Tuesday that Russia will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there is more violence by the team’s fans inside stadiums in France.

Kozak says “football is for people” and the Russian players, coaches and also fans “would not deserve anything bad because “it’s above all about football.”


4 p.m.

Russian soccer officials have urged their fans to behave to avoid being kicked out of the European Championship by UEFA.

The governing body of European soccer has threatened to kick Russia out of the tournament if the team’s fans cause more violence in stadiums.

The Russian soccer federation has asked fans to “behave correctly and obey rules of behavior in stadiums and public places” because “the Russian national team and millions of fans in our country should not suffer because of thoughtless acts by individuals.”

The federation also says the UEFA punishment is “excessively severe.”


2:55 p.m.

The Slovakian soccer federation has urged its fans to avoid Russian and England supporters in the northern French cities of Lille and lens.

Slovakia faces Russia on Wednesday in Lille in its second Group B game. England plays Wales on Thursday in nearby Lens.

UEFA on Tuesday said Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more violence from the team’s fans inside stadiums in France.

The federation says Slovak fans should avoid places where groups of English or Russian supporters gather, not to react to any provocation and to immediately leave a scene of a conflict.


2:50 p.m.

Russian Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko says there will be no appeal against a UEFA ruling threatening disqualification from the European Championship for more acts of violence by the team’s fans.

Mutko, who is also the president of the Russian Football Union, says “the punishment is excessive” and calls the 150,000 euro ($169,000) fine “huge,” but says “there is no sense in appealing.”

Mutko comments were reported by Russian news agency R-Sport.

UEFA said more fan violence from Russians inside the stadium at any of the team’s remaining games would trigger expulsion from the tournament.

Mutko, however, says it would be wrong to expel Russia’s team for the misdeeds of its fans.

Russia was charged after its fans attacked English supporters following a 1-1 draw in Marseille on Saturday.


2:30 p.m.

Russia coach Leonid Slutsky says “we are sure we are not going to be kicked out (of Euro 2016).”

Slutsky’s was speaking Tuesday shortly after UEFA’s disciplinary body said Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France after its fans attacked English rivals in Marseille after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Russia’s next match is against Slovakia on Wednesday in Lille.

Slutsky says “there is not going to be any injustice. We are sure (our fans) will not do the same, they will not give any reasons to disqualify our team.”

Russia, which was also charged over fan racism and fireworks being set off during the game, has been fined 150,000 euros ($169,000) by UEFA.

Slutsky says “we have addressed our supporters and asked them to behave within the framework of rules. We need their support. They supported us very well during the England game.”

Russia forward Artem Dzyuba says the players “don’t want to be disqualified from Euro 2016 because of this kind of situation. … Our supporters have to focus on just supporting us and we will try to show our best qualities in order to play in this competition.”


1:50 p.m.

The English Football Association says it has contacted players’ families and given them advice ahead of Thursday’s match between England and Wales at the European Championship, which is being played amid tightened security after fan trouble last week.

There was fighting inside and outside the Stade Velodrome in Marseille when England played Russia on Saturday. The wife of England striker Jamie Vardy says she got caught up in the violence.

FA spokesman Mark Whittle said Tuesday there is a private website for family members and friends that players can access to receive up-to-date information and that the FA has staff in place to give safety advice to concerned family members.

England midfielder Adam Lallana has friends and family coming to the match against Wales and says “we’ve just got to hope the security is there and we trust everyone to do their job.”


11:55 a.m.

UEFA’s disciplinary body says Russia will be disqualified from the European Championship if there is more fan violence inside stadiums in France.

Russia was charged after its fans attacked English rivals in Marseille after Saturday’s 1-1 draw.

Russia, which was also charged over fan racism and fireworks being set off during the game, has been fined 150,000 euros ($169,000) by UEFA.

UEFA says Russia’s “disqualification is suspended until the end of the tournament. Such suspension will be lifted if incidents of a similar nature (crowd disturbances) happen inside the stadium at any of the remaining matches of the Russian team during the tournament.”

Russia has two more games in Group B.


11:40 a.m.

President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says Russian soccer fans in France should observe the law and he has urged them not to respond to any “provocations.”

“Violations of the law have been committed by fans from various nations, who have gone on rampages in Marseille and some other places. It’s absolutely unacceptable, and we certainly expect our citizens to respect the country’s laws,” Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in a conference call. “Regrettably, fans from various nations have taken part in those rampages, regrettably including Russia.”

Asked about statements from some Russian officials who praised Russian fans for their action, Peskov said he disagrees.

“I can’t agree with those statements, and in any case they can’t represent the official viewpoint,” he said.

Responding to questions about a bus full of Russian soccer fans who face deportation from France, he said that Russian consular officials are doing what is necessary to ensure their rights.


11:25 a.m.

A bus carrying Russian fans has been detained near the French city of Nice amid concerns over hooligan violence after Russian fans attacked English supporters last week.

A local official says a bus carrying 29 Russian fans was stopped by police after leaving a hotel near the Cote d’Azur town of Mandelieu-La Napoule on Tuesday.

Prefecture communications chief Ariane Parachini says police stopped the fans to see whether any hooligans were among them. An unspecified number have been taken to detention centers, a possible prelude to deportation.

Russian Embassy spokesman Sergei Parinov confirmed the episode.

Russia will play Slovakia in Lille on Wednesday, and England faces Wales the next day in Lens, raising the prospect of more clashes.


11:10 a.m.

German police are appealing for people to come forward with video recordings of violence involving suspected German hooligans before their country’s opening European Championship match in Lille.

The Federal Criminal Police Office on Tuesday called for witnesses to submit material via its website at https://www.bka-hinweisportal.de/index.pl?lang=en and said the portal will remain in place for other games at the tournament.

Authorities have said that two people were slightly injured in Lille on Sunday during violence involving supporters from Germany and Ukraine. The incidents took place hours before Germany beat Ukraine 2-0 in the northern city.


11 a.m.

French authorities say a 2,400-strong security force is being deployed in Lens as the town prepares for an influx of 40,000 to 50,000 England and Wales fans for Thursday’s European Championship game.

The policing operation in Euro 2016’s smallest host city and its 35,000-capacity stadium has been intensified after clashes involving England and Russia fans around their opening Group B game in Marseille.

Regional administration head Fabienne Buccio says 1,200 police officers and the same number of private security guards will be in Lens, whose population can fit in the Stade Bollaert-Delelis.

Police will be at the stadium to help separate fans. UEFA acknowledged there were segregation problems at Marseille’s Stade Velodrome.

Buccio says supermarkets around Lens will be banned from selling alcohol on Wednesday and Thursday.

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