PARIS (AP) — The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local):
p>Sweden & Italy are tied 0-0 at a halftime at the Stadium de Toulouse, with the Swedes dominating possession & frustrating the Azzurri.
Before the Group E match, Sweden coach Erik Hamren promised a brighter start compared to the Ireland game & his players didn't let him down. Striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic had an early chance when Kim Kallstrom whipped in a dangerous cross from the left, yet Italy defender Giorgio Chiellini made a headed clearance.
Whenever Ibrahimovic had the ball in the middle, Italian defenders swarmed around him. That freed up space on the left for fullback Martin Olsson to work in.
General view of at Stade Velodrome before both teams obtain ready to enter the pitch, during the Euro 2 …
Italy's chances were restricted to a shot from Alessandro Florenzi that deflected into Sweden goalkeeper Andreas Isaksson's arms.
No surprises up front for Sweden, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic leading the attack against Italy in Toulouse.
Mikael Lustig was injured in Sweden's 1-1 draw with Ireland & has been replaced by Erik Johansson in one of three changes.
Sweden's Andreas Granqvist, right, heads clear from Italy's Graziano Pelle during the Euro 2 …
Italy coach Antonio Conte has made one alter to his starting lineup from the Azzurri's 2-0 win over Belgium, with midfielder Alessandro Florenzi replacing defender Matteo Darmian.
Graziano Pelle, who scored Italy's second goal, has shaken off a foot injury which kept him out of training Tuesday.
Here are the lineups for the match between Italy & Sweden at Stadium de Toulouse:
Sweden's Zlatan Ibrahimovic attends a training session at the Toulouse's stadium, France, Th …
Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Giorgio Chiellini, Antonio Candreva, Graziano Pelle, Andrea Barzagli, Alessandro Florenzi, Daniele De Rossi, Eder, Marco Parolo, Leonardo Bonucci, Emanuele Giaccherini.
Sweden: Andreas Isaksson, Erik Johansson, Victor Lindelof, Andreas Granqvist, Martin Olsson, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdal, Kim Kallstrom, Emil Forsberg, John Guidetti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
German police say they have arrested six Russian soccer hooligans after an attack on a pair of Spanish tourists & their companion at the square in front of the cathedral in Cologne.
Italy supporters dressed as Roman soldiers cheer on the stands prior to the Euro 2016 Group E soccer …
Police were investigating whether the suspects were involved in other disturbances during the European Championship in France.
A statement from Cologne police says five of the men were immediately arrested after the incident Thursday evening by plainclothes & uniformed police. The suspects were drunk & found to have tickets to Russia's matches as well as face masks & mouth guards that police regarded as typical hooligan gear.
A sixth suspect fled the square yet was arrested in the departure lounge at the Cologne-Bonn airport before he could board a flight for Ibiza, Spain.
France's Olivier Giroud sits on the pitch during the Euro 2016 Group A soccer match between Fran …
UEFA's tournament director says some surfaces at the European Championship have not been satisfactory enough.
Martin Kallen says recent heavy rain is a reason the grass in Marseille is not as satisfactory as UEFA wants.
Stadiums which stage non-soccer events – including the Stade de France & in Lille – have longer-standing issues with quality.
Kallen says ''we have problems & we do our utmost.''
In Marseille, new turf was laid a month ago yet Kallen says ''it could not take enough roots'' because of rain.
A new roof at the renovated Stade Velodrome moreover deprives the surface of sunshine & drying winds.
Kallen says playing surfaces are better at stadiums ''where only football takes place,'' like Parc des Princes in Paris.
Sports & RecreationSoccerZlatan IbrahimovicSwedenItalyMartin OlssonAlessandro Florenzi