Euro 2020 status on June 23
Two of the round of 16 matches in Euro 2020 are confirmed: Wales will play Denmark, while Italy plays Austria (in Wembley. Why?). Netherlands, Belgium, Croatia and England have also qualified, and await their rivals. Four more round-of-16 matches will be decided today. In all, eight spots will be decided today.
Teams in contention today: Spain, Sweden, Poland, France, Germany, Portugal, Slovakia and Hungary. Both Poland and Hungary are at 1 point and will find the toughest to go to the next round.
Group F: France vs Portugal and Germany vs Hungary (Kick off at 12: 30 am)
Two heavyweights: World Cup winners France vs defending European champions Portugal. Even if both teams had qualified comfortably, this would have been a match few football fans would have wanted to miss. But with one point separating the two and all on the line, neither team can relax: France is as good as through with 4 points, but as tournament favourites, they would want to top the group.
Portugal vs Germany was arguably the game of the tournament. One can expect the Germans to beat Hungary. But as France saw, the Hungarians have proven to be one tough not to crack in Euro 2020. The fact that all three teams: France, Germany and Portugal, have a goal difference of 1, makes this group even more tantalising. Ronaldo vs Varane? Mbappe vs Pepe? We are not betting our money on any of the three teams to miss out on the round of 16.
Group E: Spain vs Slovakia and Sweden vs Poland (Kick off at 9: 30 pm)
Spain played some lovely football, but the table does not show that. With just two points in their first two matches, they remain far from the Spanish side that captivated the world between 2008 and 2012. Their front line has been the biggest issue in Euro 2020, with Alvaro Morata in desperate need to find form. Slovakia have a win in the tournament, and a draw can help them qualify if the Poles fail to beat Sweden. The Swedes sit most comfortable in this group right now, but there is no way they will approach their game with a relaxed attitude. But all eyes will be on Spain: after a slump in the recent international tournaments, will Luis Enrique’s side finally show the potential?
The ‘best losers’ in Euro 2020:
Apart from two each from Group E and F, there are also four more spots for teams in Euro 2020 for team who finish with the highest points as third in their Groups. Switzerland and the Czech Republic, with 4 points, are almost guaranteed a spot, while Finland and Ukraine have 3 points each. Today’s results can, however, shift the dynamics completely. The final day of Euro is going exactly as planned!