Euro 2020 history so far and a look at the knockout stage by Dream Island

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Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot as Portugal advanced to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a 2-2 draw against Group F winners France.

In Group E, Spain beat Slovakia with a 0-5 victory en route to the round of 16, qualifying second with Sweden leading the group. The other big teams in the round of 16 are Italy, the Netherlands, France, England, Belgium, Germany and Portugal.

Due to the pandemic, there has been a change in the number of replacements allowed, which has helped these teams with in-depth strength to benefit from five replacements instead of the traditional three. Our Dream Island football experts expect the winner of this tournament to be one of the aforementioned eight teams.

For the knockout stage, the Dream Island team have prepared a summary of the top eight midfield teams: As a number of teams have reached the knockout stages despite huge question marks hanging over their performance. Can England score enough to win? Can Germany defend well enough to win?

Which team from Spain will show up, the one that scored a goal against Sweden or the one that overtook Slovakia by five?

For the Italians, Jorginho’s success rests on his reading of the game and excellent foresight that forces the opponents to lose the ball. He’s relatively good at controlling pace and orchestrating attacks, however, he struggles to control the ball making him unable to push any further. After Verratti’s return, the Italian team is even stronger.

For Portugal, the defending champions outlived the group of death, qualifying in third place, and will face Belgium, third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup, led by Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne. Cristiano Ronaldo has been in sensational form so far and is the competition’s top scorer with five goals already. Belgium will however want its chances, especially with Portugal which seems fragile at the back. The champions have conceded six goals in their group stage games and with Pepe, 38 at the back, Lukaku, De Bruyne and Hazard will imagine themselves scoring.

On fire: Romelu Lukaku celebrates with teammate Kevin De Bruyne

On fire: Romelu Lukaku celebrates with teammate Kevin De Bruyne

Spain are not the force they have been in previous majors as their team are going through a phase of transition. The team are largely inexperienced when it comes to major finals, but they found a way to advance to the group stage after shooting their first two games. The bright spots for the Spaniards are that they remain undefeated and have conceded just one goal so far.

The smart money is still with France. Les Bleus have star power on the pitch, are strong defensively, can hit the counter and have already proven they can win at the highest level.

On a night of more ups and downs than a roller coaster, Germany needed a late equalizer to ensure they advanced from the group stage for the seventh time in eight major international tournaments. Joachim Low’s reign looked set for an unexpectedly premature exit after trailing 1-0, 2-1 in Munich, with Adam Szalai’s opening game seeing Germany become one of four teams to concede the first in their three group outings, after Turkey, North Macedonia and Poland. In the round of 16 there might be a chance to shine for teenager Jamal Musiala, who became the youngest player to make an appearance for the German national team in a major tournament, at the age of 18 years and 117 days, when he faced Hungary.

Although the Netherlands won all three games, their opponents in the squad were weak. The Netherlands advanced to first place in Group C and will face the Czech Republic in the round of 16. As for Ukraine, they had to wait nervously for the results of the last three groups but thanks to the destruction of Slovakia by Spain combined with the victory of Sweden over Poland, they are finished. With three points and a goal difference of minus one, they finish ahead of Finland and Slovakia who both also scored three points.

Finally, England who finished at the top of the group with two wins and a draw in their first three games – while conceding no goals. Creativity has rarely been England’s greatest strength, but that could change over time for a tournament in the summer of 2021, however, they are even stronger than they were three years ago. Gareth Southgate’s men have only scored twice in the group stage and Harry Kane’s form has come into question with the forward barely registering a shot on target in the opening matches. They will now face their old enemies, Germany, in the next round, but after seeing Low’s men advance to the round of 16, England will feel they can win the draw, especially since that. is played at Wembley. Dream Island expects England and France to go far and may even reach the final.

Remains to score: Harry Kane England pays tribute to fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between Czech Republic

Remains to score: Harry Kane England pays tribute to fans after the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship Group D match between Czech Republic

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round of 16

1: Wales vs Denmark (Saturday June 26, Amsterdam)

2: Italy vs Austria (Saturday June 26, London)

3: Netherlands vs Czech Republic (Sunday June 27, Budapest)

4: Belgium vs Portugal (Sunday June 27, Seville)

5: Croatia vs Spain (Monday June 28, Copenhagen)

6: France vs Switzerland (Monday June 28, Bucharest)

7: England vs Germany (Tuesday June 29, London)

8: Sweden vs Ukraine (Tuesday June 29, Glasgow)

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