Euro 2020: What all groups must qualify from the group stage

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The group stage of Euro 2020 is almost halfway through, 16 of the 24 nations move into the knockout round.

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The first two teams in each group qualify together with the best four of the six third-placed teams. At Euro 2016, two teams moved up to third place with three points.

The first tie-breaker for teams at point level is the head-to-head record, followed by the total goal difference.

JUMP TO: How the third-placed teams fill in the bracket

Here's what each team needs to go through with one round of play remaining. (We'll add more groups as the games progress.)

Qualified for the round of 16: Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands

Eliminated: North Macedonia

GROUP A

20th June: Italy vs. Wales, Switzerland vs. Turkey (6:00 p.m. CET, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Group A

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
Italy – Q 2 2 0 0 +6 6th
Wales 2 1 1 0 +2 4th
Switzerland 2 0 1 1 -3 1
Turkey 2 0 0 2 -5 0
Top two and top four thirds qualify

Italy
– They qualified with one game to go and need a draw at home against Wales on Sunday to win the group. A convenient draw would pass both first and second.

Wales
– Need a point in Rome to guarantee qualification. If Wales wins, they'll lead the group.
– Will also be second with a loss if Switzerland doesn't win.
– If Wales lose and Switzerland win, the total goal difference in the group will be taken into account. If Wales lose 3-0 and Switzerland win 2-0, the teams have identical records and the disciplinary record goes to. If that's the same, Switzerland takes second place in the qualification ranking.
– Even if Wales loses and finishes third, four points should be enough for being one of the best third-placed finishers.

Switzerland
– Must win to have a chance to finish second but Wales must lose and have a goal difference of at least five goals.
– A win with four points as third should be enough. A tie with two points in third place with -3 goals will certainly not be enough.
– Cannot qualify with a loss.

Turkey
– Have to beat Switzerland to finish third and hope three points are enough. But with a goal difference of -5 there is probably little chance of remaining in the competition.

GROUP B

June 21st: Finland vs. Belgium, Russia vs. Denmark (9:00 p.m. CET, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Group B

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
Belgium – Q 2 2 0 0 +4 6th
Finland 2 1 0 1 0 3
Russia 2 2 0 1 -2 3
Denmark 2 0 0 2 -2 0
Top two and top four thirds qualify

Belgium: Are through and need a point against Finland to secure the top spot. You can lose the top spot with a loss if Russia doesn't beat Denmark OR Russia wins and Belgium loses by three or four goals (Finland at the top in both scenarios). There is an unlikely scenario where Belgium can finish third, which means they lose by at least six goals and Russia win.

Russia: Victory in Denmark guarantees progress. If Finland can't beat Belgium there will be a draw, but even if Finland win and Russia finish third, four points should be enough. Russia's only chance of defeat is if they lose by a goal other than 0-1, finish third, and hope three points will be enough. If they lose 0-1, Finland will have to lose to Belgium by 4+ goals. If they lose 0: 1 and Finland is beaten 0: 3, third place will be decided first according to the disciplinary balance and then in the qualification for Euro 2020 (Russia 12th, Finland 20th). Can't top the group.

Finland: Do you know that if they beat Belgium they will definitely come through first or second and would lead the group if Russia doesn't win either OR if Russia wins Finland by at least three goals. A draw would be enough to advance if Russia loses (although four points in third place should still be good enough if Russia wins). If Finland loses and Russia wins or draws, Finland will have to wait and see if three points are enough for third place. See below for more scenarios when Finland loses, in addition to those in the Russia section.

Denmark: They have to beat Russia to have a chance of progressing, but if they win and Finland lose to Belgium they will finish second in almost all scenarios.

– If Denmark wins and Finland wins or draws, the Danes will finish third and have to hope that is enough to move on with three points.

