The group stage of the European Football Championship ends on Wednesday, June 23. After that, the teams of groups E and F will enter the fields. Sweden will play Poland, Slovakia will play Spain, Portugal will play France, and Germany will play Hungary.
Of the 24 teams, 11 have already reached the 1/8 finals, and five more will be selected for the playoffs based on the results of the remaining games.
Sweden — Poland (Group E)
The Swedish national team has already reached the playoffs, and the victory guarantees the Scandinavians first place in the group. On the other hand, the Poles will only be satisfied with a win.
“We need to act bravely. I liked how aggressively we played against the Spaniards,” — said Timoteusz Puhac, the defender of the Polish team.
When the teams played a friendly match in 2004, it ended with a convincing victory for the Scandinavians.
Slovakia — Spain (Group E)
The victory takes the Slovak national team to the 1/8 finals, but a draw may be enough if other results are successful. Spain, after two drawn matches, only needs a win.
“The team is hungry to win and wants to start with Slovakia,” — said Spain defender Cesar Aspilicueta. “Spain likes to have the ball, but in the past tournaments, we have already proved that we can achieve the desired result at the most crucial moment. I hope we will do it again,” — said Slovakia midfielder Patrik Groszowski.
The last meetings of the teams took place in the Euro 2016 qualifying round, where the Red Fury won 2:0.
Portugal — France (Group F)
The French national team leads the group, and a draw in the upcoming match will remove all questions about reaching the 1/8 finals. On the other hand, the Portuguese need more points. A win is guaranteed to take them to the playoffs. In the event of a draw, it is essential for the team that Germany loses.
“It will be like the final, but you should treat the upcoming game the same as the previous two matches. We understand that we need to achieve a result to get out of the group,” — France striker Antoine Griezmann said about the meeting.
The national teams of Portugal and France played in the final of the last European Championship. Unfortunately, the Portuguese minimally won (1:0).
Germany — Hungary (Group F)
Germany’s confident victory over Portugal corrected the position of the Germans in the group after losing to the French. Another such match is guaranteed to take it to the 1/8 finals. A draw will keep the Hungarians ’ hopes of getting out of the group, and a win will give them a ticket to the playoffs.
“If Hungary defends with eight or nine men and tries to prick us on the counterattack, then the next match will be even more difficult. The Hungarians have shown how dangerous they can be,” — said Germany coach Joachim Loew.
The last time the teams met in a friendly match in 2016, it ended 2:0, favouring the Bundestim.