On Monday, the 2018 World Cup champion France and the 2012 European Cup champion Spain entered the 2020 European Cup knockout stages, playing against Switzerland and Croatia respectively.
Spain In the end, they defeated Slovakia 5-0 to start their championship and entered the final 16th place. They were flattered in the other two group matches against Sweden and Poland.
They face the arduous task of facing the runner-up of the 2018 World Cup on paper Croatia, From the excellent game to the last two years of three years, they have been working hard in this game, until they beat Scotland 3-1 in the last group stage, they finally started the game.
If Spanish striker Dani Olmo appears in Copenhagen, then the RB Leipzig lead singer will have an extra dimension. He played for Croatia for 6 years and completed at Dinamo Zagreb in Zagreb before heading to the Bundesliga last year. The setting of the college.
He said: “This is an important and special game for me. I have many friends in the Croatian team. I know that one day I will become a Spanish international and I will play against the Croatian team.”
One of the Croatian players who remained in the team in the 2018 final is Domagoj Vida. He is 32 years old, enough to remember the full-scale match with Spain in 2008 and 2012 and consecutively won the European Cup.
Before the game on Monday, he said that the current Spanish team could not match the level of the past decade, which increased the tension slightly-but he still hopes to face a severe test at Parken Stadium.
He said: “Spain is a great team with great players, but I think when players like Xavi (Hernandez) and (Andres) Iniesta play, they are better. Much. But this does not mean that hell is no longer waiting for us.”
“We have to try to beat them. When they have the ball, we have to remain calm. When we have the ball, we have to fight back quickly. They don’t like not having the ball, so we have to make the most of this.”
France bear Switzerland After reaching the finals of the last European Championship and winning the World Cup in 2018, they hope to avoid embarrassing their neighbors in the round of 16.
The world champion was unscathed in the “Death Group” of Group F, but tried to achieve top results, loosing points in the games against Hungary and Portugal, and only won one of their three games.
Coach Didier Deschamps defended his team’s performance so far, blaming their performance in the last group match against the Portuguese to heat stroke, and pointed out that their opponents had more of them before the last 16 games. Rested for three days.
He said: “They are a well-structured team. They have good offensive potential from (Harris) Severovic, (Brel) Embolo and (Sherdan) Shaqiri. We cannot underestimate them, this is A knockout game, so we have to do our best to make sure we have a smile on our faces at the end of the game.
“Budapest heat wave [during France’s final group stage game] Had an impact. We have one extra day between matches, five days instead of four, and our opponent has eight days, which is better. It’s also very hot here, but it’s easier to deal with. “
Switzerland was criticized after scoring one point against Italy and Wales, but despite finishing third in Group A, it still qualified for the last 16 matches thanks to their defeat of Turkey in the final group match .
Forward Embolo was listed as a dangerous man by Deschamps. He said that Switzerland’s international setting in the game had left a deep impression on him and said that their strong locker room would be the key to providing shock.
He said: “For me personally, it’s not important [if I score or not]The most important thing is that we enter the next round. I feel very good about the overall setup. We have a very good team. Even in the qualifying stage, it is always teamwork. “
Croatia vs. Spain: Croatia does not have veteran midfielder Ivan Perisic. He scored twice in the final group match against Scotland on Saturday after he tested positive for Covid-19. Dejan Lovren was also suspended for two yellow cards in the group stage. Sime Vrsaljko, who took the victory in Scotland, is also a question.
Spain is not troubled by injuries, they have long since gotten rid of their troubled preparations, and welcome Sergio Busquets to return from the Covid-19 positive test result. However, they do have four players who will be suspended in any potential quarter-finals if they are booked, and Jordi Alba, Busquets, Paul Torres and Rodri are all at risk. in.
France vs. Switzerland: Lucas Digne hopes to represent France in the past 16 games, even though they limply withdrew from the last group match with Portugal just 7 minutes after playing. Ousmane Dembele’s game ended completely with a knee injury, while Lucas Hernandez and Marcus Thuram were both skeptical.
Switzerland has a complete lineup to choose from, but just like Spain, if they reach the final eight, they will face multiple suspensions. Bookings for Embolo, Mario Gavranovic, Kevin Mbabu, Fabian Schar or Granit Xhaka will make them miss that game.
