Can Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, qualify for the Round of 16 if they finish third? Explained: Euro 2020 knockout qualification scenarios!


The final matchday of the Euro 2020 group stage has arrived.

Italy, Wales, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, England, and Croatia have all qualified for the Round of 16 as group winners and runners-up. As one of the top third-placed teams, Switzerland and Czech Republic have already qualified.

Sweden and France are also certain to advance, but they must first complete their final group games before being categorized.

Meanwhile, a slew of giants are still battling it out in the group rounds. Spain has yet to confirm qualification, while in Group F, dubbed “the death group,” Portugal and Germany are involved in a titanic battle.

Let’s look at the qualification standards and criteria in case the teams are deadlocked at the end of the group stages.

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What are the Euro 2020 groupings like?
To view how the Euro 2020 groups currently stand, click here.

How many teams have qualified for the Round of 16 in Euro 2020?
At Euro 2020, there are six groups, each with four teams.

All six group winners and runner-ups advance to the Round of 16 automatically. The four best teams from the six third-placed teams will fill the remaining four berths.

At Euro 2020, how will the group standings be determined?
If multiple teams in a group are tied on points at Euro 2020, the head-to-head record will be used to break the tie. Goal difference will be used if the teams are still tied. All of the different tie-breaking scenarios for the Euros are listed below:

Obtaining a higher amount of points in the games played between the two teams in question (or head-to-head record)

superior goal difference as a result of the games played between the two teams (in case of 3 or more teams finishing level on points)

A higher amount of goals were scored in the encounters between the two teams (in case of 3 or more teams finishing level on points)
If some of the teams are still tied after this, the same criterion 1 to 3 are reapplied to the matches involving the teams who are still tied to determine their final rankings.

For example, if the aforementioned criteria are applied to three teams that are tied on points and two of them remain tied, the same criteria will be applied again, this time taking into account the matches between the two teams.

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The following criteria are used if the teams are still level:

In all group matchups, the goal difference was superior.
In all group matchups, there were more goals scored.
In all group matchups, you have a higher amount of wins.
Shootout for Penalties
In all group matches, the team with the lowest total disciplinary points wins (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card)
A higher overall rating in the European Qualifiers.

Will penalty shootouts be utilized to determine group stage standings for Euro 2020?
If two teams are facing each other in the last round of the group stage and both have the same amount of points, goals scored and conceded, and the score in their match is level, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out. (If more than two teams have the same number of points, this condition is ignored.)

However, it is unlikely to happen this time because no teams meeting the above requirements are scheduled to play on the final matchday.

What are the current standings of the Euro 2020 third-placed teams?

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What criteria will be used to classify third-placed teams in Euro 2020?
1) Consider the following:

2) Goal distinction

3) The number of goals scored

4) Victories

5) A total of fewer disciplinary points

6) Overall ranking of European Qualifiers

What must Ronaldo and Portugal accomplish in order to qualify?

Portugal will qualify for the Round of 16 if they draw or win their last group game against France. Portugal will finish third in the group if they lose to France. Portugal will almost certainly qualify as one of the best-third ranked teams, subject to their goal difference, because they already have a better goal difference than Finland and Ukraine (both of whom have played their group stage matches).

They must not lose by more than two goals versus France. They will automatically qualify for the Round of 16 in this situation, regardless of the results of the matches in Group D and E.

If they lose by three goals or more, they will be forced to rely on outcomes in Grou.

If they lose by three goals or more, they will be forced to rely on the results of Group E.

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