Euro 2021 news LIVE! Accumulation of England against Germany in the last 16 games
So it’s confirmed – England will meet Germany in the round of 16 of the European Championship at Wembley Stadium.
After securing first place in Group D with their 1-0 victory over the Czech Republic on Tuesday, the Three Lions watched closely last night as Group F – AKA the “Group of Death” – came to an exciting conclusion in Budapest and Munich.
With England set to play the finalists, their potential knockout opponents changed several times over the course of a 90 minutes before Leon Goretzka’s goal in the 2-2 draw against Hungary – France and Portugal drawing by the same score – saving Germany from a second straight group stage outing in a major tournament and a mammoth trip to London on Tuesday.
A quarter-final against Sweden or Ukraine would await Gareth Southgate’s men in Rome if they beat Germany at home, with a semi-final at Wembley – possibly against Wales – if they progressed as far.
Elsewhere in the final 16, Wales will face Denmark in Amsterdam, while Italy will face Austria, the Netherlands will face the Czech Republic and Portugal will face another heavyweight clash with Belgium, the best ranked.
Croatia and Spain then face off in another enticing match and tournament favorites France face Switzerland in Bucharest.
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England’s potential route to the final
If England were to finally beat their old German foe in a major tournament for the first time since 1966, they would travel to Rome for a quarter-final the following Saturday against either Sweden or Ukraine.
But it would be the only game they would be required to play away in the remainder of the tournament.
If all went well, they would be back at Wembley for a semi-final, which could be against Wales, on July 7 and the final four days later.
If Wales beat Denmark in the round of 16 in Amsterdam on Saturday, they will face either the Netherlands or the Czech Republic in the quarter-finals.
France, Belgium, Italy and Spain will all compete on the other side of the draw.
The entire program of the last 16
Here is the calendar of the round of 16 of Euro 2020 in its entirety …
5 p.m .: Wales vs Denmark, Amsterdam
8 p.m .: Italy vs Austria, Wembley
5 p.m .: Netherlands vs Czech Republic, Budapest
8 p.m .: Belgium vs Portugal, Seville
5 p.m .: Croatia vs Spain, Copenhagen
8 p.m .: France vs Switzerland, Bucharest
5 p.m .: England vs Germany, Wembley
8 p.m .: Sweden vs Ukraine, Glasgow
England face Germany in round of 16
In case you managed to miss it last night, England will face Germany in the round of 16 of Euro 2020.
After winning Group D thanks to a 1-0 triumph over the Czech Republic on Tuesday night, all English eyes were firmly on the Group F highlight – AKA the “Group of Death” – last night.
And what a thrilling night of action it was!
England’s potential opponents in the round of 16 changed several times as the drama unfolded in Munich and Budapest, with Leon Goretzka’s goal in a 2-2 draw against Hungary , ultimately saving Germany from the ignominy of a second straight group stage outing in a major tournament and also booking a showdown with the Three Lions at Wembley on Tuesday.
Hungary were eliminated from the tournament despite their best efforts, while a 2-2 draw between France and Portugal in Budapest saw the tournament favorites Les Bleus win the group and draw with Switzerland in Bucharest. .
Meanwhile, Portugal have finally placed in the top four third and will face top-ranked Belgium in Seville on Sunday night.
UEFA defends rainbow lighting ban
UEFA has decided to defend its decision to reject a request for the lighting of the Allianz Arena in Munich in rainbow colors for tonight’s Germany-Hungary match.
Munich Mayor Dieter Reiter, with the support of Bavarian Prime Minister Markus Soder, called on the governing body of European football to allow “a widely visible signal for our common understanding of values” and to “work with strength and visibility for the tolerance and equality “. The request was dismissed in what Reiter called a “shameful” decision.
UEFA said the reason was that it was political and made in response to Hungarian law.
UEFA’s Twitter avatar changed to rainbow colors and issued statement
Grealish wants to be great England
Jack Grealish got Wembley back on its feet last night and then immediately set his sights on joining the England greats.
He said: “There is nothing to say that I cannot perform at this level. You all know how much I trust myself to be able to play, and I felt I did it with my help.
“I talked about the importance of these tournaments in people’s careers. You think back and watch Gazza at Italia 90, where he was well known before, but everyone remembers that tournament.
“You watch Wayne Rooney at Euro 2004, when he set his marker to be one of the best in the world. I have a bit to follow in their footsteps, but I hope I can do that if I have more. opportunities in the tournament.
Grealish added, “I don’t think it’s pressure at all. I love to play football and that’s what I get paid for and what I was born for. I love to play soccer every day of my life and when I go there is no pressure on me.
“It’s obviously different from what I’ve been used to. I’ve never played in Europe before, I’ve never played in the Europa League or the Champions League. But it’s a new challenge, something that I really enjoy, I love it. It’s about showing my talent to the world and that’s what I want.
Portugal face a “final” for France
French striker Antoine Griezmann said tonight’s game against Portugal looked like “a final”.
The World Cup winners have already advanced to the round of 16, but they can finish top of Group F – and avoid a clash with England – by beating Portugal.
“The game is like a final, but I think we have to treat it like the two games we have already played,” said Griezmann.
“We know we have to get a result to progress; a win would be best. We know it’s going to be a tough game, but I think we’re ready.
“We’ll have to prepare well and tactically see how we can make it as difficult as possible for them. The stadium will be full again and I am happy to be able to play in this atmosphere.
Today’s Bild homepage
Very well well. Quite the message from the German newspaper ahead of today’s visit to Hungary.
Third place ranking
Spain has work to do.
Henderson on ‘positive’ group stage matches
Jordan Henderson insists England’s performance in the group stage was “very positive” as the Three Lions moved forward with little fanfare.
He said: “We won the group. Our goal was to qualify, defensively we looked solid with clean sheets.
“We would have liked to have scored more goals, of course, but overall I think we have to be happy and look forward to the next round.
“When you reach the last 16, it will always be difficult, it will always be a good team. We just have to be focused on ourselves and be ready and go out there and get a good result. “
Chiellini back to training
Giorgio Chiellini is back in training for Italy, but he is unlikely to be fit for his round of 16 against Austria on Sunday.
Chiellini missed his side’s last group game against Wales last week and Roberto Mancini does not want to rush him.
Alessandro Florenzi, who also missed the game against Wales, is still not in training either.