Euro 2020: What all teams need to qualify from the group stage

The Euro 2020 group stage is coming to a close with 16 of the 24 nations going through to the knockout rounds.

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The top two teams in each group qualify, along with the best four of the six third-placed teams. At Euro 2016, two teams advanced in third with three points.

The first tie-breaker for teams level on points is head-to-head record, followed by overall goal difference.

JUMP TO: How third-placed teams fill out the bracket

Here’s what every team needs to go through with one round of games remaining. (We’ll add more groups as the games continue.)

NB: Any team on three points after Matchday 1 is guaranteed to qualify with another win in Matchday 2.

Qualified for round of 16: Italy


June 20: Italy vs. Wales, Switzerland vs. Turkey (6 p.m. CET, midday ET)

Italy: Have qualified with a game to spare and need a draw at home to Wales on Sunday to top the group. A convenient draw would send both through in first and second.

Wales: Need a point in Rome to guarantee qualifying, though if they lose four points will almost certainly be enough to send them through as one of the best third-placed teams (they should know before they play again). Win in Italy and they top the group and face the runners-up of Group C at Wembley.

Switzerland: If they beat Turkey and Wales lose, they could still finish second on goal difference — though the heavy loss to Italy makes that tough. Regardless, a victory should be enough with four points in third. A draw won’t put them through.

Turkey: Must beat Switzerland to finish third, and hope three points is enough. But with a goal difference of -5, there is only a very small chance of staying in the competition.


June 17: Denmark vs. Belgium (6 p.m. CET, midday ET)
June 21: Finland vs Belgium, Russia vs. Denmark (9 p.m. CET, 3 p.m. ET)

Belgium: Will qualify for the round of 16 with victory over Denmark.

Russia: Victory in Denmark in the final game will guarantee progress. Other permutations will be clear after Thursday’s game.

Finland: Know they will definitely be through if they beat Belgium, but must wait for other permutations.

Denmark: Won’t be eliminated if they lose to Belgium on Thursday, but they would be left needing help to get out of the group.

How 3rd placed teams fill out the bracket

Third-placed teams will play the winners of Groups B, C, E and F, as shown across the top of the grid. The ties will be decided by which combination of groups supply the four best third-placed teams.

So for instance, if the best third-placed teams are from Groups B, D, E and F, then the winners of Group B (WB) will place the third-placed team from Group F (3F).


Saturday, June 26
37- Runners-up Group A vs. Runners-up Group B (Amsterdam; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
38 – Winners Group A vs. Runners-up Group C (London; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ABC

Sunday, June 27
39 – Winners Group C vs. 3rd in D/E/F (Budapest; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
40 – Winners Group B vs. 3rd in A/D/E/F (Seville; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ABC

Monday, June 28
41 – Runners-up Group D vs. Runners-up Group E (Copenhagen; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
42 – Winners Group F vs. 3rd in A/B/C (Bucharest; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Tuesday, June 29
43 – Winners Group D vs. Runners-up Group F (London; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
44 – Winners Group E vs. 3rd in A/B/C/D (Glasgow; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN


Friday, July 2
45 – Winners Match 41 vs. Winners Match 42 (Saint Petersburg; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
46 – Winners Match 37 vs. Winners Match 39 (Munich; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Saturday, July 3
47 – Winners Match 38 vs. Winners Match 40 (Baku; noon ET, 6 p.m. CET) – ESPN
48 – Winners Match 43 vs. Winners Match 44 (Rome; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ABC


Tuesday, July 6
49 – Winners Match 45 vs. Winners Match 46 (London; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN

Wednesday, July 7
50 – Winners Match 47 vs. Winners Match 48 (London; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN


Sunday, July 11
Winners Match 49 vs. Winners Match 50 (London; 3 p.m. ET, 9 p.m. CET) – ESPN

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