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The Euro 2020 Recap: Round of 16 Knockouts

We bring you all the biggest headlines from this week’s latest action at Euro 2020. Belgium host Portugal, England take on Germany, plus we’ll cover every other game that’s taken place during the round of 16 knockouts.

Emphatic Denmark display books them a place in the Quarter-Finals

Denmark’s inspiring Euro’s journey is set to continue as they thrashed Wales 4-0 at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. 

The hosts took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Kasper Dolberg curled in a brilliant effort from the edge of the area before striking again early in the second half when he capitalised on a defensive error from the substitute Neco Williams to smash home from close range. 

The night got worse for Robert Page’s men as the Danes added a third on 88 minutes when Joakim Maehle beat Danny Ward at his near post before Harry Wilson saw red for a late challenge on the full-back. 

Martin Braithwaite struck a fourth for Denmark in stoppage-time after latching onto the through-ball from Cornelius to put an official end to Wales’ campaign. 

Italy see out Austria in extra-time

Italy survived a late scare in extra-time to beat Austria 2-1 at Wembley Stadium in London. 

Marko Arnautovic thought that he put the visitors ahead in normal time but his effort was ruled out following a VAR review before both of the Italian substitutes later sent their team through. 

Roberto Mancini’s men opened their account on 95 minutes when Federico Chiesa turned on the inside of his defender to beat Bachmann from a tight angle before Pessina doubled their lead just ten minutes later when he fired his strike across the face of goal from close range. 

Austria pulled a goal back on 114 minutes through Kalajdzic’s header but this turned out to be nothing more than a consolation as they were knocked out of the tournament despite a spirited performance. 

Netherlands suffer shock defeat against Czech Republic

The Czech Republic have sailed through to the last 8 after they earned a surprising 2-0 victory over the Netherlands at the Puskas Arena in Budapest. 

Despite the hosts being dominant in the opening period, they suffered a major setback shortly before the hour mark when De Ligt received a straight red card for a handball offence and for denying the last man a goalscoring opportunity. 

Czech capitalised on having an extra man and took the lead on 68 minutes when Tomas Holes powerfully headed his effort past the goalkeeper before turning provider to double their advantage with just ten minutes remaining when he cut the ball back to Patrik Schick who rifled his effort low, beating Stekelenburg at his near post. 

Reigning champions knocked out by Belgium

Holders Portugal have crashed out of Euro 2020 after they suffered a 1-0 defeat to Belgium at the Estadio de La Cartuja in Seville. 

Roberto Martinez’s team scored the only goal of the game in the 42nd-minute when Thorgan Hazard unleashed a magnificent long-range strike that curled past Rui Patricio at pace to set up a tie against Italy in the Quarter-Finals. 

Spain advance to the last 8 despite Croatia comeback

An extra-time goal from Alvaro Morata helped Spain secure a place in the Quarter-Finals after they earned a 5-3 victory over Croatia at the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen. 

Zlatko Dalic’s side opened their account on 20 minutes when Unai Simon miss controlled Pedri’s backpass causing the ball to awkwardly roll into his own net. 

Spain immediately fought back and scored three goals without reply when Sarabia, Azpilicueta and Torres all netted. 

Croatia then staged a remarkable comeback to make it 3-3 in the final 5 minutes with goals from Mikel Orsic and Mario Pasalic to take the game to extra-time. 

Morata put Luis Enrique’s men back in front in the 100th-minute with a thunderous strike from close range before Oyarzabal sealed the win for the visitors after meeting the cross in from Dani Olmo. 

Switzerland win dramatic shootout to send favourites France out of the tournament

Kylian Mbappe missed the vital spot-kick as Switzerland beat France 5-4 on penalties at the National Arena in Bucharest. 

Earlier in the game, the visitors took the lead after just 15 minutes when Seferovic headed in the cross from Zuber before Didier Deschamps’ side went 3-1 up with two goals in quick succession from Karim Benzema followed by a superb long-range strike from Paul Pogba outside the area. 

Switzerland completed the comeback in the closing stages of normal time after Seferovic once again put a header past Lloris for his second of the night before the substitute Mario Gavranovic smashed in a literal last-minute equaliser to send the game to extra-time. 

Neither team were able to break the deadlock in the additional 30 minutes meaning that the match went to penalties with both sides netting the first 4 each until it came to Mbappe who had his strike from 12-yards out brilliantly saved by Sommer who sent his team through to the last 8 where they will face Spain. 

England see out Germany for the first time since 1966

England have officially booked themselves a place in the Quarter-Finals at Euro 2020 with a 2-0 victory over Germany at Wembley Stadium after ending a 55-year wait to beat them in a knockout tie. 

Raheem Sterling opened the hosts’ account on 75 minutes when he met the low cross in from Luke Shaw to tap home from close range for his third consecutive goal in three games. 

Gareth Southgate’s captain Harry Kane doubled England’s advantage and sent his team through to the last 8 with just four minutes remaining when he headed in Jack Grealish’s brilliant delivery to net his first of the tournament. 

Ukraine get last-minute winner against 10-man Sweden

A goal in stoppage-time of extra-time from Artem Dovbyk was enough for Ukraine to edge out 10-man Sweden 2-1 at Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

The visitors took the lead shortly before the half-hour mark when Oleksandr Zinchenko rifled in a left-footed drive before Emil Forsberg levelled it up with a deflected effort before the break. 

Marcus Danielson received a straight red card in extra-time following a VAR review leaving Sweden a man down. 

Just as penalties were looming, the substitute Dovbyk headed in a dramatic winner from close range to send his team through to the Quarter-Finals for the first time in their history. 

Confirmed Quarter-Final fixtures

Friday July 2nd – Switzerland vs Spain / Belgium vs Italy

Saturday July 3rd – Czech Republic vs Denmark / England vs Ukraine

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