The group stages of the Euros have come to an end and we enter the last 16 on Saturday. England qualified and will face Germany at Wembley, and Wales will face Denmark. Scotland’s 23 year wait to play at a major tournament came to an end as they finished bottom of group D.
Let’s take a look at the wider Euros and see how City’s boys have fared for their national sides.
Kevin de Bruyne
Belgium made it three wins from three as the beat Finland 2-0, with City’s Kevin de Bruyne looking in ominous form. The City midfielder charged into the Finland penalty area, dancing his way past four Finnish defenders, but his cross was cut out before it could reach Romelu Lukaku.
Finland held out until the 74th minute when de Bruyne’s pass found Lukaku just about onside and the former Chelsea man fired home. Lukaku scored a second 7 minutes later as Belgium cruised into the last 16.
The City defender was an unused sub in The Netherlands 3-0 win over North Macedonia, and they qualify for the last 16 with another 100% record. They face the Czech Republic on Sunday.
Zinchenko’s Ukraine sneaked into the last 16 despite a 1-0 loss to Austria. They finished 3rd in the group but go through to face Sweden in the next round. Zinchenko played the full 90 minutes.
Raheem Sterling, John Stones, Kyle Walker, Phil Foden
City’s England quartet made it through to the last 16 thanks to Raheem Sterling’s goal in the 15th minute. The City winger was at the far post to get on the end of Jack Grealish’s cross to score the only goal of the game.
It is Sterling’s second goal of the tournament and is the only player to have scored for the three lions at the Euros this summer. Phil Foden didn’t feature for the national side, presumably due to his yellow card in the last round. Sterlign and John Stones were both replaced in the 67th and 79th minutes respectively while Kayle Walker played the full 90.
Rodri, Aymeric Laporte, Ferran Torres
Aymeric Laporte was on target as Spain finally hit top form as they crushed Slovakia 5-0. The Spaniards were 1-0 up thanks to a disastrous goal by the keeper, who palmed the ball into his own net as he attempted to knock it over the crossbar.
Laporte scored with a header in first half injury time, and Spain were 3-0 up by the time Ferran Torres entered the fray. The City man scored with his first touch, a cheeky flick past the keeper to send Spain 4-0 up.
Rodri was an unused sub and Spain go through to face Croatia in the last 16.
Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias,
City’s Portuguese dup faced off against world champions France and came away with a 2-2 draw. Dias played the full 90 minutes and Silva was replaced by Bruno Fernandes in the 72nd minute as two Cristiano Ronaldo penalties sent Portugal through to face Kevin de Bruyne’s Belgium.
Gundogan’s Germany survived a huge scare as they twice came from behind against Hungary to draw 2-2. Gundo was replaced in the 58th minute with Germany 1-0 down, but they salvaged a draw and now face a tasty clash with England on Tuesday at Wembley