Euro 2020: The Final 16

With the group stage of Euro 2020 cemented in the history books, here’s a look at how all 17 Chelsea players and their nations have fared so far in the competition.

Italy (Group A): Emerson, Jorginho.

The competition opened up with Italy and Turkey on the Friday night, with Roberto Mancini’s side impressing in a 3-0 victory. The Italian’s set the pace with their aggressive and relentless attitude – which made a statement to all other nations in the tournament.

This was the first time that Italy had ever scored over three goals in a European Championship game.

Five days later, the Italians powered past Switzerland for a consecutive 3-0 victory.

Mancini’s side then went on to finalise the group by collecting all three points against 10-men Wales – topping the group without almost breaking sweat.

Chelsea’s Jorginho started every game for Italy, playing every minute of the first two games. Defender Emerson wasn’t called into action until the final fixture against Wales, where he played the entire game.

Next game: Austria (Saturday June 26th, 8pm).

Wales (Group A): Ethan Ampadu.

After a reaching the semi-finals of the competition back in 2016, Wales were looking to defy the odds once again and break out of what was a relatively difficult group.

Rob Page’s side began the tournament with a steady 1-1 draw against Switzerland in Baku. Chelsea’s Ethan Ampadu didn’t start the match but made an appearance from the bench in the dying stages of the game.

After picking up an impressive point against the Swiss, Wales went on to pick up a valuable win against Turkey– which was almost enough to see them qualify from their group. Once again, Ethan Ampadu didn’t start – but made an appearance from the bench in the second half.

In Wales’ final group game against Italy, Ampadu finally broke into the starting eleven.

However, the young Chelsea defender picked up a controversial red card on the 55th minute. Wales went on to lose the game 1-0, yet still clinched second place in their group.

Next game: Denmark (Saturday June 26th, 5pm).

Belgium (Group B): Michy Batshuayi.

Heading into Euro 2020, Belgium were one of the hot favourites to win the competition in next month’s final at Wembley.

The Red Devil’s began the tournament with a 3-0 victory against Russia, before powering past a resilient Denmark on matchday 2.

Finally, Roberto Martínez’ side wrapped up their group by picking up all three points against Finland in Saint Petersburg – topping their group with all nine points.

Chelsea’s Michy Batshuayi was an unused substitute in the opening two games, but made an appearance from the bench against Finland.

Next game: Portugal (Sunday June 27th, 8pm).

Denmark (Group B): Andreas Christensen.

For Denmark, Euro 2020 began in the most tragic of circumstances.

The Christian Eriksen event left the whole world in utter shock, which can only let us even begin to imagine how such scenes affected the Danish International team.

Thankfully, Eriksen pulled through and is now on the road to recovery.

However, just two hours after the incident – the game between Denmark and Finland resumed. Unfortunately for Kasper Hjumlmand’s side – Denmark lost the game 1-0. This left for work to be done in Denamrk’s final two games of the group stage.

As mentioned, despite their efforts, Denmark also lost their second game against Belgium.

Although qualification looked out of the picture, the Danes powered past Russia 4-1 on their final game – allowing them to finish second in Group B.

In addition to playing every minute so far for his nation, Andreas Christensen also scored a screamer against Russia. It was the defender’s first goal since 2017, which proved to be worth the wait.

Next game: Wales (Saturday June 26th, 5pm).

England (Group D): Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Mason Mount.

Gareth Southgate’s England opened up their campaign with a 1-0 victory against Mateo Kovačić and Croatia. Mason Mount was the only Chelsea player to start the game, with Reece James remaining on the bench.

Defender Ben Chilwell failed to make the squad.

Looking to build on their opening day victory, next up for England was Scotland. Reece James and Mason Mount were both awarded starts, but it wasn’t enough to break down a stubborn Scottish backline at Wembley. The game finished 0-0, with England needing a win in their final game to clinch top spot.

Following the game, it was announced that Scotland’s Billy Gilmour had tested positive for COVID-19. Despite returning negative tests, Ben Chilwell and Mason Mount were forced to self-isolate – meaning they would miss England’s final game against Czech Republic.

Despite missing players, the Three Lions marched on to beat their opponents 1-0 at Wembley. England therefore successfully topped the group, keeping all three clean sheets in the process.

Next game: Germany (Tuesday June 29th, 5pm).

Croatia (Group D): Mateo Kovačić.

