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Mouthwatering Euro 2020 knockout stage set as Goretzka equaliser sets up Belgium v Portugal clash

Leon Goretzka’s late equaliser for Germany against Hungary has set up a mouthwatering round of 16 clash between tournament favourites, Belgium and Portugal, at the ongoing European Championship.

Germany went behind twice in their final group stage match against Hungary and were on the brink of elimination until substitute Goretzka, who came on for Ilkay G√ľndogan just before the hour mark, scored the all-important equaliser to earn a 2-2 draw for the Germans.

Hungary were six minutes away from pulling off a major shock of beating Germany and an even greater shock of qualifying from the group of death comprising France, Germany and Portugal – a result which would have seen the minnows face Belgium in the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed nations.

Instead it is Portugal that finished as one of those best third-placed nations having also played out a 2-2 draw with world champs, France, meaning Germany finished second on four points ahead of Portugal by virtue of a better head-to-head record.

As a result, Portugal must now find a way past Belgium that finished the group stage with a 100% record while Germany will come up against arch-rivals, England, in the round of 16.

Other matches in the Euro 2020 round of 16 include France facing Switzerland, potential dark horses for the title, Italy, squaring up against Austria, and Spain having a tricky battle against Croatia waiting for them.

Elsewhere in the round of 16, Netherlands seek to maintain their 100% record at this Euros when they play Czech Republic, Wales meet Denmark and Sweden face Ukraine.

Which countries will reach the last 8 at Euro 2020?

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