World champions, France and defending Euro champions, Portugal were drawn in Group F along with multiple-time world champion, Germany at the UEFA Euro 2020 draw, which took place last night.
There was constant suspense as the draws were revealed one after the other. France were the first ones out of the pot to be put in Group F. Germany joined them next as the world smacked its lips at the prospect of these two exciting teams clashing. The euphoria was complete when Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal became the third team in the group.
Groups A and B were the only ones with confirmed team line-ups of four each as the other four groups awaited one team each which will be decided via playoffs. Italy, who won their last 11 games, were drawn in Group A along with Turkey, Switzerland and Wales- teams which are more than capable of holding their own.
Group B consisted of 2018 World Cup semi-finalists, Belgium; World Cup hosts, Russia, and Finland and the plucky Denmark. The returning Netherlands were put in Group C along with Austria and Ukraine.
Group D is another interesting one as England and Croatia were drawn together in the group. The sides met each other in the World Cup semi-finals last year where the latter scored a late injury-time goal to come from behind and move into the finals. They were joined by Czech Republic.
Spain, who are reportedly looking to change their head coach yet again, were drawn alongside Sweden and Poland in Group E.
Euro 2020 will be a month-long tournament which will commence on June 12 next year with the final to be played on July 12 at the famous Wembley Stadium in London. It will be held across 12 countries- Italy, Azerbaijan, Russia, Denmark, England, Scotland, Romania, Netherlands, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Hungary.
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