With the first round of knock-out stages for the competition done, there are now eight teams that remain in the hunt for European glory including hosts France and heavyweights Germany and Italy. As we approach the quarterfinals, TheHardTackle analyses and attempts to field the best XI from the recently concluded round of 16.
A shaky European campaign came to a catastrophic end for Spain as they bowed out in the Round of 16 to a tactically adept Italian side. Much like their previous World Cup run, Vincente Del Bosque's men exited the tournament before many predicted.
England and Iceland meet in a Round of 16 clash that promises to be a thrilling encounter. While England have built up a reputation of being eliminated in the knockout stages of the competition, underdogs Iceland will be looking to stretch their dream run further and progress into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016. England The Euros are now in that stage of the tournament where England generally start to wobble. Besides the time they hosted the Euros back in 1996, they have failed to progress beyond the quarter-finals every time. After fielding a much-changed lineup against Slovakia, Roy Hodgson could be expected to return to his trusted starting XI that includes captain and Manchester United talisman Wayne Rooney. Eidur Gudjohnsen recently admitted in an interview that his admiration for the Premier League is something that will not go away easily. This feeling is echoed by many fans from the sparsely populated country where the English top-tier is the most watched league. The twenty-seven thousand Iceland fans […]
Germany and Slovakia meet in a round of 16 clash that promises to have much more at stake than the 3-1 victory for the Slovaks in the pre-tournament friendly when the two sides met earlier.
Ireland are the first obstacle standing in their way as tournament hosts France enter the dangerous knock-out course with eyes firmly set on nothing short of a prized European Championship triumph on home-territory.
Belgium face a tough Hungarian side that comes into the round of 16 without a loss. Will Wilmot's men succumb to the hardworking underdogs?
Arsenal's Aaron Ramsey took home the plaudits for a breathtaking Welsh display but it was Liverpool's Joe Allen who did all the dirty work and got due attention for it as well as people took to social media to commend the 'Welsh Pirlo' on a phenomenal performance against Russia.
Antonio Candreva and Kalidou Koulibaly edge closer to Chelsea moves. Winger Pedro lashes out at Spanish head-coach Vincente Del Bosque.
Spain and Croatia will play the final match in Group D on Tuesday to determine who tops the group. Spain is comfortably placed at the table summit with 6 points from a possible 6, while Croatia were left licking their wounds after they lost 2 points to Czech republic despite taking a 2 goal lead in a match marred with fan violence.
USA will hope to dream run on home turf in the first ever Copa America Centenario but face a daunting task of overcoming strong tournament favourites Argentina led by Lionel Messi and Gonzalo Higuain in Housten on Tuesday June 21st.