The Euro 2020 group stage is over! After lots of thrills and spills the final 16 teams have been decided and they’ll all square off over the course of the next week. Here’s your full list of knockout fixtures for Euro 2020.
WALES VS. DENMARK
Despite dropping to defeat in their opening game Wales finished second in Group A with four points from their remaining two matches. The Welsh side have looked full of fighting spirit as they did through their impressive 2018 World Cup run. Denmark failed to impress in their opening two games and seemed to be heading home before a 4-1 win over Russia turned things around. Despite picking up just three points they managed to finished second in Group B. They’ve now got the tough task of overcoming Gareth Bale and co at the Amsterdam Arena on Saturday.
ITALY VS. AUSTRIA
Robert Mancini’s men have gone from an unfancied to many peoples pick to win the entire tournament after a perfect start to Euro 2020. Italy eased through Group A picking up three wins, scoring on seven occasions and not conceding at all. Austria appear to have their work cut out. Despite picking up six points and finishing second in Group C, they haven’t shown any sign of being able to derail Italian hype train. They’ll travel to London, England to try to do just that on Saturday evening.
NETHERLANDS VS. CZECH REPUBLIC
The Netherlands are another team who topped their group by winning all three games. Frank De Boers men eased through Group C scoring eight times and conceding just two goals. They’ll face what should be their toughest game of the tournament at the Puskás Stadium, Budapest, Hungary on Sunday. The Czech Republic finished third in Group D but gave World Cup finalists all they could handle in 1-1 draw. They also pushed England all the way in defeat while picking up three points against Scotland.
BELGIUM VS. PORTUGAL
The first glamour tie of the Euro 2020 round of 16 will take place on Sunday evening. Belgium and Portugal are two of the got favourites to win the tournament, but someone must go home early. Belgium flawlessly emerged from the relatively straight forward Group B. Roberto Martinez’s men beat Denmark, Finland and Russia, scoring seven goals in the process and conceding just once. Portugal just about managed to emerge from what has been dubbed the Group of Death. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored five goals as Portugal picked up four points to qualify in third. They’ll be hoping he adds to his tally when Portugal meet Belgium at the Estadio La Cartuja, in Spain on Sunday.
CROATIA VS. SPAIN
Two really strong sides who have so far failed to live up to expectations at Euro 2020. Croatia laboured through Group D, falling to defeat against England and drawing against the Czech Republic. Ultimately that draw and a win over Scotland was enough to see them qualify in second. Spain may be unbeaten, but they have looked pretty poor. Despite being the hot favourite to top Group E they only managed to pick up five points and finish second. Perhaps they’ll finally hit form when they square off against Croatia at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark on Monday.
FRANCE VS. SWITZERLAND
France began the tournament as favourites and it’s hard to look past them despite the fact they have only picked up five points from Group F. Two tough draws against a pretty brilliant Portugal team and the plucky Hungary side who can count themselves unlucky to be heading home. Although the points haul wasn’t impressive, France have managed to top the Group of Death and that cannot be overlooked. They seem to have the relatively straightforward task of getting by Switzerland who laboured through Group A, finishing in third place. They have a distinct lack of goal threat and like to play football which could see them come unstuck against the World Champions at the National Arena in Bucharest, Romania on Monday night.
ENGLAND VS. GERMANY
The biggest tie of the round will see old enemies England and Germany square off. Gareth Southgate’s men can count themselves unlucky to have topped their group and still find themselves running into the always dangerous German national side. On the plus side, they will have home advantage as the game will take place at Wembley Stadium in London on Tuesday evening. Germany will just be thankful to be through to the knockout stages after salvaging a late draw against Hungary in their final group game to secure a second-place finish. Picking a player to score in such a good isn’t easy with the plethora of talent on the pitch and this tie promises to deliver fireworks
SWEDEN VS. UKRAINE
Sweden have done tremendously well to top Group E which also featured Spain, Slovakia and Poland. They managed to pick up seven points from three games and appear to be the dark horses of Euro 2020. Their reward for such impressive performances is a much simpler tie against Ukraine who can count themselves lucky to be into the knockout round after only picking up three points and finishing third in Group C.
Which Euro 2020 knockout tie are you most looking forward to?