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Allez la France! (Reuters/Yves Herman)
Allez la France! (Reuters/Yves Herman)
BATTLE GROUND

Photos: Tension on and off the field for the first games of the Euro 2016

By Selina Cheng

As the Euro 2016 heats up, football fans from across Europe are flooding stadiums in France. Ten French cities will host 2.5 million breathless spectators over the course of the continent’s premier international soccer championship.

Security concerns are high: the Paris fan zone is under 24/7 surveillance, and a violent row on Saturday, June 11, between Russian and English supporters landed Russia’s team with a 150,000 euro fine and suspended disqualification, the BBC reports. Tomorrow, Russia heads to another match against Slovakia tomorrow at 9am ET, Romania against Switzerland at 12pm, and France against Albania at 3pm.

A France supporter in Marseille crosses her fingers during the opening game between France and Romania on June 10, 2016. (Reuters/Yves Herman)
France’s first goal looked like a close call. (Reuters/Lee Smith)
Police use teargas on supporters near the port of Marseille before the England – Russia game on June 10. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
A teargas grenade explodes near an England fan ahead of England’s match in Marseille on June 10. (Reuters/Jean-Paul Pelissier)
Slovakia’s Martin Skrtel clashes with Wales’ Neil Taylor. (Reuters/Regis Duvignau)
Croatia’s Vedran Corluka with a head injury. (Reuters/John Sibley)
Sweden’s Sebastian Larsson falls in a match against the Republic of Ireland. (Reuters/Christian Hartmann)
Fans ready to clash in the stadium after the game between England and Russia. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)
French soldiers patrol near the fan zone in Lille, France, June 14. (EPA/Rolex dela Pena)