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On to the Euro 2020 knockout phase

On to the Euro 2020 knockout phase

The lineup for the round of 16 at the European Championship has been completed with some standout matches.

England will play Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday, and defending champion Portugal will face top-ranked Belgium in Seville on Sunday.

World Cup champion France will play Switzerland in Bucharest on Monday, Spain will face Croatia in Copenhagen on Monday, the Netherlands will play the Czech Republic in Budapest on Sunday and Sweden will face Ukraine in Glasgow on Tuesday.

Two matches had already been set before the day’s final group games. Italy will face Austria in London on Saturday and Wales will take on Denmark in Amsterdam on the same day.

Cristiano Ronaldo scored two penalties to tie the overall men’s scoring record with 109 goals, and give Portugal a 2-2 draw with France and also earn a spot in the round of 16 of the European Championship.

Ronaldo scored in the 31st minute and then equalized in the 60th after France forward Karim Benzema netted twice in between for the World Cup champions.

They were Benzema’s first goals at the tournament after failing to find the target at Euro 2008 and 2012.

France is already assured of a spot in the next round.

Leon Goretzka scored late to keep Germany in the European Championship with a 2-2 draw against with Hungary.

This year’s European Championship is breaking tournament records for own-goals.

Two own-goals scored by Slovakia in Spain’s 5-0 victory made it eight so far in the group stage at Euro 2020.

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Slovakia’s goalkeeper Martin Dubravka scores an own-goal while attempting to clear the ball during the Euro 2020 soccer championship group E match between Slovakia and Spain at La Cartuja Stadium in Seville, Spain, Wednesday June. 23, 2021. (Julio Munoz, Pool Photo via AP)

There had been only nine own-goals in 40 years from the 1976 tournament through Euro 2016. The previous record for a single tournament was three in 2016.

There also had never previously been a tournament game with two own-goals, but there have been two in the past week. Portugal also scored two on Saturday.

The first goal of Euro 2020 was an own-goal. Turkey defender, Merih Demiral intercepted a cross with his chest and the ball ricocheted into Italy’s net in a 3-0 victory.

The knockout phase of Uefa Euro 2020 will begin on 26 June 2021 with the round of 16, and end on 11 July 2021 with the final at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

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