And perhaps more importantly, we have a much clearer picture of how each team can advance to the quarter-finals and beyond.
Here’s how the knockout unfolds, which kicks off this Saturday.
TV / Streaming Information
All Euro 2020 matches can be watched and streamed on TSN or TSN.ca. Matches on Saturdays and Sundays, including the final, will also be available on CTV.
Group stage standings
round of 16
Wales vs Denmark
Saturday, June 26, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
Denmark’s narrative is pretty clear: They are looking to play in honor of captain Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest in his opener.
On the other side, Welsh captain and Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale is still chasing his first goal of the tournament. Wales were surprise semi-finalists in 2016, losing 2-0 to eventual winners Portugal.
Italy vs Austria
Saturday, June 26, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Italy are perhaps the hottest team in the tournament, with a 3-0 record and 7 goals conceded with no cons.
Austria have won twice in three games when they have scored just four goals and allowed three. It might be the biggest knockout of the round of 16 on paper, but of course that’s why they play the games.
Netherlands vs Czech Republic
Sunday, June 27, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
Having been notoriously absent from Euro 2016, the Netherlands are actually chasing their first European Championship knockout win since beating Sweden on penalties in the 2004 quarter-finals.
The Czech underdogs qualified in Group D as a third-place team with a 1-1-1 record: a dominant 2-0 win over Scotland, a 1-1 draw against Croatia and a close 1-0 defeat to England.
Belgique vs Portugal
Sunday, June 27, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Belgium hope to be able to capitalize on a golden generation of players like Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku who finished third in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
Reigning European champions Portugal aren’t exactly a one-man squad, but with world superstar Cristiano Ronaldo scoring five of the squad’s seven goals so far, it makes sense that you thought so.
Croatia vs Spain
Monday, June 28, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
Collecting just one point (and scoring just once) in their first two games against England and the Czech Republic, Croatia needed a 3-1 win over Scotland to advance to the round of 16 final.
Spain, champion of 2008 and 2012, however had a remarkably similar course. A 0-0 draw against Sweden was followed by a 1-1 draw against Poland, before a 5-0 bombardment of Slovakia on Wednesday secured them a place in the next round.
France vs Switzerland
Monday, June 28, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
After dominating the “Group of Death” with Portugal, Germany and Hungary, France remains the betting favorite to win the tournament, as they were at the start. Euro 2016 finalists and 2018 World Cup winners, a team like Switzerland should not disturb them that much. Easier said than done, of course.
For a Switzerland 1-1-1 this tournament, they looked vastly outclassed in a 3-0 loss to Italy, which could cause them problems when they would play arguably the most talented team in the world in France.
England vs Germany
Tuesday, June 29, 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT
It’s like a broken record: England is again looking for their first victory in a major tournament since their 1966 World Cup victory at home. Of course, they have already played three home games and could play six of the seven games in this tournament (including this one, at Wembley Stadium) if they continue to progress.
Germany, meanwhile, has often looked askance on the big stages since their World Cup victory in 2014, including a 2018 World Cup where they finished fourth in Group F behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea, scoring just twice in three games.
For one of these two football-mad countries, this could be a return to glory on the international stage. For the other, it’s another massive disappointment waiting to happen.
Suède vs Ukraine
Tuesday, June 29, 3 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. PT
Whoever does succeed, it’s safe to say that neither of these teams should win the next game against either England or Germany.
Then again, few people probably expected Sweden to keep Spain 0-0 in their opener, or lead the group with seven points in three games.
Ukraine lost two of their three group stage matches, but managed an impressive 2-0 comeback in a possible 3-2 loss to the Netherlands.
In a clash that doesn’t feature traditional footballing superpowers on both sides, this could actually be the most memorable of the round of 16 games, as both teams really have nothing to lose.
Friday July 2
Quarter-final 1 (Saint Petersburg): The winners of Croatia-Spain and France-Switzerland
Quarter-final 2 (Munich): The winners Italy-Austria and Belgium-Portugal
saturday july 3
Quarter-final 3 (Baku): The winners from Denmark-Wales and the Netherlands-Czech Republic
Quarter-final 4 (Rome): The winners of England-Germany and Sweden-Ukraine
Tuesday July 6
The winners of the July 2 quarter-finals meet at Wembley Stadium in London, which hosts both the semi-finals and the final of Euro 2020.
Wednesday July 7
The winners of the July 3 quarter-finals meet in London.
The Euro 2020 final will take place on Sunday 11 July at Wembley Stadium.