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Calculators, abucases and Excel documents at the ready folks, it's time to dive into the labyrinthine complexities of Euro 2020 knockout round qualification. Actually it's not that complicated but anything more than the top two going through can feel like an exercise in unnecessary confusion when the games are coming at you as thick and fast as they do at the European Championships.

Before Euro 2016 UEFA decided to expand the competition to 24 teams, split into six groups of four. Unfortunately that format does not a simple passage to the knockout rounds make, so in addition to the top two from each of the groups an additional four teams, who finished third in their group with the best record, will be added to bring up the numbers.

The group stage is over which means the equation for qualification is clear, let's dive into the groups and figure out what happened.

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Group A

Qualified: Italy, Wales, Switzerland
Eliminated: Turkey

Italy cruised through the group stages with three wins, seven goals scored and none conceded while Wales were trailing in their wake on four points. Ultimately it was the fact that they were the only team not to lose 3-0 to the Italians that was enough to secure second spot for Rob Page's side with four points and a goal difference of plus one.

Switzerland, who drew with Wales in the opening round of games, finished third by virtue of their goal difference. However with the third-placed teams from Group B and C having only registered three points the Swiss are guaranteed a last 16 berth. They will face either Belgium or the winners of Group B.

Wales will play Denmark in Amsterdam and Italy will face Austria in London.

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Group B

Qualified: Belgium, Denmark
Third place: Finland
Eliminated: Russia

Belgium romped to the top of their group and a knockout tie against one of the competition's third place teams and behind them Denmark's stunning 4-1 win over Russia was enough to elevate them from bottom spot coming into the final round of games to qualification for the last 16. In a tournament that had been so disrupted for them by the cardiac arrest suffered by playmaker Christian Eriksen, it is a remarkable achievement for Kasper Hjulmand's side.

Tournament debutants Finland are in the mix for a third place berth but with three points and a goal difference of minus two they are likely to fall short; a similar tally for Turkey at Euro 2016 was not enough to reach the last 16.

Group C

Qualified: Netherlands, Austria, Ukraine
Eliminated: North Macedonia

Second place in Group C came down to a straight fight between Ukraine and Austria in Bucharest, a first half goal by Christoph Baumgartner enough to earn Das Team a first place in the Euros knockout rounds in their history though they will be hard pressed to go further against an Italy side that have been one of the tournament's best.

The Netherlands cruised to top spot in Group C and will face a third-placed team from one of Group D, E or F in the round of 16. As for Ukraine, they had to nervously await results in the final three groups but thanks to Spain's destruction of Slovakia combined with Sweden beating Poland, they're through. With three points and a goal difference of minus one they finish ahead of Finland and Slovakia who both also had three points.

Group D

Qualified: Czech Republic, England, Croatia
Eliminated: Scotland

England captured first place in the group on Tuesday thanks to a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic. But Tuesday's results saw three teams from the group qualify. Croatia finished in second place with a 3-1 win over Scotland, and the third-place Czechs will also advance thanks to their four points and +1 goal differential. Croatia had the same point total and goal differential as the Czech Republic but finished ahead thanks to the goals scored tiebreaker.

Group E

Qualified: Sweden, Spain
Eliminated: Slovakia, Poland

Sweden won the group thanks to a fun 3-2 win over Poland where they blew a two goal lead but rescued all three points at the death to eliminate Poland despite a heroic two goal performance from Robert Lewandowski. Spain similarly eliminated Slovakia with a dominant 5-0 win.

Sweden's win means they face Ukraine in the round of 16, while Spain return of only two points from their first two matches means they finish runner-up and are tasked with the comparatively hard matchup of facing Croatia in the round of 16.

Group F

Qualified: France, Germany, Portugal
Eliminated: Hungary

It was a wild final day in the group but when the dust settled France finished first on five points thanks to their draw with Portugal. Germany finished second with four points, but needed a late equalizer against Hungary to do it, and Portugal finished third, losing the head to head tiebreaker with the Germans. At the end of the day the big three teams all moved through, but it was a tense and drama filled path to get there. And only France, who draw the Netherlands in the round of 16 see it get any easier as Portugal face Belgium and Germany draw England.

Ranking of third place teams

PosGroupTeamPlWDLGDPts

1

F

Portugal

3

1

1

1

+1

4

2

D

Czech Republic

3

1

1

1

+1

4

3

A

Switzerland

3

1

0

2

-1

4

4

C

Ukraine

3

1

0

2

-1

3

5

B

Finland

3

1

0

2

-2

3

6

E

Slovakia

3

1

0

2

-5

3

Round of 16 fixtures

June 26
Wales vs. Denmark (12 p.m. ET, Amsterdam)
Italy vs. Austria (3 p.m. ET, London)

June 27
Netherlands vs. Czech Republic  (12 p.m. ET, Budapest)
Belgium vs. Portugal (3 p.m. ET, Seville)

June 28
Croatia vs. Spain (12 p.m. ET, Copenhagen)
France vs. Switzerland (3 p.m. ET, Bucharest)

June 29
England vs. Germany (12 p.m. ET, London)
Sweden vs. Ukraine (3 p.m. ET, Glasgow)