– If Denmark wins and Finland loses, three teams will be suspended with three points. Places 2-4 will be decided according to the results between the three teams. If Denmark win with a score other than 1-0, they will be second in the group. If Denmark win with a score other than 1-0, Russia will be third and Finland will be bottom. If Denmark win by more than one goal, Finland will be third and Russia will be bottom.

If Denmark wins 1-0 and Finland loses, the group will be decided on the total goal difference and goals scored and Denmark cannot come in worse than third. If Denmark win 1-0 and Finland lose 1-0 or by two goals, Denmark will be second and Finland third. If Finland loses 2-1, the goal difference and goals scored will be the same and second place will be decided on disciplinary basis. If the discipline points are the same, Denmark will finish second overall in qualifying for Euro 2020 (Denmark 15th, Finland 20th). For every other one-goal loss for Finland (2-3, 3-4, etc.), Finland is in second and Denmark in third.

GROUP C

June 21st: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands, Ukraine vs. Austria (6:00 p.m. CET, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Group C

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
Netherlands – Q 2 2 0 0 +3 6th
Ukraine 2 1 0 1 0 3
Austria 2 1 0 1 0 3
N Macedonia 2 0 0 2 -3 0
Top two and top four thirds qualify

Netherlands: Qualified as group winners.

Ukraine: Will be second if they avoid losing to Austria. If they lose, they have to wait and see if three points are enough for third place.

Austria: Have to beat Ukraine to finish second, although a four-point draw in third will almost certainly be good enough. Lose and you have to wait and see for three points third.

North Macedonia: Have been eliminated.

GROUP D

June 22: Croatia vs. Scotland, Czech Republic vs. England (9:00 p.m. CET, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Group D

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
Czech Republic 2 1 1 0 +2 4th
England 2 1 1 0 +1 4th
Croatia 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Scotland 2 0 1 1 -2 1
Top two and top four thirds qualify

Czech Republic: You need a point to qualify to secure the top spot in the group. Can only finish third in the group if they lose and Croatia win and finish above them due to the total goal difference.

England: Also need a point to get through safely but have to win to lead the group. Will also qualify at loss if Scotland don't win to improve goal difference and even then four points should be enough to qualify third.

Croatia: The only hope for second place is to beat Scotland, lose the Czech Republic and finish with a better goal difference in the group. But a win is almost certain by four points anyway, and there's a small chance they'll tie third with two points.

Scotland: Must win and England must lose and Scotland better overall goals difference to finish second. Again, a win with four points is highly likely to be third.

GROUP E

23rd June: Slovakia vs. Spain, Sweden vs. Poland (6:00 p.m. CET, 12:00 p.m. ET)

Group E

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
Sweden 2 1 1 0 +1 4th
Slovakia 2 1 0 1 0 3
Spain 2 0 2 0 0 2
Poland 2 0 1 1 -1 1
Top two and top four thirds qualify

Sweden: They need a point against Poland to qualify in the top two and will win the group if they beat Poland or if both games are tied. The only way Sweden will definitely finish second with a defeat is if they lose by any result other than 1-0 and Slovakia is a draw with Spain. If Sweden loses 1-0 or more than one goal and Slovakia draws Spain, Sweden will finish third with four points. Four points should be enough for third place anyway, which you should know before the game, and you can't end up in the end.

Slovakia: They have to beat Spain to be sure of qualifying and they would lead the group if Sweden draw or lose. One point is also enough if Sweden wins or a draw, or if Poland wins 1-0 or 2+ goals (four points should be enough for third place). Have a chance of third place with three points as long as Poland doesn't win.

Spain: Has to beat Slovakia to guarantee qualification and that will count as group winners if Sweden loses (could be at the top in goal difference even in a tie). In the event of a draw, their only hope is to be top third-placed by three points, but they would be bottom of Poland if they win. Cannot realistically qualify if they lose, although there is a small mathematical chance that if they lose by one goal they could advance to the top third-placed teams by two points (would need Switzerland-Turkey and Croatia-Scotland both draws).

