Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Euro 2024: What are England's routes through the knockouts? – BBC


England won Group C despite being held to a 0-0 draw by Slovenia on Tuesday
England have topped Group C at Euro 2024 – and results elsewhere have handed Gareth Southgate's side a path through the knockouts which avoids many of the major teams.
Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and Belgium are all on the other side of the draw and England cannot play any of the quartet before the final.
The Three Lions failed to beat Slovenia on Tuesday, but won the group despite their 0-0 draw as Serbia and Denmark also played out a goalless stalemate.
They have topped the group, but now need to win three knockout games – the last 16, quarter-final and semi-final to try to earn a place in the final in Berlin on 14 July.
BBC Sport takes a look at the path that England could take for the rest of the tournament.
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By winning the group, England have avoided a last-16 game against Germany and will instead face the Netherlands or Slovakia – who finished third in Group E – at 17:00 BST on Sunday, in Gelsenkirchen.
Confusingly, however, it is actually the results in Group F on Wednesday which will decide who the Three Lions face next. Stay with us for the next bit.
Southgate's men will face the Dutch, who finished third in Group D, unless the Czech Republic beat Turkey or Georgia are victorious against Portugal in Group F.
That is because Turkey, Czech Republic and Georgia can all finish third in Group F – and, if they do so while ending up with three points or more, they would take Hungary's place in the third-placed standings.
The knock-on effect of that will leave England with a tie against Slovakia.
Thankfully, it is easier to work out who England could play in the quarters – and a potential repeat of the Euro 2020 final is on the cards.
They would take on the winner of Switzerland's game against Italy, who beat England on penalties at Wembley to win the last European Championship.
A last-eight tie would take place on Saturday, 6 July, in Dusseldorf (20:00 BST).
England have avoided a possible semi-final against France and instead find Group D winners Austria on their side of the draw.
Romania, whichever team finishes second in Group F and either Slovenia or the Netherlands are the other potential opponents.
Turkey are currently second in Group F with a game left to play.
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