Euro 2016: Round of 16

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With the last group stage games played tonight, we enter a two day break to allow our hearts to beat normally and blood pressures to simmer back down. We’ve seen some exciting, nail biting games, to some 90 min duds but overall a tournament that has millions across Europe locked to the nearest TV and flying their nations flag high.

We have seen an abundance of goals scored in the dying minutes but have also been witnessed Wales, Spain and Belgium finish off their opponents well within 90 minutes with comfy 3-0 wins.

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The drama however entered the tournament tonight in the way it should. Hungary took on a Portuguese side that needed at least a draw and for group opponents Austria to lose against Iceland in order to qualify with enough points for the last 16. We were not disappointed with either match up.  Portugal came back from 1-0, 2-1 and 3-2 deficits to finish the game at 3-3 with Ronaldo coming to the rescue with a brace. Iceland in the other fixture were drawing level with Austria when Arnor Ingvi Traustason put Iceland ahead in the 94th minute, leaving Austria no chance of a comeback. The final standings of this group would add more excitement to the day as it would determine who group B runner up England, would play in the last 16. England will meet Iceland on June 27th in Nice.

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Photograph: Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images

Further drama and excitement occurred tonight as the Republic of Ireland defied the odds to reach the last 16 with a 1-0 win over Italy. Robbie Brady headed the ball into the back of the Italian goal with a superb ball from Wes Hoolahan in the 85th minute. Now that the last group games have been played the last 16 has been finalised.

 

ROUND OF 16


Saturday 25th June

Switzerland 14:00 Poland
Wales 17:00 Northern Ireland
Croatia 20:00 Portugal

Sunday 26th June

France 14:00 Rep. Ireland
Germany 17:00 Slovakia
Hungary 20:00 Belgium

Monday 27th June

Italy 17:00 Spain
England 20:00 Iceland

The knock out rounds are now upon us. There’s no more hiding or second chances and I’m sure teams will be doing what they can in this break to prepare themselves for the intensity of the last 16.

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