As the group stage of Euro 2016 comes to its climax, we're starting to get a decent sense o...
As the group stage of Euro 2016 comes to its climax, we're starting to get a decent sense of who will face whom in the last 16… and beyond. When we looked at all these repercussions on Tuesday, we did so assuming that Spain would beat Croatia in their final group match.
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They did not. And that has thrown them into the same half of the draw as ALL the pre-tournament favourites. It makes for thrilling reading, with one half of the draw wide open and the other half looking stronger than any in football tournament history.
England are facing a potential nightmare run to the Euro 2016 final, with the opposite top half of the draw opening up for Wales after Spain's defeat by Croatia.
Finishing second in Group B has put Roy Hodgson's side in the bottom half along with Germany, Italy, France and Spain – and they could still be joined by Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal.
Wales, meanwhile, as group winners are in the same half as Switzerland, Poland and Croatia. Should Turkey go out, then it will be a Battle of Britain with Wales and Northern Ireland facing off in the Parc des Princes.
But if Turkey do seal their passage into the last 16, Wales will take on France in Lyon.
Republic of Ireland will hope to join Wales in the top half of the draw providing they can beat Italy and finish as group runners-up. But if Martin O’Neill’s team can only scrap through in third they could face Croatia or France.
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A Turkey elimination would see Ireland take on France in the dreaded bottom section of the draw.
Germany will face off against Albania providing the latter progress – if not it will be Slovakia - so the world champions are heavy favourites to reach a quarter-final where they would be primed for a mouthwatering clash against either Spain or Italy.
If England reach the last eight then France would likely be standing in their way, providing the host nation can beat Northern Ireland or the third placed team from Group E if Turkey go out.
The French – or the English, if that shock result happens - would almost certainly face the winner of the mouthwatering potential Germany v Italy or Spain quarter-final. Germany have looked full of promise yet weighed down by flaws, but not so much that they won't beat likely opponents Slovakia.