As mentioned, it was a tough start for Croatia, as they suffered defeat in their first game to Gareth Southgate’s England.

In their second game, Zlatko Dalić’s side also struggled to chisel down a hungry Czech Republic team – with the game finishing 1-1 at Hampden Park. Needing a win in their final game against Scotland, the Croatian’s got exactly that – with the game finishing 3-1.

Croatia’s squad may be ‘ageing’, but it also holds valuable experience. This proved to be enough as Dalić’s side wormed their way into second place to finish off Group D.

In the group stages, Chelsea’s Mateo Kovačić started every game for his nation.

Next game: Spain (Monday June 28th, 5pm).

Scotland (Group D): Billy Gilmour.

For Steve Clarke’s Scotland, Euro 2020 was the nation’s first major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.

Although there was no real pressure on qualifying from the group, the Scots had hope that they could finish anywhere but bottom. This would give them the best chance of advancing into the competition’s knockout stages.

The Tartan Army opened up the competition with a disappointing 2-0 defeat to Czech Republic.

Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick struck twice – including a candidate for goal of the tournament – to deliver a hammer blow to Scotland’s qualification hopes.

Despite not making an appearance in the first game, Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour started the game against England. Although the game finished goalless, Gilmour’s performance impressed once again, with the 20-year-old being one of the main contributors behind Scotland’s result.

As mentioned, Gilmour later tested positive for COVID-19 and missed the final game consequently.

Despite their efforts, Scotland lost 3-1 to Croatia at Hampden Park – finishing bottom of the group and crashing out of the competition.

Spain (Group E): César Azpilicueta.

It may not be the Spanish squad that we are used to seeing in major competitions, but Luis Enrique’s side entered the tournament with every ambition of replicating their success at Euro 2008 and 2012.

In their first game of the group stage, Spain drew 0-0 with Sweden in what was a relatively disappointing result for ‘La Roja’. In their second game, Enrique’s side saw things get no better, as they drew 1-1 with Poland in Seviile.

In their final game against Slovakia, it seemed as if the clocks has been turned back, as Spain scored 5-0 to edge their way into second place behind Sweden.

Chelsea captain César Azpilicueta wasn’t called into action until the final game of the group stage, where he started against Slovakia.

Next game: Croatia (Monday June 28th, 5pm).

France (Group F): Kurt Zouma, N’Golo Kanté, Olivier Giroud.

If there was to be pressure on any squad heading into the competition, it would most definitely be France – the reigning World Cup winners.

Didier Deschamps selected a star-studded group that looked determined to excel once again at a major tournament. However, standing in their way was the ‘group of death’ – which featured Germany, Portugal and Hungary.

‘Les Bleus’ opened up their campaign with a 1-0 win against Germany. Chelsea’s N’Golo Kanté was named in the starting eleven, whilst Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud remained on the bench.

Despite tasting victory in their opening fixture, the French fell at their next hurdle – drawing 1-1 with Hungary in Budapest. Once again, N’Golo Kanté started for France, with this time Olivier Giroud also making an appearance from the bench.

In their final group stage game, Deschamps side played out a dramatic 2-2 draw with Portugal. Kanté was the only Chelsea player to appear in the game, with the result being enough for France to clinch top spot in group F.

Next game: Switzerland (Monday, June 28th, 8pm).

Germany (Group F): Antonio Rüdiger, Kai Havertz, Timo Werner.

As mentioned, another team within the ‘group of death’ was Joachim Löw’s Germany.

‘Die Mannschaft’ entered the tournament loaded with talent, having a blended mixture of both youth and experience within their squad.

However, as stated – Germany opened up Euro 2020 with a 1-0 defeat to France in Munich. Chelsea’s Antonio Rüdiger and Kai Havertz both started the game, with Timo Werner also making an appearance as a substitute.

In their second game, Löw’s side showed character by bouncing back against Portugal. Both Rüdiger and Havertz started the game for Germany, with the 22-year-old finding the back of the net for his nation.

Despite beating Portugal, Germany managed to just about avoid defeat to Hungary on the final game of the group stage. Havertz converted once again, helping the Germans to keep their place in the tournament.

Both Antonio Rüdiger and Timo Werner also played in the game.

Next game: England (Tuesday, June 29th, 5pm).


Written by Ryan Bellenie (@BellenieSport).

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