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Weekend in pictures: Belgium down Irish, Murray reigns at Queen’s and Royal Ascot final day

| 20.06.2016

Lee Gormley | June 20th, 2016

Weekend in pictures

The past weekend brought with it plenty of sporting drama, including from Euro 2016 in France, the European Grand Prix, tennis at Queen’s and horse racing from Royal Ascot.

So enjoy the best images from those exciting events in Coral’s latest weekend in pictures…


Euro 2016 continued to thrills fans in France and beyond, with Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Portugal starring among the weekend fixtures…

Eder helps Italy edge past Sweden

Italy v Sweden - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stadium de Toulouse

Italy secured their progression to the knockout stages by winning Euro 2016 Group E, thanks to a 1-0 victory over Sweden, with substitute Eder having dispatched a superb solo strike in the dying minutes to cement three points.

Irish suffer Belgian bruising

Republic of Ireland v Belgium - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group E - Stade de Bordeaux

Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland endured a disappointing 3-0 defeat at the hands of a rejuvenated Belgium side, with Romelu Lukaku starring as he dispatched a double and Axel Witsel heading in another to secure three points in Group E. The Irish were unlucky not be awarded a penalty for a ridiculous double high foot on Shane Long before the Belgian netted their first goal.

Further frustration for Ronaldo and Portugal

EURO 2016 - Portugal vs Austria - Paris

After their 1-1 draw with Iceland, Portugal were again held to a stalemate, as skipper Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty in an eventual scoreless sharing of the spoils. Elsewhere in their standings, Hungary and Iceland played out a 1-1 draw.

Albania clinch historic Romania win

Romania v Albania - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group A - Stade de Lyon

Armando Sadiku headed in Albania’s first ever goal at a major international tournament to hand his nation a historic victory over Romania, with the latter exiting Euro 2016 and the winners boosting their chances of progressing in third position.

France finish atop Group A

Switzerland v France - UEFA Euro 2016 - Group A - Stade Pierre Mauroy

France secured top spot in Group A thanks to a 0-0 draw with second-placed Switzerland, with Dimitri Payet hitting the crossbar late on and Paul Pogba having done the same earlier on during proceedings for Didier Deschamps’ men.

Horse racing

In the world of horse racing, Royal Ascot proved to be as dramatic as ever with the final day producing many memorable moments…

Dartmouth delivers for The Queen in Hardwicke Stakes


The final day of a fantastic Royal Ascot produced a Royal winner as Dartmouth landed the Group 2 Hardwicke Stakes by a head in the colours of The Queen.

Dartmouth came slightly across the track and close to the runner-up, Highland Reel, but the stewards concluded that the jockey Olivier Peslier was not at fault and the result stood, producing the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

The victory gave Sir Michael Stoute his 75th Royal Ascot winner, which equals the late Sir Henry Cecil’s record at the meeting, and was Her Majesty’s 23rd winner at flat racing’s five-day spectacular.

Twilight eclipses Diamond Jubilee rivals

Royal Ascot day 5

Twilight Son gave trainer Henry Candy his third Royal Ascot winner, his first since Pipedreamer won the Royal Hunt Cup in 1979, when he ran out the gutsy winner of the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes run over 6f.

The son of Kyllachy was one of a host of horses in with a chance as the field thundered past the furlong pole but stuck his neck out bravely as the line approached to deny runner-up Gold-Fun by a neck.

Churchill enters 2,000 Guineas picture after Chesham success

Royal Ascot day 5

Churchill gave trainer Aidan O’Brien his sixth Royal Ascot winner of the week, which equalled his personal record at the meeting set in 2008, when running out the narrow 1/2 length winner of the Listed Chesham Stakes over 7f. The colt is now 10/1 second favourite with Coral for next year’s 2,000 Guineas.

Double secures Moore leading jockey award

Royal Ascot day 5

Ryan Moore secured the leading jockey title with a double on the final day courtesy of Churchill and Twilight Son, ending the five-day meeting with six winners overall. He finished two in front of Frankie Dettori.

Formula 1

The Formula 1 season reached a new venue for the European GP, with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg again doing battle…

Rosberg dominates in Baku

Azerbaijan F1 GP Auto Racing

It was Mercedes driver Rosberg that dominated in Azerbaijan, with the German extending his lead in the Driver’s Championship, while Sebastian Vettel and Sergio Perez finished on the podium and Hamilton had to settle for fifth place.


Before the awaited start of Wimbledon, there was success for Andy Murray at Queen’s…

Murray reigns supreme at Queen’s

2016 AEGON Championships - Day Seven - The Queen's Club

Andy Murray made history on Sunday afternoon after beating Milos Raonic to become the first man to ever win five Queen’s Club Championship titles. Can the Scot now go onto claim a second Wimbledon crown?


The US Open gave fans plenty of thrilling moments and shocks at the famous Oakmont Country Club…

Johnson claims maiden major

US Open Golf Day Four

America’s Dustin Johnson clinched his first ever major trophy by winning the US Open, as he capitalised on a late collapse from Ireland Shane Lowry and shrugged off a controversial ruling from the officials to triumph.


Game 7 of the NBA Championship Finals took place over the weekend and there was heartbreak for Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors…

Cavs overcome Golden State in Finals

NBA Finals Cavaliers Warriors Basketball

LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever NBA Championship against record-breaking Golden State Warriors. Cavs did it by overcoming a 3-1 series deficit, a feat never before done in the NBA Finals.

James was named the Finals MVP and sealed his place among the greatest ever, with jaw-dropping performances against a side that broke the regular season win record.


You’ll find previous editions of weekend in pictures in Coral’s extensive archive.



Lee Gormley

Lee joined the Coral team in 2014 after studying at Leeds Trinity University, having moved across the water from Ireland, and has plenty of industry experience from his time with various news outlets in both England and Northern Ireland. After graduating with a BA Honours degree in Sports Journalism, he has since become an important member of the talented sports desk, passionately covering boxing, football and snooker, among many other sports. Lee is also a massive Manchester United and Republic of Ireland fan, but curbs any bias during his work, and outside of his job can be found regularly taking part in sport himself, such as boxing, GAA and football.