The group stage at the 2021 Euros delivered 16 teams that have advanced to the knockout rounds.
In addition to the top two teams in each of the six groups (12 in total), the four best third-place finishers also qualified to the Round of 16.
To make it easy, we created a separate standings table (below) for the third-place teams. The lucky four teams to move on were determined by the following criteria established by UEFA in this specific order:
- most points
- superior goal difference
- most goals scored
- most wins
- fewest disciplinary points in group stage matches
- position in the overall European Qualifiers rankings
Switzerland was the first team to mathematically advance as a third-place team. And the Swiss were soon joined by the Czech Republic. Slovakia’s lopsided 5-0 loss to Spain dashed its chances and that result automatically clinched a berth for Ukraine. Portugal claimed the final spot with its 2-2 draw against France, officially eliminating Finland in the process.
Third-Place Teams (top 4 advance)
|2. Czech Republic-X||D||4||3||1||1||1||3||2||+1|
(PTS=points, W=Wins, L=Losses, D=Draws, GF=Goals For [Scored], GA=Goals Against [Allowed], GD=Goal Difference)
X = advances to Round of 16 / E.= eliminated
Once we learned all four 3rd-place teams that advanced, the next step was to figure out their respective opponents in the Round of 16.
UEFA had previously outlined the Round of 16 matchups based on the groups from which the third-place teams would emerge (page 19 of tournament regulations). The predetermined permutations follow below, but only one won out and it features the third-place teams from Groups A, C, D and F.
Round of 16 Pairings
|3rd-Place Teams||vs. B1||vs. C1||vs. E1||vs. F1|
|A, C, D, F||F3||D3||C3||A3|
Here’s the full Round of 16 schedule with TV and streaming assignments in the USA:
Euro 2021 – Round of 16
|Date||Match||Time (TV channels)||Stream|
|Sat, June 26||Wales vs. Denmark||12 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Sat, June 26||Italy vs. Austria||3 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Sun, June 27||Netherlands vs. Czech Republic||12 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Sun, June 27||Belgium vs. Portugal||3 pm ET (ABC, Univision, TUDN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, ESPN3, TUDN.tv|
|Mon, June 28||Croatia vs. Spain||12 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Mon, June 28||France vs. Switzerland||3 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Tues, June 29||England vs. Germany||12 pm ET (ESPN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, PrendeTV|
|Tues, June 29||Sweden vs. Ukraine||3 pm ET (ESPN, Univision, TUDN)||fuboTV , ESPN app, TUDN.tv|
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