Euro-2015 round of 16 is almost over. There is only one day left with only two matches to reveal their winners. After that, we will know all 8 semi-finalists. Moreover, we will know Germany’s and France’s opponents. First two pairs are already revealed.
June 27, 18:00 CET
Venue: Stade de France, Paris, France
Referee: Cuneyt Cakir, Turkey
Italy and Spain are not new opponents to each other. As Spain legend Xavi mentioned in his recent interview, Italy has always been scary for Spain. Moreover, football world is sure this is a two-way fear. Of course, Spain is the favorite due to their glorious performance during the last two Euros.
However, currently the winner cannot be obvious. If Spain is playing with the style that many managers have already found a ‘cure’ of, Italy shocked everyone with their perfect 3-5-1 formation, which is aimed to break the midfield and wing penetrations.
The winner of this pair will face Germany.
Italy → none
Spain → none
June 27, 21:00 CET
Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France
Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia
This couple has become one of the most unexpected ones. No one thought England and Iceland will be the runners-up in their groups. England were expected to be higher in the group table, while Iceland were an obvious underdog in every game they played. But they made it!
Now one of the most star-equipped teams will face the team that has 30,000 fans in France, while their own population is around 330,000. Power v Enthusiasm or Star attack v die-hard defense. What other nicknames can you give for this clash?
The winner of this pair will face France.
By the way, Daniel Sturridge is expected to start against Iceland, unlike Vardy, who will most probably stay as a ‘trump card’ in case things go wrong with Kane.
England → Lallana (injured?)
Iceland → none