Euro 2020: Quarter Final Draw
With the passing of the Second Round, the Euro 2020 Quarter Final draws were done by UEFA president Robert McLaren Saville
and recently-elected FA chairman, former U2 musician Paul Hewson
The first two teams drawn out by Saville and Hewson were Belgium and Portugal.
Belgium barely managed to beat Switzerland 2-1 and will be looking to get one over Portugal.
Led by Andre Villas-Boas
and captain Cristiano Ronaldo
, Portugal are billed as pre-match favorites, and despite Belgium having no lack of quality players, possessing the likes of Eden Hazard
within their ranks, the Portuguese are expected to kick them out of the tournament easily.
Villas-Boas' national side defied World Rankings and completely outclassed France, who were 2 spots above them in the FIFA rankings. Ronaldo bagged a brace and Marco Magalhaes
struck in the 69th minute to win the match 3-1.
The French Football Federation will not be happy with this at all, but Portugal certainly are.
Spain and Norway were drawn to play against each other next, in a match that will almost certainly go in the favor of the Spanish.
In the Second Round, Norway lived up to pre-match favorites and managed to beat Sweden 2-0, but Spain had a bit more of a struggle with Italy although they eventually manage to slay the Azzuri with a score of 2-1 with early goals from Rodrigo
and Juan Mata
Norway will have little to no hope of beating Spain, but certainly have what it takes to pull off an upset against the Euro champions, however unlikely it might be.
Greece will face tournament hosts Turkey in their Quarter Final round.
Both are minnows of the tournament, and both will also be delighted to be facing another minnow to stretch their tournament run as far as possible.
The duo are the lowest-ranked nations still in the tournament, with Greece at 49th in the World Rankings and Turkey at 77th.
However, the Turkish have shown that they can always work their 'home ground magic' (aka match-fixing, cheating etc), as seen from their Second Round match against Germany. Despite being classed as definite favorites to emerge victorious, Germany stuttered against the lively Turkey players. The match ended in penalty shootouts going in favor of Turkey after a 1-1 draw.
Greece crushed Ukraine 3-0 themselves and with the squad being in high spirits, they will a;sp have a very good chance of outclassing Turkey.
The final two to be drawn are England and Serbia.
The Three Lions barely scraped a win against Czech Republic with a solitary goal from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
in extra time and will be looking to silence critics with a convincing win over Serbia.
The Serbs will not be letting up themselves, already beating Austria 2-0 in the Second Round, and although they aren't favorites to win, will still be looking to get one over England and go as far as possible in this European Championship.
8 nations, 4 matches.
But only 4 of these 8 will make it to the Semi Finals of Euro 2020.
Who will win their fixture and make it through to the Semi Finals? Leave your predictions in the comments section below.