After non-stop football action for 13 days and 35 matches, the last 16 lineups for Euro 2020 is all set. On the last day of group stages action, Portugal, Germany and Spain booked their spot for the knockout phases. While Portugal qualified as one of the best third-placed teams following their hard-fought 2-2 draw against France, for the second time in as many tournaments. Germany scraped through the last 16 stages fighting back twice and holding Hungary to a 2-2 draw. It was a see-saw battle in Group F, the Group of death of this year’s tournament with all four teams being in contention till the 80th minute of their matches.
In Group E action, Spain ‘popped like a bottle of champagne’ just like manager Luis Enrique had said before the match as they thrashed Slovakia 5-0 in their last group stage encounter. In the other match, Sweden secured a last-gasp win as Viktor Claesson’s stoppage-time goal helped them seal a 3-2 win over Poland and qualify as the group winner.
Here are the team who have qualified:
|Group||Winner||Runner-up||Best third-placed teams|
Points Table after Group Phase:
Group A - Italy (9 points, ), Wales (4, ), Switzerland (4, ), Turkey (0)
Group B - Belgium (9, through), Denmark (3, ), Finland (3), Russia (3)
Group C - Netherlands (9, ), Austria (6, ), Ukraine (3, ), North Macedonia (0)
Group D - England (7, ), Croatia (4, ), Czech Republic (4, ), Scotland (1)
Group E - Sweden (7, ), Spain (5, ), Slovakia (3), Poland (1)
Group F - France (5), Germany (4), Portugal (4), Hungary (2)
Portugal will face the world’s top-ranked side Belgium in the first knockout round in Seville on Sunday while Croatia take on Spain the day later. England will host the Germans on Tuesday at the Wembley Stadium. Meanwhile, the Netherlands face Czech Republic and France take on Switzerland.
When are the Knockout matches?
Here is the schedule for pre-qualters for Euro 2020:
June 26, Saturday
Wales vs Denmark (9:30 pm, Amsterdam)
June 27, Sunday (IST)
Italy vs Austria (12:30 am, London)
Netherlands vs Czech Republic (9:30 pm, Budapest)
June 28, Monday (IST)
Belgium vs Portugal (12:30 am, Seville)
Croatia vs Spain (9:30 pm, Copenhagen)
June 29, Tuesday (IST)
France vs Switzerland (12:30 am, Bucharest)
England vs Germany (9:30 pm, London)
June 30, Wednesday (IST)
Sweden vs Ukraine (12:30 am, Glasgow)