The quarter-final lineups for EURO 2020 were confirmed following the end of the exciting Round of 16 phase on Wednesday. FIFA's no.1 ranked team Belgium are the clear favorite to win the European Championship this year. On the other side, England will be aiming to win their first-ever EURO trophy. Belgium will meet a rejuvenated Italian national team in the quarterfinals, while England will face Ukraine. The match between the Czech Republic and Denmark is likely to be the most thrilling one in the quarter-final phase. Who can qualify for the UEFA EURO 2020 Semi-Finals is discussed in this article.
Who are the favorites to advance to the semifinals?
1st Quarter-Final (Switzerlandvs. Spain)
Venue: Saint Petersburg | Date: July 2 | Time (BST): 10 pm
Verdict: Spain 2-1 Switzerland
Spain will be the favorite against Switzerland to qualify to the semifinals following their stunning performance in the Round of 16 encounter against Croatia. But we can't deny that Switzerland stunned the tournament's favorite France in the last round, and they'll do as much as they can to keep the momentum going.
Spain’s probable starting XI
UnaiSimón (GK), Azpilicueta, Laporte, Eric García, Alba, Busquets, Pedri, Koke, Sarabia, Ferran Torres, Morata.
Switzerland’s probable starting XI
Sommer (GK), Elvedi, Rodríguez, Akanji, Widmer, Freuler, Zakaria, Zuber, Embolo, Seferović, Shaqiri.
2nd Quarter-Final (Belgium vs. Italy)
Venue: Munich | Date: July 3 | Time (BST): 1 am
Verdict: Belgium 2-1 Italy (Extra Time)
This is, without a doubt, the most eagerly anticipated match of the quarter-finals round. The world no.1 team Belgium will have to work hard to defeat a traditional powerhouse Italy. This Italian team is performing well in this tournament and is ready to eliminate Belgium from the competition.
Belgium’s probable starting XI
Courtois (GK), Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Vermaelen, Thorgan Hazard, Witsel, Tielemans, Eden Hazard, Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne, Lukaku.
Italy’s probable starting XI
Donnarumma (GK), Chiellini, Bonucci, Di Lorenzo, Spinazzola, Barella, Jorginho, Chiesa, Verratti, Insigne, Immobile.
3rd Quarter-Final (Czech Republic vs Denmark)
Venue: Baku | Date: July 3 | Time (BST): 10 pm
Verdict:Czech Republic 2-3Denmark (Extra Time)
We can anticipate a fierce battle between the Czech Republic and Denmark in the third quarter-final match. The Czech Republic beat the Netherlands in the previous round, while Denmark crushed Wales 4-0. The confidence of both teams is at its peak now. The team that takes the least pressure during the game will win.
Czech Republic’s probable starting XI
Vaclik (GK), Boril, Kalas, Coufal, Celustka, Soucek, Holes, Barak, Jankto, Schick, Masopust.
Denmark’s probable starting XI
Schmeichel (GK), Christensen, Vestergaard, Andersen, Maehle, Højbjerg, Delaney, Larsen, Dolberg, Damsgaard, Braithwaite.
4th Quarter-Final (Ukraine vs. England)
Venue: Rome | Date: July 4 | Time (BST): 1 am
Verdict: Ukraine 0-2 England
England have a fantastic opportunity to win the European Football Championship for the first time. They defeated Germany 2-0 in the Round of 16 and will face Ukraine in the quarter-finals. On the other hand, Ukraine defeated Sweden in the previous round and will give it all in this encounter.
Ukraine’s probable starting XI
Bushchan (GK), Matvienko, Zabarnuyl, Kryvtsov, Karavaev, Stepanenko, Shaparenko, Sydorchuk, Yarmolenko, Zinchenko, Yaremchuk.
England’s probable starting XI
Jordan Pickford (GK), Maguire, Stones, Trippier, Walker, Grealish, Shaw, Rice, Phillips, Sterling, Kane.
According to the quarter-finals schedule, Spain and England are the two clear favorites to proceed to the next round of the UEFA EURO 2020. Meanwhile, Belgium will have a slight advantage over their quarter-final opponent. We expect the best teams will advance to the semi-finals. The second elimination round of the tournament will commence on July 2nd (Friday).