Here’s a quick guide to the Euro 2024 quarter-finals

DÜSSELDORF, July 4 — The eight remaining teams from the European Championship will take centre stage in the quarter-finals, which will be played on Friday and Saturday. Here’s a quick guide to the matches (times in GMT).


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Friday — Stuttgart, 1600

A quarter-final between the two most successful countries in the history of the European Championship, each with three titles to their name. The aim is to become the absolute leader on that list this year.

Germany can count on a big crowd in the Stuttgart Arena, but that will not bother the Spanish team, who are playing from the lead.

Germany (10) and Spain (9) are the two top scorers at Euro 2024 and the two leaders when it comes to passing accuracy, with Germany on 92.2 percent and Spain on 91 percent.

The Spanish are the only team to have achieved a 100 percent score in the final so far and have also had more attempts on goal (84) than any other team.

Spain defeated Germany 6-0 in the 2020 Nations League, but their most recent meeting in the group stage of the World Cup in Qatar ended 1-1.


Friday — Hamburg, 1900

A repeat of the 2016 Euro final in Paris, when Portugal surprised the home side and won 1-0 thanks to a goal from striker Eder in extra time.

Despite the wealth of talent at their disposal, neither team has performed convincingly in the tournament so far, but they do have potential match-winners who could have a decisive moment in no time.

France conceded one goal in the six-hour-plus football period in Germany, from a penalty. Of the three goals they scored, one was a Kylian Mbappé penalty and two were own goals.

Portugal rely on 39-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo for the majority of their attacking play, who has had more attempts on goal (20) than any other player this tournament but has yet to find the net.

The last time the teams met was in the group stage of Euro 2020, when they ended in a 2-2 draw.

France will be without suspended midfielder Adrien Rabiot, who has started every match of the tournament for France so far.

Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo scores a penalty during the shoot-out against Slovenia. — Reuters pic


Saturday — Düsseldorf, 1600

England were seconds away from elimination until Jude Bellingham’s 95th-minute bicycle kick saved the day against Slovakia in the last 16, while Switzerland comfortably defeated reigning champions Italy 2-0.

The Swiss have won just three of their 27 previous meetings with England, the last being 2-1 in Basel in 1981.

Despite England’s poor performance in Germany, they are unbeaten in their last 11 European Championship matches, winning seven, with their last defeat coming against Iceland in 2016.

But they have a 50 percent win rate from six previous quarter-finals, losing two of the last three on penalties. Switzerland’s only previous quarter-final appearance came at Euro 2020, where they lost on penalties to Spain.

England will be without suspended centre-back Marc Guehi.


Saturday — Berlin, 1900

The Netherlands maintained their best performance of the tournament so far with a convincing 3-0 win over Romania in the round of 16, while Turkey defeated Austria 2-1 to remain among the most entertaining teams to watch in Germany.

These two teams are fifth and sixth in the list of most chances created in the final, with the Netherlands having 63 and Turkey having 56. Both teams have scored seven times, which puts them in joint third place among all teams.

They last met in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, with 13 goals scored in the two games, with the Netherlands winning 6-1 at home and Turkey triumphing 4-2 in Istanbul.

Turkey will be without two players through suspensions, midfielders Ismail Yuksek and Orkun Kokcu, who was born in the Netherlands. — Reuters

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