Euro 2024: How All Four Teams in Group E Could Qualify for the Last 16

Euro 2024: How All Four Teams in Group E Could Qualify for the Last 16

Fred Kennedy
June 23, 2024 at 9:22 AM
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  • The Euro 2024 has been quite competitive so far, with only a handful of teams confirming their places in the last 16 so far
  • Germany, Spain, and Portugal have all sailed through with a game to spare, while England and France are facing an anxious wait
  • In Group E, there is an outside chance that all four countries could reach the knockouts ahead of the final round of group fixtures

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For many, the Euro 2024 tournament has been a thrilling experience, with the continental showpiece living up to expectations.

The competition, which got underway on Friday, June 14, has seen the first two rounds of fixtures in each pool already played.

While some teams have already confirmed their place in the round of 16 with a match to spare, others are facing an anxious wait to discover their fate ahead of the final round of group fixtures.

Belgium are among the four teams in Group E eyeing a spot in the last 16 of the Euro 2024. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
Belgium are among the four teams in Group E eyeing a spot in the last 16 of the Euro 2024. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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Germany, the tournament hosts, became the first country to qualify for the knockouts with a 2-0 win over Hungary in Group A.

Julian Nagelsmann's charges had a dream start to their campaign, winning their opening game 5-1 over Scotland.

Spain and Portugal are the other teams who have also sailed through, with the latter qualifying after their 3-0 huge win over Turkey on Saturday.

How things stand in Group E

However, attention is quickly shifting to Group E, where all the four teams could qualify for the round of 16.

According to the BBC, the top two teams from all six groups will qualify for the knockouts automatically.

Four of the best four third-place countries will join the 12 teams.

In Group E, the race for the knockout stages is wide open after the first two rounds of fixtures.

All four teams are currently tied on three points, with Romania and Belgium topping the charts on goal difference.

Ukraine are bottom of the pool with a -3 goal difference, while Slovakia are placed third.

The Red Devils kicked off their campaign with a 1-0 surprise defeat to Slovakia before they got it back on track on Saturday when they silenced Romania 2-0.

How all Group E teams could reach the last 16

According to Euro Sport, all four teams in the group are tied after the thrilling weekend, when Ukraine also beat Slovakia 1-0,

As such, next Wednesday's fixtures will be a tense battle for survival, with Slovakia facing Romania and Ukraine taking on Belgium.

The winners of each match will automatically advance to the knockout round, with their final position in the group, determined by goal difference.

However, if a team wins but has a negative goal difference from their opening two games, they could still finish second.

Things get even more interesting in the case of a draw.

If just one match ends in a stalemate, one of those teams could still qualify as group runner-up based on goal difference.

The other drawn team might even sneak into the knockout stages as one of the best third-placed finishers across the tournament.

If both matches on Wednesday unbelievably end in draws, then the final standings will be decided by a series of tiebreakers, including head-to-head record, overall goal difference, and total goals scored will all come into play.

In the unlikely scenario that the teams involved are still tied after these measures, a penalty shootout would be the ultimate decider—but only if they each other in the final group game.

Otherwise, disciplinary records and their performance in the European qualifiers will have the final say.

Teams that have qualified for the last 16

Earlier, Sports Brief brought you a group-by-group guide on the teams that have sailed through to the next round and what others need to confirm their spot.

It has been a little over a week since the Euro 2024 tournament kicked off in Germany, with the competition living up to its billing thus far.

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