Hello everyone and welcome to this Wednesday’s Euro 2020 live blog. We have four fixtures this Wednesday – Sweden vs Poland, Slovakia vs Spain, Portugal vs France and Germany vs Hungary – which get underway at 18:00 CEST in the case of the first two matches and 21:00 CEST for the latter two. On this blog, we’ll have updates from those matches, as well as all the build-up, previews, team news and updates from across the tournament.
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23:10 CEST: The Euro 2016 last 16 bracket
We now know the 16 teams who’ll be in the next round of Euro 2020. So, it’s time to start plotting who’ll face who on the way to the final. If you want to see the Euro 2020 last 16 bracket, then you can check it out right here.
23:00 CEST: France, Germany and Portugal go through
It finished 2-2 in both of Group F’s final matches, meaning that France, Germany and Portugal go through and that Hungary are out. It was a night of drama, as it looked like Germany or Portugal could be eliminated, but the big three stay in and progress to the last 16.
22:30 CEST: So much drama in the Group of Death!
If you’re not following along with all the latest from tonight’s action, then you really should check out our Group F live blog. We’ve got updates from Portugal vs France and from Hungary vs Germany, with it looking like one of Portugal or Germany could be eliminated.
21:50 CEST: At half time in Group F… Germany are going out!
We’ve had two very entertaining games in Group F, as we reach half time in both. Hungary lead Germany 1-0, meaning that Joachim Low‘s side are facing elimination and this could be his final game. Then it’s 1-1 between Portugal and France as both sides scored a penalty each. For more detail on what’s going on in Group F, follow this dedicated live blog.
21:00 CEST: Kick off in Portugal vs France and Germany vs Hungary
The two matches in Group F have both just kicked off. We have two thrilling encounters to look forward to, with Portugal vs France and Germany vs Hungary, and we have a dedicated Group F live blog right here.
20:40 CEST: Luis Enrique is happy
Luis Enrique has spoken to the media after tonight’s Spain win and he is very content, even if he’d have liked even more goals. “No, it didn’t all go in because the penalty didn’t go in,” he started his interview off by saying, when it was put to him that it was a perfect night. “But, how could I not be happy? We’ve made the fans happy.”
20:25 CEST: Busquets tears up
Sergio Busquets played his first match of this Euro 2020 tournament, following his COVID-19 related absence from the first two matches. Speaking after this win, the Spain captain got emotional and teared up, explaining that his past couple of weeks have been very tough.
20:10 CEST: The line-ups for Portugal vs France and Germany vs Hungary
Next up are the final two matches of Group F, the Group of Death. We’ve got Portugal vs France and Germany vs Hungary kicking off at 21:00 CEST and we have a dedicated Group F live blog right here. Check that out for the latest build-up and info on team news.
19:50 CEST: Group E is over!
It was a dramatic end to Group E, as Sweden scored a last-minute winner to finish top of the standings. That leaves Spain going through in second place, but they can be happy with their performance in their 5-0 win over Slovakia. The Slovakia vs Spain report can be read here, while the Sweden vs Poland report is found here.
19:20 CEST: Three goals in five minutes in Group E
Well, Group E is getting interesting. Spain have just extended their lead to 3-0, while Sweden made it 2-0 before Robert Lewandowski almost immediately pulled one back to make that game 2-1. As it stands, Sweden top the group.
18:50 CEST: Leads for Spain and Sweden at the break
It’s half time in Group E, where Spain have missed a penalty but still lead Slovakia by a 2-0 scoreline at the interval. Meanwhile, Sweden are 1-0 up against Poland to mean they currently lead the group. We have a huge 45 minutes coming up.
18:30 CEST: Spain score a goal that could prove crucial
Spain lead Slovakia thanks to an own goal from Dubravka. The goalkeeper had been the hero by saving an Alvaro Morata penalty, but now he has punched the ball into his own net for a 1-0 Spanish lead.
18:15 CEST: A busy 15 minutes in Group E
We’re only 15 minutes in to tonight’s Group E games, but we’ve seen a lot already. Sweden lead Poland 1-0 thanks to an early Emil Forsberg goal. Then, in Seville, Spain are still drawing 0-0 with Slovakia, but only because Alvaro Morata had a penalty saved. Remember, we have a dedicated Group E live blog here.
15:30 CEST: Can France get their revenge against Portugal?
Portugal are the reigning European Championship holders after beating France in the Euro 2016 final, which was held in Paris. Cristiano Ronaldo went off in tears in the 25th minute after picking up an injury, but he became a second coach on the touchline as Portugal held on before Eder scored a 109th-minute goal in extra time to secure the trophy. France will be keen to get their revenge tonight, but if you are interested in Portugal’s journey to glory at Euro 2016, watch this video below.
14:30 CEST: Curious Slovakia vs Spain facts
Spain have a good record against Slovakia, having won four and drawn one of their six meetings, but the one time they lost came in 2014, with five of the players that day having started in their loss to Sweden in Matchday 2. Curiously, the referee on that day, Bjorn Kuipers, will also be the referee tonight. Can Slovakia cause an upset and leave Luis Enrique on the brink?
13:30 CEST: Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo reunion
Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo played alongside one another at Real Madrid for nine years until the Portugal star left for Juventus in 2018, but they are set to see each other on the pitch for the first then when France face Portugal tonight in Hungary.
13:00 CEST: More fallout from Allianz Arena issue
UEFA’s decision to turn down the Munich mayor’s request to light up the Allianz Arena in the colours of the rainbow – a symbol of the LGBTQ community – has received yet more criticism, with the organisation’s statement on the matter doing little to appease fans.