The expansion of the tournament for this Euro 2016 edition has been a success on the pitch - however, it left one confusing point of business: how did the 24 teams get cut down to 16? Here's the explanation:

LAST 16 DRAW

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  • Match 1: Switzerland v Poland
  • Match 2: Croatia v Portugal
  • Match 3: Wales v Northern Ireland
  • Match 4: Hungary v Belgium
  • Match 5: Germany v Slovakia
  • Match 6: Italy v Spain
  • Match 7: France v Republic of Ireland
  • Match 8: England v Iceland

THE FOUR BEST THIRD PLACE TEAMS

The top two teams from each group go through, plus the four best-ranked third-placed teams (Wikipedia). - Slovakia, Portugal, Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland took the four spots in this table.

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ROUTE TO THE FINAL

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TEAMS QUALIFIED FOR LAST 16

  • France - Winners Group A
  • Switzerland - Runners-up Group A
  • Wales - Winners Group B
  • England - Runners-up Group B
  • Slovakia - Third place Group B
  • Germany - Winners Group C
  • Poland - Runners-up Group C
  • Northern Ireland - Third place Group C
  • Croatia - Winners Group D
  • Spain - Runners-up Group D
  • Italy - Winners Group E
  • Belgium - Runners-up Group E
  • Republic of Ireland - Third place Group E
  • Hungary - Winners Group F
  • Iceland - Runners-up Group F
  • Portugal - Third place Group F

HOW WERE THE THIRD-PLACED TEAMS ASSIGNED?

It's a case of referring to the table below to determine who will play whom.

The best-placed teams came from Groups B, C, E and F, meaning:

Slovakia (Group B) play Germany (Winners Group C)

Northern Ireland (Group C) play Wales (Winners Group B)

Republic of Ireland (Group E) play France (Winners Group A)

Portugal (Group F) play Croatia (Winners Group D)

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