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Denmark 2-1 in the first leg of
a 2016 European Championship
playoff yesterday in Sweden.
Emil Forsberg and Zlatan
Ibrahimovic scored for Sweden,
and Nicolai Joergensen put Den-
mark back in the game with a
late goal, leaving things open for
the return match in Copenhagen
Forsberg scored in the first half,
and Ibrahimovic made it 2-0 on
a penalty kick at the start of the
Denmark struggled to create
any clear chances until Jakob
Poulsen headed a corner toward
the far post where Joergensen
Friends Arena in Solna was lit
up in blue, white, and red to show
solidarity with France following
the terror attacks in Paris. Both
teams wore black armbands and
observed a minute of silence
before the match.
Denmark looked stronger in
the opening minutes but fell back
as the Swedes surged toward the
end of the first half. Marcus Berg
missed two scoring chances and
Ibrahimovic shot just wide before
Sweden took the lead near half-
Breaking free on the right
flank, Mikael Lustig sent a low
cross into the area where an
unmarked Forsberg scored with
a direct hit inside the far post.
Denmark goalkeeper Kasper
Schmeichel kept the score down
before the interval with a mag-
nificent fingertip save on Ibrahi-
movic s free kick.
Ibrahimovic made no mistake
from the penalty spot, though,
after Thomas Kahlenberg tripped
Forsberg inside the area five min-
utes after the break. Schmeichel
went for the right post but could-
n t get there in time to stop the
Sweden captain s powerful shot.
Boosted by Joergensen s goal,
Denmark pushed forward in the
final minutes but couldn t find
Ukraine beats Slovenia 2-0
LVIV---Ukraine took a large
stride toward qualifying for the
European Championship next
year by beating Slovenia 2-0 in
a first-leg playoff in Ukraine, yes-
terday. The second leg is on
Ukraine dominated in front of
a passionate home crowd as
Slovenia failed to register a single
shot on target, its narrow for-
mation struggling to cope with
Ukraine star wingers Yevhen
Konoplyanka and Andriy
Yarmolenko tormented Slove-
nia on the right flank, and got
his reward with the opening goal
late in the first half, collecting
the ball inside the box and dum-
mying away from two defenders
before shooting past goalkeeper
Yevhen Seleznyov doubled the
lead soon after halftime with a
simple finish at the far post to a
perfect Artyom Fedetskiy cross.
Selezynov could easily have
scored a third 15 minutes later
but his low shot hit the post and
was hooked away by Bojan Jokic.
PARIS---As France grappled with the
aftermath of another terrorist attack,
organisers of the European football cham-
pionship faced renewed concerns about
how to protect fans attending 51 matches
in 10 stadiums around the country next
Friday night s deadly bloodshed started
when two explosions went off outside Stade
de France during the national team s match
against Germany. The same stadium will
host the tournament s opening game on
June 10 and the final one month later.
"There was already a concern for the
Euros, now it s obviously a lot higher," French
Football Federation president Noel Le Graet
President Francois Hollande, who was
attending the game and had to be evacuated
from the stadium, called the attacks "an
act of war." Now, his government, security
officials and organisers face a massive task
to assure the hundreds of thousands of fans
planning to come to France next summer
that the country is safe. At the same time,
they must find a way to let all those sup-
porters into the country without letting
potential terrorists cross the border as well.
"We will continue to do everything we
can so that security is assured despite all
the risks that this entails. I know that every-
one is vigilant," Le Graet said after Friday s
match. "Obviously this means that we will
now be even more vigilant. But it s a per-
manent concern for the Federation and the
The European tournament is held every
four years and is second in global prestige
only to the World Cup. With 24 teams
involved across 10 venues, the risks are
enormous and the fans heavily exposed to
danger, inside and outside stadiums.
Before Friday s game, 80,000 spectators
spilled off trains and walked in droves for
several hundred meters to the stadium. Had
the explosives gone off then, the casualty
count could have been even much worse.
Inside the stadium, fans tried to stay calm
as news unfolded of the bloody events. There
was confusion, and fans were unsure
whether to rush toward the exit gates or
stay in their seats. Thousands walked onto
the safety of the field.
