5 teams advance at Euro 2020 without playing

Published On: June 22, 2021 12:53 PM NPT By: Associated Press

PARIS, June 22: Five teams advanced to the round of 16 without even playing at the European Championship.

France, England, the Czech Republic, Sweden and Switzerland all are assured of advancing because they have four points and will finish no worse than third in their groups.

Results in the final Group B and C games have left Finland and Ukraine in third place in the respective standings with three points. That means any team with four points is guaranteed to be at least among the four best third-place teams.

Finland and Ukraine have not yet been eliminated. Results in Group D on Tuesday and Group E on Wednesday could leave those third-place finishers with only two points.

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