All teams have played two matches at the European Championship and so it is time to take stock.

Five conclusions with one round to go in the group stage, including the tombola that must determine who the Orange will play against in the eighth finals.

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1. There is especially uncertainty about the opponent of the Dutch national team in the eighth finals.

If the group stage was now over, the Netherlands would have to compete against Spain.

But the system (see image below) that has to divide the four best numbers four over the first knockout round is so complex that with twelve group matches to play, there is hardly anything meaningful to say about the Orange opponent.

At the moment, these are the six countries that are third in their group:

Numbers three

  • Group F: Portugal: 2-3 (5-4)

  • Group C: Austria: 2-3 (3-3)

  • Group B: Finland: 2-3 (1-1)

  • Group E: Spain : 2-2 (1-1)

  • Group D: Croatia: 2-1 (1-2)

  • Group A: Switzerland: 2-1 (1-4)

Monday's Switzerland-Turkey match (6 p.m.) will probably provide some more clarity about the possible opponents of the Orange, especially if the duel in Baku ends in a draw.

In that scenario, it is certain that Switzerland is the number three in Group A with only two points and a poor goal difference, making the chance that that team will be among the best four numbers three.

And if the number three of group A does not continue, it is certain that the Orange will not meet a team from group F - the group of France, Germany and Portugal - in the eighth finals.

Dutch fans could therefore secretly support a draw at Switzerland-Turkey.


European Championship update: This is how Orange avoids top countries from group F in the 8th finals

2. Only Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands are still clear and already certain of the eighth finals.

That means that there are still thirteen spots for the knockout phase.

It also means that a good number of top countries have already run into trouble this European Championship.

World champion France lost points against Hungary (the number 37 in the FIFA ranking), England did not go further than 0-0 against Scotland, defending champion Portugal had no chance against Germany (4-2) and three-time European champion Spain is even only after two matches. on two points, and with that in third place in group E.

3. Two teams with zero points still have a chance of a place in the eighth finals


Turkey and Denmark lost their first two matches, but with 24 entrants and 16 spots in the knockout stage, they can still hope.

Turkey can still finish third in group A with a win over Switzerland, while the Danes could even finish second in group B with a win over Russia.

Denmark has built up a lot of sympathy after the terrible incident with Christian Eriksen in the first match.

Denmark has built up a lot of sympathy after the terrible incident with Christian Eriksen in the first match.

4. Cristiano Ronaldo keeps breaking records at age 36.

The star of Portugal is after two goals against Hungary (0-3 win) and one goal against Germany (4-2 defeat) 'just' again (shared) first on the top scorers list of the European Championship.

Ronaldo scored nineteen goals against Germany in European and World Cups, equaling the record set by German Miroslav Klose.

Earlier this European Championship, the attacker became the first player ever to have participated in five European Championships and became the all-time top scorer of the European Championship, now with twelve hits.

See also: View the top scorers list at the European Championship with Dumfries shared third

5. For the time being, the VAR is hardly a cause for discussion.

Since the introduction of the video referee in 2018, players, coaches and fans have mainly complained about the new arbitration tool.

At this European Championship, however, tirades about the VAR are conspicuously absent, although a number of decisions have already been changed after an intervention.

Also striking: there was only one red card this tournament, for the Pole Grzegorz Krychowiak, and that was also after two yellow cards.

See also: View the schedule and group standings of the European Championship