It began with 24 countries only two weeks ago but by the end of Wednesday the remainder of the last 16 will be decided. It was Northern Ireland’s first appearance in the Euros and first major tournament since 1986, now they join the ranks alongside England and Wales.
The Republic of Ireland are still looking to grab a 3rd spot place as they face off against group winners Italy. Meanwhile Sweden are challenging for that 3rd spot also as they go up against Belgium, will this be Zlatan’s chance to shine? After announcing this will be his last performance wearing the national shirt, as he retires from international football after this tournament.
Northern Ireland manager Michael O’Neill on whether he would rather face Wales or France: “If I was picking a team I thought we had a better chance against I would say Wales, but we’ll see who comes out after the final group games on Wednesday.”
Spain who were put under constant pressure from Croatia, folded and were defeated 2-1 by an impressive Croatian performance. That means Spain will face the winners of Group E – The Italians, in the round of 16.
Luka Modric telling Darijo Srna where Sergio Ramos would place the penaltypic.twitter.com/b0EvDW67dU
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France topped Group A, with Switzerland coming in second place. The Swiss will face runners up of Group C Poland, with Germany finishing top of that group. Group F has provided us with the most unpredictable matches so far in the tournament.
Neither team has qualified for the round of 16 yet, currently Hungry sit top but if they lose to Portugal, Iceland will finish group winners. Ronaldo was been far more active than most strikers this tournament, taking 22 shots in his first two games, and was unlucky to hit the woodwork during a penalty against Austria.
The last day of the group stages is set to be an important one with five teams battling out to qualify for the round of 16.
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