With the group stage done in the UEFA Euro 2016, shocking results seem to be becoming a trend in the ongoing European Championships?in France with the most recent one delivered by the Republic of Ireland who not only edged powerhouse Italy, 1-0, but made history by advancing for the first time into the Last 16 in this competition. Here?s a link if you want to relive the moment.
Completing the Euro 16 bracket aside from the Republic of Ireland are Iceland, Portugal and Belgium. Below are the schedules of the Last 16 matches and the links where you can livestream them as provided by uefa.com.
Round of 16
Match 1: Switzerland v Poland ? Saturday 25 June, 15:00 (Saint-Etienne)
Match 2: Wales v Northern Ireland ? Saturday 25 June, 18:00 (Paris)
Match 3: Croatia v Portugal ? Saturday 25 June, 21:00 (Lens)
Match 4: France v Republic of Ireland ? Sunday 26 June, 15:00 (Lyon)
Match 5: Germany v Slovakia ? Sunday 26 June, 18:00 (Lille)
Match 6: Hungary v Belgium ? Sunday 26 June, 21:00 (Toulouse)
Match 7: Italy v Spain ? Monday 27 June, 18:00 (Saint-Denis)
Match 8: England v Iceland ? Monday 27 June, 21:00 (Nice)
Republic of Ireland?s win over Italy comes on the heels of Spain bowing to Croatia. Although the defeats did not hurt both powerhouse teams as they still make it to the Euro 16 bracket, it probably meant the world for Croatia and the Republic of Ireland because the wins have surely boosted their confidence in this tournament especially that they have never lifted the trophy not only in this tournament but also in any major international competition.
As a matter of fact, the shocking results may well continue into the championship match because with five of the powerhouse teams?Spain, Italy, Germany, France and England ?stacked up on one half of the Euro 16 bracket, none of the teams in the other half have won a major international title which means we might see a new emerging powerhouse team in the sport.
Another thing that makes this year?s UEFA European Championships more exciting is that there are 3 home nations who made it into the Last 16?England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Are we going to see Spain collect their third straight Euro title making it 4 in total? Will France be able to defend their hometurf and lift the trophy? Will Germany make it back to the top after two decades having won the title back in 1996? Or, will a new nation bring home the trophy?