Croatia faced Spain for the last time in the 2018-19 UEFA Nations League. Although the Croats won the most recent of these two games (November 2018 3-2), they lost the other game 6-0 in September 2018. This result is still their best international football Altar’s worst loss in history.
This will be the third major match between Croatia and Spain. The previous two matches were in the group stage of the European Championship. Both sides win once: Spain in 2012 and Croatia in 2016.
After winning the 2008 European Cup, the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Cup, Spain was eliminated in the last two major tournament knockout rounds (World Cup/European Cup): the 2016 European Cup (vs. Italy) and the final of the 2018 European Cup 16 stages of the World Cup (vs Russia). Spain was eliminated in three consecutive knockout matches in the 1994 World Cup, the 1996 European Cup and the 2000 European Cup.
In their sixth European Championship, Croatia entered the knockout stage for the fourth time. However, they failed to surpass the first knockout in the first three games (quarter-finals in 1996 and 2008 and the last 16 in 2016).
In the 2020 European Cup group stage, Spain’s total expected goals (xG) is higher than any other team (8.8), although only Scotland (3-1 goals in 4 xG) is better than the Spaniard’s expected goals The number (xG) is higher than their xG (2.8-6) 8.8 xG target). In fact, the two worst players in the group stage according to xG are the Spaniards-Gerard Moreno (2.1 xG 0 goals) and Alvaro Morata (2.9 xG 1 goals).
France remained unbeaten in the last seven games with Switzerland (W3 D4), which is their longest unbeaten record against Switzerland, even though the two sides have reached a tie in four of the last five encounters.
This will be the fifth confrontation between France and Switzerland in major competitions (European Cup 2004, World Cup 2006, World Cup 2014, European Cup 2016), but this is the first confrontation in a knockout round. France remains unbeaten in this type of competition (W2 D2), and the most recent match did not score in the 2016 European Cup.
France has only lost one of the past 17 European Cup and World Cup finals (W12 D4)-the 2016 European Cup final against Portugal.
The Swiss team has entered the knockout stage in each of the past four major events (2014 World Cup, 2016 Euro Cup, 2018 World Cup, 2020 Euro Cup)-in the first three games, they have entered the knockout stage after the group stage Was eliminated in the first game.
France has not lost a game in more than two years. Their last such defeat was against Turkey in the European Championship qualifiers in June 2019. Since then, they have won 14 times and drew 5 times.The last time France remained unbeaten in a game was from 1994 to 1999, a total of 27 games, of which
There is also in Euro…
Germany did not attempt a major penalty kick before the Euro 2020 round of 16 against England at Wembley Stadium on Tuesday. They expressed their hope to complete the game within 90 minutes.
The German team won every World Cup penalty shootout they participated in, as well as two-thirds of the European Cup, losing only to Czechoslovakia in the 1976 European Cup final.
They also defeated England in a penalty shoot-out at Wembley Stadium in the semi-finals of the 1996 Championship, and then won their third European championship.
On Sunday, German midfielder Kehavertz said at a press conference at their team base in Bavaria: “We will enter the game and hope to win the game within 90 minutes.”
“Of course, at this stage of the game, it may enter the penalty kick, so we have to be prepared. Obviously, after training, we ordered some penalty kicks to see who is the better penalty shooter.
“But this is not the biggest problem of the game. The 120 minutes before then may be much more important, putting too much pressure on yourself [with penalties] not good. “
England vs. Germany: Preview of the Sky Sports podcast
There is no greater competition in international football than England vs. Germany.As the two countries collide in the last 16 matches of the 2020 European Cup, Sky Sports experts Jamie Redknapp with Uli Kohler Join Peter Smith Analyze the two camps before the Wembley showdown on Tuesday.
Part 1 | Jamie Redknapp, a member of the England team who was eliminated from the European Cup in 1996 by Germany, evaluated the performance of the Three Lions in the group stage of the European Cup in 2020 and explained Why Gareth Southgate’s talented team has no fear of the Germans.
Part 2 | According to German Sky reporter Uli Koller, the prospect of playing against England at Wembley is something that every German player will talk about. In the second part, he will talk about tactics, Jamal Murciala, Sancho And the terrible penalty prospect with Peter.