Euro 2020: A United fan's guide to the last 16

Thursday 24 June 2021 13:09

After a frantic first few weeks of action at this year’s European Championship, we now know which 16 teams will progress following the culmination of the group stages.

In terms of our players' involvement within the competition, only Scott McTominay’s Scotland side exited at the group stage. Steve Clarke's men unfortunately finished fourth in Group D following Tuesday’s 3-1 defeat against Croatia at Hampden Park.

With a two-day football hiatus now cast upon us, here’s all you need to know regarding United’s remaining 10 players still involved as we reach the knockout stages.

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ENGLAND
 
Gareth Southgate’s men finished top of Group D after two wins and a draw, meaning they now face Germany at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday evening (17:00 BST). The Three Lions kept clean sheets in all three of their group-stage matches and also have United defender Harry Maguire back within their ranks following the short injury lay-off that affected the latter part of his domestic campaign. Luke Shaw featured in both the 0-0 draw with Scotland as well as the 1-0 win over Czech Republic, while Marcus Rashford made substitute appearances in every game.
FRANCE
 
Les Bleus also successfully topped their group, following yesterday’s 2-2 draw with current holders Portugal. They now face Switzerland in the round of 16, with Didier Deschamps’ side looking to continue on from their World Cup success back in 2018. Paul Pogba has been a mainstay throughout the group stages for his home nation and has produced some rather eye-catching performances along the way. None more so than yesterday evening as the United no.6 delightfully carved open the Portuguese backline for Karim Benzema to run on through and give France a 2-1 lead in Budapest. 
 
PORTUGAL
 
After a disappointing defeat at the hands of Germany in their second group-stage match, the reigning European champions are safely through to the round of 16, finishing as one of the best third-placed sides. The Selecao will now face Belgium in Seville, with the tie set to feature a blockbuster array of attacking talent. Reds midfield maestro Bruno Fernandes has featured in all three games so far and the 26-year-old will be hoping to help steer his side into the last eight on Sunday evening. United full-back Diogo Dalot certainly had a night to remember yesterday evening too, with the 22-year-old making his international debut after replacing Nelson Semedo in the 2-2 draw.
SPAIN
 
Luis Enrique’s Spain side sprung into action in match three when they emphatically booked their place in the next round with a 5-0 win over Slovakia in Seville. After two draws in their opening two games at the tournament, the three-time winners will now face Croatia in the next round where they will hope to better their performance at Euro 2016, in which they were eliminated at the Round of 16. United shot-stopper David De Gea is yet to feature for his country, with Athletic Bilbao's Unai Simon the preferred choice in all three games so far. 
 
SWEDEN
 
Progressing from the same group as De Gea’s Spain was his United team-mate Victor Lindelof’s home nation, Sweden. The Swedes topped Group E with seven points after a last-gasp winner against Poland set up a round-of-16 meeting with Ukraine. Our no.2 has featured in all three games and kept two clean sheets along the way – in the 0-0 draw with Spain and the 1-0 win with Slovakia.

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WALES
 
A mixed bag of a win, a draw and a loss for Robert Page's Wales side has set up a round-of-16 tie with Denmark in Amsterdam on Saturday. The Welsh have again shown glimpses of the form that saw them reach the semi-finals at Euro 2016, with a team spirit like no other seeming to be the driving force within the camp. Daniel James has taken part in all three games so far, with Dylan Levitt gaining his ninth cap for his country when he replaced Joe Allen for the final few minutes in the 1-0 defeat to Italy on Saturday.

FIXTURES GUIDE

SATURDAY 26 JUNE

Wales v Denmark (17:00 BST, Amsterdam, BBC)
Italy v Austria (20:00 BST, London, BBC)

SUNDAY 27 JUNE

Netherlands v Czech Republic (17:00 BST, Budapest, ITV)
Belgium v Portugal (20:00 BST, Seville, ITV)

MONDAY 28 JUNE

Croatia v Spain (17:00 BST, Copenhagen, ITV)
France v Switzerland (20:00 BST, Bucharest, ITV)

TUESDAY 29 JUNE

England v Germany (17:00 BST, London, BBC)
Sweden v Ukraine (20:00 BST, Glasgow, BBC)

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