While previous 2 world champions, Germany and France along with defending titleholders Portugal have been drawn in Group F, six third-placed squads can qualify for the Round of 16 of Euro 2020.
Defending titleholders Portugal and the previous two world champions, Germany and France, were thrown composed in what German coach Joachim Loew defined as the group of death following a lop-sided and complex Euro 2020 draw on Saturday. Euro Cup fans can purchase Portugal Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.
England was drawn against Croatia in a repeat of last year’s World Cup semi-final while other favorites were given a much easier ride in the 24-team tournament which will be played in 12 different countries across the region.
The pure pick of the six first rounded pools was Group F, to be played in Budapest and Munich, which rough Portugal, France, and Germany, plus the champions of either playoff A or D.
However, the wound was somewhat taken away by the format which lets four of the six third-placed squads to qualify for the round of 16,
UEFA’s decision to rank the teams according to their result in the qualifiers, combined with Portugal’s performance in their group, meant they ended up among the third seeds while France was one of the second seeds.
Portugal Matches Schedule in Euro 2020 Cup
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 18:00
Place: National Arena
Match2: Portugal Vs Germany
Date: Saturday, June 20, 2020, 18:00
Place: Allianz Arena
Match3: Portugal Vs France
Date: Wednesday, June 24, 2020, 21:00
Place: Puskas Ferenc Stadion
Joachim Loew about this group
“This is a group of death,” said Loew whose side will play all three games at home under competition rules. “The expectations will be quite high. For our young squad, this will be a massive challenge but also an immense motivation.”
Croatia and England, who have met in the Nations League since Croatia’s 2-1 success in Moscow previous year, will be joined in Group D by the Czech Republic and the victors of playoff C, either Scotland, Norway, Serbia or Israel.
The Group D winners will face the runners-up from Germany’s group in the round of 16 while the second-placed team will travel to Copenhagen to meet the Group E runners-up, potentially an easier match.
The Group will be played in London, congregation for the semi-finals and final, and Glasgow. Other favorites were given a much easier-looking drive.
Italy, who won all 10 qualifying games as they bounced back from failing to make the last World Cup, will face Turkey, Wales and Switzerland in Group A, in Rome and Baku.
Roberto Mancini saying
“We have a minor benefit by playing at home. Maybe some will think we are favorites but we need to confirm everything on the pitch, as always,” Italy coach Roberto Mancini said.
Euro2012 and 2008 champions Spain, who will jointly host Group E in Bilbao with Dublin, play Sweden, Poland and playoff winner B, either Bosnia, Ireland, Slovakia, or Northern Ireland.
Belgium’s rivals in Group B will be Russia and Denmark, who are both host nations, and Finland, who will be making their first appearance in a European Championship or World Cup.
The Netherlands, who like Italy missed out on the last World Cup, was pitted against Ukraine, Austria and playoff winner A or D in Group C, which will be played in Amsterdam and Bucharest.
Under the complex rules, all host nations will play their group games at home, meaning a number of teams had been allocated their groups before the draw
The rules are clear, they were accepted by everybody, said UEFA deputy general secretary Giorgio Marchetti.
Portugal is in pot three because they did not win their group, and the winner of their group was Ukraine.
And Ukraine, thanks to their results, are in pot one, and everybody accepts it because once again we have clear rules.
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