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Euro 2020 Fixtures: Who will play who?

Now that the group stages of this years European Championships have been settled, the knockout stages are set to commence, staring on Saturday.

England sealed qualification as group winners, with a win over Czech Republic earlier this week. But Gareth Southgate’s side had to wait until the conclusion of Group F in order to find out their last 16 opponents. Both games ended level in that group, with Germany twice coming from behind to draw 2-2 with Hungary, whilst France and Portugal also played out a 2-2 stalemate.

As a result France topped the group, with Germany in second and Portugal going through as one of the best third placed teams. This all means that England will host Germany at Wembley on Tuesday June 29th at 5pm live on BBC One.

With the fixture being heaped with history and passion for both sets of fans, it is set to be the game to look out for, along with Belgium against Portugal.

Manager Gareth Southgate has plenty to remember about the fixture having his penalty saved in Euro 96. He will be hoping to get revenge from the side-lines and guide his England side to victory over the Germans.

Out of the 32 times these two nations have faced off against one another, Germany boast 15 wins to England’s 13, with 4 draws between them. However there cannot be a draw in the knockout phases of a major tournament.

Meanwhile Wales will take on Denmark in Amsterdam, after finishing second in Group A, only losing the group to Italy who won it through taking the maximum 9 points.

 

 

Who plays who in the last 16?

Saturday

Wales vs Denmark – Amsterdam 5pm (BBC)

  • Wales finished second in their group with four points. Winning one, drawing one, losing one.
  • Denmark also finished second in their group, however only picking up three points. Although they hit four past Russia in their last group game.

Italy v Austria – Wembley, 8pm (BBC)

  • Italy came through their group with a 100% record. One of only three teams to do so.
  • Austria finished 2nd in Group C, picking up six points. Arnautovic will be back available for them for this match.

 

Sunday

Netherlands v Czech Republic – Budapest, 5pm (ITV)

  • Holland topped their group with 9 points. They come into the game off of a 3-0 win over North Macedonia
  • Czech Republic are one of the four best third placed teams. they qualified with four points.

Belgium v Portugal – Seville, 8pm (ITV)

  • Belgium are the third and final side to go through with maximum points. Also scoring seven goals so far this tournament.
  • Portugal came out of the group of death third place with four points. They’ll hope Ronaldo can keep his record breaking form going against one of the favourites.

 

Monday

Croatia v Spain – Copenhagen, 5pm (ITV)

  • Croatia came second behind England in Group D. They will look to replicate the 3-1 win over Scotland in their last game.
  • Spain are unbeaten so far. they did not look all that convincing in their first two games. But a 5-0 win over Slovakia should give them a boost.

France v Switzerland – Bucharest, 8pm (ITV)

  • The favourites France won their group with only five points. Also unbeaten, although their best is surely yet to come.
  • The Swiss are another of the four best placed third teams with four points. All of their games have had two goals or more in so far.

 

Tuesday

England v Germany – Wembley, 5pm (BBC)

  • England, also unbeaten, looked shaky against Scotland. However a win against Czech Republic should maybe slightly if possible, calm the nerves ahead of this one.
  • Germany finished second with three points less then England did in their group. Although, 4-2 win over Portugal is something to be feared

Sweden v Ukraine – Glasgow, 8pm (BBC)

  • Sweden have been the dark horses of the competition so far. Top of their group, unbeaten and winnable game against Ukraine. They could go far.
  • The last of the four best third placed teams. Only managed three points, losing two and winning one. Going to be an uphill struggle for them.

 

Route to the Final

If England manage to defeat the Germans, they would play either Sweden or Ukraine in the quarter-finals. Which would take place in Rome on Saturday July 3rd. After that they could meet Wales in the semi-finals at Wembley four days later. With the final being held at Wembley another four days after that.

It is fair to say that Denmark have provided the uplifting story of the tournament, rallying around midfielder Christian Eriksen during his recovery from his horrific cardiac arrest he suffered against Finland in their first match of the tournament. With this in mind, Wales defender Connor Roberts believes that “99% of the world” will be supporting Denmark. In 2016, you could argue that that was the case for Wales. They managed to make it to the semi-finals, losing to the would be winners of the tournament Portugal. Along the way they knocked out Belgium 3-1 in a memorable quarter final.

If Wales get passed Denmark, they will have a quarterfinals meeting with the winners out of Netherlands and Czech Republic. On the other half of the table to Wales and England however, lurk Italy, Belgium, France and Spain.

France have proven why they should be regarded as the favourites for the tournament finishing first in what has been labelled the group of death seeing off Germany, Portugal and Hungary to finish the group with five points, going unbeaten with a win and two draws.

The French face Switzerland in Bucharest the last 16, knowing that if they win that game, they will face the winners of Croatia against Spain in St Petersburg four days later. From there, they may face either Italy, Austria, Belgium or Portugal, depending on how their last 16 matches turn out.

All of England’s matches so far have been held at Wembley. There route to the final could all be played at Wembley apart from the quarter final, where they will have to travel to Rome in order to face either Sweden or Ukraine. With the semi-finals and final being held at Wembley, and an expected 60,000 strong crowd able to attend due to lifting of coronavirus restrictions, there is no reason why if England can get that far, they can’t go the whole way and bring it home.

 

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Olly is currently doing a degree in sports journalism at Leeds Trinity University. He is an Ipswich Town fan and enjoys playing football and tennis in his spare time. His aspiration is to one day become a leading sports journalist within the online journalism sector.

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