The group stage is already history in this Euro 2020, the edition of the championship organized by UEFA that had to be delayed to the summer of 2021 due to the start of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic and is now Round of 16 time with the first eliminatory duels already played between teams and waiting for Spain, which debuted on June 14 in the tournament against Sweden without success in goal, get win his pass to the quarterfinals against Luka Modric’s Croatia to continue active in the Euro after the defeat that finally came against Slovakia in the last match of group E.
Since the concentration in La Ciudad del Fútbol de Las Rozas, the Spanish team had suffered comings and goings due to the contagion of the captain Sergio Busquets, who was temporarily replaced by Jordi Alba, and Diego Llorente’s false positive. After getting immunized against covid-19 with a single dose from Janssen or Pfizer – the first, scheduled for those who had not been infected with the coronavirus to date; and the second, for those who had had the disease—, the 24 players selected by Luis Enrique They premiered at the La Cartuja stadium with a 0-0 draw in Spain – Sweden, a match in which, although there were scoring chances, “effectiveness” was lacking according to the statements made by the nationals after the meeting in Seville.
After repeating the same equalized score, but this time one, in the match against Poland, Spain only had one last chance to play the round of 16 and climb positions among their group rivals when they had only two points in the standings in such ties. After a match in which Luis Enrique acknowledged that Poland had closed “the options to progress” to Spain by doing a good job, ‘La Roja’ redeemed himself in his duel with Slovakia with a win of five goals – two of them, the product of actions on the opponent’s own goal – restoring faith to the fans in the same game in which Sergio Busquets rejoined After overcoming covid-19, which prevented him from playing against Poland despite having tested negative in the last diagnostic test that was performed and concentrating with his teammates in Seville.
Although the first two group days were a bad drink for both the Spanish team and the fans, Spain finally managed to qualify as second of group E, by pocketing three more points that served not to be at the mercy of appearing (or not) among the list of the four best third-party teams that have also gone on to play the round of 16.
Waiting to see if Spain defeats Croatia and wins a ticket in the quarterfinals, this is everything you need to know to keep up to date with Euro 2020:
How are the round of 16 and the quarter-final draw going?
The round of 16 started this Saturday, June 26 and the first two qualifying rounds have already taken place, in the absence of the other two appointments that will define this Monday and Tuesday. the table of the quarterfinals. On the first day, Wales, the second classified team in group A, faced Denmark, who occupied the same position in group B; While on the same Saturday another duel was fought between Italy, which ended up leading as first group A after a perfect run in the group stage, and Austria, which reached the round of 16 being second in group C.
After those two games, those who are still alive in the competition are Denmark, who thrashed Wales with a score of 4-0 despite the scare that the team took after the accident suffered by Christian Eriksen in his team’s debut in the Eurocopa, and Italy, that did not manage to prevail until the extension before Austria. These two quarterfinal opponents were joined on Sunday by the Czech Republic, which finished off the Netherlands, and Belgium, responsible for the 2016 Eurocup champion, Portugal, did not go to quarters.
With this new scenario, the first quarter-final matches have already been set up: Belgium and Italy will meet on the pitch on July 2 to go to the semi-finals and the Czech Republic and Denmark will fight for a place the next day. 3rd of July. To beat Croatia this Monday, Spain will play against France or Switzerland, the selection that is the winner of the other round of 16 that is held on this day, next Friday.
What games are there this Monday, June 28?
After the group stage, the qualified teams are playing in the round of 16, a phase of which there are still four games to play. These are the games scheduled for today, which can be followed live on Telecinco or via streaming at mitele.es:
- At 18:00, Spain and Croatia take to the field of play
- At 9:00 p.m. the Portugal – Switzerland will be played. The team that wins will be Spain’s rival if Luis Enrique’s men go to the quarterfinals
How long will the Eurocup last?
The championship organized by UEFA and which revives in this 2021 with its edition last year started on Friday, June 11, with a first match between two opponents from group A, Turkey and Italy. In the beginning, they were 24 teams competing for the title divided, at first, into six groups, ranging from A to F. The first phase of the tournament, known as the group phase, has already ended so that two could be classified, based on their victories and scores, selections in each group as the best in the competition.
In this sense, they were the first and second of each group those who went on to play the round of 16, teams that were joined by the four best third-parties to complete the quota of 16 teams that fight the phase in which the real competition already comes into play. Those four best third —Switzerland, Ukraine, Czech Republic and Portugal— were decided based on a series of criteria, such as a greater number of points, a greater goal difference or a greater number of victories, among others.
In the round of 16 teams from different groups already meet to make a screening and remain only with eight teams, which will face each other in the quarterfinals, matches that will take place between July 2 and 3. Therefore, The semifinals will be held on July 6 and 7, Wednesday and Thursday, and the winner of Euro 2020 will be known the 11 of July, Sunday in which the final will be played. In total, 51 games will be played.
Where is it held?
Euro matches are played in different cities of the continent and in various stadiums, with a total list of 11 locations, which includes the La Cartuja stadium in Seville, where Spain’s debut against Sweden and the national team’s match against Poland this Saturday, June 19, were held. In addition, in the Andalusian capital it was also possible to follow the duel with Slovakia on Wednesday 23, and a round of 16 match will be fought, as recorded the official website of the Eurocup.
The quarterfinals will be held in four different venues, the Allianz Arena Stadium in Munich (Germany), the Olympic Stadium in Baku (Azerbaijan), the Olympic Stadium in Rome (Italy) and the Saint Petersburg Stadium (Russia); while the semi-finals and final of the tournament will take place at Wembley Stadium in London, UK. These are all the stadiums and cities that will host Euro 2020 matches:
- Baku Olympic Stadium, Azerbaijan: in the group stage, it will organize group A matches and then a quarter-final on July 3
- National Arena Stadium in Bucharest, Romania: in the group stage, it will organize group C matches and, at the end of June, specifically on the 28th, it will hold a round of 16 duel
- Puskás Arena Stadium in Budapest, Hungary: in the group stage, it will host group F matches and on June 27 it will hold a round of 16 match
- Telia Parken Stadium in Copenhagen, Denmark: in the group stage, it will host group B matches, as well as a round of 16 match on June 28
- Hampden Park Stadium in Glasgow, Scotland: in the group stage, it will bring together a part of the members of Group D and will celebrate a round of 16 match on 29 June
- Allianz Arena Stadium in Munich, Germany: in the group stage, it will host the rest of the Group F matches that do not take place in Budapest, as well as a quarter-final on July 2
- Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy: in the group stage, it will organize the rest of the group A matches that are not held in Baku and will also hold a quarter-final on July 3
- St. Petersburg Stadium, Russia: in the group stage, it will bring together a part of the members of groups B and E, and will also hold a quarter-finals on July 2
- La Cartuja Stadium in Seville, Spain: in the group stage, it will host group E matches and a round of 16 will be played in the city on June 27
- Johan Cruyjff Stadium in Amsterdam, the Netherlands: in the group stage, it will organize matches for part of group C and on June 26 it will also host a round of 16 match
- Wembley Stadium in London, United Kingdom: It will organize group matches, two round of 16 matches, the two semi-finals to be played on July 6 and 7 and the final of Euro 2020, which will take place in the British capital on July 11 of July