The Euros roll on as teams look to be one of the 16 to advance out of the group stage. Here’s what teams need to happen in order to advance.
The group stage at the European Championship enters its second week and there are still plenty of teams vying for one of 16 spots in the knockout round.
The 24-team tournament, postponed last year because of the pandemic, features six groups.
The top two teams from each group advance to the next round, along with four third-place finishers with the best record.
Italy became the first team to advance to the last-16 on Wednesday following their 3-0 win against Switzerland. Italy can win Group A on Sunday with just a draw against Wales.
There are lots of many permutations out there as teams as the bracket begins to take shape. If teams are tied on points, goal differential is the first tie-breaker used. UEFA uses a series of other methods if teams remain tied on goal differential.
Here’s a look at the six groups and what teams need to do in order to advance to the last-16, which starts on June 26. The final is scheduled for July 11 at London’s Wembley Stadium.
Italy is already through to the next round. A win or draw against Wales wins them the group. Wales can finish first with a win against Italy or second with a draw, but only if Switzerland fails to beat Turkey. Switzerland, meanwhile, can finish in the top two if they win and Wales loses. Turkey can finish third with a victory against Switzerland.
Belgium are through with a win against Denmark. Finland and Russia, both tied with three points each, could be tied with Denmark should they beat Belgium. As a result, the group would be decided on the final matchday.
Austria are through to the last-16 if they defeat the Netherlands. The Dutch would advance with a win. Austria will also be through if Ukraine beats North Macedonia. Ukraine will be eliminated if they lose to North Macedonia and Austria does not lose to the Netherlands. North Macedonia will be eliminated if they lose against Ukraine and the Netherlands get at least a draw against Austria.
The Czech Republic will be through if they defeat Croatia. They can finish in the top two if they win and Scotland does not beat England. England will advance if they defeat Scotland. They will be confirmed in the top two spots if they win and Croatia does not beat the Czech Republic. Croatia, meanwhile, will be unable to finish in the top two spots if they lose to the Czech Republic, coupled with Scotland’s failure to beat England. Scotland will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose to England and Croatia does not defeat the Czech Republic.
Slovakia advance out of the group if they defeat Sweden. They can finish first if Spain tie or lose to Poland and they win. Poland, meanwhile, can not finish first or second if they lose to Spain.
The “Group of Death” remains wide open. Portugal reaches the second round with a victory against Germany. They can finish first or second if they win and Hungary does not beat France. France are through if they defeat Hungary. They can finish in the top two spots if they win and Germany does not beat Portugal. Germany will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose to Portugal and Hungary does not beat France. Hungary, meanwhile, will be unable to finish in the top two if they lose to France and Germany are unable to defeat Portugal.