2021 European Cup third place rules: how the best third place team advances from the group

In the 2021 European Cup group stage, 16 of the 24 teams will advance to the knockout stage.

In addition to the top two in each of the six groups (12 teams in total), the four best third runners will also be eligible to enter the round of 16.

For convenience, we have created a separate standings for the currently ranked third team (see below). The lucky four teams to advance are determined by the following criteria established by UEFA in this specific order:

  1. Most points
  2. Super goal difference
  3. Most goals
  4. Win at most
  5. The fewest penalty points in the group stage
  6. Position in the overall ranking of the European qualifiers

Croatia and Spain are currently in the periphery, while Switzerland, Portugal, Austria and Finland have higher total points. So far, Switzerland has played one more game than other countries in the field.

Third place team (top four)

team group Temporary worker general practitioner width Rise D GF Genetic algorithm Guangdong
1. Switzerland A kind 4 3 1 1 1 4 5 -1
2. Portugal F 3 2 1 1 0 5 4 +1
3. Austria C 3 2 1 1 0 3 3 0
4. Finland B 3 2 1 1 0 1 1 0
5.Spain B 2 2 0 0 2 1 1 0
6.Croatia D 1 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1

(PTS=Points, W=Victory, L=Failure, D=Draw, GF=Number of Goals [Scored], GA=objective target [Allowed], GD=target difference)

Once we know the four third-placed teams that will advance, the next step is to find their opponents in the round of 16.

UEFA has outlined the round of 16 matches based on the group of the third-ranked team (Competition Rules Page 19). The predetermined arrangement is as follows:

Top 16 matches

Third place team Contrast B1 Contrast C1 With E1 With F1
ABCD A3 D3 B3 C3
A, B, C, B A3 E3 B3 C3
A, B, C, F A3 F3 B3 C3
A, B, D, B D3 E3 A3 B3
A, B, D, F D3 F3 A3 B3
A, B, E, F E3 F3 B3 A3
A, C, D, E E3 D3 C3 A3
A, C, D, F F3 D3 C3 A3
A, C, E, F E3 F3 C3 A3
A, D, E, F E3 F3 D3 A3
B, C, D, B E3 D3 B3 C3
B, C, D, F F3 D3 C3 B3
B, C, E, F F3 E3 C3 B3
B, D, E, F F3 E3 D3 B3
C, D, E, F F3 E3 D3 C3

This is the complete schedule of 16 rounds, including TV and streaming distribution in the US. When they win, we will insert the name of the team:

European Cup 2021-Round of 16

date game Time (TV channel) stream
Saturday, June 26 Wales Contrast to B2 12pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Saturday, June 26 Italy With C2 3pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Sunday, June 27 Netherlands Contrast with D3/E3/F3 12pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Sunday, June 27 B1 and A3/D3/E3/F3 3pm Eastern Time (ABC, Univision, TUDN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, ESPN3, TUDN.tv
Monday, June 28 D2 and E2 12pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Monday, June 28 F1 and A3/B3/C3 3pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Tuesday, June 29 D1 and F2 12pm Eastern Time (ESPN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, PrendeTV
Tuesday, June 29 E1 and A3/B3/C3/D3 3pm Eastern Time (ESPN, Univision, TUDN) Fubo TV , ESPN app, TUDN.tv



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