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John Brewin profile picture  By John Brewin

Belgium top stubborn Hungary to reach Euro 2016 quarterfinals

Belgium scored early, withstood a barrage of Hungary chances and finally put them away late in the second half.
Belgium scored early, withstood a barrage of Hungary chances and finally put them away late in the second half.
ESPN FC's Roberto Martinez and Kasey Keller still have doubts about Belgium after their win over Hungary.

TOULOUSE, France -- Three observations from the Stadium Municipal where Belgium defeated Hungary 4-0 to advance to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

1. Belgium eventually break down Hungary

Here was evidence of the brilliant, multi-talented Belgium team that many feel are capable of becoming European champions, a flowering of the rich resources that coach Marc Wilmots has at his disposal. Eventually, and expertly they broke the spirit that had carried Hungary to the knock-out rounds. Captain Eden...

Low's adjustments pay dividends as Germany cruise past Slovakia

Julian Draxler dazzled and Germany imposed their will on Slovakia to advance to the quarterfinals.

LILLE, France -- Sometimes, it's about being able to fix things on the fly.

Germany manager Joachim Low went into the 2014 World Cup with a back four of Benedikt Howedes, Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng, with Phillip Lahm in a deep, playmaker role.

After the grueling win over Algeria in the round of 16, Low shuffled his deck. He moved Lahm to right-back, replaced Mertesacker with Boateng and rather than alternating Bastian Schweinsteiger and Sami Khedira in midfield, he played both...

Griezmann's double caps France's best half of Euro 2016 so far

Antoine Griezmann was once again France's savior, scoring a second-half brace after Ireland took the early lead.
Antoine Griezmann was once again France's savior, scoring a second-half brace after Ireland took the early lead.
ESPN FC's Michael Ballack reacts to France's come-from-behind victory over Ireland, noting that the win was never in doubt.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Antoine Griezmann's fluid movement to grab France's crucial equaliser against the Republic of Ireland.

LYON, France -- After making a strong statement with his second-half performance in the 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland, France's match-winner Antoine Griezmann revealed that strong words were spoken just before that.

"We didn't play well in the first half," he said. "We said things in the changing room at half-time. Our coach said things. But we were playing for France so we gave everything."

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It might mean that everything has changed for the hosts and especially their star forward. Griezmann...

Jerome Boateng powers Germany past Slovakia in Euro 2016 last 16

Julian Draxler dazzled and Germany imposed their will on Slovakia to advance to the quarterfinals.
Julian Draxler dazzled and Germany imposed their will on Slovakia to advance to the quarterfinals.
ESPN FC's Kasey Keller says that Germany's extended spells of possession are integral to their success so far at Euro 2016.
Mario Gómez talks about what Germany will have to do in the quarterfinals against either Spain or Italy.

Three thoughts from Germany's 3-0 triumph over Slovakia, which sends the reigning world champions to the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

1. Boateng sends Germany soaring past Slovakia

Jerome Boateng needed 63 internationals to get on the score sheet, but his debut goal for Germany could not have come at a better time. The centre-back's crisp volley after nine minutes put Joachim Low's team firmly on the path for the Euro 2016 quarterfinals. Boateng ran straight to the Germany bench to celebrate and...

France overcome early scare against brave Ireland to reach quarterfinals

Antoine Griezmann was once again France's savior, scoring a second-half brace after Ireland took the early lead.
Antoine Griezmann was once again France's savior, scoring a second-half brace after Ireland took the early lead.
ESPN FC's Michael Ballack reacts to France's come-from-behind victory over Ireland, noting that the win was never in doubt.
ESPN FC's Craig Burley breaks down Antoine Griezmann's fluid movement to grab France's crucial equaliser against the Republic of Ireland.

LYON, France -- Three thoughts from France's 2-1 comeback victory over Ireland on Sunday afternoon in Lyon.

1. France recover from early scare

It took three and a half games, but the real France have finally arrived at the European Championship. Rattled and trailing Ireland thanks to a second-minute Robbie Brady penalty, they were booed from the field at half-time. When France returned for the second half, they were a different team. They were a better team. And they made the Irish pay for their...

Bobby Wood emerges as a Copa America positive for the U.S.

The crew answer your tweets about the United States and the upcoming match between Spain and Italy.
The ESPN FC crew discuss the United States' loss to Colombia and their run at Copa America.

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- As the U.S. players navigated their way through the postmatch mixed zone Saturday night, the mood was upbeat. Granted, the team had been beaten 1-0 by Colombia for the second time this tournament, forcing the Americans to settle for a fourth-place finish in the Copa America Centenario. But the talk among them was almost universally positive.

"You can see that we can battle with almost everybody," said midfielder Jermaine Jones.

"I think there's a lot of positive that you can take...