AFC Asian Cup

Pitch concerns return ahead of Euro 2016 quarterfinals

MARSEILLE, France (AP) For organizers at a tournament like the European Championship, the less talk there is about the pitch, the better.

That's not the case this year.

As the quarterfinals begin, worries about the playing surfaces persist. Portugal coach Fernando Santos is concerned that the state of the grass at Marseille's Stade Velodrome could mean less of a spectacle when his team faces Poland on Thursday.