PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer’s European Championship (all times local):
Three players have been shown their second yellow card of the tournament in the first half of France’s match against Ireland and will be suspended for the quarterfinals.
Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick, plus France midfielder N’Golo Kante and defender Adil Rame, were booked in the first half by Italian official Nicola Rizzoli, the 2014 World Cup final referee.
They are set to be suspended for one match if their team advances.
UEFA wipes all yellow cards from each player’s disciplinary record after the quarterfinal round. That rule ensures no player can miss the final for being shown a yellow card in the semifinals.
Robbie Brady’s second-minute penalty has given Ireland a 1-0 halftime lead over France in the round of 16 at the European Championship.
France was caught off guard by a poorly defended Ireland incursion that only ended when Paul Pogba knocked down Shane Long in the box at Stade de Lyon.
Brady stepped up and sent the spot kick off the post and into the net for his second goal of the competition.
Brady’s goal, exactly on the two-minute mark, was the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.
France threatened to score in injury time when Dimitri Payet’s shot from close range was blocked by the Irish defense.
Robbie Brady’s penalty for Ireland is the second-fastest goal in the history of European Championship final tournaments.
Brady appeared to score with exactly 2 minutes on the clock against France in Lyon.
The record is 1 minute, 7 seconds, scored by Dmitri Kirichenko of Russia at Euro 2004 in a 2-1 win over eventual champion Greece.
The previous second-fastest was 2:07, by Sergei Aleinikov in the Soviet Union’s 3-1 win over England in 1988.
UEFA now says Robbie Brady’s goal was scored in the second minute, not the third.
Robbie Brady sent his penalty in off the right post for his second goal of the tournament.
Ireland was awarded the spot kick after Paul Pogba fouled Shane Long in the area.
GOAL: Robbie Brady scores from the penalty spot for Ireland in the third minute. Ireland leads France 1-0.
Ireland’s fans were vastly outnumbered inside the 58,000-capacity Stade de Lyon.
Ireland coach Martin O’Neill had lamented his team’s poor ticket allocation before the game, saying it was unfair that they should have less than 10 percent.
However, the French majority of supporters are lending them a hand by passing a huge Irish flag around the stadium.
Less than 24 hours after being eliminated from the European Championship, Switzerland forward Breel Embolo has secured a move to Bundesliga club Schalke.
Swiss champion Basel and Schalke said Sunday that the 19-year-old striker has signed a five-year contract.
Basel says the fee will not be disclosed, though it is reportedly 25 million euros ($27.8 million).
Embolo played in each of Switzerland’s games at Euro 2016 without scoring, and was a second-half substitute against Poland in the round of 16 on Saturday. Poland won a penalty shootout after the match finished 1-1 after extra time.
Embolo has won three Swiss league titles with Basel, and has traded a place in the group stage of the Champions League for the Europa League with Schalke next season.
France forwards Dimitri Payet and Olivier Giroud, and midfielders Blaise Matuidi and N’Golo Kante have been recalled for the round-of-16 match against Ireland.
After experimenting with his lineup during the last two group games, France coach Didier Deschamps is returning to the same starting lineup used to start the tournament against Romania.
Center backs Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny, as well as Kante and Giroud, are all one booking away from a suspension.
Ireland coach Martin O’Neill is sticking with the same team that beat Italy 1-0 in their final group match, with Stephen Ward passing a late fitness test to keep his place at left back.
Here are the lineups for the match between France and Ireland at Stade de Lyon:
France: Hugo Lloris, Bacary Sagna, Adil Rami, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Dimitri Payet, Olivier Giroud.
Ireland: Darren Randolph, Seamus Coleman, Richard Keogh, Shane Duffy, Stephen Ward, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Jeff Hendrick, James McClean, Shane Long, Darly Murphy.
Spain is pledging to stick to its acclaimed passing game to try to break through Italy’s equally famous defense in the round of 16 of the European Championship on Monday.
Facing one of the best defenses at Euro 2016, Spain is vowing to stay patient and keep the ball for as long as needed to create scoring chances against its old rival in Monday’s match at Stade de France.
Spain midfielder Thiago Alcantara says “it’s difficult to score and it’s difficult to create opportunities against them.”
With Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta in command, Spain finished the group stage as the most accurate passing team at Euro 2016, completing 93 percent of its passes. It also had the most passing attempts among all 24 teams that started the tournament, with 2,023. That was nearly double what Italy had in its first three games.