Poland: They need a win over Sweden and that will prevail as group winners if Slovakia-Spain tie and they win by any result other than 1-0. If Poland win 1-0 and Slovakia-Spain tie, Poland will come in second and Slovakia will win the group. Second place guaranteed if they win and Slovakia-Spain is not a draw. Here, too, there is a chance of progressing with a two-point tie if Spain loses and Poland has the better goal difference in the group overall.

GROUP F

23rd June: Germany vs. Hungary, Portugal vs. France (9:00 p.m. CET, 3:00 p.m. ET)

Group F.

GP W. D. L. GD PTS
France 2 1 1 0 +1 4th
Germany 2 1 0 1 +1 3
Portugal 2 1 0 1 +1 3
Hungary 2 0 1 1 -3 1
Top two and top four thirds qualify

France: A win against Portugal guarantees the top spot, but they only need one point to qualify. Will definitely lose in a tie between Germany and Hungary; could also finish second with a defeat if Hungary wins depending on the goal difference. Four points should be enough for a top third place if they are beaten and Germany wins. You can also end up at the top with one point as long as Germany doesn't win.

Germany: Qualification will be guaranteed if they beat Hungary in Munich. One point will be enough for the top 2 as long as Portugal doesn't win. Germany's only hope of defeat is if France beat Portugal and three points are enough for third. Can finish as a winner and draw or lose France.

Portugal: In a precarious position with France to play in the final game. The win guarantees them that they are through, and as group winners if Germany draws or loses. A draw will be enough as long as Germany loses. But if Portugal lose to finish with three points, they have to hope Hungary won't win, so they'll finish third. Then it would probably come down to the goal difference for the best third-placed finishers, so a heavy loss to France could lead them out. With Group F out last, Portugal (and France) know exactly what is at stake to finish third or be eliminated.

Hungary: They have to beat Germany to have a chance to qualify and they will go through if Portugal lose. If Portugal win, they should finish with a better goal difference than France with both countries on four points. In a tie between France and Portugal, they cannot finish in the top two, but four points should be enough for third place.

How the third-placed teams fill in the bracket

The third-placed teams will play against the winners of Groups B, C, E and F as indicated on the grid above. In the event of a tie, it will be decided which group combination will provide the four best third-placed finishers.

For example, if the best third-placed finishers come from groups B, D, E and F, then the winners of group B (WB) place the third-placed finisher in group F (3F).

BRACKET – ROUND 16

Saturday June 26th
37- Runner-up Group A vs. Runner-up Group B (Amsterdam; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
38 – Winner Group A vs. Runner-Up Group C (London; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ABC

Sunday June 27th
39 – Netherlands vs. 3rd in D / E / F (Budapest; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
40 – Winner Group B vs. 3rd in A / D / E / F (Seville; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ABC

Monday June 28th
41 – Runner-up Group D vs. Runner-up Group E (Copenhagen; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
42 – Winner Group F vs. 3rd in A / B / C (Bucharest; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Tuesday June 29th
43 – Winner Group D vs. Runner-Up Group F (London; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
44 – Winner Group E vs. 3rd in A / B / C / D (Glasgow; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

BRACKET – QUARTER-FINALS

Friday July 2nd
45 – Winner Match 41 vs. Winner Match 42 (St. Petersburg; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
46 – Winner Match 37 vs. Winner Match 39 (Munich; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Saturday 3rd July
47 – Winner Match 38 vs. Winner Match 40 (Baku; 12:00 PM ET, 6:00 PM CET) – ESPN
48 – Winner Match 43 vs. Winner Match 44 (Rome; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ABC

BRACKET – SEMI-FINAL

Tuesday July 6th
49 – Winner Match 45 vs. Winner Match 46 (London; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Wednesday July 7th
50 – Winner Match 47 vs. Winner Match 48 (London; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

BRACKET – FINAL

Sunday July 11th
Winner Match 49 vs. Winner Match 50 (London; 3:00 p.m. ET, 9:00 p.m. CET) – ESPN

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