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Euro-2016. Round of 16. Last day. Preview

Euro-2015 round of 16 is almost over. There is only one day left with only two matches to reveal their winners. After that, we will know all 8 semi-finalists. Moreover, we will know Germany’s and France’s opponents. First two pairs are already revealed.

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Italy v Spain

June 27, 18:00 CET

Venue: Stade de France, Paris, France

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir, Turkey

Italy and Spain are not new opponents to each other. As Spain legend Xavi mentioned in his recent interview, Italy has always been scary for Spain. Moreover, football world is sure this is a two-way fear. Of course, Spain is the favorite due to their glorious performance during the last two Euros.

However, currently the winner cannot be obvious. If Spain is playing with the style that many managers have already found a ‘cure’ of, Italy shocked everyone with their perfect 3-5-1 formation, which is aimed to break the midfield and wing penetrations.

The winner of this pair will face Germany.

Probable Lineups

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Missing Players

Italy → none

Spain → none

Interesting facts

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  • The teams have faced each other 34 times, have 10 wins each and 14 draws (no penalty shootout winners involved).
  • This is the most played pair in the history of the European Championship (6th encounter).
  • Italy cant defeat Spain in their last 5 encounters.

England v Iceland

June 27, 21:00 CET

Venue: Allianz Riviera, Nice, France

Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia

This couple has become one of the most unexpected ones. No one thought England and Iceland will be the runners-up in their groups. England were expected to be higher in the group table, while Iceland were an obvious underdog in every game they played. But they made it!

Now one of the most star-equipped teams will face the team that has 30,000 fans in France, while their own population is around 330,000. Power v Enthusiasm or Star attack v die-hard defense. What other nicknames can you give for this clash?

The winner of this pair will face France.

Probable Lineups

By the way, Daniel Sturridge is expected to start against Iceland, unlike Vardy, who will most probably stay as a ‘trump card’ in case things go wrong with Kane.

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Missing Players

England → Lallana (injured?)

Iceland → none

Interesting facts

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  • England are undefeated in their last 25 matches in the Euros (shoot-outs excluded).
  • Wayne Rooney has scored only twice in his last 17 major international tournament games.
  • Iceland striker Kolbeinn Sigthorsson has never shot on target in 245 minutes of his play.

Inga Volkers