Raheem Sterling will be looking to add to his three tournament goals when England face Ukraine in the quarter-finals

Raheem Sterling will be looking to add to his three tournament goals when England face Ukraine in the quarter-finals

Suddenly we’re down to the last eight at the European Championship and the competition has been blown wide open.

Favourites France were dramatically knocked out by Switzerland in the last 16 while England also advanced by knocking out Germany.

Ahead of the last eight getting started, we’ve compiled the ultimate guide to the quarter-finals.

July 2 — Match 45: Switzerland vs Spain, Saint Petersburg, kick-off 5pm (UK time, ITV)

These nations arrive at the quarter-final stage having steadily improved throughout the tournament.

Switzerland pulled off the shock of the last 16 by beating world champions France 5-4 on penalties following a dramatic 3-3 draw.

Vladimir Petkovic’s side had been rank outsiders prior to the game but goals from Haris Seferovic (2) and Mario Gavranovic overturned a 3-1 deficit to force a shell-shocked Les Bleus side into extra-time and penalties.

The shoot-out went to sudden death with Kylian Mbappe becoming the first player to miss from 12 yards, sending the Swiss through.

Spain, meanwhile, have gone from bore draw specialists to the hottest ticket in town — hitting 10 goals in their last two games.

Ferran Torres was on target in Spain's win over Croatia
Ferran Torres was on target in Spain’s win over Croatia

La Roja followed their 5-0 win over Slovakia with a thrilling 5-3 victory against Croatia in the round of 16.

Mario Pasalic forced 30 minutes of extra-time by scoring deep in stoppage time to tie the game up at 3-3.

But Spain had too much quality in the end, with goals from Alvaro Morata and Mikel Oyarzabal finishing the plucky Croatians off in one of the games of the tournament.

July 2 — Match 46: Belgium vs Italy, Munich, kick-off 8pm (UK time, BBC)

Will this summer’s European champions come from this tie?

It wouldn’t come as a huge surprise given Belgium and Italy have arguably looked the strongest nations so far.

The Azzurri were not at their free-flowing best against Austria and it took extra-time for Atalanta midfielder Matteo Pessina to make himself the hero for the second game running — netting to help his side to a 2-1 win.

Matteo Pessina's touch map underlines his penchant for getting into the final third
Matteo Pessina’s touch map underlines his penchant for getting into the final third

A day later, the Red Devils came through the tie of the round, dumping holders Portugal out via a 1-0 win in Seville.

Thorgan Hazard got the only goal of the game — and it was a strike worthy of winning any encounter — with a bending 20-yard finish that left Portugal No1 Rui Patricio grasping at thin air.

Chief among Italy’s concerns will be stopping Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku. He could come up against Inter teammates Alessandro Bastoni and Nicolo Barella at the Allianz Arena.

July 3 — Match 47: Czech Republic vs Denmark, Baku, kick-off time 5pm (UK time, ITV)

There’s a retro feel to the third quarter-final tie as outsiders Czech Republic and Denmark go head-to-head in Baku.

The game pits the beaten finalists in 1996 against the champions of 1992 and neither side has been to a semi-final in 17 years. But that will change after this encounter.

Denmark kicked off the knockouts in emphatic fashion, thumping Wales 4-0 in the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam.

Patrik Schick and Kasper Dolberg will go head-to-head in the quarter-finals
Patrik Schick and Kasper Dolberg will go head-to-head in the quarter-finals

A brace from Kasper Dolberg either side of half-time was added to late on by Joakim Maele and Martin Braithwaite.

The following day, the Czechs stunned the Netherlands 2-0 in a game which turned on the sending off of Matthijs de Ligt in the 55th minute.

Tomas Holes broke the deadlock 13 minutes later before Patrik Schick bagged his third of the tournament 10 minutes from time.

July 3 — Match 48: England vs Ukraine, Rome, kick-off time 8pm (UK time, BBC)

Gareth Southgate’s side banished the ghosts of heartbreak against Germany in 2010, 1996, 1990 and 1970 with a 2-0 win at Wembley in the last 16, courtesy of goals from Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane.

The Three Lions’ display was controlled, defensively resolute and mature, and will only build expectations further.

However, their side will go away for the first time at Euro 2020, making the trip to Rome to face surprise package Ukraine.

Artem Dovbyk’s goal in the first minute of stoppage time in extra-time sent Ukraine through to the last eight, prevailing 2-1 against Sweden.

Oleksandr Zinchenko’s rasping first-half strike had Ukraine in front at Hampden Park before Emil Forsberg levelled.

Marcus Danielson was dismissed early in extra-time for a dire challenge and, with penalties looming, Ukraine hero Dovbyk headed home a dramatic winner.

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