WE ROUND UP THE LATEST NEWS FROM THE EUROS IN FRANCE
PORTUGAL BOSS SAYS RONALDO WILL FIRE
Portugal boss Fernando Santos has backed Cristiano Ronaldo to break his duck in France by netting against Hungary today to help fire his side into the knockout stages. He said: “Ronaldo is a player who scores a lot of goals and I’m sure he will score in the next game against Hungary.” Portugal take on Hungary in Lyon at 8pm UAE time.
IRELAND SEEKING TO BREAK ITALIAN JINX
To stay in the Euros, the Republic of Ireland must do something they haven’t done in more than two decades - beat Italy in a competitive match. Even a first win in 22 years may not prove enough, but John O’Shea is still believing. He said: “With a bit more discipline and control, I think we can get something from Italy.”
RUSSIA ‘LACKING TALENT AND DESIRE’
The head of Russia’s football federation has blasted the country’s players for a lack of talent and desire as they exited the Euros. Vitaly Mutko said: “The defeats show the real level of our football. Perhaps many have a lack of desire to grow, to move, and to perfect themselves.”