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Third place at Euro 2016: How it works, who qualified and last 16 draw

Third place at Euro 2016: How it works, who qualified and last 16 draw

22/06/2016 at 22:52Updated 22/06/2016 at 23:16

Only eight of the 24 sides at Euro 2016 are knocked out after the group stage, meaning that four of the six third-placed teams will make the last-16 - but how did it all work?

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

  • 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

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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)

Euro 2016 - allocation of third-placed teams to knockout matches (Source: UEFA)
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