Euro's round of 16 matches revealed

By Xuan Binh   June 26, 2024 | 10:21 pm PT
Euro's round of 16 matches revealed
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (number 7) celebrates the opening goal for Georgia against Portugal at Veltins Stadium, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on June 26, 2024. Photo by Reuters
The round of 16 of Euro 2024 will witness a match between the two top three teams on FIFA ranking, France and Belgium, while the other big teams will have an easier time against weaker opponents.

The eight matches in the round of 16 are Spain vs Georgia, Germany vs Denmark, Portugal vs Slovenia, France vs Belgium, Romania vs Netherlands, Austria vs Turkey, England vs Slovakia and Switzerland vs Italy. The round of 16 will be played from June 29 to July 2, with two games per day.

Euro 2024s Round of 16 matches (Hanoi time). Photo by Google

Euro 2024's Round of 16 matches (Hanoi time). Photo by Google

The final round of Euro group stage on Wednesday identified the final five teams to advance, with Romania, Belgium, Slovakia (group E) and Turkey and Georgia (group F). Hungary were eliminated as Georgia unexpectedly beat Portugal 2-0 in the final match of Group F to become one of the best third-placed teams.

Besides Hungary, seven other teams exited the tournament from the group stage, including Poland, Croatia, Scotland, Serbia, Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Albania.

The most anticipated match in the round of 16 is France vs Belgium, who are second and third on FIFA ranking. The two teams have encountered 75 times, of which France won 26, drew 19 and lost 30 games. But in the game at Dusseldorf Stadium on July 1, France are rated higher with a more balanced squad.

England will face Slovakia, and Netherlands only had to meet Romania. The Austria vs Turkey game is more balanced, because both are considered dark horses in the tournament.

Portugal will have the opportunity to return the favor from the friendly 0-2 defeat to Slovenia in March 2024, in the rematch in Frankfurt on July 1. Georgia, after defeating Portugal, continues to hope for a surprise against title contender Spain.

The remaining two matches, Switzerland vs Italy and Germany vs Denmark, will take place on June 29.

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