The New Saints (TNS), champions of the Welsh first division, have been drawn together with Cyprian champions APOEL Nicosia, who have been participating in several group stages of the past few Champions League and Europa League tournaments. Obviously the Cyprian side were the favourites according to all gambling facts predictions.
The first le’s goalless draw made us believe that it won’t be such an easy battle for the favourites, but APOEL showed its class in the second leg. They were far more confident on home field and have secured an easy 3-0 victory. TNS had no chance in the second leg and hence their dreams of qualifying for the next round for crushed quickly.
It’s obvious that the Northern Irish Premiership is not among the strongest divisions in the universe, but it was also expected to have some improved performances this season thanks to Northern Ireland’s pretty good series of performances in France at Euro 2016. However, the UK country’s champion did an even worse exit of Europe than what Brexit caused for them.
Crusaders were facing a tough challenge against Danish champions FC Köbenhavn. The Danes won the first leg 3-0 in Northern Ireland and were obvious qualifiers already before hosting the Crusaders at Parken Arena. However, the Danes wanted to prove what the are capable of so they didn’t show any kind of mercy: the Champions League qualifiers results in this leg will always be remembered in Northern Ireland as FC Köbenhavn humiliated Crusaders by 6-0 at home, going through on a 9-0 of aggregated result.
Hungarian First Division winner Ferencvárosi Torna Club were facing Albanian champions Partizani Tirana. The Hungarians were clear favourites for the encounters according to the latest gambling news, however they failed to prove in the first leg that they are the better team: they only managed to play a 1-1 draw in the capital of Albania.
Ferencváros were also favourites for the second leg, which they were about to play at Groupama Aréna in Budapest. They should have won easily but the game ended in another 1-1 so it was decided in a penalty shootout. That’s when Partizani star became Champions League hero: Hoxha, Partizani’s goalkeeper took the first penalty for his team and he scored, with a panenka, completely humiliating the entire opponent team.
Especially after he saved the first penalty of Ferencváros, which was shot by Hungarian football legend Zoltán Gera. Hoxha completely destroyed any remaining confidence and hopes of the opponent team in just one round and he basically won the penalty shootout in the first round immediately. He saved the next penalty as well. Partizani Tirana won by 3-1 on penalties in the end, they missed only one and they didn’t have to take the last penalty…
One of the most surprising Champions League Qualifiers results in the first leg of this round was the unexpected victory that Lincoln Red Imps achieved against Scottish giant Celtic FC. Online sports betting news were shocked when live sports results showed a 1-0 lead for the Gibraltarian champions and that 1-0 ended being the final result for the first leg.
However, as expected by online sportsbooks from all around the world, Celtic did not let such a disgrace happen to be knocked out by a semi-professional football club from Gibraltar. The Scottish champion hosted Lincoln and made sure to show them they have no chance here. Celtic won by 3-0 and can expect the next round after a confident and successful encounter after all.
Lately the rumours for Celtic to join Premier League have started re-appearing because of its dominant performances in the Scottish First Division thanks to the exit of Rangers. However, it’s not very likely to happen any time soon, especially if the UK falls apart thanks to that cute little Brexit… and of course Celtic wouldn’t have much benefits from it: how could they participate in the Champions League if they had to face teams like Man Utd, City, Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal week after week…instead of Aberdeen, Hearts or Dundee Utd.
As we know, Italy managed to defeat La Furi Roja in the Euro 2016 Round of 16 and can prepare for an even harder battle in the Quarter-Finals.
Italy and Spain were drawn together for the Euro 2016 Round of 16 encounter where La Furia Roja were favourites according to all sports scores news. All sportsbooks favoured Spain to go through and qualify for the Euro 2016 QFs yet the Italian side upset all odds with a relatively easy, 2-0 defeat against Vicente Del Bosque’s men.Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima was incapable of saving his team despite the fact that he was having a great tournament all in all. Elimination was at an expensive price for Spain manager del Bosque: He resigned a few days earlier and now one of the biggest questions at online sportsbooks in Spain is who will be the successor of the former successful manager of Real Madrid.
Spain are home by now and the pre-season will start for most Furia Roja stars, including Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima. The captain of Real Madrid must be really annoyed by the result as he got used to being successful and winning. Something which he and his national team has been incapable of doing in the past two years: after being humiliated in the 2014 World Cup, they once again made an early exit at Euro 2016, with a rather disappointing performance.
Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima must be waiting for the new Spain manager as he is the leader and the team captain of the national team as well as his club, Real Madrid. The Sevillan central back signed a new contract last year at Real Madrid. The Sergio Ramos signature on the paper made sure that he will belong to the Royal Club until 2020. That signature shut down tons of rumours about him leaving the Galacticos for joining Manchester United. These rumours were, at some point, regarded as one of the most certain gambling facts according to many online sportsbooks in the UK.
The European Championship is about to reach to its finish and Sergio Ramos El Heroe de la Decima will not be in it any longer, for which he must be really upset. However, he must accept that his national team does not dominate the football world any longer and it’s time for a new era with new set of players s well as a new manager. Most probably the new manager will still count on the team captain as there can be no complaints about his performances.
On the other hand, Italy will face World Cup holder Germany in the Quarter Finals of Euro 2016. According to the latest gambling news, Germany will be favourites for the encounter, yet it’s time to take Italy seriously. They already proved that they have a great team by easily defeating title-favourite Belgium in the first matchday of Euro 2016 and they also knocked out Euro title holder Spain in the Round of 16 with a pretty confident team performance.
Italy are not underdogs any longer at this point of the tournament as they have openly declared their intention of winning the trophy. Should they defeat Germany as well, they would definitely be the strongest candidates towards victory: defeating the World Cup holder after eliminating the Euro holder would be a major confidence-boost for Conte’s men.
On the other hand, Portugal eliminated Poland on penalties and are waiting for their opponent in the semi-finals, which will be the winner of the Wales v Belgium encounter. The winner of the Germany v Italy game will face the winner of the France v Iceland clash where the Icelandic dreams are expected to end finally, as the hosting nation are clear favourites for the clash.