The 16th edition of the European Championship, Euro 2020, kicked off on June 11 with matches in 11 major cities across Europe – for the first time in the tournament’s 60-year history. With the team stage in the books, it is time for the knockout stage, where the ranking points and the goal difference are removed in favor of clear wins and losses. Let’s take a look at the journey of the top 16 teams so far:
Wales vs Denmark:
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Both sides finished second in their goal difference, Wales finished second in Group A four points behind Italy, while Denmark became the first team to ever reach the knockout stages of the EURO after lost the first two games thanks to an unforgettable Matchday 3 win against Russia securing second place in Group B behind Belgium.
All ten previous team games have produced one winner, Denmark with six wins and Wales with four.
Italy vs. Austria:
Italy has impressed at UEFA EURO 2020 with maximum points in the group stage and is now traveling to London to take on Austria, who have reached the knockout stage of the competition for the first time.
While Italy recorded three wins and three clean sheets to win first place in Group A, a Ukrainian defeat in Matchday 3 gave Austria second place in Group C behind the Netherlands, for the first time in its three finals. EURO, went beyond the original stage team.
Austria have won 12 of their previous 36 games against Italy, although they have not won them since a 2-1 friendly win over Naples in December 1960. Their next record against Azzurri is the D3 L10.
Netherlands vs. Czech Republic:
The Netherlands and the Czech Republic produced one of the group’s most memorable matches at UEFA EURO 2004 and now meet at the knockout for the first time at the Puskás Aréna in Budapest in the third round of 16 draws at UEFA EURO 2020.
The Netherlands relegated through Group C, winning all three games at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam and scoring eight goals in the process, making them the top scorers in the group stage. The Czechs, on the other hand, qualified as one of the top four third places, finishing behind England and Croatia in Group D with four points.
The Czech Republic has won five of its 11 matches against the Netherlands (D3 L3), including the last two at home (2-1) – Stefan de Vrij scored the away goal – and away (3-2) at home. UEFA EURO Qualifiers 2016.
Belgium v Portugal:
The world’s top team looked worthy of this title during a perfect team phase, with Romelu Lukaku scoring three goals. The Portuguese look just as strong in attack, with Cristiano Ronaldo having five goals and one assist after three games, but worrying in the back.
Portugal won 6 of its 18 matches against Belgium and lost 5 as the other matches ended in a draw.
Croatia vs Spain:
Croatia and Spain have served many dramatic encounters over the years and now face each other for the first time in a knockout tournament as they meet at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen in the round of 16 at UEFA EURO 2020.
Both sides knocked out with impressive success in Matchday 3, Croatia claimed second place in Group D with a 3-1 defeat by Scotland in Glasgow, while Spain equaled the record of victory in an EURO final. with a 5-0 victory against Slovakia in Seville.
Croatia’s eight-match record against Spain is W3 D1 L4.
France vs. Switzerland:
After beating Portugal and Germany in Group F, which has always been called the “Death Team”, France was rewarded with a place in the round of 16 against Switzerland.
The Swiss are ranked lower than their French group rivals, but are 13th in the world and should not be underestimated. Switzerland finished as one of the best third-place teams after a mixed score in Group A.
France and Switzerland have met 39 times, with France winning 16 of them, losing 12 times and 11 games ending in a dead end.
England vs. Germany:
England and Germany meet in a huge clash of Euro 2020 at Wembley on Tuesday night, with a favorable route to the final that awaits the winners.
The Three Lions beat Group D to create the last 16 draw against Group F runner-up – the so-called “death group” with France, Portugal, Germany and Hungary. which was a few minutes after the crash – they saved the draw with 2-2 against Hungary to close a knockout.
This result means that England and Germany will face Wembley in a rematch of the Euro ’96 semi-final, which the Germans won on penalties before winning the competition.
Sweden vs. Ukraine:
Sweden and Ukraine start at Glasgow’s Hampden Park in the final game of the round of 16 of EURO 2020. Blagult beat Group E, staying ahead of Spain and made a surprise. Meanwhile, Ukraine was third in Group C, winning one and losing two games, but it shows a lot of potential. Although their results were not so impressive, the performances were at a very high level, which is why the Ukrainians enter this conflict with great confidence.
The nations have faced 4 times in the past as Ukraine won a few wins and Sweden won 1. And the other match a draw.
ROUND 16 bundles
June 26: Wales vs Denmark (10pm, Amsterdam)
June 27: Italy v Austria (1 a.m., London)
June 27: Netherlands v Czech Republic (10pm, Budapest)
June 28: Belgium v Portugal (1 a.m., Seville)
June 28: Croatia vs. Spain (10 pm, Copenhagen)
June 29: France vs. Switzerland (1 a.m., Bucharest)
June 29: England vs. Germany (10pm, London)
June 30: Sweden vs. Ukraine (1 a.m., Glasgow)