"We felt safer inside the stadium but we
were getting more and more terrifying news,"
Arnaud Assoumani, the 2008 Paralympic
long jump champion told L Equipe s TV
channel. "There was an announcement at
the end to say certain gates were open. I
feared a crowd surge, which is what hap-
pened. Everyone was trying to get out of
the doors at the same time. Some people
were running and they were pushed up
against walls and barriers. I don t think
there were injuries but it was a panic surge."
In the months ahead, Le Graet will work
closely with Jacques Lambert, chairman of
Euro 2016 SAS: a joint venture between the
French and European football federations
responsible for all operational aspects of
"From the start, we knew security would
be a key component in the tournament s
success," Lambert said in a recent newspaper
"The risk of a terrorist attack against
France, I say more against France than
against the tournament itself or against
UEFA (European football s governing body)
was outlined from the start...What has really
changed is the progression of the terrorist
risk in comparison to the other risks."
Lambert could not be reached for further
PARIS---The football friendly between England
and France in London will go ahead as planned on
Tuesday, despite major concerns over safety fol-
lowing the deadly attacks in Paris.
The match was confirmed by the French and Eng-
lish federations yesterday after they consulted with
the British government.
"We will use the opportunity to pay our respects
to all affected, and also to express our solidarity with
the people of France," FA chairman Greg Dyke said.
FFF president Noel Le Graet said France was ready,
although it appeared the players may not have been
"I didn t ask the players the question: They re
playing," Le Graet told RTL radio station. "There
were hesitations, but not on our part. France is on
its feet, and so is football."
Midfielder Lassana Diarra, who played against
Germany in a friendly on Friday at Stade de France,
lost his cousin in the shootings, and posted a moving
message on his Twitter feed.
"My cousin, Asta Diakite, was among the victims
of one of the shootings yesterday, along with hundreds
of other innocent French people. She was like a big
sister to me," Diarra wrote."It is important for all of
us who represent our country and its diversity to
stay united against a horror which has no color, no
religion. Stand together for love, respect and peace."
Teammate Antoine Griezmann, who also played
on Friday, said his sister was in the audience at a
concert at the Bataclan hall in Paris, where dozens
were killed after a hostage taking.
"Thank God my sister was able to leave the Bat-
aclan. All my prayers are now with the families of
the victims," he tweeted.
Diarra and Griezmann were involved in the 2-0
win over Germany, which was overshadowed by the
explosions of two suicide bombers outside the stadium
during the first half. France President Francois Hol-
lande, who was at the match, was evacuated.
Media events scheduled for yesterday at France s
training camp in Clairefontaine were canceled.
At least 129 people have died in the shootings in
BERLIN---Germany players were given the day off
on arriving home yesterday after spending the night
at the Stade de France because of the terror attacks
The World Cup champions landed in Frankfurt on
a specially-chartered flight, and team manager Oliver
Bierhoff said the players should "first take a deep
breath and be with their loved ones."
After the friendly against France on Friday, Germany
slept at the stadium with the French after two explo-
sions went off outside during the game. Germany is
due to play the Netherlands in another friendly in
Hannover on Tuesday but has delayed its journey. All
team activities scheduled for today have been cancelled.
Reinhard Rauball, interim DFB president, said they
will consult with national coach Joachim Loew and
Bierhoff today on whether to play the game.
"We ll sleep on it for a night and then see how we
go about or don t go about things on Tuesday. But I
think you can t give way to terror," Rauball said.
Rainer Koch, the other caretaker president, said
"we have to respect the requirements of the security
authorities. Basically, the DFB and national team have
a social and political responsibility to send a clear
message that our constitutional state will not give in
to terror." (AP Stories)
Paris attacks raises security
questions ahead of Euro 2016 England-France
friendly to go
ahead at Wembley
home after Paris
EURO 2016 PLAYOFF
Denmark's Thomas Kahlenberg, left, and Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic in action during the Euro 2016
qualifier play-off first leg football match between Sweden and Denmark at the Friends arena in
Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. Sweden won 2-1. AP PHOTO
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